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World Events of the 2000's

2000
Y2K computer bug doesn't cause too many problems.
Air France Concorde crashes near Paris.
Sony launches the PlayStation 2.
2001
Terrorists hijack 4 US airlines, and crash them. World Trade Center in New York City destroyed.
USA Patriot Act becomes law.
Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Nintendo GameCube released.

2002
President George W. Bush faints after choking on a pretzel.
Accountacy and auditing scandals engulf Enron, Worldcom and other US businesses.
Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
2003
The Space Shuttle Columbia is destroyed during re-entry into the atmosphere.
Michael Jackson is arrested by police on charges of child molestation (he is later acquitted on all charges).
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured by United States forces.
2004
George Bush defeats John Kerry in the US presidential election.
Martha Stewart goes to jail.
On December 26, an earthquake in Indian Ocean off the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, measuring 9.3 on the Richter Scale creates tsunami waves that sweep across much of the coastlines of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. At least 290,000 people are killed.
2005
Tony Blair wins his third successive general election in the UK.
Egypt holds its first presidential election.
Angela Merkel becomes Germany's first female chancellor.
North Korea announces that it has nuclear weapons.
Over 1,000 are killed, and severe damage is caused along the US Gulf Coast, as Hurricane Katrina strikes the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coastal areas. Levees protecting New Orleans give way and the city is flooded.
2006
Apple announces first Intel-based Macintosh computer.
Former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein sentenced to death.
Microsoft releases first versions of Windows Vista.
2007
Thousands of British cars are damaged by contaminated fuel.
Sony PlayStation 3 released worldwide.
Live Earth concerts held in 9 major cities around the world.
2008
Price of petroleum reaches US $100 per barrel for the first time.
Microsoft make a $44.6 billion offer to buy Yahoo!
Iran launches its first space rocket.