War & Peace

"Travelin' Soldier" (1999)
  • Bush v. Gore (December 12)
Moving Along "Descendants of Dragon" (2000)
2001 Home "Brotha" (2001)  
  • iTunes launched (January 9)
  • Passage of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, marking the first of several pieces of legislation commonly referred to as the "Bush tax cuts" (June 7)
  • Terrorist Attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania (September 11)
  • War in Afghanistan (October 7)
  • USA PATRIOT Act (October 26)
Moving Along "Wave" (2001)
Moving Along "Somos mas americanos" (2001)
2002 United/Divided "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)" (2002)
  • No Child Left Behind Act (passed in December 2001, signed January 8, 2002)
  • Bush’s State of the Union labels Iran, North Korea, and Iraq the “Axis of Evil” (January 29)
  • Homeland Security Act of 2002 establishes the Department of Homeland Security (November 25)
War & Peace "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?" (2002)
2003 War & Peace "Have You Forgotten?" (2003)  
  • Iraq War begins (March)
  • Massachusetts Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage (November)
  • Hispanics surpass African Americans as the largest minority group in the United States.
  • Space Shuttle Columbia explodes
Home "Learn Chinese" (2003)
Home "Mi Gente" (2003)
Faith & Ideals "Where is the Love?" (2003)
2004 Home "The APL Song" (2004)  
  • Facebook launched
  • President Bush announces support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman
Moving Along "Who Discovered America?"(2004)
Faith & Ideals "No Rest for the Weary" (2004)
2005 United/Divided "The Corner"(2005)  
  • YouTube launched (April 23, 2005)
  • Hurricane Katrina (late August)
Work "America First" (2005)
Home "Heroes of Earth" (2005)
Moving Along "3rd Base, Dodger Stadium" (2005)
2006 War & Peace "Light Up Ya Lighter" (2006)  
  • Twitter launched (March)
  • An Inconvenient Truth (released May 24)
  • Secure Fence Act (October 26)
Moving Along "American Land" (2006)
Faith & Ideals "Waiting on the World to Change" (2006)
2007 United/Divided "Silence is a Weapon" (2007)  
  • Nancy Pelosi becomes the first female Speaker of the House
  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 fails (June 7)
  • iPhone released (June 29)
  • Live Earth Concerts (July 7)
  • Onset of the Great Recession (December)
War & Peace "Violeta" (2007)
Home "Black Happiness" (2007)
2008 War & Peace "War Song" (2008)
  • District of Columbia v. Heller
  • Housing and Economic Recovery Act (July 30)
  • Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy (September 15)
  • Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (“Wall Street Bailout”) [signed Oct. 3]
  • Barack Obama is elected the first African American president (November 4)
  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (January)
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (February)
  • Obama announces expansion of the War in Afghanistan (December)
  • Puerto Rican Sonia Sotomayor becomes the first Latinx justice on the Supreme Court
2010 Home "Who I am" (2010)  
  • Affordable Care Act (March 23)
  • Navy lifts ban on women in submarines (April)
  • Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (
  • Wall-Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (July 21)
  • It Gets Better Project launched (September 21)
  • Instagram launched (October)
Faith & Ideals "Clouds" (2010)
2011 Work "Words I Never Said" (2011)  
  • Navy SEALs raid a compound in Pakistan and kill Osama bin Laden (May 2)
  • Occupy Wall Street Protests begin (September 17)
  • Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” implemented (September 20)
Faith & Ideals "I Smile" (2011)
2012 Work "Rent Money" (2012)  
  • Trayvon Martin killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida (February 26)
  • President Obama expresses support for marriage equality (May 10)
  • President Obama announces the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (June 15)
  • National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius
  • Black Lives Matter movement begins (July)
  • Hurricane Sandy (October 29)
  • Mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School (December 14)
Home "Same Love" (2012)
Moving Along "Where You From?" (2012)
2013 Home "24K Town" (2013)  
  • American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extends most of the “Bush tax cuts” except for those on the highest earners
  • Military lifts ban on women in combat (January 24)
  • Shelby County v. Holder
Moving Along "Electric Intertribal" (2013)
2014 Moving Along "Monsters Calling Home" (2014)  
  • Janet Yellen becomes the first female chair of the Federal Reserve (February 3)
  • Russia invades Ukraine, leading the United States and its allies to impose economic sanctions (February–April)
  • President Obama sends 300 military advisers to Iraq to protect diplomats from ISIS (June)
  • To combat ISIS, US military begins airstrikes in Iraq and Syria and sends 1,500 troops to Iraq (August–November)
  • President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announce joint agreement to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 (November 12)
  • President Obama announces Immigration Accountability Executive Action (November 20)
  • Riots in Ferguson and St. Louis, Missouri, after a grand jury declined to indict a police officer for shooting and killing Michael Brown, an African American teenager (November 24)
  • Bill Cosby is accused of sexual assault by dozens of women (November)
  • Protests in New York City after a grand jury declines to indict police officers for the death of Eric Garner (December 4)
  • The United States withdraws most troops from Afghanistan, marking the end of the War in Afghanistan
  • Supreme Court rules in Obergefell v. Hodges that state-level bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional (June 26)
  • Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“Iran nuclear deal”) signed (July 14)
  • Full diplomatic relations restored between the United States and Cuba (July 20)
  • President Obama announces plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States in 2016



  • Protests at Standing Rock Reservation begin (April)
  • Paris Agreement signed (April 22)
  • Departments of Justice and Education issue new guidelines to allow students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identities (May 13)
  • Mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, kills 49 and wounds 53 in deadliest attack on LGBT community
  • Executive Order 13769 (“Muslim Ban”) issued by President Trump (January 27)
  • President Trump revokes Obama-era guidelines that allowed students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identities (February)
  • President Trump announces withdrawal from the Paris Agreement (June 1)
  • Hurricane Harvey (late August)
  • #MeToo goes viral after sexual misconduct allegations are made about movie producer Harvey Weinstein (October)
  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by President Trump (December 22)
  • Time’s Up founded (January 1)
  • President Trump announces withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“Iran nuclear deal”)
  • President Trump meets with Kim Jong Un of North Korea (June)
  • Massacre at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh leaves 11 dead (October)
  • Camp Fire in California kills X (November)
  • In a televised address to the nation, President Donald Trump makes the case for his proposed border wall.
  • The Supreme Court rules that the Trump administration is allowed to limit military service for transgender people.
  • around 50 people are accused of fraud to secure admission to elite colleges, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin
  • President Trump issues a new permit to construct the Keystone Pipeline
  • Maine becomes the first state to ban Styrofoam containers
  • The U.S. officially withdraws from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty established with Russia in 1987
  • Thousands of students across the United States join their counterparts world-wide in demonstrations against climate change led by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and 12-year-old Colorado activist Haven Coleman
  • The House of Representatives votes 232–196 in favor of formally proceeding with an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
  • The United States Space Force (USSF) is founded
  • Covid-19 pandemic
  • Kamala Harris becomes the first woman of color to be elected Vice President.


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