The turn of the millennium saw a variety of global events which changed the world and the newly established international order after the Cold War. By far the most striking event of the noughties was the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York. These attacks killed nearly 3000 civilians and led to the USA declaring a ‘War on Terror’; stating that ‘you are either with us of against us’. This in turn led to a vast international campaign led by the Americans to stop the ‘Axis of Evil’.
The election of Barack Obama was another defining event of the noughties. The senator from Chicago became the first African-American President of the United States in 2009.
The 2008 Beijing Olympics saw various world records being broken such as Michael Phelps winning 14 gold medals (the most any Olympiad has ever one at one games) and Usain Bolt of Jamaica dominating the male sprinting events winning 3 gold medals and breaking a world record in the 100m.