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A lot of news happens in a decade, and as we prepare to close this one, there will be plenty of lists about the top stories from the last 10 years. This is not one of those lists. These are the stories you told us you were interested in … by searching for them. From the gravely serious to the supremely silly, we present a decade of news you couldn’t get enough of.
The day that changed America
The terrorist attacks on Sept 11, 2001, left a nation stunned, mourning and looking for answers. No one will ever forget the horrific images of airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center’s North and South towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. In the days and weeks that followed, people turned to the Web to find timelines of what happened, photos and videos of the attacks and information about who was responsible. Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida became household names.
The war in Iraq
On March 19, 2003, President George Bush announced that the U.S. war against Iraq had begun. Searches for Iraq, its leader Saddam Hussein, and the previous Gulf War had been growing as the war’s build-up progressed, but the initial air strikes, the search for weapons of mass destruction and anti-war protests soon became the focus.
Where Britney meets the UFC
There are some searches that just won’t go away. We’re talking to you, Britney Spears. The pop star’s seemingly endless roller coaster of highs and lows — an onstage kiss with Madonna, a wedding to a backup dancer, two cute kids, one shaved head, a stint in rehab, the requisite comeback tour — have made Spears one of the top searches at Yahoo! almost every year this decade.
An historic election, a highly anticipated pup
The historic election of President Barack Obama was the culmination of two years of endless debate and Search. While the 2000 presidential election had searchers educating themselves on hanging chads and Supreme Court decisions, in 2008, we found ourselves immersed in a 50-state strategy, birth certificates, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Tina Fey, the Weather Underground, Troopergate, a teenager’s unplanned pregnancy and the exact wording of the oath of office.
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