Great Events from History: The 21st Century, 2000-2016, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-13: 9781682173060
  • DDC: 909.83
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1500 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released December 2017
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Overview

The first sixteen years of the twenty-first century have seen tumultuous and life-changing events- terror, wars, natural disasters, as well as social and political events that will render the world forever changed. This text documents it all, covering events such as the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, natural disasters around the globe, and the election of the first African-American President. It also features important social and cultural developments, including the rise of digital and social media, as well as breakthroughs in science and medicine. In-depth, yet accessible essays provide a summary of the event and discuss the event's significance and historical impact. Entries are supplemented with sources for further reading, cross-references to other material in the series, maps, quotations from primary source documents, timelines, and hundreds of photographs and illustrations.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Publisher's Note.
Editor's Introduction.
Complete List of Contents.
A-Z List of Contents.
2000.
1: Y2k “Crisis” Does Not Cause Crisis: January 1, 2000.
2: Peanuts Comic Strip Retires: January 3, 2000.
3: United Kingdom Lifts Ban on Gays and Lesbians in the Military: January 12, 2000.
4: Hague Court Convicts Bosnian Croats of 1993 Massacre: January 14, 2000.
5: Alaska Airlines Flight 261 Crashes Because of a Mechanical Failure: January 31, 2000.
6: Endeavour Maps Earth from Space: February 11-22, 2000.
7: Spacecraft Orbits, Then Lands on, a Near-Earth Asteroid: February 14, 2000.
8: Land Reform Sparks Controversy in Zimbabwe: February, 2000.
9: FMLN Wins Legislative Elections in El Salvador: March 12, 2000.
10: Stephen King Releases the First E-Novel: March 14, 2000.
11: Wade Ends Socialist Dominance in Senegal: March 19, 2000.
12: Hollywood Awards Transgender Portrayals in Film: March 21, 2000.
13: Survivor Introduces Audiences to “Reality TV”: March 31, 2000.
14: Dot-Com Crash Ends a Historic Speculative Bubble: April 9–14, 2000.
15: Vermont Gives Legal Status to Same-Sex Civil Unions: April 25–July 1, 2000.
16: New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's Extramarital Affair Is Revealed: May 2, 2000.
17: ILOVEYOU Virus Attacks Computers: May 4, 2000.
18: Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards Is Convicted on Corruption Charges: May 9, 2000.
19: Scientists Release Evidence of Water on Mars: June 20, 2000.
20: Completion of the Sequencing of the Human Genome Is Announced: June 26, 2000.
21: U.S. Supreme Court Holds That First Amendment Rights of Private Organizations Trump Anti-Discrimination Laws: June 28, 2000.
22: Canadian Parliament Makes Quebec Secession More Difficult: June 29, 2000.
23: PRI Rule Ends in Mexico: July 2, 2000.
24: Organization of African Unity Moves to Establish the African Union: July 11, 2000.
25: Second Camp David Summit Ends without Any Agreements: July 11–24, 2000.
26: Florida Jury Ordered Tobacco Companies to Pay $145 Billion to Florida Smokers in 2000: July 14, 2000 and December 21, 2006.
27: “Blood Diamonds” Attract World Scrutiny: July 17-19, 2000.
28: Bridgestone/Firestone Announces Massive Recall: August 9, 2000.
29: Russian Submarine Sinks, Killing 118 Crew Members: August 12, 2000.
30: United Nations Holds the Millennium Summit: September 6–8, 2000.
31: Gymnast Andreea Răducan Loses Her Olympic Gold Medal Because of Drugs: September 26, 2000.
32: Palestinians Demonstrate Their Anger at Israel in the Second Intifada: September 28, 2000–February 8, 2005.
33: Slobodan Milosevic Is Overthrown by the Serbian People: October 5-7, 2000.
34: Large Coal Slurry Spill Pollutes Waters in Kentucky and West Virginia: October 11, 2000.
