During my lifetime

Andrew Brock stewart

2002 — NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system | In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370 | Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush | Canada defeats the United States 5-2 to win the men's ice hockey Olympic Gold Medal | XIX Winter Olympics closes in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | 44th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins | Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya | Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire in London Stansted Airport | Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair's handling of the evacuation.

2003 — Space Shuttle Columbia disaster | The invasion of Iraq | The Human Genome Project is completed | Record heatwaves kill tens of thousands in Europe | MySpace is launched | China launches its first manned space mission

2004 — The emergence of Web 2.0 | Graphene is isolated | The first recorded hurricane in the South Atlantic | George W. Bush is re-elected | Athens hosts the Olympic Games | Train bombings in Madrid kill nearly 200 people | Hubble Ultra Deep Field | Mars Exploration Rovers | The first privately funded human spaceflight | Facebook is launched | World's first 1 gigabyte SD card | London's skyline gets a new landmark | Asia gets a new tallest building |Indian Ocean earthquake leaves a quarter of a million dead

2005 — Huygens probe reveals images of Titan's surface | YouTube is launched | The Deep Impact probe collides its impactor with comet 9P/Tempel |USB flash drives replace floppy disks | Suicide bombers in London kill 56 people, injure 700 others | Hurricane Katrina floods New Orleans | Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany

2006 — Crude oil production is reaching a plateau | Twitter is launched | Pluto is demoted to "dwarf planet" status | North Korea conducts its first nuclear test | The West African black rhino is declared extinct | Saddam Hussein is executed

2007 — Global economic downturn | Nicolas Sarkozy is elected President of the French Republic | Brown succeeds Blair as Prime Minister of Great Britain| Apple debuts the iPhone | Multiple suicide bombings kill 796 people in Kahtaniya, northern Iraq | Arctic sea ice hits a record low | Amazon releases the Kindle | Google Street View is launched | Benazir Bhutto is assassinated in Pakistan

2008 — Dmitry Medvedev is elected president of Russia | Cyclone Nargis devastates Burma | Oil prices hit a record high | The Internet continues to boom| Scientists extract images directly from the brain | Breakthrough in facial CGI | Beijing hosts the Olympic games

2009 — Barack Obama is sworn in as 44th president of the USA | Major breakthrough in cancer research | The mouse genome is fully sequenced |Scientists engineer new plastics without the use of fossil fuels | Water is discovered on the Moon | Kepler searches for Earth-like planets | Discovery of the first exoplanet that could hold liquid water | Mercury is 98% mapped | Mind control headsets enter the video games market | 3D scanning enters the consumer market | The tallest man-made structure in history is completed | Africa's population reaches one billion

2010 — Haiti is struck by a devastating earthquake | The longest solar eclipse of the 3rd millennium occurs | Apple debuts the iPad | The Constellation Program is essentially cancelled | The worst marine environmental disaster in US history | Scientists create synthetic life | One-fifth of Pakistan is flooded |Solar power is plunging in cost | Augmented Reality is entering the mainstream | Macular degeneration is curable | The first demonstration of solar-sail technology | Scientists trap antimatter | Speech-to-speech translation is common in mobile phones | Robotic manipulation of non-rigid objects

2011 — Japan is devastated by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami | The death of Osama bin Laden | Worsening economic crisis in Greece | The world's first synthetic organ transplant | South Sudan becomes an independent nation | The Space Shuttle fleet is retired | Global population reaches 7bn |USB 3.0 is widely available | 22 nanometre chips enter mass production | Consumer-level robotics are booming | World's first commercial spaceport |China's Three Gorges Dam is fully operational

2012 — The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II | Euro 2012 is held in Poland and Ukraine | London hosts the Olympic Games | Mars Science Laboratory explores the Red Planet | Voyager I crosses the heliopause | Windows 8 is released | Quad-core smartphones and tablets | Nintendo launches the Wii U | The Abraj Al-Bait Towers are completed in Mecca | The Mayan calendar reaches the end of its current cycle

2013 — North Korea conducts its third nuclear test | A meteor explodes over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk | The first creation of human embryonic stem cells by cloning | The NSA documents are leaked | Birth of a royal baby | China overtakes the USA in scientific research | The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is launched by NASA | The first gene therapy in the Western world | Highly flexible touch sensors are appearing in a range of gadgets | Launch of the PS4 and Xbox One | Uruguay becomes the first nation to allow full legalisation of cannabis | China's first unmanned Moon landing | The Gaia mission is launched

2014 — Latvia joins the eurozone | The IPCC releases its Fifth Assessment Report | The European Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) is operational |Scotland votes "no" to independence | The first gay marriages are held in England and Wales | The Internet has a greater reach than television | Google Glass is launched to the public | The new World Trade Center is completed | The Shanghai Tower is completed | Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup | The first solar aircraft to circumnavigate the globe | Completion of the Panama Canal expansion project | The 100th anniversary of World War I | 14 nanometre chips are released | The first products to use memristor technology are becoming available | Smart watches are the latest must-have gadget | Robotic pack mules are entering military service | Laser guns are in naval use | The first test flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft | Virgin Galactic begins offering private suborbital spaceflights | The first test launch of the Falcon Heavy | The MAVEN probe arrives at Mars | India's first Mars mission | Launch of the Sunjammer solar sail | A comet is passing extremely close to Mars | The Rosetta probe deploys its lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko | Most telephone calls are made via the Internet now | Increased automation in retail environments | NATO ends combat operations in Afghanistan

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