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]

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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]

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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]

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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]