Throwback Thursday – 10 years ago in the Esperance Express | photos

It’s our favourite time of the week – a chance to reflect on the changes in Esperance, the faces and the fun that was being had 10 years ago this week.

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2008: Around the world

Beijing hosted the Olympic Games, putting the city in the spotlight and infusing China with great pride. Almost 3500 children were named ‘Aoyun’ (meaning Olympics) to commemorate their newborn child and the sporting event.

The event also saw Usain Bolt set two new world records - one for the 100 metre sprint with 9.69 seconds and one for the 200m with a time of  19.30 seconds.  

In February that year, then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made an historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations.

“Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history,” he said in parliament at the time.

“We reflect on their past mistreatment. We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations – this blemished chapter in our nation's history.

“The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia's history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.”

Staying on politics, the 2008 presidential race was an historic one.

Barack Obama and his Yes We Can campaign saw him become the first African American President of the United States.

The year was also a big one for pop culture.

A few days into 2008 saw Britney Spears spectacularly melt down only for her to eventually bounce back in December that year with her comeback album Circus.

January saw the premiere of cult series, Breaking Bad, and in February Amy Winehouse’s iconic album Rehab won Record of the Year at the Grammy’s.

And on January 22 Perth actor Heath ledger tragically died from an accidental prescription drug overdose in a New York apartment. His posthumous portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight would hit cinemas later that year.