Looking Back A Decade
Yet, another year in the solar calendar comes to an end. But, this time, mathematically we will be stepping into a new decade. Yes, a new decade. Stepping into the new millennium only seems like yesterday and we are already through ten years (in another three days).
So, what do we leave behind in this decade and what do we need to carry into the next one? Let’s refresh our minds with the events that shook us, shattered us, made us cry and made us happy.
Looking Back a Decade: The fear of apocalypse at the dawn of the new millennium was soon forgotten and everyone of us enjoyed the number 2000 on our calendars. The Y2K problem which was supposed to crash all the computers was solved, the Olympics in the first year of the 21st century took place at Sydney and George W. Bush was on the verge of becoming the 43rd President of the United States.
- The first month of the year saw George Walker Bush, son of George H.W. Bush take the office duties from Bill Clinton. Just within eight months after change in Presidency, the world either woke up or sat down in front of their television sets, not ready to believe what they just saw.
- September 11, 2001 (now known as 9/11) saw the most devastating incident in the history of mankind after the Hiroshima-Nagasaki WWII incident. The two towering structures of New York, the World Trade Centre were hit by two hijacked planes bringing both of them down and killing several hundreds of people. While another plane dropped on the Pentagon, one more crashed in rural Pennsylvania.
- The whole world was in chaos post this incident and America declared its war on Afghanistan to hunt down Osama Bin Laden in less than a month on October 7,2001.
- This year saw the war of words between America and Iraq and the former’s allegations of Iraq’s possession of nuclear weapons first saw light.
- The first FIFA world cup of the millennium was hosted by Japan and Korea. Brazil comfortably overcame Germany in the final to claim their fifth FIFA title.
- Just three days prior to the first anniversary of 9/11, Pete Sampras the tennis legend from America took a bow from the sport after winning at the US Open in New York, his 14th title all together.
- 1 February of this year, the world noticed yet another disaster. The space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas during its re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere killing all the seven crew members.
- March 20, the coalition forces which included America, United Kingdom, Australia and Poland declared war over Iraq and toppled Saddam Hussein from the office within two months.
- Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard sophomore invents facebook, which is now the world’s widely used social networking site.
- 11 November 2004, saw the demise of Palestine’s first president Yasser Arafat and the reasons behind his death created a big stir across the world.
- The Boxing Day of Christmas, 2004 witnessed yet another catastrophic incident – Tsunami in South East Asia which stretched as far as the continent of Africa.
- This unseen catastrophe of modern times left the countries Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives in shatters killing almost 234,000 people.
- Come 2005, London witnessed the wrath of Al-Qaeda attacks in the heart of the city. 3 tubes and one double decker were planted with bombs and this incident killed 700 people and left 52 injured. This incident is now called as 7/7.
- In August 2005, America was hit by the costliest disaster ever in the form of Katrina. An estimated 81 billion dollars of property was damaged and nearly 1,836 people were killed.
- The FIFA World Cup final between Italy and France witnessed one of the most embarrassing moments of the game. This final would be most remembered for Zidane’s infamous headbutt to Italian Materazzi for which he was red carded.
- This year would be best remembered for Saddam Hussein’s court trial and his execution. Saddam was hanged to death for his atrocities against humanity on the 30 December 2006.
- The second half of this year witnessed two major events. One was on the political front while the other was on the economic front.
- As far as the political event is concerned, it was the stepping down of Tony Blair as the leader of the Labour Party and the prime minister of the UK, paving way to Gordon Brown.
- On the economic front, America witnessed the worst economic recession after the Great War towards the end of the year.
- By mid 2008, the economic recession hit many nations across the world pretty badly leaving the economics of these countries in chaos.
- China successfully hosted the Summer Olympics despite the huge losses incurred by a devastating earthquake in May,2008.
- In November 2008, Mumbai in India, witnessed one of the most horrific terrorist attacks. The crisis, now known as 26/11 lasted for three days during which 175 people were killed and 308 of them were wounded.
- The year 2009 can be cherished for three reasons. One reason to celebrate was to mark the end of the worst hit economic recessions in recent times while the other was to do with the modern tennis’ greatest – Roger Federer.
- Federer completed a career Grandslam by winning the French open that year and he followed it up with his sixth win at the Wimbledon to break Pete Sampras’ world record.
- The most important of all, was the election of the first African-American President to the office – Barack Obama.
- While the end of the year witnessed the infamous tabloids about Tiger Woods’ extramarital affairs.
- The year 2010 can be remembered for the chaos in the European air space during summer. The eruption of a volcano in Iceland shut the European airspace for nearly a week leaving thousands of passengers stranded worldwide.
- The following month saw a change in leadership in the United Kingdom, as the Labour Party faced defeat and the coalition led by Conservative Party’s David Cameron came into power.
- On the sports front, Rafael Nadal became the youngest player in the history of tennis to complete a career Grandslam.
- Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of facebook and the youngest billionaire in the world was awarded the Time’s 2010 Person of the Year Award.
Well, 2010 is drawing to a close and this decade witnessed the loss of many of our loved ones. But, mankind still keeps marching undeterred with undying spirit into yet another decade.
This article is a tribute to that undying spirit.