15 Years Of 21st Century Explained In 75 Photos

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Here are 75 photos giving an overview of 14 years of 21st century.

New Millennium Was Embarked With Extravagant Celebrations [2000]

1-Twenty First Century Welcome

An Indian golden labrador named Zanjeer helped bomb squad in detecting “more than 3,329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition” back in 1993. He died of bone cancer at the age of eight in 2000. He was honorably laid down by city police. 

2-Zanjeer The Bomb Dog

“With iPod, Apple has invented a whole new category of digital music player that lets you put your entire music collection in your pocket and listen to it wherever you go. With iPod, listening to music will never be the same again.” – Steve Jobs while introducing the first iPod in 2001. 

3-Steve Jobs iPod

The moment when “War against Terrorism” began. President Bush was reading to children at Florida Elementary School when he was informed about a second plane striking the Twin Towers. [2001]

4-Twin Tower Attack

The World Trade Centre was the tallest building at the time of 9/11 attacks killing massive people as it tumbled down in mere seconds. Firefighters raised the American flag on the ruins of the World Trade Center.

5-Flags At World Trade Centre

Archaeologists discovered 12,000 years old artworks in Dordogne, France in 2001. According to scientists, a group of men and women may have crawled into the labyrinth of Rouffignac Cavern in the Dordogne’s Vézère valley  and started painting on the rock ceiling 3ft above them. Each of the 60 images of mammoths, horses and ibex depicted simple, confident lines that revealed startling artistic talent.

6-Oldest Artwork In France

A young Afghan woman showed her face in public for the first time after five years of Taliban Sharia law as she was waiting at a food distribution centre in Kabul.

7-A Young Afghan Woman

In India, more than 1 billion people still lack access to clean drinking water. The image show people filling their utensils with water from a huge well in the village of Natwarghad in the western Indian state of Gujarat. [2003]

8-Huge Well In Gujrat

An outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in southern China between 2002-2004 took 774 deaths in multiple countries. The image below shows ballerinas practicing with medical masks during the SARS outbreak.

9-SARS Outbreak

New York city was plunged in darkness after a major power failure occurred which resulted from power cutouts at 21 power plants due to an unknown reason. The power outage struck simultaneously across dozens of cities in the eastern United States and Canada. [2003]

10-Newyork City Electricity Outbreak

The statue of Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein was demolished in Central Baghdad after one and a half month of the invasion. [2003]

11-Iraq Invasion

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds a child after she was separated from her family during a firefight. [2003]

12-US Marine Holding A Child

President Bush gave an historic “Mission Accomplished” speech from the flight deck of the USS Lincoln, during which he declared an end to major combat in Iraq. [2003]

13-President Bush Speech

Space Shuttle Columbia was the first  to reach space in 1981. It carried dozens of astronauts into space over the next two decades after which the shuttle along with seven crew members were lost over Texas. The image below shows the space shuttle breaking apart after it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere on Feb 1, 2003. Columbia’s loss led NASA to do extra safety checks in orbit for all future missions.

14-Columbia Space Shuttle Breaks

The image shows the first wave of Indian Ocean Tsunami which was caused by an earthquake thought to have had the energy of 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs. [2004]

15-Indian Ocean Tsunami

A Ukrainian woman places flowers into shields of anti-riot policemen standing outside the presidential office in Kiev. Ukraine, during the 2004 Orange Revolution – a powerful civic movement. The movement comprised of political opposition group and a determined middle class to stop the ruling elite from falsifying an election and hijacking Ukraine’s presidency. 

16-Ukranian Women Placing Flowers In Police Shields

Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moscovitz in 2004, after they had just lauched FaceBook from Harvard University dorms. 

17-Facebook Launched In 2004

The Hubble Space Telescope, launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and still remains in operation, took a picture of what the universe looked like 13 billion years ago [2004]. 

18-Hubble Telescope Picture

A Russian police officer carries a released baby from the school seized by heavily armed masked men and women in the town of Beslan,Russia. The Beslan School hostage crisis lasted three days and involved the capture of over 1,100 people as hostages (including 777 children) and ended with the death of 385 people. [2004]

19-Russian Police Officer Carrying A Baby

The second longest-serving pope of catholic church in the mordern history, Pope John Paul II died on 2nd April, 2005. 

20-Death of Paul John II

A heart-wrenching picture of a mother and child at an an emergency feeding centre in in Tahoua, Niger.

