Timeline for Revolution! 1775-Present Day
1775 (POD): Quebecois militiamen rebel against their British masters, paving the way for more rebellions among the French-Canadians.
1778: Britain is defeated by the Franco-American alliance. The United States is officially formed.
1789: Benjamin Franklin elected as the first President of the USA. The US capital is designated as Philadelphia, which eventually becomes a federal district.
1790: The French Monarchy defeats the Revolutionaries, but eventually liberalizes to placate the rowdy populace.
1800: Lower Canada breaks away to form the Republic of Quebec, Anglo-Canadians either flee or stay in Montreal.
1801: The Anglo-Irish Compromise is signed, giving Ireland equal status among the English and Scots. Irish is reluctantly made a second language in Ireland, the same is done in Scotland and Wales to alleviate accusations of favouritism.
1803: The United States purchases Louisiana from the French, nearly doubling the size of the nation.
1807: The Holy Roman Empire falls after a vicious Civil War erupts due to huge amounts of in-fighting from the nobles over religious differences and territory, the Dutch, Danish and French grab territory from the fractured 'Empire'.
1812: The Spanish colonies in South America revolt, causing numerous upheavals that end in various nations being granted independence, the British seize Patagonia from the Spanish and incorporate it as a crown colony. The United States attempts to seize Canada, but a combined Anglo-Dutch army destroy the American forces, Quebec joins the war and annexes Maine and the Great Lakes territories. The States Reorginisation Act is passed, dissolving some of the original 13 states, and admitting new states to the Union.
1816: Portugal colonises Northern Australia by using Timor as a base of operation, encounters with the Indigenous population result in a boom in trade between the colonists and natives.
1820: The Race for Australia begins, The French colonise OTL Western Australia in 1821 while the Dutch take Southern Australia, forming New Friesland in 1824.
1836: The Caucasian majority states of California and Texas break away from Mexico in a British funded revolt, the Anglo-Mexican War ends in the expansion of British Honduras (Now the Commonwealth of Yucatan).
1845: The Russians expand their holdings in North America, meeting the Brits and Americans in Oregon. The three Nations split the territory into what would by Alyeskan Kodiak, Canadian British Oregon (OTL British Columbia) and American Cascadia Territory (Admitted as a state in 1937)
1848: After an attempt at Hungarian Independence, the Austrian Hapsburgs allow the other minorities in the Empire to have an equal say in Imperial affairs, the Federation of Austria-Hungary is formed.
1850: Brazil negotiates a Personal Union between the Portuguese and Brazilian royal houses as the nation suffered economic problems.
1864: The Dominion of Canada is founded, with Calgary as its capital.
1861: Italy unifies under the House of Savoy. After negotiations with the Papal States, the nation is incorporated into the newly unified state as an autonomous zone
1869: The North German states unify into the German Empire after an agreement in the Palace of Versailles, France hands over the German majority state of Alsace-Lorraine to appease the Germans, the French and British are wary of the Prussian led power.
1871: The Communalist teachings of Karl Marx becomes quite popular in the new German state, as the wars with Russia over Lithuania begin to cause the new nation to run into economic difficulties. Germany suffers a massive revolution as Kaiser Wilhelm the 1st is executed by a Communalist rebel, a shaky provisional government is established, but is quickly conquered by Communalists, who establish the worlds first Communalist state.
1872: The remaining German Royals flee to the UK and Portugal via the Netherlands and France.
1873: Otto von Bismark becomes Chancellor of Germany, beginning his 'Five Year Plans' of mass industrialisation and sending political dissidents to toil on collective farms.
1875: The Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth falls to a German-backed Uprising.
1884: Austria-Hungary fights a long and arduous war with the Germans, but eventually force the Germans to secede Bavaria. Russia later falls to another German backed Uprising, the Romanovs later flee to Alyeska, not before taking most of their Navy with them...
1889: The 18 year period of instability is labelled the Red Rebellion, or the Uprising, Britain, France and Austria-Hungary later form a secret defence pact that would lay the foundations for the Atlantic Treaty Organization. Scandinavia falls to the Communalists at the end of the year, making many people question if the Uprising had really ended...
