The world has become a vastly different place from the time the United States started its longest war.
Following the terror attacks on September 11th 2001, the United States invaded Afghanistan to root out the perpetrators of the attack on October 7, 2001, beginning the longest military operation in U.S. history. American forces have remained in the south Asian country ever since.
President Trump is scheduled to make a major announcement regarding future U.S. policy in Afghanistan Monday night, and while the president has spoken negatively about the continued U.S. presence in the past, his advisors have been pushing a troop increase.
Given that it’s been so long since the war started, NTK took a look back at just how different a time it was when the War on Terror began in earnest – October 7, 2001
The top song (Billboard 100) was “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys.
The top movie (Box Office) was “Training Day,” starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.
Tom Brady was playing in his first season as the starter of the New England Patriots.
Michael Jordan was still playing basketball (for the Washington Wizards).
Regis Philbin hosted ‘Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?’ – one of the top-rated shows of the year.
The Dow Jones sat at around 9,100, while it’s over 21,000 today.
A gallon of gas cost about $1.40.
The world population grew from around 6.2 billion in 2001 to 7.4 billion currently.
Pope John Paul II was the leader of the Catholic Church, and former President Ronald Reagan was still alive.
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