When the ball dropped on New Year’s in Times Square almost ten years ago, we entered the new millennium.
Minutes into the 21st century, those with stockpiles of canned food and bottled water held their breath as they braced themselves for “the millennium bug” or the ever-feared Y2K problem, that predicted financial institutions’ computer systems would fail on Jan. 1, 2000.
Now, almost ten years later, the first decade of the 21st century is about to end.
Time magazine has called it “the decade from hell” and The New York Times seems to believe it was “the era of misplaced anxiety.”
Whatever it is to you, the entertainment sector of the decade seemed to have an ample stream of news straight from the Hollywood Hills.
What decade will compare to the one in which Britney Spears shaved her head, Janet Jackson’s Superbowl halftime show “mishap” caused a the FCC to fine the network, and pop king Michael Jackson dangled his infant son out of a Berlin hotel window?
Here are a few moments The Carroll News feels stood out in the first decade of the new millennium.
‘oo – America makes reality TV popular as contestants are isolated in the wilderness to compete for cash and other prizes in the reality TV show, “Survivor.”
’01 – Martha Stewart, America’s favorite homemaker, is moved from her home to the slammer after she is busted in a stock market scandal, consequently serving five months in prison.
’02 – Michael Jackson demonstrates questionable judgment as a father when he dangles his son, Blanket, from a Berlin hotel balcony for fans to see.
’03 – Britney Spears proves she’s “not that innocent” when she and Christina Aguilera kissed Madonna during a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
’04 – William Hung gets his 15 minutes of fame as a result of his off-key audition performance of Ricky Martin’s hit song “She Bangs” on the third season of the television series “American Idol.”
’05 – Tom Cruise declares his love for Toledo’s Katie Holmes by jumping up and down on Oprah’s sofa during a taping of her show
’06 – The world mourns after Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dies in an accident in the Great Barrier Reef.
’07 – Paris Hilton spends 23 days in jail for violating probation in an alcohol-related driving case.
’08 – “The Dark Knight” becomes the second-highest grossing film of all time with the late actor Heath Ledger.
’09 – Pop king Michael Jackson and “Charlie’s Angel” Farrah Fawcett die on the same day in June.