21-Nigeria Food Crisis

Isabelle Dinoire labrador dog “chewed her face after she passed out from an overdose of sleeping pills.” She received the world’s first partial face transplant in 2005. 

22-First Partial Face Transplant

Kevin Berthia was talked out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge by police officers. He had since became an advocate for suicide prevention and has started a family. [2005]

23-Suicide Prevention On Golden Gate Bridge

Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas embraces Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr. who lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq. [2005]

24-Pearl Harbour Survivor

Tanisha Blevin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 105, as they are evacuated from the convention center in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic Tropical Cyclone in the history of United States. [2005]

25-Hurricane Katrina Survivors

The Cassini spacecraft took a picture of Saturn from deep space. The tiny speck of light circled in red is Earth. [2006]26-Saturn Picture From Deep Space

The Tribute in Light shines on the skyline of lower Manhattan in New York in 2006. This tribute is an art installation of 88 searchlights which were placed next to the site of World Trade Centre to create two vertical columns of light in rememberance of 9/11 attacks. 

27-Light Shines Tribute

Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter in 2007 after serving in Iraq for 7 months. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were the longest combat operations since Vietnam.

28-Soldier Reunited With Family After Serving In Iraq

Thousands are gathered to mourn the Virginia Tech shooting – the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman both in USA and worldwide.  The Virginia Tech massacre was a school shooting that took place on April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States. Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks, approximately two hours apart, before committing suicide.

29-Virginia Tech Shooting

An indigenous woman holds her child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen in Manaus who have been sent to evict natives. [2008]

30-Amazon State Policemen

Michael Phelps, an American swimmer, celebrates after winning his 14th gold medal and sets an all-time record for most Olympic gold medals. [2008]

31-Record For Most Olympic Gold Medals

Global Financial Crisis is considered the worst financial crisis since Great Depression in 1930. The crisis resulted in the failure of key businesses, decline in consumer wealth which was estimated in trillions of US dollars and unemployment. [2008]

32-Global Financial Crisis

Barack Obama was elected as the first African American President in 2008.

33-First African American President

Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the remains of his home after a cyclone stroke Myanmar’s capital of Yangon. [2008]

34-Myammar Cyclone

Four of the last seven Northern White Rhinos in the world were airlifted from a zoo in the Czech Republic to a park in Africa in an attempt to save their entire species. [2009]

35-Extinct Northern White Rhinos

US Airways Flight 1549 crashed landed on the Hudson river and miraculously everyone on the plane survived. [2009]

36-Airplane Crash Landing On Hudson River

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who has a judo black belt can be seen vacationing and hunting in Siberia. [2009]

37-Russian President Vacations In Siberia

Australia witnessed the deadly bushfires that swept through the southern state of Victoria on Feb. 7, 2009. The day now dubbed as ‘Black Saturday’ left  173 people dead, 500 injured, more than 2,000 homes destroyed and  millions of wildlife affected. In the image, a fireman rescues a koala from Australian bushfires. [2009]

38-Australian Bushfires

A catastropic 7.0 magnitude earthquake occurred at Haiti with 52 aftershocks of magnitude 4.5 or above. It affected an estimated three million people. Here is Kiki, age 7, who was pulled from the ruins and handed into the arms of his mother. [2010]

39-Haiti Earthquake

Elite runner Jaqueline Kiplimo helped a disabled Chinese athlete drink water during the 2010 Zheng-Kai marathon. She stayed with him for several miles, costing her the 1st place finish and the $10000 prize. [2010]

40-Zheng Kai Marathon

This is how Earth looks from the International Space Station which is an habitable artificial satellite circling around Earth in low orbit. [2010]

41-International Space Station

Crude oil streamed out of a broken pipe attached to a well 5,000 feet below sea level days after an oil rig to which the pipe was attached exploded and sank in the gulf about 50 miles southeast of Venice, La in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard officials used “controlled burn” of the petroleum on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico from which smoke can be seen rising high into the sky. [2010]

42-Spilled Oil At Mexican Coastline

Live images of the Chilean miners can be seen from Copiapó mining accident which resulted in trapping 33 miners for 69 days. [2010]

43-Trapped Chilean Miners

Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, were finally able to get married in New York after 17 US States legalized gay marriage. [2011]

44-Legalized Gay Marriage

Vancouver Stanley Cup riot  broke out after the conclusion of the Boston Bruins’ win over the Vancouver Canucks in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, which led Boston to win the Stanley Cup. The incident led to at least 140 people injured, at least four people stabbed, nine police officers injured and arresting of 101. [2011]

