The folks over at guardian.co.uk have produced an interactive visualization of the past decade. With an intuitive interaction model and an nice fullscreen version, the biggest stories from 2000 to 2010 come back to life.
The stories are lined up in chronological order and color coded by year. Selecting a thumbnail reveals more information about the storie like the date and a short headline. A link to the full story is provided as well. For a quick journey through the past I recommend the fullscreen version with keyboard navigation. Unfortunately they left out some key functionalities like jumping from one row to the other. Nonetheless give it a spin.