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We partied like it was 1999 and despite fears of a Y2K bug, the lights stayed on. Check out the highs and lows of pop culture in the aughts.

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Beyonce Knowles took home 10 nominations, the biggest number of the night which included nominations for: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration AND... Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.
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IN THE YEAR 2000: Conan O'Brien and friends continued predicting what would happen in the "future," such as... Mr. T will open a hair salon called, "I Pretty the Fool." (Alec Baldwin) and A black man will be elected President of the United States. I'm sorry, that's in the year 10,000. (Chris Rock)
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WASSUP?! While the first Budweiser Wassup commercial initially aired in December 1999, the phenomenon did not take full hold until the new millennium, spawning the less cool version, "What are you doing?"... "What are YOU doing?"
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It was the dress that launched 1,000 parodies. Jennifer Lopez wore a plunging Versace to the Grammys in 2000. In March, South Park's Trey Parker stole the look for the Academy Awards, and in October Matt Lauer dressed up as J-Lo for Halloween in one of his more disturbing costume choices.
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On Aug. 21, 2000, the Muggle world was introduced to the most famous wizard of all time: Daniel Radcliffe. Warner Bros. announced that Radcliffe would be playing Harry Potter in the first movie based on the books by J. K. Rowling, along with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint as Hermione and Ron.
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Madonna had a big year... She gave birth to son Rocco in August. In September she released Music, her first #1 album since 1989's Like a Prayer. AND in December she married director (and Rocco's father) Guy Ritchie, whose film Snatch came out the following month.
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ARRR! Ahoy there, mateys! It was the age of the digital pirate, when you could find that obscure live clip by Metallica... for FREE. It was a time of file sharing, of uploading and downloading vast amounts of music... for FREE. It was the age of Napster.
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We don't know (or is it care?) who actually let the dogs out, but we sure wish someone had put them back. Yes, the Baha Men song Who Let the Dogs Out, which was originally written for a carnival in Trinidad, hit the charts and would not go away. And now, it's back in your head. Oops.
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THE RISE AND FALL OF: Russell Crowe. The Australian made a name for himself with Gladiator in 2000 and A Beautiful Mind in 2001. He married in 2003, after an unfortunate on-set romance with Meg Ryan. But the infamous phone-throwing incident in 2005, in which he assaulted a hotel clerk, is what stuck in people's minds.
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2001: Britney Spears was on top of the world when her third album, modestly titled Britney, hit #1 in 2001, making her the first female artist whose first three albums debuted at the top of the charts. It's like nothing bad can ever happen to her or other celebutants.
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Beyonce Knowles released her first solo album in 2001. In 2006, she was nominated for two Golden Globes for her performance in Dreamgirls. A quiet marriage to Jay-Z in 2008, appearances on SNL and Video of the Year for "Single Ladies" in 2009 made this a pretty sweet decade for the vocalist.
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Latin fever continued into the new millennium when Shakira crossed over to the American mainstream with Whenever, Wherever. And, yes, you will now have that stuck in your head. But at least Who Let the Dogs Out? is gone, right?
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Musically it was a year for the ladies. Pink, Lil' Kim, Mya and Christina Aguilera collaborated on a remake of Labelle's classic song Lady Marmalade and scored MTV's Video of the Year award for strutting around in their delicates for four minutes and 24 seconds.
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Peter Jackson's painstakingly reverential film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, took theaters by storm. Four Oscar awards in 2001, two in 2002, and 11 in 2003 are proof that the films were epic on many levels. LOTR was one of many bright spots in the decade in movies.
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Broadway got a makeover with Mel Brooks' The Producers, a musical starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Based on a relatively unsuccessful film and then later remade into another relatively unsuccessful film, the Broadway show was a bona fide hit and won 12 Tonys.
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There was a time when encyclopedia salesmen went door to door to peddle their knowledgeable wares. Not anymore. Wikipedia made those heavy tomes a thing of the past for most of us. Now it has more than 14 million articles in 271 different languages.
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It's hard to believe a world existed before the invention of the clickwheel. But the original iPod, now laughably dinosaurish, was cutting edge when it was unveiled in October. Apple has sold more than 220 million of them since then.
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The Segway was touted for its self-balancing technology when it was unveiled in December. But the scooter-esque devices weren't entirely user friendly, as President George W. Bush proved in 2003, when he fell off of one while vacationing in Maine.
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FASHION FLASH: Mesh hats: they're not just for truckers anymore! Thanks to celebs like Ashton Kutcher, Justin Timberlake, and -- yes -- even Paris Hilton, the trucker hat was the uber (lame) fashion accent of the Aughts.
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2002: Denzel Washington and Halle Berry made history at the Oscars when for the first time an African-American man and woman took top honors in the same year. Washington won for his role in Training Day and Berry for her role in Monster's Ball.
