Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Last 8 Years [A Brief Look Back]

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 we have a transition of power in the United States. President Bush is out and President Obama is in. 

I believe most of us have high hopes for the future of America in the hands of President Obama, but let us take a look back at what happened in the last 8 years during the Bush Presidency. As someone once said, if we don't learn from the past we are deemed to repeat it.

The following list is thanks to Esquire Magazine (I just added links for further reading).


A Florida election official tried to divine a voter's intentions

December 13: The U.S. Supreme Court stops the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush.

The Dow closes at 10,794.


January 15: Wikipedia is founded.

September 9: Ahmed Shah Massoud, commander of the anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan, is assassinated.

September 11: Nearly 3,000 die in the 9/11 attacks.

An anthrax laced letter mailed to Senator Leahy

September 18: The first anthrax letters are mailed.

September 20: The Office of Homeland Security is announced.

October 26: The PATRIOT Act is signed into law.

November 25: CIA interrogator Johnny Michael Spann is killed in Afghanistan; he is the first U.S. casualty in the war on terror.

December 2: Enron files for bankruptcy.


Photos of the Euro

January 1: The Euro enters circulation.

January 23: Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Pakistan.

May 30: Clean-up operations at Ground Zero are completed.

October 2: Congress passes a joint resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq at the president’s discretion.

The Beltway sniper attacks begin.

October 4: The Dow closes at 7,528.40, in what will be its lowest ebb in the post-Internet-boom recession.

December 9: United Airlines files for bankruptcy.


March 20: Coalition troops enter Iraq.

April 9: U.S. forces seize Baghdad.

April 14: The Human Genome Project is completed.

President Bush onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln with the "Mission Accomplished" banner

May 1: President Bush delivers his "Mission Accomplished" speech.

June 3: The Dow closes above 9,000.

August 14: A major blackout leaves 40 million Americans in eight states without power.

December 11: The Dow closes above 10,000.


March 11: 190 die in the Madrid train bombings.

A hooded and wired Iraqi prisoner in Abu Ghraib

April 28: The Abu Ghraib scandal is revealed.

July 27: Barack Obama delivers his "Audacity of Hope" speech at the Democratic convention.

August 19: Google goes public.

September 8: The U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 1,000.


February 15: YouTube goes online.

May 31: Mark Felt is revealed to be "Deep Throat."

July 7: 56 die in the London subway and bus bombings.

Tom DeLay's mug shot

September 28: Tom DeLay is indicted on conspiracy charges.

October 19: Saddam Hussein goes on trial.

October 2: The U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 2,000.


February 14: The Dow closes above 11,000.

February 22: The al-Askari Mosque in Samarra, Iraq, is bombed, triggering Sunni-Shia ethnic cleansing across the country.

June 7: A U.S. airstrike kills Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

October 17: The U.S. population reaches 300 million.

October 19: The Dow closes above 12,000 for the first time in history.

Saddam Hussein at his execution

November 5: Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death.

November 8: Donald Rumsfeld resigns as Secretary of Defense.

December 30: Saddam Hussein is executed by hanging in Baghdad.

December 31: The U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 3,000.


January 9: The iPhone is introduced.

April 25: The Dow closes above 13,000 for the first time in history.

July 19: The Dow closes above 14,000 for the first time in history.

The cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

July 21: The final book in the Harry Potter series is released.

October 9: The Dow reaches what will be its all-time high unto date, closing at 14,164.53.

October 18: Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan.

November 3: Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf declares a nationwide state of emergency.

November 23: The Dow closes below 13,000.


January 2: Oil hits $100 per barrel for the first time.

The aged Fidel Castro

March 7: The Dow closes below 12,000.

March 23: The U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 4,000.

July 15: The Dow closes below 11,000.

September 15: Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 — the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

September 16: The Federal Reserve lends $85 billion dollars to AIG — the largest such intervention in U.S. history.

September 25: Washington Mutual collapses — the largest bank failure in U.S. history.

October 6: The Dow closes below 10,000.

October 9: The Dow closes below 9,000.

Barack and Michelle Obama on November 4, 2008

November 19: The Dow closes below 8,000.

November 20: The Dow closes at 7,552.29, its lowest point to date in the global financial crisis.

December 4: In Iraq, parliament passes a law forcing all U.S. troops to leave the country by January 1, 2012. 

Source [Esquire]

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