50 Iconic Photos That Will Forever Define The 21st Century (So Far). Everyone Has To See This.

Since the new millennium arrived in 2000, it has been a very wild ride! So many life changing world events. Some happy, some very sad. The last 14 years have been ones to really wake a person up, put their lives into perspective, and re-evaluate  everything they do, and/or don’t do. What is it that truly matters in this life? What gives it meaning? The following images are very eye and mind opening. It is incredible to see the world we live in today. Scary as well….

The world welcomes in the new millennium. [2000]

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

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Elián González is seized by US police in the midst of a custody and immigration battle with Cuba [2000]

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Steve Jobs introduces the first iPod [2001]

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Firefighters raise the American flag on the ruins on the World Trade Centers [2001]

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Nkosi Johnson, a 12-year-old South African child who was born with HIV/AIDS, loses his battle with the disease after leading a campaign which led to the disease becoming more acceptable in culture. Nelson Mandela referred to Nkosi as an “icon”. [2001]

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Archaeologists discover some of the oldest artworks known to man in Dordogne, France. These cave paintings are thought to be 12,000 years old. [2001]

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A young Afghan woman shows her face in public for the first time after 5 years of Taliban Sharia law. [2001]

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People gather water from a huge well in the village of Natwarghad in the western Indian state of Gujarat. More than 1 billion people still lack access to clean drinking water. [2003]

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

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New York City is plunged into darkness after a power failure [2003]

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U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad. [2003]

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Saddam Hussein shortly after his capture. [2003]

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U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds a child after she was separated from her family during a firefight [2003]

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President Bush declares the end of major combat in Iraq as he speaks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast. [2003]

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The Columbia Space Shuttle breaks apart during re entry [2003]

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The first waves of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, which killed over 200,000 people, hit the shore.

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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]

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A train is left in ruin after coordinated attacks in Madrid killed nearly 200. [2004]

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The Hubble Telescope takes a picture of what the universe looked like 13 billion years ago [2004]

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A Russian police officer carries a released baby from the school seized by heavily armed masked men and women in the town of Beslan. [2004]

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

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A heart-wrenching picture of a mother and child at an an emergency feeding centre in in Tahoua, Niger. [2005]

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

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Kevin Berthia is talked out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge by police officers. He has since become an advocate for suicide prevention and has started a family. [2005]

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

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New Orleans underwater after Hurricane Katrina. [2005]

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Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas embraces Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr. who lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq. [2005]

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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]

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

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In 2006, Israel fought a brief but destructive war against the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon.

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Female Afghan police officers train with rifles [2006]

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

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

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An indigenous woman holds her child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen in Manaus who have been sent to evict natives. [2008]

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Wall Street on the midst of the Global Financial Crisis [2008]

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

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Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home after a cylon stroke Myanmar’s capital of Yangon. [2008]

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Four of the last seven Northern White Rhinos in the world are airlifted from a zoo in the Czech Republic to a park in Africa in an attempt to save their entire species. [2009]

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

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A fireman rescues a koala bear during Australian bushfires. [2009]

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ISS Astronauts take a walk [2010]

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Kiki, age 7, is pulled from the ruins left by the Haiti earthquake and into the arms of his mother. [2010]

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Tracy Caldwell looks down on Earth from the International Space Station [2010]

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

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A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over Stonehenge [2010]

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

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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]

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A couple kisses on the pavement during the Vancouver Riot [2011]

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Christians protect Muslims in prayer at Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution [2011]

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The former Tunisian President visits a man who set himself on fire in protest of Government corruption in an act that inspired revolution throughout the Middle East. The glares of his doctors say it all. [2011]

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

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A dog soaks in an adoring crowd in Mexico by following the Pope [2011]

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An Egyptian woman kisses a policeman, who had refused to fire on protestors, during the revolution against the Mubarak Government [2011]

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Source: distractify.com

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