35: Islamicist Terrorists Attack U.S.S. Cole: October 12, 2000.
36: International Space Station Is Manned: November 2, 2000.
37: Sexual Abuse of Children in France Leads to the Outreau Scandal: December 2000–December 2005.
38: U.S. Government Funds Everglades Restoration: December 11, 2000.
39: The Supreme Court Orders An End to the Recount of Disputed Ballots, Which Makes George W. Bush the Next President: December 12, 2000.
40: California Experiences a Painful Electricity Crisis: 2000-2001.
41: The Sopranos Is Immensely Popular and Critically Acclaimed: 2000-June 10, 2007.
42: Killing of Unarmed African Americans by police Officers Triggers Mass Protests and Riots: 2000–2016, ongoing.
43: European Countries Punish Holocaust Deniers with Prison Sentences: 2000-2016, ongoing.
44: Craigslist Continues to Generate Controversy: 2000–2016, ongoing.
45: Cybercrime Becomes Increasingly Common: 2000–2016, ongoing.
46: North American Droughts Inflict Catastrophic Economic Consequences on Many Regions: 2000-2016.
47: Al-Quaeda Carries Out Numerous Terrorist Attacks during the Early Twenty-First Century: 2000–2016, continuing.
48: U.S. Oil Companies Expand Fracking and Offshore Drilling: 2000-2016, ongoing.
49: Hate Crime Events in the U.S. Appear to Have Increased in the Early Twenty-First Century: 2000-2016, ongoing.
50: Children Increasingly Have Access to the Internet: 2000-2016, ongoing.
51: Decriminalization of Marijuana Advances Rapidly in the United States: 2000-2016, ongoing.
52: Athletes and Parents Increasingly Concerned about Concussions in Sports: 2000–2016, ongoing.
53: Treatment of HIV/AIDS Improves during the Early Twenty-First Century: 2000-2016, ongoing.
54: The Global warming Debates and International Agreements: 2000-2016, ongoing.
55: U.S. Government Applies Economic Sanctions against Iran: 2000-July 14, 2015.
56: Cloud Computing Becomes Ubiquitous for Both Individuals and Organizations: 2000-2016, ongoing.
57: Significant Advances Are Made in Cancer Research: 2000-2016, ongoing.
58: Canada and the United States Cooperate on Defense and Security Issues: 2000-2016, ongoing.
59: Genetically Modified Foods Become Highly Controversial: 2000-2016, ongoing.
60: The Bush Administration Has Several High-Profile Scandals: 2001-2009.
61: Wikipedia Provides Free Encyclopedic Information over the Internet: JANUARY 15, 2001–2016, ongoing.
2001.
62: Bill Clinton Agrees to a Plea Bargain for the Crime of Lying under Oath: January 19, 2001.
63: The Bush Administration Expands Use of Extraordinary Rendition: January 20, 2001-January 20, 2009.
64: Liverpool Children's Hospital Collects Body Parts without Authorization: January 30, 2001.
65: Attorney General John Ashcroft Applies Conservative Law-And-Order Policies: February 2, 2001-February 3, 2005.
66: CIA Agent Robert Hanssen Is Arrested on Charges of Spying for Russia: February 18, 2001.
67: The U.S. Experiences a Short Recession in 2001: March-November 2001.
68: Ethics Counselor Exonerates Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien: March 2, 2001.
69: Cincinnati Experiences the Largest Urban Riots in the Country since the Los Angeles Riots of 1992: April 9-12, 2001.
70: Disappearance of D.C. Intern Chandra Levy Captures National Attention: April 30, 2001.
71: Japanese Human Rights Council Recommends Lesbian and Gay Rights: May 25, 2001.
72: The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act: June 7, 2001.
73: Award-Winning Historian Joseph J. Ellis Is Found Guilty of Lying: June 18, 2001.
