100 Iconic Photos That Forever Define The 21st Century So Far. Everyone Needs To See This.

From great inventions and revolutions to terrible wars and disasters, the human race has endured a tremendous amount this century. Although only 14 years has passed, the world is already a completely different place. We chose this list of 100 photos to capture the most iconic moments we’ve seen so far.

The world welcomes in the new millennium. [2000]

The world welcomes in the new millennium. [2000]

LIFE

Zanjeer the bomb dog is laid to rest with full military honours for saving thousands of lives. [2000]

Zanjeer the bomb dog is laid to rest with full military honours for saving thousands of lives. [2000]

Pune Mirror

Elián González is seized by US police in the midst of a custody and immigration battle with Cuba [2000]

Elián González is seized by US police in the midst of a custody and immigration battle with Cuba [2000]

President Bush’s reaction to news of a second plane striking the Twin Towers. He was reading to children at a Florida elementary school. [2001]

President Bush's reaction to news of a second plane striking the Twin Towers. He was reading to children at a Florida elementary school. [2001]

Firefighters raise the American flag on the ruins on the World Trade Centers [2001]

Firefighters raise the American flag on the ruins on the World Trade Centers [2001]

Thomas Franklin

Nkosi Johnson, a 12-year-old South African child who was born with HIV/AIDS, loses his battle with the disease after leading a campaign which led to the disease becoming more acceptable in culture. Nelson Mandela referred to Nkosi as an “icon”. [2001]

Nkosi Johnson, a 12-year-old South African child who was born with HIV/AIDS, loses his battle with the disease after leading a campaign which led to the disease becoming more acceptable in culture. Nelson Mandela referred to Nkosi as an

Archaeologists discover some of the oldest artworks known to man in Dordogne, France – over 12,000 years old. [2001]

Archaeologists discover some of the oldest artworks known to man in Dordogne, France - over 12,000 years old. [2001]

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

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

Reuters

People gather water from a huge well in the village of Natwarghad in the western Indian state of Gujarat. More than 1 billion people still lack access to clean drinking water. [2003]

People gather water from a huge well in the village of Natwarghad in the western Indian state of Gujarat. More than 1 billion people still lack access to clean drinking water. [2003]

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Ballerinas practice with medical masks during the SARS outbreak. [2003]

Ballerinas practice with medical masks during the SARS outbreak. [2003]

New York City is plunged into darkness after a power failure [2003]

New York City is plunged into darkness after a power failure [2003]

U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad. [2003]

 U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad. [2003]

Reuters

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds a child after she was separated from her family during a firefight [2003]

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds a child after she was separated from her family during a firefight [2003]

Damir Sagolj

President Bush addresses sailors in the famous “Mission Accomplished” speech, declaring the end of major combat in Iraq. [2003]

President Bush addresses sailors in the famous

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

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

Unknown Photographer

A Ukrainian woman places carnations into shields of anti-riot policemen standing outside the presidential office in Kiev. Ukraine, during the 2004 Orange Revolution. [2004]

A Ukrainian woman places carnations into shields of anti-riot policemen standing outside the presidential office in Kiev. Ukraine, during the 2004 Orange Revolution. [2004]

Vasily Fedosenko

A train is left in ruin after coordinated attacks in Madrid killed nearly 200. [2004]

A train is left in ruin after coordinated attacks in Madrid killed nearly 200. [2004]

The Hubble Telescope takes a picture of what the universe looked like 13 billion years ago [2004]

The Hubble Telescope takes a picture of what the universe looked like 13 billion years ago [2004]

NASA

A Russian police officer carries a released baby from the school seized by heavily armed masked men and women in the town of Beslan. [2004]

A Russian police officer carries a released baby from the school seized by heavily armed masked men and women in the town of Beslan. [2004]

Victor Korotayev

A heart-wrenching picture of a mother and child at an an emergency feeding centre in in Tahoua, Niger. [2005]

A heart-wrenching picture of a mother and child at an an emergency feeding centre in in Tahoua, Niger. [2005]

Finbarr O’Reilly

Isabelle Dinoire after receiving the world’s first partial face transplant [2005]

Isabelle Dinoire after receiving the world's first partial face transplant [2005]

AP

Kevin Berthia is talked out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge by police officers. He has since become an advocate for suicide prevention and has started a family. [2005]

Kevin Berthia is talked out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge by police officers. He has since become an advocate for suicide prevention and has started a family. [2005]

John Storey / San Francisco Chronicle

A bus blown apart by the 7th of July London bombings, which left 52 dead and 700 injured. [2005]

A bus blown apart by the 7th of July London bombings, which left 52 dead and 700 injured. [2005]

AFP

Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas embraces Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr. who lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq. [2005]

Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas embraces Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr. who lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq. [2005]

Dallas Morning News

Tanisha Blevin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 105, as they are evacuated from the convention center in New Orleans. [2005]

Tanisha Blevin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 105, as they are evacuated from the convention center in New Orleans. [2005]

Eric Gay

The Tribute in Lights shines on the skyline of lower Manhattan in New York. [2006]

 The Tribute in Lights shines on the skyline of lower Manhattan in New York. [2006]

The Atlantic

In 2006, Israel fought a brief but destructive war against the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon.

