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2000

• The world celebrates the turn of the millennium | • The Pyrenean Ibex goes extinct | • The dot-com bubble bursts | • Vladimir Putin is elected president of Russia | • Euro 2000 is hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands | • Concorde crashes in France, killing 113 | • Personal home computers break the 1 GHz barrier | • Sydney hosts the Olympic Games |

2001

• Wikipedia is launched | • George Bush is sworn in as the 43rd President of the USA | • Space station Mir is deorbited | • The world's first space tourist | • A devastating terrorist attack leaves 3,000 dead in America | • Apple launches the iPod |

2002

• The Euro enters circulation | • Apple introduces the iMac G4 | • The world's first cyborg | • The dwarf planet Quaoar is discovered | • The deadliest act of terrorism in the history of Indonesia |

2003

• Space Shuttle Columbia disaster | • The invasion of Iraq | • The Human Genome Project is completed | • Record heatwaves kill tens of thousands in Europe | • MySpace is launched | • China launches its first manned space mission |

2004

• The emergence of Web 2.0 | • Graphene is isolated | • The first recorded hurricane in the South Atlantic | • George W. Bush is re-elected | • Athens hosts the Olympic Games | • Train bombings in Madrid kill nearly 200 people | • Hubble Ultra Deep Field | • Mars exploration rovers | • The first privately funded human spaceflight | • Facebook is launched | • World's first 1 gigabyte SD card | • London's skyline gets a new landmark | • Asia gets a new tallest building | • Indian Ocean earthquake leaves a quarter of a million dead |

2005

• Huygens probe reveals images of Titan's surface | • YouTube is launched | • The Deep Impact probe collides its impactor with comet 9P/Tempel | • USB flash drives replace floppy disks | • Suicide bombers in London kill 56 people, injure 700 others | • Hurricane Katrina floods New Orleans | • Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany |

2006

• Crude oil production is reaching a plateau | • Twitter is launched | • Pluto is demoted to "dwarf planet" status | • North Korea conducts its first nuclear test | • The West African black rhino is declared extinct | • Saddam Hussein is executed |

2007

• Global economic downturn | • Nicolas Sarkozy is elected President of the French Republic | • Brown succeeds Blair as Prime Minister of Great Britain | • Apple debuts the iPhone | • Multiple suicide bombings kill 796 people in Kahtaniya, northern Iraq | • Arctic sea ice hits a record low | • Amazon releases the Kindle | • Google Street View is launched | • Benazir Bhutto is assassinated in Pakistan |

2008

• Dmitry Medvedev is elected president of Russia | • Cyclone Nargis devastates Burma | • Oil prices hit a record high | • The Internet continues to boom | • Scientists extract images directly from the brain | • Breakthrough in facial CGI | • Beijing hosts the Olympic Games |

2009

• Barack Obama is sworn in as 44th president of the USA | • Major breakthrough in cancer research | • The mouse genome is fully sequenced | • Scientists engineer new plastics without the use of fossil fuels | • Water is discovered on the Moon | • Kepler searches for Earth-like planets | • Discovery of the first exoplanet that could hold liquid water | • Mercury is 98% mapped | • Mind control headsets enter the video games market | • 3D scanning enters the consumer market | • The tallest man-made structure in history is completed | • Africa's population reaches one billion |

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