U.S. History

Major Events in U.S. History (2005-2014)

YouTube launched

February 2005

Two employees from PayPal started YouTube which has become a major social media

Hurricane Katrina hit the southern coast of the United States

August 2005

Hurricane Katrina was a major catastrophe killing approximately 1,800 people and causing more than $81 billion in damages.

U.S. Population hits 300,000,000

October 2006

32 people killed at Virginia Tech

April 2007

Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and wounded many others before killing himself at Virginia Tech University in Blackburg, Va. The massacre is the deadliest peacetime shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history.

Great Recession Begins

Dec 2007

The United States (and much of the world) entered a major recession that saw home foreclosures, bank failures and job losses.

Oil $100/barrel

Jan 2008

The price of petroleum hits $100 per barrel for the first time in history

The United States elected first African-American president (Sen. Barack Obama)

Nov 2008

Major Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

April 2010

April -The Deepwater Horizon oil platform explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers. In the months that follow, an estimated 205.8 million gallons of crude oil spill into the water, damaging an estimated area of 80,000 square kilometers

U.S. Secrets Leaked

July 2010

Over 90,000 internal reports about the United States-led involvement in the War in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010 are leaked to the public via Wikileaks, an online publisher of anonymous, covert, and classified material.

Last U.S. Troops leave Iraq

Aug 2010

Osama Bin Laden killed

May 2011

Osama bin Laden was the head of al-Qaeda, the terrorist group responsible for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011. On May 2, 2011, U.S. forces invaded his compound in Pakistan. Bin Laden was killed in the raid.

Occupy Wall Street

Sept 2011

A protest at a New York City park near Wall Street, airing complaints that the richest 1 percent of Americans benefit at the expense of the rest, spread to scores of communities across the U.S. and abroad.

Hurricane Sandy Hits East Coast

Oct 2012

Hurricane Sandy causes at least 132 deaths and an estimated 82 billion in damages, making it the second costliest hurricane in the U.S., behind Katrina. New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut are hardest hit

NSA Spying on U.S. Citizens

June 2013

It is revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on the web activities, including email, of U.S. citizens.

Affordable Care Act Starts

Oct 2013

The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, begins registering people for the expanded federal government health insurance.