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A small reality program debuted during the quiet summer months featuring hopeful singers competing for America's vote. The show? American Idol. On Sept. 19, Kelly Clarkson was named the first-ever American Idol. And after its initial taste of Simon Cowell, the U.S. was never quite the same.
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Friendster was first to the social media table, but couldn't hold its own against MySpace, founded in 2003. Facebook came along in 2004, but now that we're getting friended by our grandmothers, it's less cool. Maybe it's Twitter's turn, which has been tweeting its way into our hearts since 2006.
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THE RISE AND FALL OF: Dave Chappelle. The comedian hit it big in 2003 with Chappelle's Show, which gave us such gems as "I'm Rick James, bitch," and the R. Kelly parody "Piss on You." In 2005, he abruptly left mid-taping of the third season, heading off to Africa. He returned in body, but his bright star has not come back.
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2003: During their opening act at the MTV VMAs, Britney Spears and Madonna created quite a stir when they engaged in a little girl-on-girl lip locking.
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Sacha Baron Cohen's Da Ali G Show started in the UK in 2000 and came stateside in 2003 on HBO. Three years later Cohen's popular Borat character got his own movie, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, for which he won a Golden Globe. We like!
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With her debut album Frank, Amy Winehouse was a rising star. Five Grammys for her second album Back to Black in 2006 confirmed that the singer had chops. But she also had substance abuse problems and finally said yes yes yes to rehab in 2008 after "The Sun" posted a video of Winehouse where she appeared to be smoking crack.
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The status of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie as bona fide household names was cemented when The Simple Life premiered, featuring the celebutants sans the accoutrements of the good life. It was hot. Check out more of the decade in reality TV.
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The ultimate makeover show for men, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, put Bravo back on the map. It also introduced the term "metrosexual" into our lexicon and got the theme song All Things (Just Keep Getting Better) stuck in our heads until its final run in 2007.
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Dan Brown's novel, The DaVinci Code, became the decade's biggest page-turner. Short chapters, all with cliffhanger endings, and secret societies kept readers enthralled. The 2006 movie version? Not so much.
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Call it a sign of our eco-loving times or perhaps a nod to that year's remake of The Italian Job, but BMW's Mini Cooper burst back onto the scene. Celebs like Elijah Wood sport about in them, and nearly every urbanite drools over them.
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THE RISE AND FALL (and maybe rise again) OF: Arrested Development. FOX gave us three glorious seasons before cancelling the mockumentary portrait of the dysfunctional Bluth family. It failed to be a ratings hit, but garnered a huge cult following and won multiple Emmys and a Golden Globe.
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2004: Software engineer Ken Jennings hoped to appear on -- and maybe even win -- Jeopardy! He did a little better than that, setting the record for longest winning streak at 74 rounds. He won $2,520,700 during his streak, $2,000 for second place in his 75th round, and another $500,000 in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"You're fired!" Although the business magnate has been in the public eye most of his life, The Donald enjoyed a resurgence with The Apprentice... then with Daryl Hammond's spot-on impressions on SNL... then with his marriage to Melania... then with some Miss USA controversies...
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At half-time of the Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake sang the lyrics "I'm gonna have you naked by the end of this song" from his hit Rock Your Body as he tore off a piece of Janet Jackson's top, exposing her nipple for 19/32 of a second. Nipplegate would spawn the phrase "wardrobe malfunction" and earn CBS a $550,000 fine from the FCC.
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On May 6, they were no longer there for us... except in syndication. Friends, one of the most popular and longest-running sitcoms, aired its finale after 10 seasons. 52.5 million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe... as well as their careers.
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Heidi Klum was the breakout TV star of the year with the debut of Project Runway. Unlike many in the world of fashion, Heidi has remained "in" all this time. No auf wiedersehen for the TV hostess, Victoria's Secret model, wife and mother of four.
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The "bracelet for a cause" craze started with Lance Armstrong's bright yellow Livestrong wristband, proceeds of which went to cancer research. Celebrities and average Joes alike bought them up like mad. Other organizations wanted in and soon the rubber bands were turning up in all colors of the rainbow.
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While appearing as the musical guest on SNL, Ashlee Simpson was caught lip-synching during her "live" act. Things got extra weird when she decided to do a "hoedown" exit from the stage. The following Monday she confessed she'd "made a complete fool of myself," blaming the incident on acid reflux.
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Jay-Z and R. Kelly were in the middle of a show at Madison Square Garden during their Best of Both Worlds tour, when Kelly abruptly walked off stage. Kelly claimed he had seen guns in the audience and that backstage someone from Jay Z's entourage sprayed him with pepper spray. Lawsuits and countersuits ensued.
