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World History 2000-2007 AD



Feb. 25, 2000 – USA Wary investors bring stock plunge; beginning of the end of the Internet stock boom


April 22, 2000 – USA Cuban boy Elián González, 6, at center of international dispute, reunited with his father after federal raid of Miami relatives' home


July 25, 2000 - Paris Concorde crash kills 113 near Paris


Sept 30, 2000 - Palestinians and Israelis clash, spurred by visit of right-wing Israeli leader Ariel Sharon to a joint Jewish/Muslim holy site; "Al Aksa intifada" continues unabated


Nov. 30 2000 - Mad cow disease alarms Europe


Dec. 12, 2000 - U.S. presidential election closest in decades; Bush's slim lead in Florida leads to automatic recount in that state (Nov. 7-8). Republicans file federal suit to block manual recount of Florida presidential election ballots sought by Democrats (Nov. 11). Florida Supreme Court rules election hand count may continue (Nov. 21). U.S. Supreme Court orders halt to manual recount of Florida votes (Dec. 9). Supreme Court seals Bush victory by 5-4; rules there can be no further recounting





Jan. 21 200- USA George W. Bush is sworn in as 43rd president of the United State of America.


April 7, 2000 – USA - Race riots in Cincinnati continue for several days following a shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer


May 29, 2000 – USA Four are declared guilty in 1998 terrorist bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Background: U.S. Embassy Bombings.


Sept. 11, 2001 – The World Trade Centers in New York City were attacked.

                           Approximately 3,000 people were killed in the attack.





2003 – India India's worst Hindu-Muslim violence in a decade rocked the state of Gujarat after a Muslim mob fire-bombed a train, killing Hindu activists. Hindus retaliated, and more than 1,000 died in the bloodshed


Jan 29, 2002 USA President Bush's first State of the Union address vows to expand the fight on terrorism and labels Iran, Iraq, and North Korea "an axis of evil"  


Oct. 12, 2002 - Bali Terrorist bomb in Bali kills hundreds.


Oct. 24, 2002 – USA Snipers prey upon DC suburbs, killing ten and wounding others (Oct. 2–24). Police arrest two sniper suspects, John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo




Jan. 28, 2003 – USA In the State of the Union address, Bush announces that he is ready to attack Iraq even without a UN mandate


March 19, 2003 - U.S. and Britain launch war against Iraq


April 9, 2003 - Baghdad falls to U.S. troops


April 29, 2003 - First Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, sworn in


May 12,2003 – Saudi Arabia Terrorists strike in Saudi Arabia, killing 34 at Western compound; Al-Qaeda suspected


Dec. 13, 2007 - Saddam Hussein is captured by American troops



In 2004 – Palestinians-Israelis Approximately 2,800 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis have now died in the four-year-old al-Aksa intifada, and nearly 27,200 Palestinians and 5,700 Israelis have been wounded. Frequent military incursions into the Palestinian territories, the assassinations of several dozen militant leaders (including Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin and his successor), and the construction of the massive security barrier in the West Bank have resulted in dramatically fewer Palestinian suicide bombings:


In 2004, Sudan, Africa. After two years of troubled negotiations and cease-fires, Sudan's brutal, 20-year-long civil war seemed at an end. The war had pitted the Arab-Muslim government of the North against the black Christian and animist South. Two million people had died in the conflict, primarily through starvation and disease, and another four million had been displaced. In addition to the staggering death toll, the war had led to a resurgence of slavery, with Arab raiders from the north enslaving thousands of black southerners.


March 11, 2004, Spain's most horrific terrorist attack occurred: 202 people were killed and 1,400 were injured in bombings at Madrid's railway station. The government at first blamed ETA, the Basque terrorist organization, but evidence quickly surfaced implicating al-Qaeda.




April 2, 2005 - Pope John Paul II was the first Polish pope and the first non-Italian since Adrian VI (1522–1523). The third longest reigning pope—26 years—he spoke eight languages and traveled more than any pope in history.


April 24, 2005 - Benedict XVI, 1927–, pope (2005–) and Roman Catholic theologian, a German (b. Marktl am Inn, Bavaria) named Josef (or Joseph) Alois Ratzinger; successor of John Paul II. He entered the seminary in 1939, but his training was interrupted by World War II.


May 5, 2005 - Blair, Tony (Anthony Charles Lynton Blair), 1953–, British politician, b. Edinburgh. An Oxford-educated lawyer, he was first elected to Parliament in 1983 as the Labour party candidate from a district in N England.


July 7, 2005, London became the victim of a terrorist bombing, Britain's worst attack since World War II. Four bombs exploded in three subway stations and on one double-decker bus during the morning rush hour, killing 52 and wounding more than 700. A group calling itself the Secret Organization of al-Qaeda in Europe claimed responsibility.




