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Awesome Aughties

The decade through rose-colored glasses.

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WASHINGTON, : This photo shows the front page of the New York Times on 31 December 1999 (TOP) with the paper number 51,753 (L, under the slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print") and the 01 January 2000 issue with the corrected paper number of 51,254. According to the Times, an error was made on 06 February 1898 when someone tried to add 1 to issue number 14,499 and came up with 15,000. The error had gone unnoticed until the 01 January 2000 issue which contains the correction. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

2000
Jan. 1:
The global computer meltdown dubbed Y2K? Didn’t happen.

2000
March 21:
Pope John Paul II makes the first official visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to Israel.

2001
June 28:
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is transferred to The Hague to stand trial on war crimes.



2001
July 2:
The world’s first artificial self-contained heart is implanted in American patient Robert Tools.



2001
Nov. 11:
Twenty-five years after Mao Zedong’s death, China joins the World Trade Organization.

2002
July 1:
The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide and crimes against humanity.



2002
Sept. 14:
The robotic vacuum cleaner Roomba is introduced, marking the official beginning of the Jetsons era.

2003
April 14:
Scientists finish mapping the human genome, transforming the understanding and treatment of disease.

2003
Sept. 21:
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donates $168 million to fight malaria, kicking off the decade of philanthrocapitalism.

2004
Jan. 3:
The Mars rover Spirit touches down. It will eventually provide evidence that Earth’s neighbor had a wet past.

2004
May 26:
Africa’s longest civil war ends in Sudan. With conflict still raging in Darfur, that’s one down, one to go.

2005
Jan. 30:
Iraq holds its first free parliamentary elections since 1958.

2005
Nov. 11:
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia, becoming Africa’s first female leader.

2006
Feb. 8:
The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that a low-fat diet does not cut health risks. Ice cream for everyone.

2006
March 21:
Twitter is born, connecting Iranian revolutionaries and Shaquille O’Neal to an ADD world.

2007
June 28:
The bald eagle is removed from the U.S. endangered species list.

2007
July 21:
The seventh and final Harry Potter book is released. Hundreds of millions of children in 90 countries return to watching television.

2008
Jan. 10:
India’s Tata Motors introduces the Nano, the world’s least-expensive car.

2008
July 1:
The U.N. Environment Program reports a 60 percent increase in renewable energy use in 2007.

2009
Jan. 22:
Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda is captured, bringing some much-needed peace to the restive region.

2009
Nov. 20:
Europe’s Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator goes into full operation near Geneva. Fears that it might produce a world-ending black hole are allayed. For now.

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