The decade in retrospect: 2006

Feb. 26: Coldplay’s “Speed of Sound” is the one billionth song to be downloaded from iTunes.

Aug. 24: When the International Astronomical Union defines thee term “planet” for the first time, Pluto does not fit the definition. Pluto is then declared a dwarf planet due to it’s smaller mass and, used as a verb (“plutoed”), is dubbed the word of the year by the American Dialect Society. It’s definition: “to demote or devalue someone or something”.

plutooooo_b&wSept. 20: Liberty Memorial, which includes the World War I museum, reopens downtown.

Sept: A text message chain is created by students, encouraging others to participate in a protest of the new tardy policy. Hundreds of students show up late to school.

Oct. 9: North Korea performs its first successful nuclear test.

Oct. 17: The U.S. population reaches 300 million.

Nov. 19: Nintendo Wii released. Multiple students camp out overnight to buy the game system. PlayStation 3 was released two days earlier.

Dec. 30: Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is executed for crimes against humanity.