Hi folks! As promised, I have gathered together some events for the new century of 2000 and for the first 10 years, it turned out to be horrific for many and it seemed to take away the feeling of being safe in the United States.

The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.

Four passenger airliners operated by two major U.S. passenger air carriers (United Airlines and American Airlines) — all of which departed from airports in the northeastern part of the United States bound for California — were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110 — story towers collapsed. Debris and the resulting fires caused partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex, including the 47-story 7 World Trade Center tower, as well as significant damage to 10 other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense) in Arlington County, Virginia, which led to a partial collapse of the building's west side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was initially flown toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers thwarted the hijackers. 9/11 is the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed, respectively.

Aug. 28–29, 2005 – Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Mississippi and devastated the city of New Orleans and nearby coastal areas. Katrina was recognized as the costliest natural disaster in the United States at the time after causing $108 billion in damages (this was later surpassed by Hurricane Harvey in 2017). Fatalities were over 1,200.

The five highest-grossing films of the decade are (in order from highest to lowest grossing) — Avatar, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Dark Knight.

The 2001 World Series between the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks became the first World Series to be played in the month of November in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Super Bowl XXXVI between the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams became the first Super Bowl to be played in the month of February, also in the wake of the Sept; 11 attacks.

Primetime Emmy Award for Best Drama - 2000 through 2003– The West Wing; 2004 – The Sopranos; 2005 – Lost; 2006 – 24; 2007 – The Sopranos; 2008 – Mad Men; 2009 – Mad Men.

One of the most prominent events of the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing was the achievement of Michael Phelps the American swimmer, frequently cited as the greatest swimmer and one of the greatest Olympians of all time. He has won 14 career Olympic gold medals, the most by any Olympian. As of August 2, 2009, Phelps has broken thirty-seven world records in swimming. Phelps holds the record for the most gold medals won in a single Olympics, his eight at the 2008 Beijing Games surpassed American swimmer Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at Munich in 1972.

I hope you have enjoyed a look of these decades and we can only hope that the current decade ends on positive note for us all.

Birthdays being celebrated this week include: Sept. 11 – Jerry Kline, Fixie Kline and Cadin Spreng; Sept. 12 – Dave Lackey and Megan Struther; Sept. 13 - Jill Adams, Derrick Morrison, Jack Ashby, Becky Wilson and Larry Toms; Sept. 14 – Sharon Strimple and Carol Spreng; Sept. 17 – Betti Weimer and Toni Burkepile.

Many happy returns of the day!

Wedding anniversaries being celebrated this week include: Sept. 11 – Joe and Debbie Allerding and Dave and Cherie Mott; Sept. 12 – Dave and Teresa Buzzard and Jim and Soni Coey; Sept. 14 – Zach and Kendra Eikleberry and Doug and Jinx Schrader; Sept. 15 – Ron and Kelly Fetzer; Sept. 16 – Mark and Emma Whitaker.


Finally – If someone paid you 10 cents for every kind word you said about people and collected five cents for every unkind work … would you be rich or poor?