18 Years in Rap


Teach or review major events from 1993-2011, including: OJ Simpson's acquittal, the death of Mother Teresa, the arrival of the iPod, and September 11.

93 -You were just a baby looking cute,
Showing up in nothing but your birthday suit,
Beep beep – back it up, take it back and,
Flocab will break down just what happened,
Europe was united, they called it the EU,
Waco Texas saw tragedy. True.

94 – The year of Nelson Mandela,
And Genocide in Rwanda, I’ll tell you,
Republicans rode in they followed a Newt,
And Forrest Gump ate a box of chocolates too,

95 - First female secretary of state,
OJ Simpson gets acquitted, he was out in L.A.
Pokémon debuts, but it’s a pity,
When a bomb blows up in Oklahoma City,
Gaza and the West Bank, you feeling them?
They’re not Israeli anymore, they’re Palestinian,

1996 – The Atlanta Olympics,
Mad cow disease spreads it’s intense,
It doesn’t affect the Bulls or Michael Jordan,
RIP Tupac, he was important,

97 – Mother Teresa dies,
So does B.I.G. and Princess Di,
But Harry Potter’s born, so is Dolly the sheep,
NASA puts a rover on Mars – that’s totally sweet,

98 – we balance the budget and save dimes,
Matthew Shepard gets killed – that’s a hate crime,

99 – The whole nation cries,
When we hear of what happened at Columbine,
Bill Clinton lies about a lady, gets impeached,
We celebrate the millennium and hit the streets,

2000 – Gore wins, no Bush wins or…
In the end it’s decided by the Supreme Court

2001 – Napster takes a permanent nap,
iPods arrive and our genome is mapped,
I bet we all remember the hour,
When we heard that two planes had hit the towers,
September 11th caused almost 3,000 coffins,
US invaded Afghanistan hunting bin Laden,

02 – American Idol debuts, it’s awesome,
Especially for Kelly Clarkson,
Bush sees an Evil Axis, lowers taxes,
Enron fraud, Spiderman does back flips,

03 – The start of the Iraq war,
While the genocide claims lives in Darfur,
Columbia explodes, SARS is deadly,
Hispanics are now the biggest minority,

04 – Red Sox win, reverse the curse,
Facebook is founded by a couple of nerds,
It’s the year the Tsunami hits the shore,
Kerry’s swift-boated, Bush wins four more,

05 – Pope dies, concerts for AIDS,
YouTube, Twilight, Guitar Hero amaze,
London subway bombing, Hurricane Katrina,
Baseballers are doping and where is FEMA?

06 – Al Gore makes a movie, that’s true,
Iran gets uranium but is it for nukes?
Nintendo says “Wii,” Scientists find a fish,
Saddam gets hanged, Democrats in Congress,

07 -Virginia Tech and the troop surge,
iPhone drops, and the housing bubble bursts,
We see the first female speaker of the house,
Dixie Chicks win gold, Karl Rove steps down,

08 – the fighting heats up in Gaza,
There’s the first black president, Barack Obama,
Lehman Brothers FAIL, Phelps for the win,
8 gold medals, that boy can swim!

09 – stimulus, Avatar, prop 8,
Gay marriage, moon water, RIP MJ,
The first Latina justice Sotomayor,
We’re 10 Trillion Dollars in debt and it’s gonna be more,

2010 – Earthquakes in Chile and Haiti,
Oil spills and ash clouds it was crazy,
Republicans take over the house,
Wikileaks make sure secrets get out,
Health Reform passes really mmm k?
Miners in Chile? Hey, they got saved,

2011 – Japanese earthquake,
Giffords survives a shooting in her home state,
Biggest ever storms in the USA,
Bin Laden is killed, some say hooray,
A young British prince marries a girl,
And there’s revolution in the Arab World!
Yeah. To all the high school graduates,
Think of yourself and tell me, are you proud of it?
Channel One, Flocab wishing you congrats,
This has been the last 18 years in rap.
Flocabulary wishing you congrats,
This has been the last 18 years…

European nations spent much of the first half of the 20th century fighting one another. But after World War II, European leaders made attempts to get along. They also wanted power to rival the United States and the USSR. In 1993, the Europeans made their efforts official: many nations joined together to form the European Union. Today, 27 nations are members. Learn more .

After spending 26 years in prison for protesting apartheid, South Africa's system of racial segregation, Nelson Mandela was elected to be the first black president of South Africa. Learn more .

In the spring of 1994, nearly one million Rwandans were killed. The assassination of the Rwandan president sparked extreme violence between two ethnic groups, the Hutus and the Tutsis. Most of the dead were Tutsis. Learn more .

Forrest Gump is an award-winning movie about a man who gets caught up in some of the most famous events of the second half of the 20th century. It includes this memorable quotation: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get.” Learn more.

In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed Madeleine Albright the first female U.S. secretary of state. That made her the highest-ranking woman in the history of the United States government. Learn more .

