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Noteworthy Annual Archive

Noteworthy Annual Archive

 
 
 

A round-up of the very best spiritual and metaphysical offerings
each year since since our Internet debut in 2000, Anno Domini.

 
Noteworthy Releases 2000

Noteworthy Releases 2000

 
Gore prevailed in the national popular vote. But Bush won where it mattered, in the Electoral College, thanks to his carrying of the crucial swing state Florida by a mere 537 votes. On Dec. 12, the Supreme Court handed down its controversial 5-4 Gore vs. Bush decision. It blocked a Florida Supreme Court-ordered manual recount and crushed Gore.
Noteworthy Releases 2001

Noteworthy Releases 2001

 
Sept. 11, hijackers ram jetliners into twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A fourth hijacked plane crashes 80 miles outside of Pittsburgh. Toll of dead and injured in thousands. Within days, Islamic militant Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda terrorist network are identified as the parties behind the attacks.
Noteworthy Releases 2002

Noteworthy Releases 2002

 
Allegations of illicit sex and molestation and widespread cover-ups rocked the Roman Catholic Church. The Boston Archdiocese was at the epicenter, but the crisis affected parishes from Los Angeles to New York and caught the attention of Pope John Paul II.
Noteworthy Releases 2003

Noteworthy Releases 2003

 
Citing the possession of weapons of mass destruction, links to terrorism, and Saddam Hussein's despotism as the casus belli for “regime change” in Iraq, President George W. Bush launched the first preemptive war in United States history on March 20, 2003.
Noteworthy Releases 2004

Noteworthy Releases 2004

 
On Dec. 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck beneath the Indian Ocean near Indonesia, generating a massive tsunami that claimed more than 230,000 lives in fourteen different countries, one of the deadliest natural disasters ever recorded.
Noteworthy Releases 2005

Noteworthy Releases 2005

 
Levees failed after Hurricane Katrina made landfall east of New Orleans in the morning of August 29. New Orleans was inundated with floodwaters and much of the Gulf Coast region was devastated. More than 1,300 people died in four states. Katrina exposed inadequate preparation and a government whose response was tepid at best.
Noteworthy Releases 2006

Noteworthy Releases 2006

 
In Iraq, a coalition of Shiites and Kurds dominates the new government. Sectarian violence wracks the country, killing tens of thousands, with fatality rates rising throughout the year; some observers describe the situation as a civil war between Sunnis and Shiites. Several internal reports characterize the U.S. military efforts as failing. Saddam Hussein is convicted of crimes against humanity by an Iraqi court (Nov. 5), and hanged in Baghdad.
Noteworthy Releases 2007

Noteworthy Releases 2007

 
The housing bubble finally burst, big time. Defaults on subprime mortgages — high and adjustable-interest rate home loans for people who don't qualify for the lowest market rates — had been rising slowly for a couple of years and by this summer were up 93% from the year before. Banks worldwide that had money in mortgage-backed securities realized many of their investments were worthless, and the major stock market indexes saw their values drop.
Noteworthy Releases 2008

Noteworthy Releases 2008

 
Like the Great Depression, the 2008 version began in the United States, but soon spread around the world. Beginning with the subprime mortgage crisis of September, the situation soon escalated with the bankruptcy of the large investment bank Lehman Brothers. More banks failed. World stock markets plunged. Panic selling ensued. Companies collapsed or laid off workers - more than 500,000 jobs were lost in the United States in November alone.
Noteworthy Releases 2009

Noteworthy Releases 2009

 
Despite a $787 billion federal stimulus package, much of the U.S. economy continued to sputter throughout the year. The jobless rate topped 10 percent, scores of banks failed, the federal deficit tripled to a record $1.4 trillion, and stocks fell to their lowest levels since 1997 before rallying. Yet investment banks' profits surged, triggering public anger and efforts in Washington to crack down on Wall Street bonuses.
Noteworthy Releases 2010

Noteworthy Releases 2010

 
Already the Western Hemisphere's most destitute nation, Haiti was shattered by an earthquake on Jan. 12 that killed at least 230,000 and left millions homeless. The April 20 explosion at a BP-leased rig killed 11 workers and unleashed a deep-sea spill that ultimately spewed at least 170 million gallons of crude into the Gulf.
Noteworthy Releases 2011

Noteworthy Releases 2011

 
On March 11, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake off Japan's northeast coast in March unleashed a tsunami that devastated scores of communities, leaving nearly 20,000 people dead or missing and wreaking an estimated $218 billion in damage. On May 2, U.S. troops and CIA operatives shoot and kill Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Noteworthy Releases 2012

Noteworthy Releases 2012

 
Superstorm Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record with winds spanning 1,000 miles, nearly pounded the New York-New Jersey coastline into oblivion over 24 hours starting late in the afternoon of Oct. 29. Adam Lanza, age 20, forces his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14 and kills 26 people, including 20 children between the ages of six and seven.
Noteworthy Releases 2013

Noteworthy Releases 2013

 
On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would resign—the first time a pope had done so since Gregory XII in 1415. Succeeded a month later by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis. On April 15, multiple bombs explode near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. At least three people are killed. More than 170 people are injured.
Noteworthy Releases 2014

Noteworthy Releases 2014

 
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa started quietly but soon spread across the porous borders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to become a full-blown epidemic. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria emerged as the terror successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq. ISIS has overrun huge areas of Iraq and Syria, raising concerns that its radical ideology will spread across the Middle East.
Noteworthy Releases 2015

Noteworthy Releases 2015

 
In a landmark opinion, a divided Supreme Court on Friday, June 26, ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a historic victory. Thousands of migrants, many from wartorn Syria, pour into Europe by sea and land, stirring right-wing resistance in some countries and compassion, fatigue even from countries that welcomed them.
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Noteworthy Releases 2016

Noteworthy Releases 2016

 
On June 12, 2016, an unprecedented mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, kills 49 people. Brexit: on June 23, the United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union. On Nov. 2, the Chicago Cubs finally win the World Series after 108 years. America breaks bad as billionaire bigot Donald Trump easily wins the 2016 U.S. presidential election.