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12-16-2010, 11:51 PM #1
In pics: Top Events of the DecadeIn pics: Top Events of the Decade
The WikiLeaks Documents
2010 - The WikiLeaks website released a trove of US State Department cables exposing the inner workings of American diplomacy, including candid and embarrassing assessments of world leaders. Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks was arrested in London by the Metropolitan Police Service on December 7, 2010 shortly after the leak of diplomatic cables began.
26/11 Mumbai terror attack
2008 - A reporter talks on phone as the Taj Hotel in Mumbai is seen engulfed in flames. Pakistani terrorists hijacked a fishing boat and crossed over to India to launch more than 10 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai, India's commercial capital on November 26, 2008. Over 160 people died in the terror strike that soured relations between India and Pakistan and stalled peace talks for over a year.
Benazir Bhutto Assassinated
2007 - Former Pakistani Prime Minister and chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party is seen praying in this file photograph. Bhutto was the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state, having twice been Prime Minister of Pakistan. On December 27, 2007 Bhutto was assassinated while leaving a campaign rally after a spirited address to party supporters in the run-up to the January 2008 parliamentary elections.
Happy Birthday Facebook!
2004 - The Facebook page of Britain's Queen Elizabeth is shown on a computer screen in London. The social networking service and website was launched in February 2004. As of July 2010 Facebook has more than 500 million active users. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg has been named Time Magazine's person of the year.
Death of a legend: Katherine Hepburn
2003 - With a career spanning over six decades, actor Katharine Hepburn died at the age of 96 on June 29, 2003. She won an unequalled four Oscars for Best Actress for her roles in Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981).
The Euro currency
2002 - The euro notes and coins were officially launched on January 1, 2002 with the new currency becoming the sole legal tender of the initial twelve-country euro zone on March 1, 2002 marking the completion of the European single currency system. Over 175 million people worldwide use currencies which are pegged to the euro, including more than 150 million people in Africa.
9/11 attacks on World Trade Centre
2001 - Terror group Al-Qaeda launched a series of coordinated suicide attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The terrorists crashed two of the hijacked airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The 9/11 attacks redefined the world's security scenario and threw Islamist terror in sharp focus, giving rise a global trend of Islamophobia.
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