|Quoting 4holer (Reply 7):|
My Jaela killed herself.
To me that was the defining event.
Other than 9/11, nothing else came close.
I am so deeply sorry to hear this...my sincere condolences, albiet much belated.
|Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 4):|
You might be interested to know that 2010 started the new decade, so you are a year late.
I know a few people who don't consider a new decade having begun until the "1" year is reached. Seems that the OP is among those. For instance some folks say the 1990s began in 1991.
Did a little digging, here's some notable stuff I found over the last decade (some already mentioned). Man, this sure brings back memories:
-George W Bush vs Al Gore. Florida and hanging chads. Bush becomes president after filing lawsuit to stop recount.
-USS Cole attack
-AOL/Time Warner merger
-Tech stocks reach the peak of their bubble.
-Microsoft Antitrust lawsuit
-DeviantArt is launched
-International Space Station occupied for the first time.
-"I'm Blue (Da Ba Dee)" dominates the radio waves for much of the year.
-Collapse of ENRON
-Microsoft delays the release of Flight Simulator 2002 in order to remove the Twin Towers from the game. Also during this time several media outlets attempt to point a finger at MS
for having the FS
franchise available for anyone to practice flying airplanes into buildings. the attempt to connect the two fails. FS2002 and its new engine released to flightsim community.
-Formation of Wikipedia
-Bush takes office
-Foot and Mouth disease in UK
-Russian Space Station Mir is de-orbited and burns up in the atmosphere
-Arrest of Slobodon Milosevic
-Death of Aaliyah and Dale Earnhardt
-Dot com bubble bursts
-Lilo and Stitch is released and creates a phenomenon across Japan.
-No Child Left Behind
-Salt Lake City Winter Olympics
-War in Afghanistan begins (Yeah, we've been there for 9 years guys)
-Mars Odyssey finds evidence of water on Mars
-Planet Quaoar discovered in the Kuiper Belt
-Near Earth Asteroid misses earth by a distance 1/3 of that to the moon.
-Collapse of Worldcom
-Congress authorizes war in Iraq
-Death of Sen. Paul Wellstone in a plane crash
-Department of Homeland Security is established, with Tom Ridge as its head
-Lisa Lopez, part of the group TLC
, dies in a car crash
-Death of Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's. (Remember those old Wendy's ads that always featured Dave?)
-MySpace is launched
-Anniversary of Wright Bros. first flight
-Release of FS2004
-Destruction of Space Shuttle Columbia
-Global SARS crisis
-Iraq War invasion begins
-"Mission Accomplished" infamous banner.
-Martha Stewart insider trading scandal
-Valerie Plame CIA
agent exposed by Robert Novak
-Arnold Schwarzenegger elected Governor of California
-China launches first manned space mission
-Capture of Saddam Hussein
-Mad Cow Disease
-Deaths of Bob Hope, Johnny Cash, John Ritter, Robert Palmer, and Robert Atkins (Atkins diet)
-NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity land on Mars
-Founding of Facebook
-Madrid train bombings
-Abu Gharib scandal
-Colin Powell resigns
-Oldsmobile brand comes to an end
-Same-sex marriage legalized in Mass. and San Francisco, while other states rush to ban gay marriage.
-SpaceShipOne makes history by becoming the first successful, privately-funded space vehicle to reach space
-Cassini-Huygens spacecraft reaches saturn, and analyzes Titan to find that Titan has lakes of liquid ethane, and an atmosphere that rains carbon and amino acids. First view of Titan's surface ever.
-Hurricane Charley strikes central florida (interesting note: I left Orlando 4 days before Charley struck)
-Hurricanes Ivan and Frances
-First episode of Lost
-Mt St. Helens becomes active again
-Lenovo purchases IBM's PC
-Indian Ocean tsunami kills 220,000 people
-Death of Ronald Reagan and Christopher Reeve
-Kerry vs Bush results in Bush winning a second term
-Mahmoud Abbas replaces Yasser Arafat as Palestinian president
-Huygens probe lands on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. It survives just long enough to take photos of the surface.
-North Korea announces that it has developed nuclear weapons
-Death of Pope John Paul II
, replaced by Pope Benedict XVI
-Live 8 concerts are broadcast live across the world
-IRA of Northern Ireland ends its armed campaign
-Hurricane Katrina devastates Louisiana and Mississippi. Hurricane Rita creates a scare and evacuation, but makes landfall in a weaker state than predicted
-Terry Schiavo right-to-die debacle
-Death of Johnny Carson and Richard Pryor
-Twitter is formed
-Cassini Spacecraft makes a startling discovery of liquid water jets streaming away from Saturn's moon Enceladus.
