From the rise of the iPhone to the tragic September 11 attacks, to the influence of fantasy films like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, and from disasters like the Indian Ocean Tsunami to cutting-edge science developments like Europe’s Large Hadron Collider, The 2000s were ten unforgettable years.
When Michael Jackson died so many people across the world were searching his name that Google thought they were under cyberattack.
In the 2004 Tsunami, many people in Indonesia reported that they saw animals fleeing for high ground minutes before the tsunami arrived - very few animal bodies were found afterward.
Elian Gonzalez may have cost Al Gore the presidency as an estimated 50,000 more Cuban-Americans in Florida voted Republican than in 1996. 100 times George Bush’s margin of victory over Al Gore in 2000.
More video content is uploaded to YouTube in a 60 day period than the three major US television networks created in 60 years.
The Nokia 3310 was released in 2000 and had a 245-hour battery life. The first iPhone was released in 2007 and had a battery life of less than 10 hours.
By 2014 Paris Hilton’s fragrances had grossed more than $2 billion globally.
There were more journalists at Tora Bora in Afghanistan in 2001 during the hunt for Bin Laden than there were special forces.
It was Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl that helped revolutionise the internet. Three former Paypal employees were frustrated that they couldn't watch the footage online, so they created YouTube.
The estimated cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – as much as USD$6 trillion – is the equivalent of 2,400 Curiosity missions to Mars.
US military intelligence officers during the Iraq War told the Red Cross that between 70 and 90 percent of detainees in Iraq "had been arrested by mistake."
Enron created a giant fake trading floor and used it to con Wall Street analysts into believing the company was a thriving operation.
CEO Dick Fuld is thought to have made as much as USD$522m from Lehman Brothers in shares and bonuses in the 2000’s, prior to its bankruptcy.
The term 'red states and blue states' to refer to more conservative and more liberal states in the US was used for the first time in the 2000 election. Prior to 2000, red was more commonly associated with left-leaning states, and blue with more Republican strong-holds.
A record-breaking 125 million viewers tuned in for least part of the first season of Survivor in the US – more than voted in their 2000 election.
Survivor winner Richard Hatch failed to declare his winnings and was jailed for tax evasion.
The USS Cole bombing is alleged to have been planned by al Qaeda operative Khalid al Mihdhar. Eleven months later he is one of the hijackers of American Airlines Flight 77 and attacks the Pentagon on September 11.