1900: Africa is fully colonized, but not without tensions from the native populations, treatment differs from each nation, going from peaceful co-existence to internment camps.
1903: The Wright Brothers test the first powered aircraft successfully in North Carolina.
1919: The Japanese Empire suffers a Communalist Uprising, split between the Northern Communalists, aided by Germany and the Southern Imperials, supported by the USA and Britain, the nations are permanently split along the 45th Parallel.
1924: The Balkan Wars end in the near-dissolution of the Ottoman Empire after the Greeks re-take Constantinople. The Ultra-nationalist Young Turk Party is outlawed and the Greeks and Kurds gain independence. Status quo ante bellum is re-established.
1927: The Great Depression begins due to economic issues that plagued the Post Balkan Wars economy of Europe, the mass share selling reached the United States and other nations in the New World and cuts a swathe through the US economy.
1930: Albert Einstein flees to the United Kingdom from Hamburg.
1933: Adolf Hitler is elected Chancellor of Austria-Hungary. (Fascism doesn't exist as we know it in this TL, it's only seen as an underground hyper-nationalist movement)
1936: The Iron Curtain is established, large border fences are built to contain the Communist menace, The United States builds something similar to contain the newly Communalist Californians.
1937: Nuclear Weapons are theorised as a new powerful weapon. The Americans, Brits and Germans begin researching nuclear technology.
1940: Franz I of Austria-Hungary dies in his sleep, aged 76. Otto von Hapbsburg takes the throne. The Germans detonate their first nuclear weapon in Scandinavian Svalbard, tensions between the newly formed ATO (Atlantic Treaty Organisation) escalate as the British, French and Americans scramble to develop their own nuclear arsenal. Winston Churchill is voted in as Prime Minister.
1945: Harry S. Truman is elected President of the United States, his administration is most known for having increased Cold War tensions and testing more nuclear weapons. The Chinese test their first nuclear bomb, the 'Great Dragon' in Mongolia. In an effort to facilitate international cooperation, the Union of Nations in founded in New York City, USA.
1947: The Warsaw Pact is formed in response to the ATO, the original founding members were: Germany, Russia, Poland-Lithuania, North Nippon and California. In a response to increasing Jewish and Palestinian nationalism, the Ottoman Empire, with the assistance of Britain and America, create the new nation state of Israel-Palestine. Millions of Jews and Palestinians flood into Jerusalem as Israel becomes an observer state in the ATO.
1950: Quebec and Alyeska join the ATO as full members.
1952: King George VI of the United Kingdom dies, Princess Elizabeth ascends to the throne as
1958: The European Community is founded. The Germans launch the first manned satellite, the Bismarck from Peenemunde. The United States and Britain races to launch the their own satellites, the Space Race has begun. The British later launch the Elizabeth I from an air force base in British Zanzibar.
1959: Fidel Castro is elected Vice President of Mexico.
1960: US Senator John F. Kennedy announces his candidacy for the Democratic Party. France tests its first nuclear weapon in Algeria. Eurovision is hosted in the United Kingdom. The Germans later launch the first man into space, a German Cosmonaut by the name of Walther Brack. The Californian-German split begins, California and North Nippon leave the Warsaw Pact.
1961: New Friesland gains independence from the Dutch, the new nation was known for the policy of Apartheid that disenfranchised Indigenous and non-white peoples, forming reservations and ghettos that kept non-whites separate from the ruling white New Frisians.
1962: President Kennedy says his famous 'We choose to got to the Moon' speech in New Orleans. Kennedy promises to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade and increases funding to NASA. The Royal Aeronautics Program is founded in the United Kingdom, with a spaceport being constructed in Bermuda.
1963: A Communalist Revolution takes hold in Siam, overthrowing the Monarchy. The British are worried, since their Indochinese and Indian Colonies might suffer the same fate. The British Invasion begins in the United States, the Beatles become one of the most recognizable bands in the world.
