I sort of feel a little sorry for this decade. After all, it had a lot to live up after all the Y2K hoopla. I’m not sure it delivered on its promise, either. It was supposed to be the decade of the future, but I’m not sure it delivered.
*Y2K came and went without any major glitch.
*The 2000 Presidential Election took a twist with voting disputes in Florida.
*Hillary Rodham Clinton wins a seat for the United States Senate from New York. It is the first time a former FIrst Lady wins public office
*Terrorists attacked The World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.
*The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan begin in 2003.
*After more than thirty years in suspense, the identity of Deep Throat, the contact for reporters Woodward and Bernstein in the uncovering of the Watergate scandal, is revealed when W. Mark Felt, the second in command at the CIA at the time, confirms that he was their contact.
*Hurricane Katrina strikes the Gulf Coast, inundating the city of New Orleans with water from Lake Pontchetrain when the levees that maintain the below sea level city break.
*The first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, California, is sworn into office.
*Barack Obama, Democratic Senator from Illinois, the land of Abraham Lincoln, wins a landslide margin in the Electoral College, 365 to 173 in the election for the 44th President of the USA over John McCain, making him the first African-American president in the history of the United States of America.
*The H1N1 virus, named the Swine Flu, is deemed a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.
*Technology continued to evolve with cell phones, iPods, Blackberrys, the Internet eco-friendly cars.
*New ways of communication include texts, sexts, blogs, Twitter, Myspace, Facebook.
*The nation gobbles up weekly celebrity magazines with a new zest.
*Some stars of the ’90s (read: Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan) battle professional and personal demons.
*Stephen Colbert made politics a contact sport once again.
*Disney again becomes king with such hot sensations as High School Musical, Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers.
*Vampires become blood-red hot – Twilight, anyone?
*Reality TV becomes hot (The Bachelor) and over-the-top (Jon & Kate + Eight).
*Two words: Taylor Swift.