What Just Happened?

Today was a historic day in our country’s history…

Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States, and its 1st African American President.

I thought that as we looked hopefully into the future, we could take a moment to look back at the highlights (or lowlights, depending on your perspective) of the last 8 years

2000

December 13: The U.S. Supreme Court stops the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush.

The Dow closes at 10,794.

2001

January 15: Wikipedia is founded.

June 7: The Bush tax cuts become law.

September 9: Ahmed Shah Massoud, commander of the anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan, is assassinated.

September 11: Nearly 3,000 die in the 9/11 attacks.

September 18: The first anthrax letters are mailed.

September 20: The Office of Homeland Security is announced.

October 7: The United States invades Afghanistan.

October 26: The PATRIOT Act is signed into law.

November 25: CIA interrogator Johnny Michael Spann is killed in Afghanistan; he is the first U.S. casualty in the war on terror.

December 2: Enron files for bankruptcy.

2002

January 1: The Euro enters circulation.

January 23: Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Pakistan.

May 30: Clean-up operations at Ground Zero are completed.

October 2: Congress passes a joint resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq at the president’s discretion.

The Beltway sniper attacks begin.

October 4: The Dow closes at 7,528.40, in what will be its lowest ebb in the post-Internet-boom recession.

December 9: United Airlines files for bankruptcy.

2003

March 20: Coalition troops enter Iraq.

April 9: U.S. forces seize Baghdad.

April 14: The Human Genome Project is completed.

May 1: President Bush delivers his “Mission Accomplished” speech.

June 3: The Dow closes above 9,000.

August 14: A major blackout leaves 40 million Americans in eight states without power.

December 11: The Dow closes above 10,000.

December 13: Saddam Hussein is captured.

2004

March 11: 190 die in the Madrid train bombings.

April 28: The Abu Ghraib scandal is revealed.

July 27: Barack Obama delivers his “Audacity of Hope” speech at the Democratic convention.

August 19: Google goes public.

September 8: The U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 1,000.

November 14: Colin Powell resigns as Secretary of State.

2005

February 15: YouTube goes online.

May 31: Mark Felt is revealed to be “Deep Throat.”

July 7: 56 die in the London subway and bus bombings.

September 28: Tom DeLay is indicted on conspiracy charges.

October 19: Saddam Hussein goes on trial.

October 2: The U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 2,000.

2006

February 14: The Dow closes above 11,000.

February 22: The al-Askari Mosque in Samarra, Iraq, is bombed, triggering Sunni-Shia ethnic cleansing across the country.

June 7: A U.S. airstrike kills Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

October 17L The U.S. population reaches 300 million.

October 19: The Dow closes above 12,000 for the first time in history.

November 5: Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death.

November 8: Donald Rumsfeld resigns as Secretary of Defense.

December 30: Saddam Hussein is executed by hanging in Baghdad.

December 31: The U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 3,000.

2007

January 9: The iPhone is introduced.

April 25: The Dow closes above 13,000 for the first time in history.

July 19: The Dow closes above 14,000 for the first time in history.

July 21: The final book in the Harry Potter series is released.

October 9: The Dow reaches what will be its all-time high unto date, closing at 14,164.53.

October 18: Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan.

November 3: Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf declares a nationwide state of emergency.

November 23: The Dow closes below 13,000.

December 27: Bhutto is assassinated.

2008

January 2: Oil hits $100 per barrel for the first time.

February 19: Fidel Castro announces his resignation.

March 7: The Dow closes below 12,000.

March 23: The U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 4,000.

July 15: The Dow closes below 11,000.

September 15: Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 — the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

September 16: The Federal Reserve lends $85 billion dollars to AIG — the largest such intervention in U.S. history.

September 25: Washington Mutual collapses — the largest bank failure in U.S. history.

October 6: The Dow closes below 10,000.

October 9: The Dow closes below 9,000.

November 4: Barack Obama is elected president.

November 19: The Dow closes below 8,000.

November 20: The Dow closes at 7,552.29, its lowest point to date in the global financial crisis.

December 4: In Iraq, parliament passes a law forcing all U.S. troops to leave the country by January 1, 2012.

thanks to Tim Heffernan

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