74: Al-Qaeda Terrorists Destroy Towers of the World Trade Center and Kill Almost 3,000 People: September 11, 2001.
75: Mayor Giuliani Gains National Prestige as a Result of 9/11: September 11, 2001 and aftermath.
76: Anthrax Attacks Demonstrate the Terrifying Possibilities of Biological Weapons: September 18-October 9, 2001.
77: Post 9/11 Terrorist Attacks in the United States: September 18, 2001-2016, ongoing.
78: U.S. Combat Mission in Afghanistan Fails to Bring Peace and Stability: October 7, 2001-December 28, 2014.
79: The U.S. Government Attempts to Fight Terrorism with the USA Patriot Act: October 26, 2001.
80: Harry Potter Films Attract Huge Crowds: November 4, 2001-July 15, 2011.
81: American Airlines Changes Training Program after 251 Passengers Die on Flight 587: November 12, 2001.
82: Enron Bankruptcy Reveals Massive Financial Fraud: December 2, 2001.
83: China Becomes a Member of the world Trade Organization: December 11, 2001.
84: Argentina's Debt Default Is the Largest in World History: December 23, 2001.
85: Supreme Court Expands the Definition of “Cruel and Unusual Punishments”: 2001-2016.
2002.
86: Germany Legalizes Prostitution and Brothels: January 1, 2002.
87: Historian Stephen E. Ambrose Is Accused of Plagiarism: January 4, 2002.
88: Boston Globe Reports on Child Sexual Abuse by Roman Catholic Priests: January 6, 2002.
89: U.S. Government Holds Suspected Terrorists at the Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp: January 11, 2002-2016 (future uncertain).
90: Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Is Accused of Plagiarism: January 18, 2002.
91: French Judge Admits Favoring Russian Figure Skaters in Winter Olympics: February 11, 2002.
92: Rotting Human Bodies Are Found at Georgia Crematory: February 17, 2002.
93: Supreme Court Holds That Execution of a Mentally Retarded Offender Is Cruel and Unusual Punishment: February 20, 2002.
94: Riots in Gujarat Result in the Deaths of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus: February 27-29, 2002.
95: Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act Provides Economic Stimulus for Businesses: March 9, 2002.
96: President Hugo Chávez Is Removed from Power in Venezuela for 47 Hours: April 11-13, 2002.
97: American Idol Was One of the Most Successful Shows in Television History: June 11, 2002-April 7, 2016.
98: Internal Corruption Forces Adelphia Communications to Declare Bankruptcy: June 25, 2002.
99: Journalist Alleges Release of Genetically Modified Corn Seeds in New Zealand: July, 2002.
100: Canada Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage: July 12, 2002-July 20, 2005.
101: Supreme Court Approves Vouchers for Private Religious Schools: July 27, 2002.
102: Sarbanes-Oxley Act Is Designed to Combat Corporate Fraud: July 30, 2002.
103: Immunologist Resigns after Being Accused of Falsifying Research: August 12, 2002.
104: Inquiry Reveals That Physicist Jan Hendrik Schön Faked His Research: September 25, 2002.
105: British Politician Reveals Her Affair with Prime Minister John Major: September 28, 2002.
106: Beltway Snipers Terrorize the Greater Washington Area: October 2-24, 2002.
107: Murder of Transgender Teenager Attracts National Attention: October 4, 2002.
108: Congress Authorizes the Use of Military Force against Iraq: October 16, 2002.
109: At Least 170 People Die in Moscow as a Consequence of Chechen Terrorist Attack: OCTOBER 23-26, 2002.
110: Historian Michael A. Bellesiles Resigns After Discovery Of Scholarly Fraud: October 25, 2002.
111: SARS Epidemic Results in over 8,000 Reported Cases and 774 Known Deaths: November 27, 2002-May 18, 2004.
112: Department of Homeland Security Is Created in Response to 9/11: November 25, 2002.
113: Senator Trent Lott Loses His Job for Praising Strom Thurmond's 1948 Dixiecrat Campaign: December 5, 2002.
