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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ever Since Phantom Opened on Broadway: The Last Years

About a month ago, I began my look back at life since 1988 - the year The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway. That blog, which covered the first 10 years (1988 - 1997), may be accessed by clicking HERE.  The second in the series covered the next 6 years in the history of the world, 1998 - 2003, and can be seen by clicking HERE.  Today's blog, the final in the series, will look at key events and pop culture news from 2004 - 2010.

In 2004, gas averages $2.10 a gallon.

2004:


Prisoner abuse is uncovered at Abu Ghraib prison.
The US returns sovereignty of Iraq to the people of Iraq.
Lance Armstrong wins 6th consecutive Tour de France.
The Statue of Liberty is reopened to the public.
George W. Bush is re-elected.


Martha Stewart, now a convicted felon, goes to jail.
The 1st same-sex marriage is performed in Massachusetts.
Janet Jackson suffers a "wardrobe malfunction" at the hands of Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show.
Ken Jennings wins $2.5M on Jeopardy!
Avenue Q wins the Best Musical Tony over Wicked.

2005:


Hurricane Katrina devastates New Orleans and much of the US Gulf Coast.
Pope John Paul II dies; Pope Benedict XVI is elected.
Disneyland celebrates 50 years as the happiest place on Earth.
Lance Armstrong does it again!  7 in a row at the Tour de France.
The XBox 360 is introduced.
Jersey Boys opens on Broadway.

2006:


Saddam Hussein is found guilty of crimes against humanity and is sentenced to death by hanging.
Google purchaces YouTube for $1.65B in stocks.
The Wii is introduced.
Pluto is no longer considered a planet.
The off-Broadway smash Spring Awakening opens on Broadway.  So does Mary Poppins, which will outrun the former show, and continues to run today.

2007:


The world's largest cruise ship, "Liberty of the Seas," begins passenger service.
Cracks really begin to show in the Global Economy.
Both the iPhone and the iTouch are introduced by Apple.

2008:


The Summer Olympics are held in Beijing, China.  US swimmer Michael Phelps makes medal history.
Sony Blu-Ray HD technology wins the battle and becomes the standard HD format.
The MacBook Air is introduced.
Gasoline peaks at a year average of $3.43 a gallon.
In the Heights opens on Broadway and wins the Tony for Best Musical.

2009:


Barack Obama is sworn in as US President.
Michael Jackson passes away, days before his farewill tour, This Is It, is to begin.
The longest solar eclipse of the century occurs over Asia, clocking in at 6 minutes, 38.8 seconds.
H1N1 becomes an epidemic in the US and all over the world.
Billy Elliot opens on Broadway and wins 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

2010:


The Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver, Canada.  Men's Figure Skating gold is won by American Evan Lysacek.
The BP oil disaster cripples the Gulf of Mexico.
The Tea Party movement gains strength and has an effect on November mid-term elections


Bing and Yahoo Search combine in an effort to out-do Google as a search engine.
Apple introduces the iPad.
Justin Bieber goe from YouTube sensation to international popstar by utilizing social networking platforms to gain fans, friends and a record label.

A gallon of gas now costs an average of $2.73.


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