The 21st Century

The first decade of the 21st Century was labeled by Time Magazine as the "Decade from Hell". Personally, I'm glad I lived through this decade rather than the 1930's!

What we've experienced so far...

  • World-wide Millenial celebration (without Y2K world-wide shutdown)
  • Controversial Presidential "Chad" election
  • Vermont approves same-sex unions
  • Sinn Fein disarms in N. Ireland
  • Human Genome deciphered
  • Thomas E. Blanton convicted of 1963 murder of four black girls in Birmingham
  • 9-11 War on Terror begins (2001)

  • Taliban regime topples in Afganistan (2001)
  • D.C snipers kill 10 and wound many others
  • Growing child sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church
  • Explosion of Space Shuttle Columbia killing all 7 astronauts
  • Charles Taylor forced to leave Liberia
  • 2nd Gulf War
  • Roy S. Moore, Alabama chief justice, forced from office after his refusal to remove monument of the Ten Commandments
  • Enron scandal
  • Gay marriages allowed in Massachucetts
  • Peace agreement between North and South Sudan
  • UN tells Iran to stop enriching uranium (2004)
  • Asian tsunami kills 225,000 people and devastates much of Asia
  • Hurricane Katrina

  • Israel launches major ground attack into Lebanon in response to Hezbollah rockets
  • U.S. population officially reaches 300 million
  • European Union expands to 27 nations
  • Virginia Tech killings
  • Senate hearings on Baseball's steroid use
  • World-wide stock markets have drastic fall (2008)

  • The beginning of the largest economic decline in the U.S. and the World since the Great Depression
  • Castro resigns as President of Cuba
  • Senate passes Stimulus Package
  • Brazen piracy in Indian Ocean off Somalia
  • U.S. GDP in decline

  • Baby Boomers watching their retirement plans implode
  • First African American, Barack Obama elected President of U.S
  • U.S. newspapers in serious economic troubles
  • GM and Chrysler protected from bankruptcy by U.S. Government who now owns part of private entities
  • U.S. Congress passes a highly controversial comprehensive health-care program
  • Bernie Madoff pulls off the biggest Ponzi Scheme in history
  • The massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

For more images from this decade Go to Boomer Memories.

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