35 Iconic Photos That Define The 21st Century So Far

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Fourteen years of the 21st Century are over and what an eventful 14 years it’s been. These are a few images that went down in history are the defining points of this century so far.

1. Sydney, Australia welcomes the new millennium in style (2000)

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2. The 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center (2001).

Image Source http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/911-ten-years-on-my-sister-151189

Image Source http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/911-ten-years-on-my-sister-151189

3. The reaction of Former US President George Bush on hearing about the planes striking the Twin towers. While the attack took place he was reading to students at a Florida elementary school (2001).

Image Source http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=complete_911_timeline&day_of_9/11=bush

Image Source http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=complete_911_timeline&day_of_9/11=bush

4. The Columbia space shuttle that broke apart on entry to the Earth’s orbit (2003).

Image Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Columbia_disaster

Image Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Columbia_disaster

5. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed over 200,000 lives.

 Image Source https://everestalexander.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/2004-tsunami-caught-on-camera-parts-1-8/

Image Source https://everestalexander.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/2004-tsunami-caught-on-camera-parts-1-8/

6. Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moscovitz just after they launched Facebook (2004).

Image Source http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/04/facebook-10-years-mark-zuckerberg

Image Source http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/04/facebook-10-years-mark-zuckerberg

7. Isabelle Dinoire became the first person to get a partial face transplant (2005).

Image Source http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/transplant/programs/reconstructive_transplant/face_transplant.html

Image Source http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/transplant/programs/reconstructive_transplant/face_transplant.html

8. Michael Phelps after smashing the all-time record for the most Olympic medals. This was his 14th gold (2008).

Image Source http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1136957-2012-olympics-why-michael-phelps-could-never-match-epic-2008

Image Source http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1136957-2012-olympics-why-michael-phelps-could-never-match-epic-2008

9. Wallstreet employer reacts to the onset of the global financial crisis.

Image Source http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

Image Source http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

10. Barack Obama becomes the first ever African-American President (2008).

Image Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2008

Image Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2008

11. Jacqueline Kiplimo helps a disabled Chinese runner at the Zheng-Kai marathon. This extreme act of kindness did cost her the first place and the $10000 cash prize.

Image Source http://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseamarshall/the-37-happiest-things-you-see-while-running-a-marathon#.ihMkR7yVz

Image Source http://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseamarshall/the-37-happiest-things-you-see-while-running-a-marathon#.ihMkR7yVz

12. Live footage of the Chilean miners that were trapped under rubble for 21 days.

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Image Source http://www.nymeta.co/75-iconic-photos-will-define-21st-century-far-everyone-needs-see/

13. A couple kisses on the pavement during the Vancouver Riot (2011).

Image Source http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-riot-s-kissing-couple-tell-their-story-1.983560

Image Source http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-riot-s-kissing-couple-tell-their-story-1.983560

14. During the revolution against the Mubarak government this policeman refused to open fire on the protestors earning him a kiss from this Egyptian woman.

Image Source http://www.emlii.com/ff00e4e0/29-Glimpses-of-Humanity-Within-Protests-Bound-to-Touch-Your-Soul

Image Source http://www.emlii.com/ff00e4e0/29-Glimpses-of-Humanity-Within-Protests-Bound-to-Touch-Your-Soul

15. First selfie on Mars by the US rover, Curiosity (2012).

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16. The first snow fall in the Middle East in over a hundred years (2012).

Image Source http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/cairo-snow-sphinx-picture-internet-2925810

Image Source http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/cairo-snow-sphinx-picture-internet-2925810

17. Following the attacks on Christians, these Muslims formed a human chain to protect them in front of a church during a mass (2013)

Image Source http://tribune.com.pk/story/614333/muslims-form-human-chain-to-protect-christians-during-lahore-mass/

Image Source http://tribune.com.pk/story/614333/muslims-form-human-chain-to-protect-christians-during-lahore-mass/

18. Carlos Arredondo helps his friend after the Boston marathon bombing(2013).

Image Source http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/boston-bombing-survivor-who-lost-both-legs-expecting-child-with-fiancee-135554724.html

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19. On one of his first public appearances after becoming the pontiff, Pope Francis embraces Vinicio Riva, a man plagued by a genetic disease (2013).

