List of Global Events

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List of Global Events


1.

I
n 2001, I was born in Hong Kong.


2.

The world's first cyborg
(2002)



In 2002, cybernetics professor Kevin Warwick at the University of

Reading, UK, achieved a major
breakthrough in the field of brain
-
computer interfaces. The landmark project consisted of two
experiments, both carried out by Professor Warwick himself.


3.

China launches its first manned space mission
(2003)



On 15th
October 2003, China successfully placed its manned "Shenzhou 5" spacecraft into orbit.
This followed four previous missions, of which three were unmanned and one carried animals. The
capsule carried a single astronaut, Yang Liwei. It was launched from the
Jiuquan Satellite Launch
Center in the Gobi Desert, using a Long March 2F rocket booster.


4.

Facebook is launched
(2004)



Launched in 2004, Facebook later became the most popular social networking site on the web


overtaking its main competitor, MySpac
e, in April 2008. It also became the most popular site for
uploading photos, with 14 million uploaded daily. By 2010, it had over 350 million members


or
about one
-
fifth of all users on the Internet.


5.

Hurricane Katrina floods New Orleans
(2005)



Hurricane Katrina, of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, was the costliest hurricane
-

as well as
one of the five deadliest, in the history of the United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it
was sixth strongest overall.


6.

North Korea conducts its

first nuclear test
(2006)



North Korea announced its intention to conduct a test on 3rd October, six days prior, and in doing
so became the first nation to give warning of its first nuclear test. The blast was estimated to have an
explosive force of les
s than one kiloton, and some radioactive output was detected.


7.

Gordon Brown succeeds Tony Blair as Prime Minister of Great Britain
(2007)



Initially, during the first four months of his premiership, Brown enjoyed a good lead in the polls.
His popularity
amongst the public was due in part to his handling of several serious events during his
first weeks as Prime Minister.


8.

Cyclone Nargis devastates Burma
(2008)

Nargis was a strong tropical cyclone that caused the worst natural disaster in the history of
Burma. After forming in the North Indian Ocean, it moved quickly towards the coast. Upon
making landfall, it caused massive destruction, with peak wind speeds of 135 mph (215 km/h),
making it a category
4 on the Saffir

Simpson Scale.


9.

Discovery of the
first exoplanet that could contain liquid water
(2009
)



In December 2009, astronomers discovered the exoplanet GJ 1214 b
-

a "super
-
Earth" orbiting a
red dwarf star approximately 40 light years away. This was the first planet outside our own Solar
System

with the possibility of holding liquid water.


10.

The worst marine environmental disaster in US history
(2010)



On 20th April 2010, the

Deep
-
water Horizon

drilling platform exploded

in the Gulf of Mexico,
killing
11 workers and injuring 16 others. The rig
was owned and operated by Transocean
.


11.

Worsening economic crisis in Greece
(2011)


For years, the successive governments of Greece had been spending money they didn't have.
These governments took advantage of the good economic times in the early 2000s to

borrow and
spend at a greater rate t
han taxes were being collected.


12.

London hosts the Olympic Games
(2012)



London hosts the Olympics for the third time in its history, the only city to have done so on this
many occasions. The event takes place amid the

largest security operation ever seen in peacetime
Europe. London is transformed this decade by a number of massive construction projects.


13.

I joined SIS in 2005 from PY1
until now.