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20 Years – Looking Back at Pop Culture, Fun Facts & Memorable Events

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1993 – Space Shuttle Endeavour mission to repair an optical flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope.

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1994 – Tonya Harding wins the national figure skating championship title but is stripped of her title following an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan.

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1995 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon.

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1996 – Ebay started the online auction and shopping website, where people buy and sell goods and services worldwide.

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1997 – Tiger Woods at 21 years old became the youngest ever golfer to win the Masters.

1998
1998 – MP3’s are created for the first time.

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1999 – The year 2000 problem known as the Y2K problem and the millennium bug was the most important thing on most companies’ minds in 1999. Critical industries (such as electricity or financial) and government functions could stop working at 12:00 AM, January 1, 2000. This fear was fueled by the press coverage and other media speculation, as well as corporate and government reports. All over the world companies and organizations checked and upgraded their computer systems.

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2000 – U.S. Supreme Court decides in favor of George W. Bush in split decision over the presidential election.

2001
2001– AOL announces agreement to buy Time Warner for $162 billion, the largest corporate merger in history.

2002
2002 – Kelly Clarkson wins first American Idol contest.

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2003 – Apple launches iTunes which becomes a major success selling 10 million songs within 4 months of launch.

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2004 – Facebook is launched as a social networking site only open to students from Harvard in February by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. It is expanded first to other colleges in the Boston area and other Ivy League Colleges.

2005
2005 – Tom Cruise ‘Jumped the Couch” on Oprah while expressing how much he loved Katie Holmes.

2006
2006 – Twitter launched.

2007
2007 – iPhone debuts. Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the multimedia entertainment device that’s equal parts phone, MP3 player, Internet browser, and overpriced status symbol. Frenzied customers line up early to be the first to get an iPhone upon its June 29 release.

2008
2008– Price of petroleum reaches U.S. $100 per barrel for the first time ever.

2009
2009 – The death of the king of pop Michael Jackson (June 25th) brings worldwide outpourings of grief, he is the most successful entertainer of all time.

2010
2010 – Apple introduces the iPad.

2011
2011
– The royal wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William takes place in the United Kingdom on April 29th.

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2012 – Like a virus, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” had everyone from Madonna to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon performing the song’s crazy horse-riding dance.

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2013 – Merchant Link celebrates 20 years in the business! .

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