In 2006, Israel fought a brief but destructive war against the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon.

Female Afghan police officers train with rifles [2006]

Female Afghan police officers train with rifles [2006]

Balazs Gardi

Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months. [2007]

Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months. [2007]

BuzzFeed

Thousands gather to mourn after the Virginia Tech shooting [2007]

Thousands gather to mourn after the Virginia Tech shooting [2007]

An indigenous woman holds her child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen in Manaus who have been sent to evict natives. [2008]

An indigenous woman holds her child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen in Manaus who have been sent to evict natives. [2008]

Luiz Vasconcelos

Wall Street on the midst of the Global Financial Crisis [2008]

Wall Street on the midst of the Global Financial Crisis [2008]

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

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

Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home after a cylon stroke Myanmar’s capital of Yangon. [2008]

Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home after a cylon stroke Myanmar’s capital of Yangon. [2008]

Brian Sokol

Four of the last seven Northern White Rhinos in the world are airlifted from a zoo in the Czech Republic to a park in Africa in an attempt to save their entire species. [2009]

Four of the last seven Northern White Rhinos in the world are airlifted from a zoo in the Czech Republic to a park in Africa in an attempt to save their entire species. [2009]

National Geographic

US Airways Flight 1549 floats on the Hudson river after crash landing, miraculously, everyone survived [2009]

US Airways Flight 1549 floats on the Hudson river after crash landing, miraculously, everyone survived [2009]

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Vladimir Putin shirtless while vacationing and hunting in Siberia. The now Russian President is a judo black belt. [2009]

Vladimir Putin shirtless while vacationing and hunting in Siberia. The now Russian President is a judo black belt. [2009]

A fireman rescues a koala bear during Australian bushfires. [2009]

A fireman rescues a koala bear during Australian bushfires. [2009]

ISS Astronauts take a walk [2010]

ISS Astronauts take a walk [2010]

NASA

Kiki, age 7, is pulled from the ruins left by the Haiti earthquake and into the arms of his mother. [2010]

Kiki, age 7, is pulled from the ruins left by the Haiti earthquake and into the arms of his mother. [2010]

Polaris / eyevine

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

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

Tracy Caldwell looks down on Earth from the International Space Station [2010]

Tracy Caldwell looks down on Earth from the International Space Station [2010]

NASA

Smoke billows from a controlled burn of spilled oil off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico coast line. [2010]

Smoke billows from a controlled burn of spilled oil off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico coast line. [2010]

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over Stonehenge [2010]

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over Stonehenge [2010]

Reuters

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

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

AFP/Getty Images

Christians protect Muslims in prayer at Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution [2011]

Christians protect Muslims in prayer at Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution [2011]

Nevin Zaki

The former Tunisian President visits a man who set himself on fire in protest of Government corruption in an act that inspired revolution throughout the Middle East. The glares of his doctors say it all. [2011]

The former Tunisian President visits a man who set himself on fire in protest of Government corruption in an act that inspired revolution throughout the Middle East. The glares of his doctors say it all. [2011]

AFP/Getty Images

Robert Peraza, who lost his son, mourns 10 years after the 9/11 terror attacks [2011]

Robert Peraza, who lost his son, mourns 10 years after the 9/11 terror attacks  [2011]

New York Post

A dog soaks in an adoring crowd in Mexico by following the Pope [2011]

A dog soaks in an adoring crowd in Mexico by following the Pope [2011]

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An Egyptian woman kisses a policeman, who had refused to fire on protestors, during the revolution against the Mubarak Government [2011]

An Egyptian woman kisses a policeman, who had refused to fire on protestors, during the revolution against the Mubarak Government [2011]

A police officer pepper-sprays Occupy protesters at the University of California [2011]

A police officer pepper-sprays Occupy protesters at the University of California [2011]

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Barack Obama and Government staff watch as commandos conduct a raid, which ends with the killing of Osama bin Laden [2011]

Barack Obama and Government staff watch as commandos conduct a raid, which ends with the killing of Osama bin Laden  [2011]

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New York firefighters, many of whom lost friends in the 9/11 attacks, learn of Osama bin Laden’s death [2011]

New York firefighters, many of whom lost friends in the 9/11 attacks, learn of Osama bin Laden's death [2011]

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Norwegian citizens hold a flower march after the attack by Anders Breivik. [2011]

Norwegian citizens hold a flower march after the attack by Anders Breivik. [2011]

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Capt. Michael Potoczniak marries his partner Todd Saunders, in a ceremony in San Francisco. [2011]

Capt. Michael Potoczniak marries his partner Todd Saunders, in a ceremony in San Francisco. [2011]

Billy Stinson comforts his daughter on the steps where their cottage once stood before it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene [2011]

Billy Stinson comforts his daughter on the steps where their cottage once stood before it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene [2011]

Scott Olson / Getty Images

A man saves kittens from floodwater, which left thousands homeless in Pakistan [2011]

A man saves kittens from floodwater, which left thousands homeless in Pakistan [2011]

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Dzhokar Tsarnaev, one of the brothers behind the Boston Marathon bombing, on the boat where he was eventually caught, with sniper lasers on his forehead. [2011]

Dzhokar Tsarnaev, one of the brothers behind the Boston Marathon bombing, on the boat where he was eventually caught, with sniper lasers on his forehead. [2011]

Unknown Photographer

Ray Lewis, a retired police officer, is arrested during the Occupy Wall Street protests [2011].

