Song in America

Politics & Culture

Politics Culture
The New Millennium (2000 - 2016)
2000 2000
  • U.S. population over 281,000,000, with 25% non-Caucasian
2001 2001
  • George W. Bush inaugurated
  • Attacks of September 11
  • War in Afghanistan begins
  • Apple introduces the iPod
2002 2002
2003 2003
  • War in Iraq begins
  • MySpace is launched
2004 2004
2005 2005
2006 2006
  • Twitter is launched
2007 2007
2008 2008
  • Biggest recession since the 1930s begins
2009 2009
  • Barack Obama inaugurated
  • Sonia Sotomayor becomes first person of Latino heritage on Supreme Court
  • Outbreak of H1N1 Influenza Strain ("swine flu") deemed a global pandemic
  • Choreographer Merce Cunningham dies
  • Michael Jackson dies
  • Painter Andrew Wyeth dies
2010 2010
  • J. D. Salinger dies
  • Historian Howard Zinn dies
2011 2011
  • Earthquake off the coast of Japan and subsequent tsunami kills thousands
  • Occupy Wall Street protests
  • Milton Babbitt dies at the age of 94
2012 2012
  • Groundbreaking of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Ray Bradbury dies
  • Elliott Carter dies
  • Dietrich Fisher-Dieskau dies
  • Adrienne Rich dies
2013 2013
  • Typhoon Haiyan devastates the Philippines
  • Nelson Mandela dies
  • Van Cliburn dies
  • Henri Dutilleux dies
2014 2014
  • Claudio Abbado dies
2015
2015
  • Cuba and the United States reestablish full diplomatic relations
  • Günter Grass dies
  • B. B. King dies
  • Kurt Masur dies
2016 2016
  • Pierre Boulez dies
  • Umberto Eco dies
  • Nikolaus Harnoncourt dies
  • Harper Lee dies