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Treasures: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
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Anniversaries are for remembering, revisiting and celebrating. To that end, I thought it might prove interesting to revisit some of the random events that have taken place in the world since Homecoming Magazine began arriving in mailboxes 10 years ago. When the ink dried on the introductory issue, these were our headlines:

2003
• The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
• Nine months following her disappearance, Elizabeth Smart is found.
• Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor of California.

2004
• NASA Mars Rover, Spirit, lands successfully on Mars.
• The World War II Memorial is dedicated in D.C.
• Longtime “Jeopardy!” champ, Ken Jennings, is beaten. His winnings: $2,520,700.
• Ronald Reagan’s funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.

2005
• YouTube is launched in the United States.
• Lance Armstrong retires after a record seventh consecutive Tour de France victory.
• Hurricane Katrina devastates the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
• Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad.

2006
• The United States population reaches 300 million.
• All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes.
• Barry Bonds hits homerun number 715, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.

2007
• Apple announces the iPhone.
• Virginia Tech massacre — the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
• The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered.

2008
• Gold prices on NY Exchange hit $1,000 an ounce for the first time.
• Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300: the first female to win an Indy car race.
• Barack Obama becomes the first African-American President of the U.S.
• Bernard Madoff charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

2009
• US Air flight 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson River. All survive.
• Roger Federer wins a record 15th Grand Slam in tennis.
• The 72-year run of the soap opera “The Guiding Light” ends.

2010
• Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail around the world solo.
• John Isner wins at Wimbledon in the longest match in tennis history.
• BP Oil rig explodes off the gulf coast of Louisiana.
• Operation Iraqi Freedom ends.

2011
• Prince William marries Kate Middleton.
• Osama bin Laden is killed by U.S. special forces in Pakistan.
• Oprah Winfrey ends her 25-year run of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
• World population reaches seven billion.

2012
The Lion King becomes the highest-grossing Broadway show.
• Tiger Woods matches Jack Nicklaus’ win record.
• The unfinished One World Trade Center overtakes the Empire State Building to become the tallest building in New York.

Sixty issues later, we wonder what the next 10 years will hold, but we do not wonder Who holds it. What a great adventure!