10: 2 Apr. 2005
Pope John Paul II dies. Pope Benedict XVI is elected Pope
9: 1 Sep. 2004
The Beslan massacre. Chechen militants took more than 1,100 people (including 777 children) hostage. Russian security forces eventually stormed in. At least 334 hostages were killed, including 186 children.
8: From 5 Oct. 2000
The color revolutions and new countries. Peaceful revolutions lead to the overthrow of leaders in Yougoslavia, Georgia and Ukraine. Yougoslavia becomes Serbia and Montenegro. Kosovo separates itself from Serbia.
7: 1 May 2004
10 new members are accepted into the European Union in 2004. Leads to treaty of Lisbon in 2007.
6: 11 Mar. 2004
191 people are killed in the Madrid Train Bombings.
July 7, 2005
Suicide Bombers attack London’s public transit system, killing 56 people.
5: 1 Jan. 2002
The Euro replaces the currencies of 12 of the EU’s 15 members.
4: June 2009
The outbreak of the H1N1 influenza strain, commonly referred to as “swine flu”, is deemed a global pandemic, becoming the first condition since the Hong Kong flu of 1967–1968 to receive this designation.
3: From 2001
Wars in Irak and Afghanistan. In 2001, the US and British armies launch their attack on Afghanistan in reply to September 11th attacks. In 2003, following a report on WMD in Irak, the US begin the invasion with the UK, Denmark, Spain and Poland.
2: From end of 2007
The recession: Years of risky loans in the US and Europe lead to a massive loss of jobs, bankruptcies and a redefinition of world economies.
1: 11 Sep. 2001
Attack on the twin towers. This event marked the coming of terrorism on the world arena, as people all over watched in horror the 2 planes crashing on the towers. This attack also lay the foundation for the wars in Afghanistan and Irak.
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