Top 10 Most Important Events of the 2000s

A list of the most important events from 2000-2009.
The Top Ten
1 September 11, 2001 - Terrorist Attacks in the United States

A lot of people are very oblivious to the effects of 9/11. People will act like it's not important because of the death toll and will say "Hiroshima" or "Vietnam". Which, to be fair, were very world-changing events too. But 9/11 has had a chain reaction-like impact on the world as impactful as the nukes dropped on Japan.

9/11 literally changed everything. The attacks were so horrifically ingenious and attacked us at a time when we were mostly relaxing. So much has happened since then. Not only in the United States have things changed, but also around the world. 9/11 mainly sparked wars, let terror organizations rise to prominence, and politics have become more unstable, among others. But even little things can have a hint of 9/11 influence in them. Food, entertainment, medicine, literature, philosophy, travel, everything has been affected by 9/11. It spread disease and asbestos throughout NYC and the state itself. It brought cultural change as well. While kind of vague, you'll notice after 9/11, 90's culture really died. 9/11 was the real start of the 2000s.

9/11 and Hiroshima have had similar effects and noticeable similarities.

- Both were ingenious and horrific attacks on civilians.
- Both have changed culture, consumerism, etc.
- Both started massive political storms in the world.
- Both have changed wars and how they function.

9/11 is the most important event of the 20th century, and one of the most important events in the history of the earth. You can say it's not as bad as the Japanese nukings, but the results are as impactful.

2 July 7, 2005 - London Bombings

This should definitely be higher than one person's death. You wouldn't put 9/11 under his death, then why would you put this under him? Completely unacceptable.

The worst attack in Britain that ever happened! This should be at number 2!

It's on a scale like America's 9/11 for Britain.

3 Michael Jackson Dies

He was a good man, and he could really dance well. He was perfect, and I loved his music. All I can say is he is awesome.

RIP Michael Jackson. You will always stay in our hearts. You touched so many.

I love Michael Jackson. I think it's a shame he died, along with his talent.

4 2008 Mumbai Attacks

It was when the same terrorist group that attacked in 2001 attacked Mumbai.

This event was truly sad. So many lives were lost that day.

It was a terrorized part of the world at the time.

5 Hurricane Katrina

Well, I wouldn't exactly call it a major event, although it did leave a huge impact on the world. It changed our way of resources and showed an ability to work together. I'm sure in some ways it can be considered a major event. It led to many people working together to help the community.

Think about it, think about the millions of dollars spent helping New Orleans and how much this affected our country! Hurricane Katrina changed everything, mainly our response to how to react to a natural disaster.

6 Election of Barack Obama as U.S. President

Barack Obama being elected as the president of the United States of America showed the whole world that minorities can also rule the world. It empowered, not just African-Americans, but the soul of all minority ethnic groups.

This should be higher than Michael Jackson Dies. I think Michael Jackson Dies should definitely be high up, but this should be higher.

He was the first African American president! It was a huge event that should be recognized more.

7 The Economy Collapses

Because the economy decides all our lives. If our economy falls, we fall too.

This was a big part of the world and had everyone scared.

Global impact, should be number 3 at least.

8 Burger King Creates Chicken Fries

I still remember the day I first tasted one. It seemed they were discontinued for a few years, so they became a faint but pleasant memory for me. Then, one day, I saw a billboard announcement that Chicken Fries were back. Nearly in tears, I called my father and told him the news. He began sobbing as he recalled the deep love my mother had for the fries.

I had a similar experience when I heard the announcement on early-morning radio that McDonald's would from then on be serving breakfast 24/7 at select locations. These are the events that I want to relive when I get to heaven.

9 2009 Iran Protests

They were fighting for what's right, but the bad people made the bad choices.

10 Africa's Population Reaches 1 Billion
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11 Green River Killer Captured
12 BTK Captured

It was a big capture that gave everyone a little relief.

13 Discovery of the Cave of the Crystals
14 Michael Jackson's Molestation Trial

This was at a time where harassment accusations were shocking. The MeToo Movement ruined all accusations.

He was found innocent on 14 counts. End of story.

15 Death of Bin Laden

So for those who think he is a great man, you think it's ok that he destroyed the Twin Towers and killed hundreds of innocent people. You really think he is a good man knowing all of this?

This gave everyone peace of mind, making them feel a lot safer with this man dead.

Bin Laden meets the Navy Seals.

16 Pluto Demoted to Dwarf Planet

Pluto does not deserve this. He is a planet, not just in my heart but in everyone else's. This is so unnecessary it's sad. When I was a kid growing up, Pluto was my favorite planet. I always thought that it wouldn't leave me or make fun of me like the people I grew up with did, and I would think of Pluto as a friend. This is complete discrimination! I'm so disappointed in those scientists.

No longer a planet to human science. But something can't be denied from what it is, it is like you kick somebody out from the family. Pluto is considered a dwarf planet from 2006, but it's still a planet...

17 Saddam Hussein Captured

This is a pretty important event. Saddam was one of the most evil people of the 21st century so far. He gassed and committed genocide against his own people. His capture helped bring justice to all the atrocities he committed as Iraq's dictator.

This was also a big capture, which saved a lot of people from more terrorist attacks.

Yep, I agree. This was significant.

18 Euro Introduced in Europe
19 Disney Purchases Marvel Entertainment
20 Tsunami in East Asia

9/11 was bad, but did it ruin the lives of millions? No, therefore this is a more tragic event. But oh well, what can you do against patriotic oh look at me being smart Americans invading countries that didn't need invading because they got oil, thinking the world is about them. Get a grip, it's not.

That's right, Michael Jackson's death is far more important than a tsunami that not only kills 230,000 innocent souls in 14 different countries but also becomes the deadliest tsunami in history. THIS SHOULD BE NUMBER 1!

It's a huge tsunami, and all the places that were hit by the tsunami have been changed for the good of the people. So, I think that the tsunami was a dangerous attack from the sea.

21 YouTube Founded

This is so important. YouTube helped shape the world today!

22 Water Found On the Moon

Actually, ice, and this leads people to believe that there could have been... are or could be life! (Maybe they're so small we can't see them.) So cool, MOON ALIENS!

Whoa. There could be life on the moon?

Wow! I did not know that?!?!?! (Shocked)

23 War On Terror

The war on terror has been going on for ages, and I don't think it will stop anytime soon.

24 The Virginia Tech Mass Shooting
25 Ronald Reagan Dies

A truly great man. An even greater president.

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