35 Iconic Photos That Forever Define The 21st Century So Far. Everyone Needs To See This

This is how future generations will remember us as people of the early 21st century. Take a moment with me to reflect on the conflicts, triumphs, and world changing moments all of us have witnessed together in the past 14 years. We chose this list of 35 photos to capture the most iconic moments so far.

The world welcomes in the new millennium. [2000]


Zanjeer the bomb dog is laid to rest with full military honours for saving thousands of lives. [2000]


Steve Jobs introduces the first iPod [2001]


President Bush’s reaction to news of a second plane striking the Twin Towers. He was reading to children at a Florida elementary school. [2001]


Archaeologists discover some of the oldest artworks known to man in Dordogne, France – over 12,000 years old. [2001]


The invasion of Iraq begins amid fears that the country had access to weapons of mass destruction. [2003]


Ballerinas practice with medical masks during the SARS outbreak. [2003]


A Ukrainian woman places carnations into shields of anti-riot policemen standing outside the presidential office in Kiev. Ukraine, during the 2004 Orange Revolution. [2004]


Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moscovitz in 2004, after they had just lauched FaceBook. [2004]


The Christian world mourns the passing of Pope John Paul II [2005]


Isabelle Dinoire after receiving the world’s first partial face transplant [2005]


A bus blown apart by the 7th of July London bombings, which left 52 dead and 700 injured. [2005]


Tanisha Blevin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 105, as they are evacuated from the convention center in New Orleans. [2005]


The Tribute in Lights shines on the skyline of lower Manhattan in New York. [2006]


Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months. [2007]


Thousands gather to mourn after the Virginia Tech shooting [2007]


Michael Phelps celebrates after winning his 14th gold medal, setting the all-time record for most Olympic gold medals. [2008]


Barack Obama wins the 2008 election, becoming the first African American President. [2008]


US Airways Flight 1549 floats on the Hudson river after crash landing, miraculously, everyone survived [2009]


Elite runner Jaqueline Kiplimo helps a disabled Chinese athlete drink during the 2010 Zheng-Kai marathon. She stayed with him for several miles, costing her the 1st place finish and the $10000 prize. [2010]


Smoke billows from a controlled burn of spilled oil off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico coast line. [2010]


Live images of the Chilean miners trapped in a mine for 21 days. [2010]


Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, are finally able to get married in New York. In the past decade, 17 US States, alongside 15 countries have legalized gay marriage. [2011]


Robert Peraza, who lost his son, mourns 10 years after the 9/11 terror attacks [2011]


Norwegian citizens hold a flower march after terrorist attacks by Anders Breivik killed 77, including 69 children who were staying at a political summer camp. [2011]


A 4-month-old baby girl is rescued from the rubble four days after the Japenese tsunami. [2011]


Meghan Vogel, a high school runner, helps her exhausted rival cross the finish line – giving up first place to do so. [2012]


The Middle East sees snow for the first time in over 100 years [2012]


A mother comforts her daughter after the Sandy Hook shootings [2012]


Two years after the terror attacks in Norway, some of the children who had survived shared the mental and physical scars that they now lived with. [2013]
Ylva Helen Schwenke, 15, was shot five times but now carries her scars with dignity.


Dzhokar Tsarnaev, one of the brothers behind the Boston Marathon bombing, on the boat where he was eventually caught, with sniper lasers on his forehead. [2013]


The anti-government Syrian town of Kafr Anbel sends a message to Boston after the marathon bombing. [2013]


Boston replied with their own message. [2013]


San Francisco comes together to help batkid save the city – and to grant the wish of an ill child. [2013]


The first legal purchase of recreational marijuana in Colorado [2014]



It’s hard to believe we still have 86 years of history left to write. As I created this list, I was reminded that regardless of our differences in ideology, we’re all people of the 21st century together. When students in the future look back, they will see us as one unified generation who overcame incredible obstacles and made swift social progress, despite little certainty of what lies ahead.

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