In the U.S., the beginning of the new millennium was marred by the tragedy on September 11, 2001, when militants associated with an extremist group, al Quada, hijacked four commercial airplanes and flew them into several large buildings, resulting in the death of nearly 3,000 people. Terrorism and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq occupied the attention of the nation for much of the first decade.
In fall of 2008, the stock market crashed (largely due to the subprime mortgage crisis) and the country entered into a deep recession. Shortly after, the first black president, Barack Obama, was voted into office. By 2014, the worst of the economic downturn had reversed, and the Iraq war had ended, but war in Afghanistan dragged on.
Smartphones and media proliferation continued, creating diverse television and movie choices, but also contributed to deepening divisions politically within the U.S. Same-sex marriage became legal in all U.S. states in 2015 with the Supreme Court ruling in the landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 and WAR
- al Qaeda - al Qaeda, Arabic for "the base," is an international terrorist network led by extremist Osama bin Laden.... Continue Reading
- Osama bin Laden - The personification of terror in the early 2000s can easily be identified with the name of one man: Osama bin Laden.... Continue Reading
- Iraqi wars timetable
- Bush - George W. Bush became the 43rd president of the United States on the Republican ticket in the... Continue Reading
- Afghanistan - The country of Afghanistan has been conquered by many foreigners beginning with Alexander the Great, but none have been able to establish control over its fiercely independent population and rugged te... Continue Reading
A NEW AGE IN CULTURE & MEDIA
- Obama - Barack H. Obama was the 44th President of the United States. He was the first African American man to be elected to that office and the first U.S. president that had been born in Hawaii. He served two... Continue Reading
- Yo Yo Ma - Yo Yo Ma is a world-famous cellist. He is considered to be one of the best 'cellists in the world. A child prodigy, he appeared at the age of eight on American television, in a concert conducted by Le... Continue Reading