1964: JFK's campaign for equal rights passes successfully in Congress, citing the autonomy that the European nations had given their colonies, making them fully fledged dominions in their respective Empire. Most of their governments were made up of the native peoples, with a few of the white settlers integrating in their society. The Bay of Bengal Incident officially marks British involvement in the Siamese War Civil War after a hostile Siamese destroyer attacks and sinks a British merchant ship. Britain commits 3500 soldiers to the conflict, the other ATO Nations also join in the fighting both directly and indirectly.
1967: The United States and Great Britain land the first manned mission on the moon. Neil Armstrong and Taylor Wallace are the first to land on the Moon. The broadcast is watched by over 600 million people on Earth.
1968: Prince Frederick of Denmark is born in Edinburgh on the 26th of May. The Battle of Khe Sahn takes place on January 21st, ending on April 8th in a pyrrhic victory for both sides, the British advance further into Northern Siam, but at the cost of many troops, while the Siamese use the draw to distract the British from a seaborne invasion of Mayla that ended in the Invasion of Singapore. Student protests erupt in Poland-Lithuania.
1969: John F. Kennedy finishes his second term as President of the United States, Richard Nixon is elected as President of the United States. Nixon promises to defeat the Siamese Communalists and aid the British in restoring the monarchy and turing Siam into a Western aligned Democracy.
1970: The ATO starts considering a military outpost on the moon. The idea is quickly shot down as more sensible leaders are wary of increasing tensions with the Communalists. Many nations being construction of moon bases for scientific purposes.
1971: Germany celebrates 100 years of Communalist rule, huge parades are organized in Berlin and other major cities in Germany.
1972: The Saimese War ends in a German-British draw. The war will be forever known as a failure for the ATO and led to the deaths of numerous troops. Communalist Germany celebrated this as the time that the mighty British Empire was fought to a standstill. Decolonisation begins in Africa and Asia, with the ruling colonial powers slowly giving the nations independence, rather than the what happened in OTL.
1973: Former Austro-Hungarian Chancellor Adolf Hitler dies at age 84, a section of the national museum in Vienna is dedicated to him in his honour, with his military uniforms and paintings being a part of the exhibit on his life and political career.
1975: The North Sea Crisis begins in December as Dutch spyplanes spotted nuclear missiles in the Faroe Islands. The Communalists threaten the ATO with 'prompt and utter destruction' if any ATO nations threatens any WarPac member's territory. Britain, America and Quebec blockade the Faroe Islands. The tensions from the Crisis make their way around the world, tensions between the Americans and Californians rise as thousands of Californians attempt to jump the Californian Wall. The tensions along the DMZ between North and South Japan also rise as various skirmishes start occurring.
1976: The tense events of the previous year were known as Dark December, The Crisis ended after a one and a half month long blockade of the Faroe Islands. The Germans eventually backed down and were forced to dismantle the nuclear weapons on the Islands, the British and Americans did the same in Italy and the Ottoman Empire.
1977: Shirley-Temple Black is elected the first female President of the United States. Originally the US Ambassador to Austria-Hungary, Black successfully ran for President for the Republican Party. Her foreign policy was one of reconciliation with the Communalist states, trying to mend their shattered relations.
1978: Helmut Kohl is elected Chancellor of Germany. This is seen as a turning point in Western/German Relations. Kohl's policies of Durchsichtigkeit (Transparency) and Umstrukturieing (Restructuring) gave the Germans more freedom of speech and cracked down on government corruptions, while also curtailing the powerful Stasi. Polish-Lithuanian Pope John Paul II is elected, he was seen as a very influential figure during the Cold War, especially in his home country of Poland, speaking out against the brutal regime.
1979: The Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi dies at age 60 in Tehran, his son, Reza Pahlavi, become the new Shah of Iran. The former Shah was seen as the beacon of light in the Middle East, having successfully westernised the country, similar to the reign of Japanese Emperor Showa. Japanese company Philips demonstrates CD technology, which quickly supercedes magnetic tape by the early 1990s as the primary form of music storage. Mobile Suit Gundam is released in Japan, paving the way for the Anime boom in the West during the mid 1990s. Margaret Thatcher is elected the first female Prime Minister of the UK, meeting President Black in June.
