Given the 20th century's reputation for conflict, it is perhaps not surprising that its final year saw the biggest European war since 1945, and closed with bloodshed as Russian troops marched into Chechnya.
There were other types of tragedy.
Earthquakes killed thousands in Colombia, Taiwan and particularly Turkey - the latter notable for the way the Web helped the victims and their relatives communicate.
On an individual level, the death of TV presenter Jill Dando struck home in the UK.
Not all the news was bad, of course. There were the usual sporting triumphs, with Australia winning world cups in both rugby union and cricket. And admirers of the UK royal family were cheered by the marriage of Prince Edward to Sophie Rhys-Jones.
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