World Cup - Italy d. France (1–1 [5–3 after shootout])

World Series - St. Louis Cardinals d. Detroit Tigers (4–1)

Super Bowl - Pittsburgh d. Seattle (21–10)


Jan.  2, 2006 - Sago, W.Va.: thirteen coal miners were trapped in the Sago Mine, 12 died and 1 survived. The cause of the explosion is unknown. An initial report that 12 survived turned out to be erroneous, leaving relatives and friends furious when they heard three hours later that all 12 were dead.


Jan. 4, 2006 - Cijeruk, Indonesia: A mudslide, buried 200 homes and killed at least 200 people


Jan. 12, 2006 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia: a stampede by pilgrims on the annual hajj killed at least 360.


Feb. 3, 2006 -  Red Sea: a fire on the Al-Salaam Boccaccio 98 a Red Sea ferry, enroute from Saudi Arabia to Egypt, caused it to sink 60 miles off the Egyptian coast, killing more than 1,000 of the 1,400 on board. 


Feb. 17, 2006 - Guinsaugon, Philippines: a mudslide caused by the collapse of a mountain engulfed the town of Guinsaugon, burying more than 1,000 people. Rescue workers were unable to recover many survivors. More than 3,330 were left homeless. The depth of the landslide was estimated at 13 ft covering an area of 1.2 sq mi (3 sq km).


March 6–7., 2006 - Tex.: more than 200 wildfires in a 24-hour period destroyed 15 homes, killed 10,000 cattle and horses, and burned 191,000 acres. Since December 26th, Texas wildfires have killed 11 people, destroyed 400 homes, and burned more than 3.7 million acre.


April 24, 2006 - Dahab, Egypt: terrorists set off 3 bombs in the Sinai Peninsula resort city of Dahab, killing 18 and injuring 85.


May 26, 2006 - Java, Indonesia: (May 27 at 5:54 AM local time in Java, Indonesia). a 6.3 magnitude earthquake killed more than 5,700 people and destroyed 135,000 homes. This area had also been under an intense volcano watch due to the ongoing eruption of the volcano Merapi.


June, 2006 -southern China: the worst flooding in 30 years caused more than 340 storm-related deaths in June.


July 11, 2006 - Mumbai, India: a series of powerful explosions within 11-minute span struck 7 commuter trains and stations in Mumbai during the evening commute and killed at least 190 people and injured 600. No one has claimed responsibility.


Mid-July, 2006 - North Korea: severe floods killed hundreds, perhaps 800–900. North Korea has not officially released information on this disaster.


Aug. 6, 2006 - Dire Dawa, Ethiopia: flash floods on the Dechatu River killed more than 200 persons with many still missing.


Aug. 10, 2006 - London, U.K.: police arrest 24 Bristih-born Muslims, most of whom have ties to Pakistan, who had plotted to blow up as many as 10 planes using liquid explosives. Officials say details of the plan were similar to other schemes devised by al-Qaeda. Airports all over the world beef up security. British officials charge 11 people in connection to the suspected plot. Eight are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and preparing acts of terrorism. The others are charged with lesser crimes.


July-Aug. 2006 - Ethiopia: flooding in Ethiopia since July has killed at least 870 people.


Sept. 27–28, 2006 - Luzon, Philippines: Typhoon Xangsane hit the island of Luzon causing flooding and killing 110. It was the worst to hit the city in over 35 years.


Oct. 11, 2006 - New York City, NY.: a single-engine plane carrying two people, one of them New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, crashed into a 42-story building on the Upper East Side. Both men died in the crash. Several others, including residents of the building and firefighters, were injured.


Nov. 30, 2006 - Padang, Philippines Typhoon Durian with winds of 162 mph caused a massive mudslide form Mount Mayon burying more than 500 people under volcanic ash, boulders, and water.


Dec. 25, 2006 – James Brown Died at age 73 in Atlanta. Legendary singer, songwriter, and dancer acclaimed as the “Godfather of Soul.


Dec. 26 - Java Sea, Indonesia: a ferry carrying 600 people sinks during a heavy storm, at least 400 people are still missing.


Dec. 26, 2006Gerald Ford Died at age 93 in Rancho Mirage, California. 38th president of the United States, 1974–1977


Dec. 30, 2006 - Saddam Hussein is convicted of crimes against humanity by an Iraqi court (Nov. 5), and hanged in Baghdad. President of Iraq, 1979–2003. A witness videotapes the hanging using a cell phone and captures the chaos that unfolds as Shiite guards taunt Hussein.





Jan. 1, 2007 -   Indonesia: Adam Air Flight KI-574, flying from Java to Manado, crashed in stormy      weather and strong winds killing all of the 102 people on board.