Image Source http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/26/world/europe/pope-francis-disfigured-man/

Image Source http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/26/world/europe/pope-francis-disfigured-man/

20. The world bids farewell to the great Nelson Mandela (2013).

Image Source http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nelson-mandela-funeral-gallery-1.1548481?pmSlide=1.1548459

Image Source http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nelson-mandela-funeral-gallery-1.1548481?pmSlide=1.1548459

21. Kiev’s Independence Square before and after the revolution (2014).

Image Source http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1ydjc9/before_after_kievs_independence_square_ukraine

Image Source http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1ydjc9/before_after_kievs_independence_square_ukraine

22. Usain Bolt becomes the fastest man ever in history by smashing the 100m world record (2008).

Image Source http://www.techdigest.tv/2012/08/usain_bolt_brea.html

Image Source http://www.techdigest.tv/2012/08/usain_bolt_brea.html

23. A child runs for cover as a gunman went on a shooting spree in Nairobi (2013).

Image Source http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/nairobi-mall-westgate-siege-shabaab-radical-hostage-507874

Image Source http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/nairobi-mall-westgate-siege-shabaab-radical-hostage-507874

24. Syrian town of Kafr Anbel sends their condolences to the families affected by the Boston bombings (2013).

Image Source http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2013/04/on-that-powerful-condolence-for-boston-photo-coming-out-of-syria-today/

Image Source http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2013/04/on-that-powerful-condolence-for-boston-photo-coming-out-of-syria-today/

25. Firefighters in New York celebrate the take down of Osama Bin Laden (2011).

Image Source http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/02/firefighters-gather-for-news-of-bin-laden/?_r=0

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26. Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, finally tie the knot in New York after gay marriages were pronounced legal.

Image Source http://nypost.com/2011/07/24/first-same-sex-weddings-take-place-across-new-york-city/

Image Source http://nypost.com/2011/07/24/first-same-sex-weddings-take-place-across-new-york-city/

27. A view from the top, Tracy Caldwell from the International Space station (2010).

Image Source http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/caldwell.html

Image Source http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/caldwell.html

28. US flight 1549 makes a miraculous landing on the Hudson River.  The brilliance of the pilot Captain Chesley Sullenberger saved everyone’s life (2009).

Image Source http://www.cbsnews.com/news/five-years-later-captain-and-first-officer-recall-emergency-landing/

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29. Iraq President Saddam Hussein’s statue is pulled down after a month since America invaded Baghdad (2003).

Image Source http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/09/saddam-hussein-statue-kadom-al-jabourir-sledgehammer

Image Source http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/09/saddam-hussein-statue-kadom-al-jabourir-sledgehammer

30. Five years after the Taliban Sharia law was passed a young Afghan woman shows her face for the first time (2001).

Image Source http://www.trustineducation.org/resources/life-as-an-afghan-woman/

Image Source http://www.trustineducation.org/resources/life-as-an-afghan-woman/

31. Steve Jobs unveils the very first ipod (2001).

Image Source http://gadgets.ndtv.com/others/features/remembering-steve-jobs-youve-got-to-find-what-you-love-275818

Image Source http://gadgets.ndtv.com/others/features/remembering-steve-jobs-youve-got-to-find-what-you-love-275818

32. Zanjeer, a dog, was the first ever dog to be laid to rest with full military honors. This bomb detecting dog saved thousands of lives (2000).

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Image Source http://www.boredpanda.com/must-see-powerful-photos/

33. Christians protect Muslims during the uprisings in Cairo, Egypt (2011).

Image Source http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1353330/Egypt-protests-Christians-join-hands-protect-Muslims-pray-Cairo-protests.html

Image Source http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1353330/Egypt-protests-Christians-join-hands-protect-Muslims-pray-Cairo-protests.html

34. Priests stood in between the army and the protestors bidding for peace in Ukraine (2013).

Image Source https://catholichusband.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/pray-for-the-ukrainian-priests-and-people/

Image Source https://catholichusband.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/pray-for-the-ukrainian-priests-and-people/

35. A picture from the Hubble telescope of what the universe would look like 13 billion years ago.

Image Source http://hubblesite.org/gallery/tours/tour-hudf/

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