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THE FALL AND RISE OF: Martha Stewart. The domestic diva was sentenced to five months in prison, two years probation and $30,000 in fines after being indicted for securities fraud and obstruction of justice in 2004. The story has a happy ending because, upon her release, NBC signed her to a TV show deal.
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2005: Perez Hilton, nee Mario Armando Lavandeira, hit the big time when his blog, PageSixSixSix.com, made a list of most hated websites in early 2005. A lawsuit by Page Six forced the gossipmonger to switch to PerezHilton.com, where his photos-cum-handwriting can be enjoyed as the blogger makes money hand over fist.
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It started with Lazy Sunday. SNL Digital Shorts quickly became a phenomenon. Mainly produced by Andy Samberg's The Lonely Island crew, the shorts are now a must-watch part of SNL. Justin Timberlake, who has appeared in Dick in a Box, Motherlover, and Jizz in My Pants, is a favorite collaborator.
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The concept is simple: you take videos, upload them and share them with the rest of the world. Founded in 2005, YouTube revolutionized online video, sending broadcasters running scared while audiences flocked in droves. From its glorious handful of years, we give you some of the bright spots...
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Tom Cruise, so moved by his love for Katie Holmes, jumped on Oprah's couch during an interview. The animated behavior raised a lot of eyebrows. He lampooned himself on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but most curious was his stint on Today when Cruise got into an argument with "glib" host Matt Lauer.
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Kanye West is an old pro at interrupting live broadcasts. On Sept. 2, West made the comment heard around the country... or at least on the East Coast where it slipped past censors. "George Bush doesn't care about black people," West declared during a live telethon to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. (Poor Mike Meyers.)
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Vampires became the new wizard as Stephenie Meyer's first Twilight installment hit the bestseller list within weeks of its publication. The vampire book series went on to become a hot movie franchise in 2008, the same year that HBO premiered its own vamp-chise True Blood.
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THE RISE OF: fake news. The Daily Show won a Peabody for Indecision 2000 and 2004. Wanting to build upon its fake news franchise, Comedy Central gave Daily Show writer Stephen Colbert his own show, The Colbert Report. Now a nightly powerhouse, Comedy Central's "news" programs serve up information and hilarity.
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2006: James Frey's "memoir" about substance abuse, A Million Little Pieces, skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists after Oprah picked it for her book club. Months later it came crashing down when it was revealed that the book contained numerous fabrications.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"I'm a Mac." "And I'm a PC." Apple's tradition of iconic ads continued with the still current campaign featuring John Hodgman and Justin Long.
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Mad Max. Lethal Weapon. Mel Gibson is a world-class actor and director, but the world forgot all about that when Gibson was arrested for DUI and spewed anti-Semitic remarks. He and his wife also separated in 2006, finally divorcing in 2009... six months before Gibson's new girlfriend gave birth to his eighth child.
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2006: With the Play Station 3 and XBox 360, it was definitely a decade for gamers. But the biggest gaming innovator was Wii, whose motion-controlled games were a hit with traditional gamers as well as your average Jane. The system later came out with another crowd-pleaser, Wii Fit.
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Time magazine finally confirmed what my mother always told me. I... I mean you... were declared Time's person of the year. The magazine featured a mirrored surface so we could all see our pretty mugs on the cover. (I did it, ma!)
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FASHION FLASH: Comfortable! Animal friendly! Odor resistant! What's not to love about a pair of Crocs? The style, for one. Everything else about them, for two. But that didn't stop the likes of celebrity chef Mario Batali or countless others from scooping up the brightly colored resin clogs.
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2007: Oh, how quickly it can all come undone. After filing for divorce from Kevin Federline in 2006, Britney Spears had a good old-fashioned freak-out (like some other celebrities we know), shaving her head and later attacking the paparazzi with an umbrella.
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Vince Shlomi burst onto the scene with the ShamWow, a super absorbent cloth that makes cleaning up a snap. Followed by the Slap Chop, Shlomi was on a roll. But in February 2009, Shlomi faced a setback when he was arrested for getting into an altercation with a prostitute. (Insert a "you're gonna love my nuts joke" here.)
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Not only did Rihanna's song "Umbrella" win a Grammy for her and collaborator Jay-Z, but it also sparked the creation of five signature -- what else?-- umbrellas made by Totes.
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Radio personality Don Imus got himself into a heap of trouble when he referred to members of the Rutgers' women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos." Although he apologized, CBS canceled "Imus in the Morning," but he was able to get a new show on FOX.
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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's The Landlord became a viral video sensation, launching their website Funny or Die in 2007.
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At the end of its sixth season, HBO's The Sopranos came to an abrupt halt -- literally. The episode, entitled Made in America, caused a stir for cutting to black at the very end. The supposition is, of course, that Tony gets killed, but there are some fans out there who just Don't Stop Believing.
