Des Moines, Iowa resident Bobbi McCaughey gives birth to septuplets in the second known case where all seven babies are born alive, and the first in which all survive infancy
1998-1999 - Lewinsky scandal: President Clinton is accused of having a sexual relationship with 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. This leads to the impeachment of Clinton later in the year by the U.S.
Two teenage students murder 13 other students and teachers at Columbine High School. It is the deadliest mass murder at a high school in U.S. history, and sparks debates on gun control and bullying.
September 11th terrorist attacks; 19 terrorists hijack four planes and crash them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people and injuring over
ten people are killed and 3 injured in the washington D.C. area from sniper attacks
Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates upon re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere, killing all 7 astronauts and resulting in a 29-month suspension of the space shuttle program
Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, this in compliance with a ruling from the state's Supreme Court ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health
Hurricane Katrina devastates the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coastlines killing at least 1,836 people and causing $81 billion in damage, making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history
The Democratic Party retakes control of both houses of Congress, and gains a majority of state governorships
A South Korean student shoots and kills 32 other students and professors in the Virginia Tech massacre before killing himself.
U.S. presidential election, 2008; Barack Obama elected 44th President of the United States
Pop icon Michael Jackson dies, creating the largest public mourning for an entertainer since the death of Elvis Presley
Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda and mastermind of the September 11 attacks, is killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan by soldiers from the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group.
A gunman kills 26, including 20 children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Terrorists attack the Boston Marathon by detonating two bombs at the finishing line of the race, killing three and injuring 283 runners and spectators. Suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev then led Boston police on a high-speed chase, killing one officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tamerlan was killed in a shoot-out with police and Dzhokhar was detained the day after.