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50 Iconic Photos That Define The Early 21st Century

It’s still too early to come up with photos that will really define the early 21st century. But if we're to choose from hundreds of most iconic moments so far, what would these be?

That’s the basis for this collection. Enjoy!

1. The world welcomes the new millennium, 2000

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2. Zanjeer the bomb dog is laid to rest with full military honors for saving thousands of lives, 2000

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3. Steve Jobs introducing the first iPod, 2001

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4. President Bush's reaction after hearing a second plane has striked the Twin Towers. He was reading to children at a Florida elementary school, 2001

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5. Firefighters raise the American flag on the ruins of the World Trade Centers, 2001

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6. Archaeologists discover 12,000-year-old art works in Dordogne, France, 2001

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7. A young Afghan woman shows her face in public for the first time after 5 years of Taliban Sharia law, 2001

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8. People fetching water from a well in Natwarghad, western India. Over 1 billion people still lack access to clean drinking water, 2003

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9. U.S. Marine Kirk Dalrymple looks on as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad, 2003

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10. The Columbia Space Shuttle breaking apart during re-entry, 2003

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11. The first waves of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, which killed over 200,000 people, 2004

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12. A Ukrainian woman places flowers into shields of anti-riot policemen during the Orange Revolution, 2004

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13. Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moscovitz moment after they launched Facebook, 2004

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14. The Hubble Telescope took picture of what the universe looked like 13 billion years ago, 2004

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15. The Christian world mourns the death of Pope John Paul II, 2005

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16. Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James embracing Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr. who lost a hand, leg, and an eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq, 2005

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17. Tanisha Blevin, 5, holding the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina survivor Nita LaGarde, 105, as they're evacuated, 2005

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18. The Cassini spacecraft pictured Saturn from deep space. The tiny speck of light circled in red is Earth, 2006

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19. The Tribute in Lights shining on the skyline of lower Manhattan, New York, 2006

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20. Terri Gurrola reunites with daughter after serving in Iraq, 2007

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21. Thousands gather to mourn the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting, 2007

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22. An indigenous woman carries her child while resisting the advance of Amazonas state policemen sent to evict natives, 2008

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Luiz Vasconcelos

23. Michael Phelps celebrates right after winning his 14th gold medal, setting the all-time record for most Olympic gold medals, 2008

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24. Barack Obama wins the 2008 election, becoming the first African-American President.

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25. Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, get married in New York. In the past decade, 17 US States, alongside 15 countries have legalized gay marriage, 2011

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26. Four of the last seven Northern White Rhinos on Earth are airlifted from a zoo in the Czech Republic to a park in Africa in an attempt to save their species, 2009

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27. US Airways Flight 1549 floats on the Hudson river after crash landing, miraculously, everyone survived (2009)

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28. A fireman gives a koala a drink of water during Australian bushfires, 2009

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29. 7-year-old Kiki is pulled from the ruins left by the Haiti earthquake and into the arms of his mother, 2010

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30. Elite runner Jaqueline Kiplimo gives a disabled Chinese athlete a drink during the 2010 Zheng-Kai marathon. She stayed with him for a few miles, costing her the 1st place finish and the $10000 prize, 2010

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31. Live images of the Chilean miners trapped in a mine for 21 days, 2010

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32. A couple kissing on the pavement during the Vancouver Riot, 2011

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33. Christians protect praying Muslims at Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution, 2011

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34. Robert Peraza mourns 10 years after after he lost his son to the 9/11 terror attacks, 2011

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35. A dog soaks in the cheers of an adoring crowd in Mexico by following the Pope, 2011

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Yuri Cortez

36. An Egyptian woman kissing a policeman, who had refused to fire on protesters, during the revolution against the Mubarak Government, 2011

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37. A police pepper-sprays Occupy protesters at the University of California, 2011

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38. Barack Obama and staff watch as America's elite fighting unit conduct a raid, which ends with the killing of Osama bin Laden, 2011

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39. Norwegian citizens during a flower march after terrorist attacks that killed 77, 2011

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40. Billy Stinson comforts his daughter on the steps where their house once stood before it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene, 2011

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41. A 4-month-old baby is rescued from the rubble 4 days after the Japanese tsunami, 2011

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42. The US rover, Curiosity, takes its first selfie on Mars, 2012

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NASA

43. Meghan Vogel helps her rival cross the finish line, 2012

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AP

44. The Middle East sees snow for the first time in over 100 years, 2012

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45. Three young women from the New York Fashion Week posing next to a homeless man, 2012

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46. Pakistani Muslims form a human chain to protect Christians hearing Mass, 2013

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The Express Tribune

47. The anti-government Syrian town of Kafr Anbel sends a message to Boston after the marathon bombing, 2013

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48. Boston replied with this message, 2013

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49. The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, 2013

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50. Markiyan Matsekh plays a classical for police during the Ukranian revoloution, 2014
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