So this is goodbye to an era that amused us with arithmetic symmetry. From 01.01.2001 to 12.12.2012 was a period of numerical significance. And 2012 marks the end of a symbolic cycle literally. Let us look back at some of the most memorable events of the last 11 years in pictures.
September 11, 2001 – The terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre NY. The 9/11 attacks were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. areas on September 11, 2001. On that Tuesday morning, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally flew two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours. Debris from the collapsing towers fell onto or initiated fires in several surrounding buildings leading to the partial or complete collapse of all the other buildings in the complex. Debris also caused major damage to ten other large structures in the immediate area. The hijackers also intentionally crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and intended to pilot the fourth hijacked jet, United Airlines Flight 93, into the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.; however, the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers attempted to take control of the jet from the hijackers. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, including all 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes.
7 October 2001 the United States armed forces and coalition forces invade Afghanistan – Operation Enduring Freedom
The final match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, played between Germany and Brazil at the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Brazil won the match 2–0, winning a record fifth title.
19 March – 1 May 2003 beginning of the Iraq war- Operation Iraqi Freedom, in which a combined force of troops from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland invaded Iraq and toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein in 21 days of major combat operations. The invasion phase consisted of a conventionally fought war which concluded with the capture of the Iraq capital Baghdad by United States forces.
The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred on February 1, 2003, when shortly before it was scheduled to conclude its 28th mission. Itdisintegrated over Texas and Louisiana during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in the death of all seven crew members.
2004 Summer Olympics were held in Athens, Greece from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto Welcome Home
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake occurred on Sunday, 26 December 2004, with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. It triggered a devastating tsunami killing over 230,000 people in fourteen countries. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.
The funeral of Pope John Paul II was held on 8 April 2005, six days after his death on 2 April. It brought together the single largest gathering in history of heads of state outside the United Nations. It is likely to have been the largest single gathering of Christianity in history, with numbers estimated in excess of four million mourners gathering in Rome.
The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla Parker Bowles took place in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, on 9 April 2005.
The Papal conclave of 2005 was convened as a result of the death of Pope John Paul II on 2 April 2005. The conclave began on 18 April 2005 and ended on the following day after four ballots.Eligible members of the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Churchmet and elected Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Dean of the College of Cardinals as the new Pope. After accepting his election, he took the regnal name Benedict XVI.
Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States.Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall. At least 1,833 people died in the hurricane and subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane; total property damage was estimated at $81 billion (2005 USD)
FIFA World Cup Final 2006 took place on 9 July 2006 at the Olympiastadion, Berlin. Italy beat France on penalties after the match finished 1–1 after extra time. France’s Zinedine Zidane was sent off in his last-ever match, for headbutting Italy’s Marco Materazzi’s chest in retaliation to verbal insults.
The execution of Saddam Hussein took place on Saturday December 30, 2006. Saddam was sentenced to death by hanging, after being found guilty and convicted of crimes against humanity by the Iraqi Special Tribunal for the murder of 148 Iraqi Shi’ite in the town of Dujail in 1982, in retaliation for an assassination attempt against him.
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto occurred on 27 December 2007 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Bhutto, twice Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988–1990; 1993–1996) and then-leader of the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party, had been campaigning ahead of elections due in January 2008.
The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad took place in Beijing, China, from August 8 to 24, 2008. American swimmer Michael Phelps broke the records for most gold medals in one Olympics and for most career gold medals by winning eight swimming events.
The United States presidential election of 2008 was the 56th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. Democrat Barack Obama, then the junior Senator from Illinois, defeated Republican John McCain, the senior Senator from Arizona.
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 of propofol intoxication after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles. Jackson’s death triggered grief around the world, creating unprecedented surges of Internet traffic and causing sales of his music and that of the Jackson 5 to increase dramatically.Jackson’s death is ranked No. 1 on VH1/VH1 Classic’s list of 100 Most Shocking Moments in Music.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup Final took place on 11 July 2010 at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa. Spain defeated the Netherlands 1–0 with a goal from Andrés Iniesta four minutes from the end of extra time
The wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton took place on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London.
Osama bin Laden, the former head of the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda, was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011by Navy SEALs of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group (also known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team Six). The operation, code-named Operation Neptune Spear, was carried out in a Central Intelligence Agency-led operation. The raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was launched from Afghanistan. After the raid, U.S. forces took bin Laden’s body to Afghanistan for identification, then buried it at sea within 24 hours of his death.
The 2012 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad took place in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012.
The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated throughout 2012 marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. She is today queen regnant of 16 sovereign states, 12 of which were British colonies or Dominions at the start of her reign.
The United States presidential election of 2012 was the 57th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The Democratic nominee, President Barack Obama, and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, were elected to a second term defeating Republican nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.