1980: The 1980 Olympics in Berlin is boycotted by most ATO members. Pac-Man is released in Japanese arcades. Former Premier of Croatia, Josip Broz Titov, dies at age 87 in Ljubljana in the Austro-Hungarian Federation. Tim Berners-Lee and other scientists work in the hypertext software INQUIRE while working at CERN in Switzerland. This was seen as a crucial stepping stone for the modern day Internet and helped advance computer technology slightly past OTL. The 1980s will be known as an era of unprecedented technological advancement, with prototype flat screen monitors being developed in the mid to late years of the decade. The Solidarity movement is founded in Poland-Lithuania.
1981: Ronald Regan, President Black's Vice President, wins the 1981 election, his policy against the Germans was a modified version of former President Black's policy, being slightly more harsh when it came to dealing with the WarPac nations. Reagan's tactics aided in ending the Cold War a few years later. The United Kingdom wins Eurovision.
1982: Tensions in the Warsaw States begin to rise as Chancellor Kohl's reforms begin to backfire as the Germans see how corrupt and bankrupt they really are. The Polish Solidarity movement begins to pick up steam as more protests begin to envelop the nation. Scandinavia promises free elections for mid 1983.
1983: Three high ranking German generals attempt to seize the Volkskammer and return Germany to the Pre-Kohl government. The German Army fractures, with most the military being under Gerhard Schröder, a liberal leader and opponent of the Communalist regime. Various uprisings also take place in Poland-Lithuania, with Poles, Belarussians, Ukrainians, and Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians rebelling in various cities, causing the nation to fall apart. The Liberal Faction, led by Schroeder, defeats the Communalist Emergency Government. Establishing a democracy in Germany for the first time in over a century. Scandinavia elects the first democratic leaders, who invite the former monarchy back to Stockholm. The video game industry in the United States suffers a crash, sending the market into a depression until mid 1985.
1984: The British-American-French project of ARPANET is changed to the TCP/IP Format as more funding is given to the Internet, which was originally a military project developed in the mid-1960s by the US, UK and French governments. Bob Hawke is elected Prime Minister of Australia, his administration was seen as one of the key factors to the end of Apartheid in neighbouring New Friesland. Mobile phones are developed by the Motorola Company.
1985: Live Aid is performed in Philadelphia and London to fund raise billions for the famine that was ravaging Ethiopia. Bands like Queen, the Beatles (who briefly reunified for the concert in London), U2, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin performed some of the highlights of their careers, while solo singers like David Bowie, Bob Geldof, Mick Jagger and Madonna also performed at both Wembley Stadium and Benjamin Franklin Stadium (OTL JFK Stadium). The first mobile phone network is launched in the UK. Russia holds their first free elections, electing Liberal Party member Mikhail Gorbachev as the first President of the newly democratic Russia. Italian North Africa is rocked by various terrorist attacks as the self proclaimed 'People's Ruler' Colonel Mummar Gaddafi, orchestrates the violent secession of Italian Tripolitania. Italy pushes for the invoking of Article 5, which passes successfully in a landslide vote in Paris, officially starting the Mediterranean War as ATO troops begin massing in Malta and Sicily for a massive seaborne invasion of the Troplitanian Coast. Nintendo releases the NES in North America, the console is a runaway success in the West, revitalising the video game industry in North America.
1986: After lengthy arguments in the German Reichstag, the German people vote to restore the monarchy under Louis Ferdinard, who is crowned Louis I of the German Confederation. South Japan and North Nippon reunify under the Southern government. After the end of the 1983-1986 Revolutions in Europe, California remains the only Communalist State in the world. Germany launches the first components of the space station Freiden (Peace), the station would remain in orbit until 2003, until its decommissioning by the German government. Space Shuttle Franklin rendezvouses with the Frieden habitation module during a routine LEO flight. Belgium wins Eurovision.
