We are 10 days away from the release of the 10th anniversary issue of the Undercurrent! To celebrate this milestone, we thought we’d do a blog series: 10 Posts in 10 Days. Today, we kick off the series by looking back at what was going on in the world when the Undercurrent was created! Comment below if you think of anything else that happened in 2004.
-In 2004, CDs were still a thing that most people went out and bought. At the time, Green Day’s American Idiot, U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, The Killers’ Hot Fuss and Kanye West’s The College Dropout were flying off the shelves. In 2014, Taylor Swift’s 1989 sold the most records (closely followed by Disney’s Frozen Soundtrack). In 2014, however, a lot of people opted to buy music digitally, through venues such as iTunes and Spotify.
-In 2004, Canada was led by the Liberal Party leader Paul Martin. In 2014, Canada was led (unfortunately!) by Stephen Harper.
-The biggest cause in 2004 was the yellow LiveStrong bracelets, which were a symbol of cancer awareness. The biggest cause in 2014? The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which had more than 2.4 million tagged videos on Facebook. Speaking of Facebook, this site was launched in 2004 as a social networking site for Harvard students. Today, over one billion people actively use Facebook.
-Since 2004, four new countries have formed: Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and South Sudan.
-In 2004, the EU accepted ten new states in what was considered a historic expansion. The new members were: Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Malta and Cyprus. In 2014, the EU had 28 members.
-The most popular cell phone in 2004? The Razr V3. Today? The iPhone, with its 8 megapixel camera, maps and an app for everything you could possibly imagine. Check out this funny article about someone who tried to use a Razr phone in 2014.
-In 2004, there were 5 million new cases of AIDS, and 3 million people died from the disease. While it is too soon to cite stats from 2014, in 2012, there were 2.3 million new cases of HIV, and 1.6 million people died from the disease.
-What were the biggest headlines of 2004? -The CIA admits there was no imminent threat from WoMD before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. -The strongest earthquake in 40 years creates tsunami waves in the Indian Ocean that kill 290,000+ people. -Due to ongoing conflict, at least one million Sudanese people fled their homes in Darfur. -Martha Stewart is convicted of a felony and sentenced to prison.What were the biggest headlines in 2014? Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post to see our list!