Ray Lewis, a retired police officer, is arrested during the Occupy Wall Street protests [2011].

AP

A 4-month-old baby girl is rescued from the rubble four days after the Japenese tsunami. [2011]

A 4-month-old baby girl is rescued from the rubble four days after the Japenese tsunami. [2011]

Reuters

The US rover, Curiosity, takes a selfie on Mars [2012]

The US rover, Curiosity, takes a selfie on Mars [2012]

NASA

Meghan Vogel, a high school runner, helps her exhausted rival cross the finish line – giving up first place to do so. [2012]

Meghan Vogel, a high school runner, helps her exhausted rival cross the finish line - giving up first place to do so. [2012]

AP

Jullian Assange addresses supporters from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has sought asylum after leaking US Government documents. [2012]

Jullian Assange addresses supporters from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has sought asylum after leaking US Government documents. [2012]

Reuters

A man faces off with riot police during the successful Tunisian Revoloution, which sparked the Arab Spring [2012]

A man faces off with riot police during the successful Tunisian Revoloution, which sparked the Arab Spring [2012]

The Middle East sees snow for the first time in over 100 years [2012]

The Middle East sees snow for the first time in over 100 years [2012]

Three young women from the New York Fashion Week pose next to a homeless man. [2012]

Three young women from the New York Fashion Week pose next to a homeless man. [2012]

Spiegel

A mother comforts her daughter after the Sandy Hook shootings [2012]

A mother comforts her daughter after the Sandy Hook shootings [2012]

Reuters

A boy on a bike faces off with Russian riot police during protests by Vladimir Putin’s opposition [2012]

A boy on a bike faces off with Russian riot police during protests by Vladimir Putin's opposition [2012]

Julia Ioffe

Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado. [2012]

Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado. [2012]

The Decatur Daily

Pakistani Muslims form a human chain to protect Christians during Mass [2013]

Pakistani Muslims form a human chain to protect Christians during Mass [2013]

The Express Tribune

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

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

Boston replied with their own message. [2013]

Boston replied with their own message. [2013]

Solar Impulse, the first long-range solar-powered aircraft flies over the Golden Gate Bridge. It is set to circumnavigate the globe in 2015. [2013]

Solar Impulse, the first long-range solar-powered aircraft flies over the Golden Gate Bridge. It is set to circumnavigate the globe in 2015. [2013]

Solar Impulse

A child runs to safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. [2013]

A child runs to safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. [2013]

Reuters

San Francisco comes together to help batkid save the city – and to grant the wish of an ill child. [2013]

San Francisco comes together to help batkid save the city - and to grant the wish of an ill child. [2013]

A man walks through the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial at sunrise across from New York’s Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center. [2013]

A man walks through the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial at sunrise across from New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center. [2013]

Reuters

Carlos Arredondo helps Jeff Bauman after the Boston Marathon bombings. The two are now best friends. [2013]

Carlos Arredondo helps Jeff Bauman after the Boston Marathon bombings. The two are now best friends. [2013]

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A Syrian father is reunited with his son, whom he thought was killed in the bombing of his town. [2013]

A Syrian father is reunited with his son, whom he thought was killed in the bombing of his town. [2013]

Hadi Hdhod

Pope Francis embraces Vinicio Riva, a man scarred by a genetic disease. This was one of many progressive acts that the new leader of the Church made. [2013]

Pope Francis embraces Vinicio Riva, a man scarred by a genetic disease. This was one of many progressive acts that the new leader of the Church made. [2013]

EPA

A woman is peper-sprayed at Turkey’s Gezi Park protest. [2013]

A woman is peper-sprayed at Turkey's Gezi Park protest. [2013]

Reuters

The world says goodbye to Nelson Mandela [2013]

The world says goodbye to Nelson Mandela [2013]

Peter Dejong

Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan [2013]

Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan [2013]

Reuters

Kiev’s Independence Square before and after the revolution [2014]

Kiev's Independence Square before and after the revolution [2014]

reddit.com

Markiyan Matsekh plays piano for police during the Ukranian revoloution. [2014]

Markiyan Matsekh plays piano for police during the Ukranian revoloution. [2014]

Markiyan Matsekh

Afghan women turn out to vote in the first democratic transfer of power the country has ever seen. [2014]

Afghan women turn out to vote in the first democratic transfer of power the country has ever seen. [2014]

Anja Niedringhaus

It’s hard to believe we still have 86 years of history left to write. As I created this list, I was reminded that regardless of our differences in ideology, we’re all people of the 21st century together. When students in the future look back, they will see us as one unified generation who overcame incredible obstacles and made swift social progress, despite little certainty of what lies ahead.

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