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Remember Y2K? That's beginning to seem like a long time ago, now. Morning Edition takes some time to remember how much has happened since the turn of the century. Listen for a decade of history in this audio montage.


This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

And on this New Year's Eve morning, as we leave 2010, can you even remember Y2K? That scare over what computers around the world would do when the calendar flipped to the oughts does sound like a long time ago. So we're going to take the next few minutes to remind you how much has happened since the turn of the century. Not a definitive collection, just a handful of memorable moments since the year 2000.

(Soundbite of cheering)

Unidentified Man #1: Five, four, three, two, one - Happy 2000!

LIANE HANSEN: Dire predictions of terrorist attacks or paralyzing computer failure are, so far, unrealized.

SCOTT SIMON: Vice President Gore has retracted a concession telephone call he made earlier tonight to George W. Bush. The 2000 presidential race is still undecided.

Vice President AL GORE: While I strongly disagree with the court's decision, I accept it. And tonight, I offer my concession.

(Soundbite of music)

BOB EDWARDS: If you're just joining us, the World Trade Center in New York City, in Lower Manhattan, was hit by airplanes today two of them.

Mr. RUDY GIULIANI (Former Republican Mayor, New York City): The number of casualties will be more than any any of us can bear.

(Soundbite of applause)

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people will...

(Soundbite of applause and cheering)

President BUSH: And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.

(Soundbite of cheering)

Pres. BUSH: So tonight, I announce the creation of a Cabinet-level position reporting directly to me: the Office of Homeland Security.

(Soundbite of movie, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone")

Mr. DANIEL RADCLIFFE (Actor): (as Dumbledore) Dear Mr. Potter, we are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Man #2: iPod is this amazing digital device that fits in your pocket. It carries over a thousand songs, so now you can take your entire music library with you wherever you go.

Mr. COLIN POWELL (Former U.S. Secretary of State; Retired General, U.S. Army): Leaving Saddam Hussein in possession of weapons of mass distraction for a few more months - or years - is not an option, not in a post-September 11th world.

President BUSH: Coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance, to undermine Saddam Hussein's ability to wage war.

DON GONYEA: A giant banner proclaimed: Mission Accomplished.

President BUSH: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. The United States and our allies have prevailed.

(Soundbite of cheering)

(Soundbite of music)

Governor ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER (Republican, California): I will not rest until California is a competitive, job-creating machine.

Ms. ANN VENEMAN (Secretary of Agriculture): A single Holstein cow has tested positive for BSE - what is widely known as mad cow disease.

Mr. HOWARD DEAN (Former Democratic Governor, Vermont): And then we're going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House. Yeah!

MIKE PESCA: Justin Timberlake, the pop star, ripped a piece of Janet Jackson's clothing, thus exposing her breast. A wardrobe malfunction.

ROBERT SIEGEL: Women married women and men married men. And because of a decision of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court...

(Soundbite of music)

STEVE INSKEEP: Thousands of mourners are gathered at Washington's National Cathedral for the funeral of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States.

Mr. RAFAEL PALMEIRO (Baltimore Orioles): I have never used steroids. Period.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. MICHAEL CHERTOFF (Former Secretary of Homeland Security): I have not heard a report of thousands of people in the convention center who don't have food and water.

JOHN BURNETT: They've been there since the hurricane. There is no food. There's absolutely no water. There's no medical treatment. There's no police and no security, and there are two dead bodies - lying on the ground and in a wheelchair - beside the convention center.

NEAL CONAN: Our colleague Melissa Block was in Chengdu earlier today, recording an interview when the earthquake struck.

MELISSA BLOCK: What's going on? The whole building is shaking. The whole building is shaking. Oh, my goodness - we're in the middle of an earthquake?

(Soundbite of music)

Ms. SARAH PALIN (Former Republican Governor, Alaska): The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MONTAGNE: Financial markets are tumbling today as investors try to deal with extraordinary...

Mr. PETER CHAPMAN (Editor, Financial Times): Lehman Brothers had some enormous investments in subprime mortgages. When Lehman Brothers went, it was like pulling the plug out of the sink.

President BARACK OBAMA: In this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

(Soundbite of cheering)

(Soundbite of song, I Dreamed A Dream)

Ms. SUSAN BOYLE (Singer): (Singing) I dreamed a dream in time gone by.

(Soundbite of cheering)

Senator EDWARD KENNEDY (Democrat, Massachusetts): This is the cause of my life - that we will guarantee that every American - north, south, east, west, young, old - will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right, and not a privilege.

(Soundbite of cheering)

Unidentified Man #3: We need medical supplies. We need heavy equipment to help the people in Haiti.

Mr. TONY HAYWARD (Former CEO, BP): We are responsible - not for the accident, but we are responsible for the oil and for dealing with it, and cleaning the situation up.

ROBERT KRULWICH: The droning, blaring, endless buzzing sound that has defined the World Cup of 2010 is...

(Soundbite of vuvuzela)

KRULWICH: The previously unknown, but now infamous, vuvuzela.

MARY LOUISE KELLY: One after another, Chilean miners are rising to the surface, and breathing fresh air for the first time for more than two months.

(Soundbite of applause, cheering)

(Soundbite of music)

MONTAGNE: And those were among the most memorable sounds we heard over the last decade.

(Soundbite of music)

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