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N 2000– 2003: American troops capture Iraq’s former leader, 2000: The United Nations adopts the Millennium 2003: Canada recognizes same-sex marriages through- Saddam Hussein. Declaration that results setting eight goals (known as the Millennium Development Goals), which ‘‘promote poverty reduction, education, maternal health, gender equality, and aim at combating child mortality, AIDS and other diseases’’ by the year 2015. C. killing 2,752. 2001: Controversial Patriot Act passed in the United States.

Forces of Great Britain, Sardinia, France, and the Ottoman Empire. 1847: Richard March Hoe (1812–1886), American inven- tor and manufacturer, patents what proves to be the first successful rotary printing press. He discards the old flatbed press and places the type on a revolving cylinder. This revolutionary system is first used by the Philadelphia Public Ledger this same year, and it produces 8,000 sheets per hour printed on one side. 1854: Violent conflicts erupt between pro-and anti-slavery settlers in Kansas Territory.

1870: The Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871) begins. 1871: The era of New Imperialism, or ‘‘empire for empire’s sake,’’ starts a multinational competition for colonies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. 1871: Charles Robert Darwin (1809–1882), English naturalist, publishes his The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. This work extends his theory of evolution by applying it to humans. 1874: Thomas Alva Edison (1847–1931), American inventor, perfects his quadruplex telegraph. It is able to transmit two messages over one telegraph line or four messages in each direction over two wires.

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