-Iran confirms that it is enriching Uranium
-Release of FSX
-International Astronomical Union defines the term "Planet", and demotes pluto from being a planet, to being a dwarf-planet. This does not go over well with the general public.
-Deaths of Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, Gerald Ford, Steve Irwin, and hanging of Saddam Hussein
-Ban Ki-moon replaces Kofi Annan as UN Secretary General
-Gliese 581c exoplanet is discovered and believed to be earthlike. The likeliest candidate so far for a habitable planet outside our solar system.
-Final Harry Potter book is released
-Deaths of Don Ho, astronaut Walter Shirra (one of the original Mercury 7), Boris Yeltsin, Jerry Falwell, and Lady Bird Johnson
-Oil climbs over $100 a barrel, causing a surge in gasoline prices
-Hybrid autos have a good year as a result of high gas prices
-MESSENGER space probe reaches Mercury
-Iran launches its first rocket into space
-Fidel Castro resigns as president of Cuba
-NASA Phoenix lands on the north pole of Mars
-Bill Gates steps down to pursue philanthropy
-Somali pirates begin taking ships hostage
-Musharraf resigns as presient of Pakistan
-Political crisis in Thailand
-Large Hadron Collider circulates proton beam for the first time (And sparks controvery as some in the general public rear the creation of an "Earth-swallowing black hole")
-Lehman Brothers collapses, officially marking the beginning the Global Financial Crisis
-Haumea named the 5th Dwarf Planet in the Solar System
-SpaceX's Falcon 1 becomes the first private space vehicle to attain Earth orbit
-China performs its first space walk
-George W. Bush signs the first stimulus bill into law to try to stabilize the economy. Also known as TARP.
-Iceland goes insolvent, takes a four-billion Euro loan from Russia
-India launches Lunar Orbiter Chandrayaan
-Lady Gaga releases her debut album and becomes an overnight sensation
-Barack Obama vs John McCain - Obama wins in an electoral landslide
-Deaths: Mormon leader Gordon B. Hinckley, author Arthur C. Clarke, Richard Wright of Pink Floyd, Paul Newman
-Barack Obama takes office
-Stimulus Bill signed into law
-Iceland Prime Minister resigns over financial crisis
-Victoria Australia brush fires
-DOW Jones Industrial Average bottoms out at 6,547, its lowest point of the Great Recession
-NASA's Kepler mission is launched. Objective is to find exoplanets.
-Political crisis in Fiji
-Swine Flu or H1N1 is declared a global pandemic. A rush to vaccinate against it ensues.
-NASA launches Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter and LCROSS impactor. Goal is to search for water ice in sinlight-shaded craters of the moon for NASA's planned 2020 construction of a lunar base for the Constellation Program.
-Pan Am 103 Bomber is released by the Scottish government on "Compassionate grounds" due to cancer. He receives a hero's welcome upon returning to Libya.
-Nasa declares that it has found a significant quantity of water on the moon after analyzing data from the LCROSS impactor.
-Scott Brown wins the Maryland Senate race for Ted Kennedy's seat
-Death of Michael Jackson shocks the world
-Deaths of Walter Cronkite, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, and Roy Disney
-DOW Jones Industrial Average climbs over 10,000
-Chile struck by 8.8 Magnitude Earthquake, creating a Pacific tsunami
-Volcanic eruption in Iceland shuts down air travel across europe and the UK
-Gulf Oil Spill
-Greece goes insolvent, accepts a 110 Billion Euro bailout
-Scientists mapping the Neandertal genome discover that Neandertals and humans likely interpred, and note that 4% of Europeans contain Neandertal DNA.
-Spain wins the 2010 World Cup, as predicted by Paul the Octopus
-Wikileaks begins publishing information about the Afghanistan and Iraq wars
-H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic officially declared over
-Netherlands Antilles are split up and dissolved
-33 Chilean Miners are rescued after 69 days underground
-North Korean shelling of Yeonpyeong Islans brings the two countries closer to war than they have ever been since 1953.
-First lunar eclipse on the Winter solstice since 1638 occurs
-Ireland goes insolvent, accepts 85 billion Euro bailout.
-Democrats obliterated in the 2010 midterm elections, Obama loses his crucial majorities
-Deaths of Charlie Wilson, Peter Graves, Gary Coleman, Sen. Robert Byrd, Ted Stevens, Leslie Nielsen and Teena Marie
[Edited 2011-01-06 10:32:16]