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WIKIPEDIA

JAN. 15, 2001

Supposedly, Wikipedia came into existence in early 2001, but we're not exactly sure, mostly because we checked that fact on Wikipedia.

IPOD

OCT. 23, 2001

The ability to carry 1,000 songs in your pocket--while still listening to the same 30 on shuffle.

THE EURO

JAN. 1, 2002

Now gone: francs, guilders, marks, lire, pesetas, drachmas, markkas, escudos.

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

JULY 1, 2002

A place for the world's supervillains, like alleged warlords Thomas Lubanga and Germain Katanga, to go on trial.

CROCS

FALL 2002

This was the shoe that said, "No need to respect me today."

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

NOV. 25, 2002

Twenty-two agencies (including the Secret Service, TSA and FEMA) gathered under the wing of this new Cabinet-level department in a massive reworking of the federal government's org chart.

HUMAN GENOME PROJECT

COMPLETED APRIL 14, 2003

This map of our genes contains the secrets to what makes us tick as well as what can make us ill. But it's up to us to decipher its coded messages to improve our health.

COLOR REVOLUTIONS 2003-2005

A series of peaceful (and colorfully named) revolutions in former Soviet states: Georgia, Rose; Ukraine, Orange; Kyrgyzstan, Tulip.

FACEBOOK

FEB. 4, 2004

Sometime around 2032, pictures of this weekend's kegger will be a key issue in the presidential election.

YOUTUBE

APRIL 23, 2005

America's id was revealed, and it was shaped like kittens.

EMBRYO-FREE STEM CELLS

NOVEMBER 2007

Potentially tons of scientific and medical benefits without the murky moral dilemmas.

G-20 SUMMITS

NOV. 15, 2008

This meeting of leaders of the world's most influential economies has become as vital as any summit at the U.N.

TEA PARTY

FEBRUARY 2009

The most powerful populist movement since the Progressives.

Died

MIR SPACE STATION

MARCH 23, 2001

After 15 years in orbit, Mir had to come out of the blue to get Russia's space program into the black. The space station plunged into the Pacific after a fiery re-entry.

THE CONCORDE

OCT. 23, 2003

The day British Airways and Air France announced they were grounding the supersonic plane was a sad day for anyone who needed the ability to get from Europe to America very quickly--namely, very wealthy people. Things just never work out for them.

THE OLDSMOBILE

APRIL 29, 2004

By the late 1990s, American drivers had abandoned the staid Oldsmobile brand. So in 2000, GM announced it was halting production of the line following its 2004 models.

TELEGRAMS

JAN. 27, 2006

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