2003.
114: E-Books Grow in Popularity: 2003-2016, ongoing.
115: War in Darfur Results in 300,000 Deaths and about 3 Million Displaced Persons: 2003 to Present.
116: E-Mail Message Prompts Inquiry into Air Force Academy Sexual Assaults: January 2, 2003.
117: North Korea Tests Nuclear Weapons and Long-Range Rockets, Despite UN Sanctions: January 10, 2003-2016, ongoing.
118: Space Shuttle Columbia Disintegrates When Re-Entering the Earth's Atmosphere: February 1, 2003.
119: Rhode Island Nightclub Fire Causes over 100 Deaths: February 20, 2003.
120: Australian Court Validates Transsexual Marriage: February 21, 2003.
121: U.S. National Security Agency Is Found to Have Spied on U.N. Officials: March 2, 2003.
122: Transsexuals Protest Academic Exploitation: March, 2003-December, 2004.
123: Cuba Conducts The “Black Spring” Crackdown On Dissidents: March 18-20, 2003.
124: Iraq War: U.S. Coalition Overthrows Saddam Hussein's Regime but Fails to Bring peace and Stability to Iraq: March 19, 2003-December 18, 2011.
125: The Da Vinci Code Challenges Traditional Ideas about Jesus and Early Christianity: April 2003.
126: Buenos Aires Recognizes Same-sex Civil Unions: April, 2003.
127: New York Times Reporter Jayson Blair Is Exposed as a Fraud: April 29, 2003.
128: Roadmap for Peace Initially Inspired Hope but Is Terminated by the Gaza War: April 30, 2003-December 27, 2008.
129: Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act Designed to Promote Economic Growth by Reducing Taxes: May 28, 2003.
130: NASA's Two Exploration Rovers Land on Mars and Send Messages Back to Earth: June 10, 2003 and January 25, 2004.
131: Flash Mobs Begin as a Playful Assembly But Become Criminal And Violent Events: June 17, 2003-2016, ongoing.
132: Supreme Court Places Limited Restrictions on Affirmative Action Programs: June 23, 2003.
133: Supreme Court Rules Texas' Anti-Sodomy Law Is Unconstitutional: June 26, 2003.
134: Basketball Star Kobe Bryant Is Accused of Rape: July 1, 2003.
135: Wal-Mart Adds Lesbians and Gays to Its Antidiscrimination Policy: July 2, 2003.
136: Columnist Robert Novak Leaks the Name of CIA Operative Valerie Plame: July 14, 2003.
137: The Second Congo War Officially Ends but Vicious Fighting Continues: July 18, 2003.
138: The Great Heat Wave of 2003 Kills More than 40,000 Europeans and Destroys 32 Million Tons of Grain Harvest: July-August, 2003.
139: Over 50 Million People Are Affected by the Northeastern Blackout of 2003: August 14-17, 2003.
140: Mutual Fund Companies Are Implicated in Shady Trading Practices: September 3, 2003.
141: Schwarzenegger Is Elected Governor: October 2-7, 2003.
142: China Becomes the Third Nation to Conduct Manned Space Flight: October 15, 2003.
143: California Fire Siege Is the Largest Wildfire in the State's History: October 21-November 4, 2003.
144: Paris Hilton Sex-Tape Appears on the Web: Early November, 2003.
145: Massachusetts High Court Rules for Same-sex Marriage: November 18, 2003.
146: president Bush Signs into Law the Prescription Drug Option: December 8, 2003.
147: Senator Strom Thurmond's Biracial Daughter Is Revealed: December 17, 2003.
148: Pop Star Michael Jackson Is Charged with Child Molestation: December 18, 2003.
149: Earthquake in Iran Kills More than 26,000 People and Leaves 75,000 Homeless: December 26, 2003.
150: Private Military Companies Expand during the Iraq War: 2003–2011.