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.

9/11EuroIraq WarWar on TerrorSocial media2008 Summer OlympicsFinancial crisis of 2007–20082004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami
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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Years: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
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  • 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.