In 1995, the world was glued to their television sets during O. J. Simpson's trial for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend. His team of high-powered lawyers proved him innocent, using the now-famous argument: “If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit.” (A glove found at the scene of the crime was a key piece of evidence.) Learn more .

Pokemon video games for Nintendo's Game Boy were released in 1995. The little cartoon monsters from the game soon became famous worldwide, and even kids who didn't play video games fell in love with the little yellow Pikachu. Learn more .

In 1995, American terrorists set off a bomb in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. One hundred sixty-eight people were killed. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States until the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Learn more .

The Palestinian Liberation Organization began a violent campaign for independence from Israel. The most disputed pieces of land are in Gaza and the West Bank. Learn more .

The city of Atlanta, Georgia, hosted the 1996 Olympics. This was the first Olympics where athletes could compete in beach volleyball and mountain biking. Learn more .

“Mad cow” was the nickname given a disease found in British cattle. It can cause a human brain disease if people eat the infected beef. Suddenly, people weren't so sure about eating hamburgers at barbecues. Learn more .

In 1996, Michael Jordan was arguably the most popular athlete in the world. He led his basketball team, the Chicago Bulls, to win four national championships in six years. He also starred in the movie Space Jam . Learn more .

Tupac Shakur was a popular and innovative American rapper. In 1996, he was shot and killed, though new albums were released in his name long after his death. Learn more .

Mother Teresa was a Catholic missionary who won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her profound work with the sick and poor. In 2003, Pope John Paul II named her a Catholic saint. Learn more .

Notorious B.I.G. was an American rapper who released the platinum album Ready to Die . He was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1997. Learn more .

Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris while being hounded by the paparazzi. She became a worldwide celebrity when she married Britain's Prince Charles in 1981. She was beloved for her community service around the world. Learn more .

In 1997, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone , by J. K. Rowling, was released. The series of books that followed would go on to sell over 450 million copies. Learn more .

Dolly the sheep was the first clone of an adult mammal. That means that she had the exact same DNA as another sheep. ref=ref530412"> Learn more .

The Mars Exploration Rover, named Spirit , landed on Mars and sent back the first color images of the red planet. We were able to confirm that it is actually red! Learn more .

Matthew Shepard was violently beaten and left to die because he was gay. His death was called a hate crime, and news about his killing drew attention to the prevention of violence against homosexuals. Learn more .

On April 20, 1999, students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, with guns and explosives. They killed 12 students and a teacher, and then killed themselves. It was the deadliest school shooting to date. The whole nation mourned for Columbine. Learn more .

President Bill Clinton faced an impeachment trial for lying under oath about a relationship with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Congress voted to keep him in office, but the incident provided a major distraction for American citizens. Learn more .

The 2000 presidential election was the closest vote in United States history. On election night, news anchors reported that Democrat Al Gore was the winner. Gore won the most popular votes. But because of laws related to the Electoral College, Republican George W. Bush was declared the winner instead. His win was determined by a very, very close vote in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The vote was so close, the Supreme Court was asked to weigh in. The justices ruled in Bush's favor. Learn more .

College student Shawn Fanning invented Napster, a file-sharing program that allowed users to download music from other users' computers. Some called Napster brilliant. But ultimately, record companies called it “stealing.” Napster was shut down in 2001. Learn more .

Remember when you had to choose a few CDs to take with you on a trip? No? Well, that's because Apple's iPod has changed the way people transport their music. Learn more .

On September 11, 2001, foreign terrorists flew airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. This was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. Nearly 3,000 people were killed. Learn more .

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks. The United States would spend the better part of the next decade looking for him. Learn more .

American Idol is a television program where singers compete for a recording contract. Each week contestants sing, and Americans vote for their favorites. Kelly Clarkson won the first year. Learn more.

President George W. Bush created a 10-year tax cut program. It featured the largest tax cuts in 20 years. After the September 11th terrorist attacks, the country's surplus quickly turned into a deficit. Learn more .

Enron was a corporation whose leaders were accused and convicted of accounting fraud in 2001. The scandal drew the public's attention to white-collar crime. Learn more .

In March 2003, President Bush sent troops to Iraq to look for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and to bring down Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. They found Hussein, and he was sentenced to death, but it turned out that the WMDs never existed. Learn more .

The Sudanese government responded to two Darfuri rebel movements by destroying more than 400 villages and forcing millions of people to leave their homes. The government targeted ethnic groups who supported rebels. Approximately 300,000 people were killed during this genocide. Learn more .

A new virus called SARS began to spread in China in 2003. The World Health Organization worked to contain the spread of the disease in globalized society. Learn more .

In 2003, Hispanic people surpassed African-American people to become the largest minority group in the United States. Learn more .

The Boston Red Sox won Major League Baseball's World Series in 2004 for the first time since 1918. And they won with panache, coming back from a three-game deficit to the Yankees in the play-offs. Learn more .

