The Must-Know Historical Events in the 21st Century
The September 11 attack that happened in 2001 shook the world like the never before. 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes and crashed them into each tower of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The attacked killed over 2,000 people and ceased the world’s attention towards terrorism.
The Arab Spring
In 2011, protests burst out in different countries in North Africa and the Middle East calling for democratic reforms and an end to oppressive regimes. The movement dethroned leaders such as Hosni Mubarak and Ben Ali, reshaping the geopolitics and democracy in the region. The development served to affirm that an informed and united citizenry can have the power to overturn even a government order.
Brexit refers to the decision by the United Kingdom (UK) to exit European Union (EU), which occurred following the nationwide and independent referendum held in June 2016. The effects of the UK leaving the EU continue to be crucial as new agreements are brokered and systems restructured to accommodate the UK’s new status as a solo member in the global parliament.
Iran Nuclear Deal
The Iran Nuclear Deal is an agreement that aims to condition the structure of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for eliminating all nuclear-based international objections suited to modernizing the country’s economy. Although the commitments have since dwindled, the resolution attempted to introduce an alternative pathway to managing international disputes through diplomacy and collective dialogues rather than military aggression.
The COVID-19 Pandemic
The emergence of an unprecedented global viral pandemic coded as COVID-19 caused panic and defeat throughout the globe, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or economic status. The epidemic paused everyday activities in most places around the world and forced disproportionate changes from individuals to countries’ governmental approaches, revealing our innate but often overlooked vulnerabilities as a mankind, resulting in an extensive rate of health concern, socio-economic backlash, and many tragic fatalities.
The occurrences may attempt to devastating influences but continue in informing modern culture, geography, and politics with new realities and challenges that require revolutionary solutions. These memorable moments have dominated the 2000s and constitute an essential chapter in humanity’s grand narrative. Understanding their significance has never been more critical as we move into the future.