The past decade (2001 to 2010) has been defined by living news stories that have jolted us, for better or worse, into the 21st century.
In honor of the new year, we're asking HuffPost readers: what was the most important living news story of the first 10 years of the 21st century? Please submit your nominations below, tweet them using the hashtag #storyofthedecade or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will soon post the most nominated entries, and then you can vote on the story of the decade.
Vote for stories in specific verticals below: