Fabric foundations 2000s

Flags for the nation

Almost 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001, and in the weeks following, U.S. citizens would rally to show their sympathy for the victims and their families, using flags to symbolize their unity and support.

Annin & Co., which had produced only 20,000 flags per week before the attacks, quickly upped production to 100,000 per week. Eder Flag Mfg. sold three million cloth flags and flag-shaped lapel pins within five days of the attacks. In the weeks following, flag companies all over the U.S. would have a significant role in bolstering the nation’s morale, rushing to meet a new demand for American flags and patriotic banners.


Apple® introduces iPod™, and invents a whole new category of digital music player that allows users to put an entire music collection in their pockets and listen to it wherever they go— for a mere $400.

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The Human Genome Project is completed. The 13-year international scientific research project, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health, set out to identify all of the 20,000-25,000 genes in human DNA. Analysis of the data will continue for many years.

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The Army releases a new Army Combat Uniform or ACU for use in Iraq. Major changes haven’t been made to Army uniforms since the early 1980s.

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Hurricane Katrina ravages the Gulf Coast and forces the evacuation of New Orleans. The city’s levees are completely destroyed, allowing water to flood most of the city. One of the worst natural disasters to strike the U.S., Hurricane Katrina kills more than 1,300 people.

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-Jessica Bies