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Top 19 Events That Changed America In The Last 19 Years

In Sundance’s new original series, Rectify, a man is released from death row after 19 years of confinement. Released on a technicality after nearly two decades, Daniel Holden is released from death row for a rape/murder charge it is unclear he committed.

Upon returning to his hometown of Paulie, Georgia, Holden must overcome, among many other challenges, the readjustment to life after so much has changed.

The story of Holden got us thinking: In the real world, what would someone like Holden have missed if his life were put completely on hold for nearly two decades? What massive news events, technological breakthroughs, and horrific tragedies would he have missed?

As a helpful guide for any Daniel Holdens out there, we’ve compiled a list (in no particular order) of the top 19 changes and news events in America over the last 19 years.

Take a look below and let us know in the comments what big events you think we missed:

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