Jan. 12, 2007 - Athens, Greece: the U.S. embassy was fired on by an anti-tank missile causing damage but no injuries.


Feb. 18, 2007 -  India: Two homemade bombs exploded on a train headed for Pakistan from India, killing at least 70.


Feb. 18, 2007 -  Thailand: Some 30 coordinated bombs exploded at bars, hotels, and electricity transmitters in Pattani Province, killing or wounding 60 people.


March 6, 2007 -  Sumatra, Indonesia: Two earthquakes, magnitudes 6.4 and 6.3, struck the island of Sumatra two hours apart, killing at least 70 people. 


April 16, 2007 -  Blacksburg, Va.: A Virginia Tech student killed 32 fellow students and then himself in the most deadly shooting rampage in U.S. history. 


May 5, 2007 -   Doula, Cameroon: A Kenya-bound Kenya Airways plane took off in stormy weather and crashed moments later, killing all 114 people on board.


May 24, 2007 -  Novokuznetsk, Russia: A methane explosion killed 38 coal miners in Yubileinaya, two months after a similiar explosion in a nearby town killed 110.


June 10, 2007 -  Chittagong, Bangladesh and Beijing, China: Mudslides set off by heavy monsoon rains killed at least 62 people in Bangladesh. Torrential rains in southern China caused flooding in small cities and farming villages, killing at least 66.


June 24, 2007-  Karachi, Pakistan: More than 200 people died during severe storms in Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city.


July 8, 2007 -  West Bengal, India: Monsoon rains and flooding left 660 dead and more than a million stranded.


July 17, 2007 -  Niigata, Japan: 6.8 magnitude earthquake left at least 11 dead and injured more than 900. A nuclear power plant in nearby Kashiwazaki sustained significant damage, including minor radiation leaks, ruptured pipes, flooding, and a fire.


July 17, 2007 -   Sao Paulo, Brazil: More than 176 people were killed when an Airbus skidded off the runway at Congonhas Airport in rainy weather. It was the worst aviation accident in Brazil's history.


Aug. 1, 2007 -   Minneapolis, Minn.: An eight-lane interstate bridge packed with cars broke into sections and collapsed into the Mississippi River, killing at least nine, and injuring at least 60. The bridge was in the midst of repairs when it buckled and broke apart.


Aug. 1, 2007 -   Benaleka, Congo: A passenger train running between Ilebo and Kananga derailed after the brakes failed, killing about 100 people.


Aug. 14, 2007 -   North Korea: Hundreds are reported dead or missing after a week of heavy rain in central and southern North Korea. Huge areas of farmland were washed away, provoking fears that North Korea's food crisis could worsen.


Aug. 15, 2007 -  Coast of central Peru: A 8.0-magnitude earthquake 95 miles southeast of Lima, Peru, leaves at least 337 people dead, and injures hundreds more.


Sept. 16, 207 -  Phuket, Bangkok: A McDonnell Douglas MD-82 plane, which took off from Bangkok, skids off the runway and bursts into flames during heavy rain in Phuket. At least 88 people are killed.


Sept. 24, 2007 -  Sudan: Over 20 people die, at least 13,000 livestock are lost, and 65 people are injured by flooding in central Sudan during August and September. Over half a million people countrywide are affected by the floods. Clean water is provided to 2.2 million people to prevent deadly epidemics.


Oct. 21–28, 2007 -  southern Calif.: 24 wildfires from Simi Valley to the Mexican border are fanned by 50 to 60 mph winds burning more than 516,000 acres. Seven people die, close to 90 people are injured, more than 2,000 homes are destroyed, and over 500,000 people evacuate their homes. A 10-year-old boy admits to accidentally starting one of the fires while playing with matches.


Oct. 31, 2007 -  Carribean: 107 people die during Tropical Storm Noel. 66 people die, 27 are missing, 6,300 homes are destroyed, and more than 62,000 people are homeless when two rivers burst 26 miles outside Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At least 40 people die and 400 homes are destroyed in Haiti. In Cuba, 24,000 people are evacuated from low-lying areas and 2,000 homes are damaged by floods.


Nov. 15, 2007 -  Bangladesh: Cyclone Sidr, with winds over 100 miles per hour, kills nearly 3,500 people in southern Bangladesh. The United Nations reports that a million people are without homes.


Nov. 18, 2007 -  Donetsk, Ukraine: 90 people die and 10 are missing in the deadliest mining explosion since 1991.


December 5, 2007 -  Omaha, Nebraska: Robert Hawkins, 19, of Bellevue, Nebraska, kills eight people before turning the gun on himself at the Von Maur department store in the Westroads Mall in Omaha. Five people are also wounded.


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