45-Vancouer Riots

The heart-warming picture of Christians protecting Muslims in prayer at Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution against the Mubarak Government. [2011]

46-Egyptian Revolution

Robert Peraza, who lost his son, mourns 10 years after the 9/11 terror attacks. [2011]

47- Ten Years Of 9-11 Attacks

A dog follows the Pope in between an adoring crowd in Mexico. [2011]

48-Dog Following Pope

An Egyptian woman kisses a policeman, who had refused to fire on protestors, during the revolution against the Mubarak Government. [2011]

49-Egyptian Revolution

A police officer pepper-sprayed Occupy protesters at the University of California. The incident occurred on November 18, 2011, during an Occupy movement demonstration at theUniversity of California, Davis. After the incident, large protests against the use of pepper spray occurred on campus. UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi apologized to the students, saying that the police had acted against her orders for there to be no arrests and no use of force. [2011]

50-Pepper Spray Protestors

President Barack Obama and Government staff watched the live feed of the commandos conducting a mid-night raid in Pakistan which ended with the killing of Osama bin Laden. [2011]

51-Osama Bin Laden Killing

New York firefighters celebrates after learning Osama Bin Laden’s death. Many of them lost friends in the 9/11 attacks. [2011]

52- New York Fighters Celebrating

Norwegian citizens hold a flower march after terrorist attacks by Anders Breivik killed 77. [2011]

53-Flower March After Terrorist Attack

Billy Stinson comforts his daughter on the steps where their cottage once stood before it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Irene has been ranked as the seventh costliest hurricane in U.S.A’s history. 

55-Hurricane Irene

A 4-month-old baby girl was rescued from the rubble four days after the Japanese tsunami. [2011]

56-Japanese Tsunami
The US rover, Curiosity, took a selfie on Mars in 2012. The rover was sent on a Mars mission to collect items for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory.

57-Curiosity Mars Selfie

Meghan Vogel, a high school runner, helps her exhausted rival cross the finish line. [2012]

58-Meghan Vogel High School Runner

The Middle East had snow for the first time in over 100 years. [2012]

59-Middle East Snow

Three young women from the New York Fashion Week pose next to a homeless man. [2012]

60-New York Fashion Week

A mother comforts her daughter after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012. A 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children, 6 adult staff members and killed his mother prior to driving to school. Lanza committed suicide afterwards by shooting himself in the head.

61-Sandy Hook Shooting

Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado. [2012]

62-Dog Coco

Pakistani Muslims form a human chain to protect Christians during Mass. [2013]

63-Pakistan Christian Protection

Carlos Arredondo helps Jeff Bauman after the Boston Marathon bombings. The two are now best friends. The incident killed 3 people and injured 264. [2013]

64-Boston Marathon Bombings

Dzhokar Tsarnaev, one of the brothers behind the Boston Marathon bombing, on the boat where he was eventually caught, with sniper lasers on his forehead. [2013]

65-Boston Marathon Bombings Accused Caught

The anti-government Syrian town of Kafr Anbel sends a message to Boston after the marathon bombing. [2013]

66-Anti-Government Syrian Message

Boston replied with their own message. [2013]

67-Boston Reply To Syrians

A child runs to safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. [2013]

68-Westgate Shooting Spree

San Francisco comes together to help batkid save the city – and to grant the wish of an ill child. [2013]

69-Batkid Saves The Day

Pope Francis embraces Vinicio Riva, a man scarred by a genetic disease. This was one of many progressive acts that the new leader of the Church made. [2013]

70-Man Scarred With Genetic Disease

A woman is peper-sprayed at Turkey’s Gezi Park protest which was held to contest the urban development plan for Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park.  [2013]

71-Turkey Gezi Park Protest

Nelson Mandela, the first President of South Africa died at the age of 95 from prolonge respiratory infection. [2013]

72-Goodbye To Nelson Mendela

Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan. [2013]

73-Death Of A Soldier

Kiev’s Independence Square before and after the revolution against the Ukranian President. [2014]

74-Independence Square Before And After Revolution

Afghan women turn out to vote in the first democratic transfer of power the country has ever seen. [2014]

75-Afghan Women Turn Out To Vote

Markiyan Matsekh plays piano for police during the Ukranian revoloution. [2014]

76-Ukranian Revolution

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