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Iranians launch Persian Spring protests

The Iranian Green Movement, also known as the Persian Spring by the western media, refers to a political movement that arose after the 2009 Iranian presidential election.

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Apple’s iPhone is released

The original iPhone was described as “revolutionary” and a “game-changer” for the mobile phone industry.

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The Human Genome Project is completed

The Human Genome Project was an international scientific research project to determine the sequence of nucleotide base pairs of human DNA, and of identifying and mapping all of the genes of the human genome.

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Portugal cedes control of Macau to China, ending European colonization of Asia

Although offered control of Macau as early as the 1960s, the Chinese deemed the time “not yet ripe” and preferred to wait until December 1999 — the very end of the millennium, two years after the Hong Kong handover—to close this chapter of history. Upon the handover of Macau European colonization of Asia ended.

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