1987: The War in Tripolitania enters its second year, US President Ronald Regan promises to crush the 'Mad Dog of the Middle East' in summit at the Union of Nations HQ in New York City. Regan funds the armed anti-Gaddafi insurgency, the Mujahideen, with 2.5 billion dollars worth of training by the US Army. UK Prime Minister Margret Thatcher is re-elected as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1988: Terrorist Attacks take place in Palmero, Constantinople, Barcelona, Gibraltar and Alexandria. The Gaddafi regime declares responsibility for the attacks. Over 600 people are either dead of injured from strategically placed car bombs. The US President Reagan signs the Narcotics Rehabilitation Act of 1987, declaring that the 'War on Drugs' will be fought with rehabilitation.
1989: Bill Clinton is elected President of the United States of America after Regan serves his final term as President. Clinton promised to finish off the Troplitanian Army, giving more funding to the Mujahideen, while sending members of the OSS to infiltrate the Tripolitanian government in conjunction with MI6 and Evidenzebureau Agents from the British and Austro-Hungarian governments. Germany and Scandinavia join the European Community. The first GPS satellites are launched into space. The Quant-II module of the Frieden Space Station is launched. Japanese Emperor Showa, known in Japan as the 'Great Westerniser' dies from pancreatic cancer, his son, Akihito, takes the throne as the new Japanese Emperor. The Polish Monarchy retakes power in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, but after the revolutions of 1983, the nation was on the verge of collapse due to the various ethnic tensions that were plaguing the nation during the latter half of the 20th Century. On November 23rd, 1989, the Baltic Wars begin as the Baltic states secede from the Commonwealth, Ukraine and Belarus also secede from Russia and begin grabbing territory in Eastern Europe. Protesters in the Chinese capital of Peking (OTL Beijing) demonstrate against the Absolute Monarchy, wanting to that government to reform into a Constitutional Monarchy. The Internet is officially made available for the public as of June 1st.
1990: The ATO advance further into Tripolitanian territory, Gaddafi is forced to flee further into the hostile deserts to hide from ATO airstrikes, hiding out in a bunker in Southern Tripolitania. Apartheid is officially dismantled in New Friesland. Australia, New Burgundy and other nations end the 30 year long trade embargo, New Friesland rejoins the Dutch Union. The Chinese government relents to the pressure of the Peking Protests, transitioning to a Constitutional Monarchy.
1991: California begins to slowly democratise as many Californians begin to riot in the streets of San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, wanting a fully democratic government. The Baltic Wars continue to rage on as the ATO is distracted with operations in Tripolitania. Without support from the ATO, Russia, Scandinavia and Germany mobilize their forces to intervene in the conflict and secure the Baltic Region, seeing that the ATO wouldn't be intervening until Gaddafi was defeated in North Africa. Austria-Hungary mobilizes sends some troops to fight off any invading forces from the Baltics.
1992: Bill Clinton addresses the Australian Parliament for the first time in Canberra. The ATO storms through the last remaining regions controlled by Tripolitania. The Baltic States threaten the Germans with a nuclear strike if they continue to advance towards Talinn. All German forces stop in their tracks as the Baltic States continue pushing farther into Poland. Russian and Polish forces begin airstrikes on Minsk and Kiev, while the Austro-Hungarian Navy continues to shell Sevastopol and other cities in Crimea while sending in the Royal Special Forces for search and destroy missions in Southern Ukraine.
1993: The Mediterranean War officially ends with an ATO victory, Gadaffi flees into Egypt but is later apprehended and is deported to Hague to face trial for crimes against humanity. The ATO then turns to the Baltic States, which are locked in a stalemate as the Austro-Hungarians fight in southern Ukraine, the Russians are stuck in Belarus as Ukrainian forces begin to outflank them, and the Poles and Scandinavians are fighting the Baltics, but the threat of a nuclear strike slows the rate of engagements in the Russian, Polish, German and Scandinavian armies. California officially transitions from a Communalist government. The Red Bear is lowered for the final time at the Californian Federal Parliament building.
