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The 2000s was a decade that began on January 1, 2000 and ended on December 31, 2009.

Globalization, which had intensified in the post-Cold War 1990s, continued to influence the world in the 2000s. The growth of the Internet was one of the prime contributors to globalization during the decade, making it possible for people to interact with other people, express ideas, introduce others to different cultures and backgrounds, use goods and services, sell and buy online, research and learn about anything, along with experiencing the whole world without having to travel.

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Statue of Liberty with background view of burning World Trade Center
The September 11 attacks (often referred to as nine-eleven, written 9/11) were a series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, instantly killing everyone on board and a number of others working in and around the buildings. Because of structural damage caused by the collisions and the ensuing fires, both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others. This subsequently resulted in the death of more than 2,600 people- those trapped inside, others trying to escape, and the rescue workers, such as the fire fighters and police officers, rushing to their aid. A third hijacked airplane, American Airlines Flight 77, flew into the Pentagon killing hundreds of more people. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was crashed into a field (grassland) near Shanksville in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania as some of its passengers and flight crew fought to retake control of the plane which hijackers had redirected toward Washington, D.C. The passengers of Flight 93 reportedly made the decision to forcibly regain control from the terrorists after cell phone calls to loved ones. During those conversations, the hostages learned of the prior attacks of the day. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. The destruction of the World Trade Center and nearby infrastructure caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan and had a significant effect on global markets.


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Credit: Roberto Maltchik Repórter da TV Brasil

Air France Flight 447 was a flight that departed from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 31 May 2009, headed for Charles de Gaulle Airport, in Paris, France. However, a technical malfunction with the Airbus A330-203 caused the plane to enter an aerodynamic stall, crashing into the Atlantic Ocean on 1 June 2009. Seen here, the vertical stabilizer of the plane is recovered on 14 June 2009.

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Accident aircraft at Miami International Airport in 1989

  • ...that the first successful partial face transplant was completed in France in 2005?
  • ...that even with the crash of Air France Flight 4590, the only fatal crash involving the Concorde, it along with fears caused by 9/11 and a decision made by Airbus shut down the whole Concorde system?
  • ...that during the 2009 flu pandemic, in the United States, Texas became the first state to both have both a non-US citizen death and US citizen death?
  • ...that when AOL merged with Time Warner, the deal was valued at about $350 billion, which was the largest merger in U.S. business history?
  • ...that the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 (pictured) in Belle Harbor, Queens, raised fears of a second terrorist attack, mainly because it took place two months and one day after the September 11 attacks, and also because of the location of the crash site?

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