2010's - Economic Recovery
|January 19, 2010 - Scott Brown, a Republican
reformer from Massachusetts, stuns the nation with an upset win for the
special election Senate seat. He is the first Republican elected to the
Senate from the state since 1972 and only Republican member of the
Massachusetts Democratic congressional delegation. His election
puts a halt to the 60 seat Democratic super majority in the Senate and
will prevent President Obama and the Democratic leadership from pushing
legislation in future votes past a Republican filibuster.
25, 2010 - The U.S. House of Representatives finalizes the Health Care
legislation approved by the Senate, extending health benefits and
insurance to most Americans. The legislation, the Affordable Care Act,
passed on a partisan basis by the Democratic Majority, has caused a
significant rift within the public, who disapproved of the bill, and is
expected to test the Democratic Party's hold on both houses of Congress
during the mid-term elections in November.
1, 2010 - The U.S. Census of 2010 is conducted, showing a 9.7% increase
from the 2000 census for a total of 308,745,538 people. The
geographic center of the population is now 2.7 miles northeast of
20, 2010 - A British Petroleum deep water oil rig explodes in the Gulf
of Mexico, causing the largest oil spill in the history of the United
States, killing eleven workers, and devastating the environment.
It also severely damaged the fishing and tourism industries of gulf
2, 2010 - With an impetus from the Tea Party movement to restore fiscal
sanity to Congress and various state houses, Republican candidates win
the majority of elections, taking control of the U.S. House of
Representatives with a net gain of 63 seats, reducing the majority of
Democrats in the Senate, and taking over many governorships and other
legislative bodies. This tide was the biggest turnaround in
Congressional seats since 1948, and many attribute the election to
disfavor of Obama administration spending practices, including the
Health Care legislation passed in March.
|April 14, 2011 - Congress votes to pass the 2010-2011 budget after
six months of negotiations, including $38 billion in fiscal year cuts.
This vote was one of the first measures that showed the new dynamic of
a U.S. House of Representatives in Republican hands that was focused,
due to Tea Party member goals, to get the burgeoning federal deficit
May 2, 2011 - Osama Bin Laden, mastermind of the
9/11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and other
locations and leader of the terrorist group, Al-Queda, is killed after
ten years of pursuit by United States and coalition forces during a
raid by U.S. Navy Seals on his hideout location in Pakistan.
21, 2011 - The final shuttle flight lands at the Kennedy Space Center,
signifying the end of the NASA shuttle space program. The program,
which began in 1981 and included 135 missions, was completed when the
Shuttle Atlantis flew its final mission to the International Space
September 17, 2011 - The first of many Occupy Wall
Street protests begin in New York City, protesting the big money
interests on Wall Street and their relationship to the recession and
December 15, 2011 - The war in Iraq is declared over when President Obama orders the last combat troops to leave the country.
|May 2, 2012 - At a New York auction house, the highest payment for
a work of art, the Scream by Edwin March, is paid, costing $120 million
May 7, 2012 - The first licenses for cars without
drivers is granted in the state of Nevada to Google. Autonomous
cars were first introduced in concept during the 1939 World's Fair in
New York City in the General Motors exhibit Futurama by Norman Bel
Geddes. By September of 2012, three states had passed laws
allowing such vehicles; Nevada, California, and Florida.
11, 2012 - Terrorist attack on a consulate in the Libyan city of
Benghazi kills four Americans, including Ambassador John C. Stevens,
showing the continued fight against Islamic extremism had not abated
after the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East and deposing of
dictators such as Muammar Gaddafi.
October 29, 2012 - Hurricane
Sandy, taking an unusual track up the East Coast and coming to landfall
on the New Jersey coast near Atlantic City and Long Island coasts of
New York creates significant damage to coastal towns as well as the
boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island, to the estimated cost of $65.6
billion. The hurricane, at its peak a Category 2 storm, was the
largest storm in recorded history by diameter at 1,100 miles.
6, 2012 - President Barack Obama wins a significant victory, 332
electoral votes to 206, for his second term in office against
Republican challenger and businessman Mitt Romney. Congress
remained status quo with divided government as the House of
Representatives remained in Republican hands and the Senate in
|February 12, 2013 - Using a 3-D printer and cell cultures, American scientists at Cornell University grow a living ear.
15, 2013 - Two bombs explode near the finish line of the Boston
Marathon, killing three and injuring hundreds in a terrorism attack
coordinated by two brothers associated with radical Islam. The
attack caused the shutdown of the city as police and federal officials
searched and apprehended the suspects within four days of the attack.
May 17, 2013
- Congressional hearings begin on the IRS scandal of group targeting
that began two years prior. The Internal Revenue Service is
accused of targeting conservative groups for additional scrutiny in tax
status matters, including groups like the Tea Party, whose stances
include lower taxes and smaller government, plus other patriotic and
religious organizations. This breach of protocol from a
government agency where all U.S. citizens file taxes has
from both Republican, Democrat, and independent political groups.
28, 2013 - One hundred thousand visitors throng to the Lincoln Memorial
and the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the 50th anniversary
commemoration ceremony of Martin Luther King's “I Have a Dream"
speech. Speakers at the anniversary include two former
presidents; Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and current President Barack
Obama, the first African American to hold the office. Nearly
250,000 people came to the original speech in 1963.
2013 - The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, begins registering people
for the expanded federal government health insurance program despite a
variety of waivers and problems in implementing the cumbersome rules
and regulations of the program. Various states have decided to
allow the federal government to run the exchanges for them, while some
states and the District of Columbia set up their own exchanges to sell
|January 1, 2014 - Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, goes into affect for millions of
Americans, the largest expansion of the social welfare state in
decades. Over 7.3 million join the system, some due to
cancellations of existing healthcare policies; others due to subsidies
provided by the government. Premium for policies see large
increases due to expansion.|
February 26, 2014 - Only days after
hosting the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, the Russian
Federation annexes the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, causing
widespread condemnation, a temporary suspension of Russia from the G8,
and limited sanctions by the United States. Russian expansionism
becomes a topic for the first time since the end of the Cold War in
June 5, 2014 - Rise of ISIS in a large amount of territory
in western Syria and northern Iraq cause western nations to confront
another round of Islamic fundamentalism. United States and some
allies begin campaign to degrade their effectiveness with a bombing
campaign on September 22.
September 30, 2014 - First case of
Ebola is certified in the United States, an outcome of travel from the
country of Liberia and West Africa where the virus has spread to 22,000
people and killed 9,000.
November 4, 2014 - Midterm elections
see large increase in Republican lawmakers with expansion of their
majority to 247 seats in the House of Representatives and the taking
over of the majority in the Senate with 54 seats. This will cause
the Obama administration to deal with a Congress now controlled by the
other party for the final two years of his term.
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