1994: President Clinton successfully passes the Military Grade Weapons Ban of 1994, banning all automatic and semi-automatic weapons.The ATO officially declares war on the secessionist states of the former Commonwealth. Operation Dragonfire is started by the RAF as a way to deny the Baltics and Belarussians access to the sky, German Marines land on the Baltic Coast and storm naval bases on search and destroy missions. While the American OSS and Austro-Hungarian Evidenzebureau broadcast anti-secessionist propaganda over the internet, radio and television to start an uprising amongst the citizens of the various nations. Former President Richard Nixon passes away at 81 years old.
1995: Star Trek: Voyager premiers in the United States. US Space Shuttle Armstrong docks with the German Space Station Frieden for the first time. The ATO breaks through Ukrainian defences and began the long and arduous trek northwards to Kiev. Stories of ethnic cleansing begin to reach European media outlets as the Ukrainians begin to murder all Poles and other non-Ukrainian ethnic groups in a push to create a 'Greater Ukraine'.
1996: President Clinton describes the alliance between the Baltic Nations as an 'Axis of Evil'. German unmanned drones confirm the presence of tactical nuclear weapons in a military base hidden deep within the Estonian forest. American Special Forces, supported by the French GIGN, raid the base in a night-time raid, successfully securing the WMD's. The Germans begin to continue their advance back into Baltic territory after the nuclear scare that forced Germany to advance more slowly.
1997: The ATO Forces begin to overrun the Belarussian military as the Russian Army begin to use the Polish Blyskawica tactic as some small towns are nearly bombed to complete destruction. The Russians, Poles, Austro-Hungarians and Scandinavians finally push into Central Ukraine, reaching Kiev at on December 15th. The Baltic People's Confederation, Ukrainian Communalist Republic and the Republic of Greater Belarus, sign the Christmas Treaty, ending the Baltic Wars, after eight years of war. US President Bill Clinton serves his final term as President. Al Gore takes office. Gore's policies were celebrated for bringing environmental protection to mainstream politics.
1998: The NASA Probe Luna Prospector discovers more frozen water deposits on the North Pole of the Moon, this was seen as a prime location for the building of the new multi-national moon base, the Millennium (placeholder) that was planned to be built by the year 2000. The first component of the US Space Station Columbia is launched by the Space Shuttle Franklin. The International Criminal Court is created in the Netherlands. A tsunami strikes Australian Papua New Guinea, killing over 1500 people.
1999: First Nation peoples in Alyeska, Quebec and Canada are granted autonomy. Former Russian President (now Foreign Minister) Mikhail Gorbachev visits the Romanovs in Alyeska. Gorbachev's meeting with the Royal Family results in both nations dropping claims on each other and recognizing each nation's independence. The Y2K scare takes off as the Internet begins to be used in most of the former WarPac nations. Sega releases the Dreamcast as a competitor to the Nintendo 64 and later Nintendo GameCube, the successor to the console, the Sega Neptune, was released in 2005.
2000: The world celebrates the beginning of a new century as a new era of peace descends across the globe. Most nations have overthrown dictatorial governments in favour of their original ones. The United States begins to overtake the United Kingdom in military spending and its place as a world power, many people have since dubbed the 21st century, 'The American Century'. Economic competition with China and Russia also increases during this monumental year. A UoN tribunal sentences the perpetrators of the Ukrainian ethnic cleansing during the 1990s to life in prison. George W. Bush is elected President of the Republic of Texas, he was seen as a fairly competent leader who aided in strengthening relations with Mexico and the United States during his two year term. The Summer Olympics kicks off in Sydney, Australia, with the opening ceremony being watched by around 1.5 billion people.
2001: The German government begins the process of mothballing most of the Frieden space station. The Russian Federal Republic elects Vladimir Zhirinovsky as the new President of Russia. Hurricane Michelle hits Mexican Cuba, destroying farms and small towns. The Australian Economic Union is created, creating a passport and economic union between the various multicultural nations on the Australian continent.