Mark Zuckerberg launched the social networking website Facebook from his dorm at Harvard University in 2004. In January 2011, the site had more than 600 million users. Learn more .

An enormous tsunami, caused by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in the ocean, hit the coast of Indonesia in 2004. Over 10,000 people were killed by the effects of the massive wave. Learn more .

After battling Democrat John Kerry in the 2004 election, Republican George W. Bush won the presidency again. It was a very close election, second only to the 2000 election between Bush and Al Gore. But this time, Bush won the popular vote, too. Learn more .

Rock stars banded together to fight AIDS with an enormous benefit concert called Live 8. Learn more .

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, the first book in the Twilight Saga , debuted in 2005. It would go on to sell millions of copies, and spawn some of the highest grossing movies of all time. Learn more.

The video game Guitar Hero debuted in 2005. Now, kids (and adults) around the world could rock out on a plastic guitar without ever taking a lesson. Learn more .

A terrorist bombing on the London subway killed over 50 people. Learn more .

Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. When walls around the low-lying city failed, large areas were flooded. Nearly 2,000 people were killed, and entire sections of the city were destroyed. Learn more .

Major-league baseball players admitted to using steroids to enhance their playing ability. Some of baseball's biggest stars, including famous home-run hitters Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire, admitted to using the performance-enhancing drugs. Learn more .

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) failed to effectively respond to the devastating damage of Hurricane Katrina. This failure to act hurt thousands of New Orleans residents in the aftermath of the hurricane. Learn more .

Al Gore, former U.S. vice president, made a movie, called An Inconvenient Truth , about global warming and climate change. He embarked on a tour to raise awareness about these issues. Learn more .

Nintendo released a new game console called the Wii. The game system allowed players' physical movements to affect game play. Learn more .

American soldiers captured Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, in 2005. He was sentenced to death for his infractions against his people. Learn more .

A gunman killed 33 people in a shooting rampage on the campus of Virginia Tech. The tragedy was the largest school shooting in history. Learn more .

Apple released the iPhone, and tech geeks went wild for the sleek and stylish smartphone. Learn more .

After Democrats gained a majority in the 2006 election, Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Learn more .

President George W. Bush's adviser Karl Rove stepped down from his White Host post. Rove was known to have a strong influence on Bush's policies and decisions. Learn more .

Barack Obama was elected president of the United States in 2008. He is the first African American elected to the American presidency. Learn more .

In the economic crash of 2008, Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, bringing along many other financial institutions with it. Learn more .

American swimmer Michael Phelps won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. This guy is fast! Learn more .

President Obama created a stimulus plan to help reinvigorate the struggling American economy. The results of the plan were mixed, though it did help hedge the recession. Learn more .

James Cameron's 3-D film Avatar became the highest-grossing film of all time. Cameron's previous film Titanic (1998) held that record beforehand. Learn more .

Singer Michael Jackson died at age 50. People around the world who had loved his lifetime of music making mourned his passing. Learn more .

President Obama appointed Sonia Sotomayor to become a Supreme Court justice. She is the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn more .

A magnitude 7 earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, and destroyed the city. A worldwide relief effort to help the newly homeless people of Haiti began. Learn more .

Republicans gained a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, making John Boehner the new Speaker of the House. Learn more .

Australian Julian Assange posted classified American documents on his website WikiLeaks, revealing many U.S. military and diplomacy secrets. He was arrested. Learn more .

Thirty-three miners in Chile were all saved after being trapped underground for over two months. The world celebrated. Learn more .

An earthquake off the coast of Japan caused a tsunami that destroyed nuclear reactors in the north of Japan. The resulting nuclear crisis caused many to reconsider the risks of nuclear power. Learn more .

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head while holding a community meeting in Arizona. Six people, including a 9-year-old child, were killed. Giffords miraculously survived the assassination attempt. Learn more .

After hiding out for nearly 10 years after the September 11th terrorist attacks, Osama Bin Laden was killed by American forces in Pakistan. Learn more .

Britain's Prince William married Kate Middleton in a lavish wedding in London. Nearly 2 billion people watched the wedding on TV. That is almost one-third of the people in the world! Learn more .

A revolution in Egypt set off a string of revolutions against unjust leaders in other Arab nations. People dubbed the revolutions the “Arab Spring.” Learn more .

Who ate a box of chocolates?
Forrest Gump
Where were the Olympics in 1996?
Which famous people died in 1997?
Mother Teresa, Princess Diana and Notorious B.I.G.
What type of crime was Matthew Shepard's death?
A hate crime
What group became the largest minority in the United States in 2003?
Which former vice president made a movie about the environment?
Al Gore
What did Nintendo say?
Where did scientists find water in 2009?
The moon
Where were the earthquakes in 2010?
Chile and Haiti
What region of the world saw many revolutions in 2011?
The Middle East

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