2000s (decade)

decade from 2000 to 2009

The 2000s, also known as the noughties,[1] was the decade that began on January 1, 2000 and ended on December 31, 2009. It is distinct from the decade known as the 201st decade which began on January 1, 2001 and ended on December 31, 2010.

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From left, clockwise: The World Trade Center on fire and the Statue of Liberty during the 9/11 attacks in 2001; the euro currency starts being used in 2002; a statue of Saddam Hussein being pulled down during the Iraq War in 2003; U.S. troops going towards an army helicopter in Afghanistan during the War on Terror; social media through the Internet starts being used across the world; a Chinese soldier looks at the 2008 Summer Olympics starting in Beijing; an economic crisis, the largest since the Great Depression, hits the world in 2008; a tsunami from the Indian Ocean earthquake kills over 230,000 in 2004.
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George W. Bush was President of the United States for most of the decade.

Social media began to be used across the world.

In sports, Brazil and Italy won the FIFA World Cup. The New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Anaheim Angels, Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series. The St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, and New York Giants won the Super Bowl. In the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers won four NBA championships. The San Antonio Spurs won three titles. The Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, and Boston Celtics each won one NBA title.


  • September 18, 2001 – Letters containing anthrax spores are mailed to several American media offices and two American senators. Twenty-two people are exposed and 5 people die.
  • September 21, 2001 – A chemical factory explodes in Toulouse, France, killing 29 people and seriously wounding over 2,500.




  1. "The noughties: So where are we now?". BBC News. January 1, 2000. Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved April 21, 2010.