2002: The trial of former Ukrainian President Leonoid Kravchuk starts in the Hague. Former Queen-consort, Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, dies in her sleep at age 101. British Prime Minister Tony Blair signs the START II Treaty with German Chancellor Stephan Weil alongside French Prime Minister Chirac and US President Al Gore. Brazil defeats Germany at the FIFA World Cup final in Japan.
2003: Anglo-American Space Shuttle Franklin is left stranded in orbit due to the German Space Shuttle Munich reporting a fault with an insulation panel on the underside of the shuttle. The Munich ferries most of the crew of the Franklin to the Freiden Space Station, which is temporarily reactivated to keep the American and British astronauts alive while the Franklin underwent repairs in Low Earth Orbit. The shuttle eventually lands at JRB New Orleans on the 2nd of February. This marks a momentous moment in the history of German/American relations. The Netherlands legalises same sex marriage, making it one of the first European nations to do so. Austria-Hungary, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain follow soon after in the mid-late 2000's. Former Communalist Tripolitanian President Mumuar Gaddaffi admits to building a nuclear weapon during the 1980s.
2004: Korea announces that it has successfully cloned 30 human embryos. British Airways launches the first commercial space flight, American carrier Pan Am does the same a few months later, commercial space flight is widely available ITTL, but it still reserved for the wealthy as it is in OTL (as a side note, supersonic aircraft like the Concorde are still in use, albeit heavily modified after similar high profile crashes in the early 2000's), many people commented that with Pan Am investing into commercial space flight, the famous scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey might have become a reality... Barack Obama is elected the first African-American President in the history of the United States.
2005: Pope John Paul II dies in Vatican City, millions of Catholics flood into Italy to mourn for the Pontiff. Angela Merkel is elected the first female Chancellor in German history. A possible cure for HIV is announced in the UK and China launches its second manned spacecraft. Hurricane Katrina makes landfall on the US Gulf Coast, devastating New Orleans and other major cities located near the Gulf of Mexico.
2006: Israeli President Ariel Sharon suffers a stroke, which ends in him being put in a vegetative state, eventually dying in 2014. Germany hosts the World Cup, with Italy defeating France 5-3. Terrorist attacks by a Basque Separatist group in Spain leaving seven people dead. King Juan Carlos officially declares war on the ETA and other terrorist groups in a speech in Madrid, leading to a massive increase in support for the monarchy. Nintendo releases the Revolution as its 6th Generation console, the aggressive marketing campaigm pushes the new consoles sales far ahead of their rival, Sega.
2007: The United Kingdom announces its intentions to send a manned mission to Mars, with the launch of the craft to occur in 2015. An earthquake in the Andean Federation kills 512 people. Spanish authorities arrest multiple members of a Basque separatist party as pro-secessionist sentiment begins to boil over in Spain as groups like the ETA become more vocal with their attacks, becoming well known in the West, much like OTL's IRA and Al-Qaeda. Russian President Sergei Mirinov is named Time Magazine's Person of the Year.
2008: All leaders of the Australian nations apologise for the previous treatment of the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders in a multi-national conference in Sydney. Prototype bionic eyes are developed in the UK for the first time, being implanted into the eyes of two previously blind patients. The 2008 Summer Olympics are hosted in Paris, France. Bernie Sanders is elected President of the United States, who is generally seen as one of the most liberal presidents in United States history, even going to the point of choosing outspoken lesbian Tammy Baldwin as his Vice-President, which is seen as a landmark moment in LGBT rights in North America.
2009: Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is elected the first openly gay Prime Minister of Scandinavia. The H1N1 outbreak starts in Mexico, eventually spreading to most other nations in a couple of months, but eventually subsides after a vaccine is developed. Micheal Jackson appears in his last concert, This is It in July of 2009. (Micheal Jackson did not die in this TL). The remaining members of the Hungarian Liberation Army are pardoned for their crimes against the Austro-Hungarian government during the 1930's and 40's.
More to come!