2000-2009 Timeline for Allen County, Indiana


2000 - the book African Americans in Fort Wayne: The First 200 Years written by Dodie Marie Miller is published. A book review New Fort Wayne African-American history book an interesting look at people who had impact on city was written by Betty E. Stein published March 9, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

2000, October 5 - police officer Bradley Matteson was killed in an automobile accident by a tractor trailer running a red light after 19 years service, the fifth police office killed while serving with the Fort Wayne police department. From Fallen officer added to national memorial by Rod Hissong published May 14, 2013 formerly on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. On the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.


2001, January 6 - Congress certifies George W. Bush winner of close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election, see Florida 2000 on The National Museum of American History.

2001, January 28 - Rod Woodson football player at Snider High School and Purdue University plays for the winning Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.


2002, August 2 - Aug. 2, 2002: Raising the roof of Memorial Coliseum Three inches per minute. the 43,680-square-foot roof of Memorial Coliseum was raised 41 feet and 10 inches. It took almost five hours. by Corey McMaken published March 28, 2019 in the JGHistory Journal of The Journal Gazette newspaper.


2003 - Historic St. Paul Parish Catholic Church, 416 W. Washington Blvd., founded in 1865, closed and was later razed.

2003, February 8 - The Champ, The Greatest of All Time boxer Mohammad Ali appeared at a Komets hockey game at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum where he helped raise over $15,000 for two local children's charities fighting life-threatening diseases through The Three Rivers Literacy Alliance and Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do of Northern Indiana.

2003, April 25 - started in October 1990, the Human Genome Project (HGP) completed an international 13-year project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health whose goal was the complete mapping and understanding of all the genes of human beings. All our genes together are known as our "genome." As a result, we can now test our yDNA (male), mtDNA (female), autosomal DNA and more to come that add to our knowledge of our ancestral DNA origins. There is even a DNA Day web site on genome.gov and on Facebook.

2003, May 8 - Nancy Christy a 1971 Snider High School graduate becomes the first female million dollar winner in the United States on the television show Who Wants to be a Millionaire hosted by Meredith Vieira.

Nancy Christy's Million Dollar Question - Who Wants to be a Millionaire - YouTube video.

2003, July - a 100 year flood affected Bluffton, Decatur, Willshire, and Fort Wayne. WANE TV has photos 10 year anniversary of "100 year flood"

2003, August 14 - Ten Years Ago, 50 Million People Lost Power fromĀ Smithsonian National Museum of American History blog.

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2004 - Facebook launched on college campuses

2004, May 29 - the National World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.


2006, February 5 - Trai Essex wins his first Super Bowl XL ring with the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.

2006, April 2 - Indiana goes on DST - Daylight Savings Time, leaving only Arizonia as the last state to not change time twice a year. Read Time In Indiana on Wikipedia for details.


2007, December - the worst recession since the Great Depression starts towards the end of President George Bush's second term, ending in June 2009. Psychologically the recession lasted a lot longer well into 2013. From The recession has ended, psychologically speaking a Scripps Howard editorial May 2, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.


2008, September - first Key to the Fort awarded to Charles Redd, inspiration for the award came from the governor’s Sagamore of the Wabash honor. ... a hand-forged replica of the iron key that was used at the actual Fort Wayne in the days of Anthony Wayne. It is set on a base of wood from the original St. Vincent’s Church at Wallen and Old Auburn roads.

2008, December 19 - ice Storm knocked out electrical power in Fort Wayne in many locations for 4 days and longer as trees and branches fell around northeast Indiana. See National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office photos.


2009, February 1 - Trai Essex wins his second Super Bowl XLIII ring with the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.

2009, April 28 - Club Olympia Pool was filled in. It opened March 21, 1963 as one of only 4 Olympic size pools in Indiana. 1968 Olympic Gold medalist swimmer Sharon Wichman practiced at Club O.

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