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Eager crowds waited in hideously long lines for Apple's first iPhone to finally go on sale in 2007 for a whopping $599.
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The iPhone didn't inspire the only long line in 2007. In July costumed fans waited to be the first to get their hands on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final installment of the series. (So what if I didn't shower or talk to anyone for three days???)
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Martini lunches, smoking meetings, affairs and lies... not to mention incredibly good writing and style... Mad Men, the drama about fictional 1960s ad agency Sterling Cooper, premiered on AMC and has become a critical darling, winning multiple Golden Globes and Emmys.
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TREND WATCH: It had been a long time since Demi Moore's Vanity Fair cover where she appeared pregnant, but baby bumps came back in style. Angelina Jolie sported her twin bump in 2008. Check out these other celebrity bumps.
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2008: Mum mum mum mah p-p-p-poker face... thank Lady Gaga for getting that stuck into your head since 2008, when her debut album The Fame was released. From frog coats to oversized headdresses, the singer has become known for her outrageous fashion as much as her music.
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Michael Phelps shattered records when he took home eight gold medals in the Beijing Olympics, bringing his career total to 14 golds and 16 overall. It was the high point of his career until a photo of him taking a bong hit surfaced, sending his endorsement deal with Kellogg's up in smoke.
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Susan Boyle's dream started coming to life in 2008 when she auditioned for Britain's Got Talent. In 2009 she made it to TV where her plain appearance drew laughs, but her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" wowed the judges. Since coming in second on the show, Boyle has had a meltdown and makeover and released a debut album.
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Barack Obama got a lot of celebrity endorsements. But the most creative one was will.i.am's song "Yes, We Can," which featured Scarlett Johansson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Natasha Bedingfield, Common, Amber Valletta, Herbie Hancock, Aisha Tyler, Nick Cannon and John Legend.
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Snuggie, the blanket with sleeves, took the infomercial world by storm. Inspiring pub crawls, the cuddly and convenient personal warmer also hit the runway at NY's Fashion Week in 2009. Available in solid colors, animal prints, a Weezer edition -- it even inspired a knock-off, the Slanket. You can't get away from Snuggie.
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In its early days, the joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp to create a video syndication site was laughed at by bloggers and "experts." But when Hulu launched for public access with a sleek interface and quality, professional content, the only ones laughing were the users.
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Eliminate Prop 8! Funny-women Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi got hitched in August after California's Supreme Court ruled a previous ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional. The ban was reinstated, but Ellen and Portia's union was grandfathered in as legit.
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THE RISE OF: Judd Apatow. With Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, the writer/director/prodcuer gave us the decade of bromances.
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2009: Slumdog Millionaire captivated audiences, reviewers and awards organizations alike. The underdog film took top honors at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
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THE FALL OF: Chris Brown. In February, photos of a beaten Rihanna surfaced. Brown pleaded guilty to assualt and was sentenced to probation and community labor.
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Unassuming airline pilot Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger was thrust into the limelight after his landing of a plane on the Hudson River that saw all passengers and crew safely back to dry land. 'The Miracle on the Hudson' has earned him keys to cities, opening pitches and -- next up -- Grand Marshall in the 2010 Rose Parade.
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Of all the notable deaths that happened this decade, none had the same global impact as Michael Jackson, who died on June 25 at the age of 50. Fans around the world mourned the passing of the King of Pop. See other notable deaths of the decade.
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Kanye West punctuated his decade of aggressively childish behavior when he ripped the microphone from singer Taylor Swift as she accepted the award for Best Female Video at the Video Music Awards. But the win, Taylor's hosting gig on SNL and her victory at the CMAs certainly helped soften the blow.
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who famously takes the stage in jeans and black shirt to show off the newest drool-worthy gadgets, announced he would be taking five months off to undergo a liver transplant. He returned to work and was recently named CEO of the Decade by Forbes.
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David Letterman used his show as a confessional in October when he told a dumbstruck audience that he was being blackmailed for $2 million over having sexual affairs with Late Show staffers.
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Breast implants, anti-gay marriage and a sex tape. Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean was dethroned after claims of breach of contract. Check out some other beauty queens who have gone wild.
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THE FALL OF: Tiger Woods. Well on his way to being hailed as the greatest golfer of all time, his world was rocked by a late-night car accident that led to salacious allegations of infidelity from a parade of women. Some estimate his "sins" could cost him north of $100 million in endorsement – or alimony.
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THE RISE OF: Tina Fey, breakout entertainer of the decade. In 2000, Fey was Weekend Update co-anchor on SNL and became head writer. In 2006 she left to write, produce and star in 30 Rock, which has won three Emmys for Best Comedy. With Sarah Palin and Mean Girls thrown in, it's been quite a decade for the comedienne.
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