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Milestones for the Standard & Poor's 500 index

The Standard & Poor's 500 index broke through 1,700 points Thursday for the first time.

It's only been three months since the S&P 500 first closed above 1,600. The previous 100-point gain took much longer to achieve. The index first closed above 1,500 more than a decade ago, toward the end of the dot-com bubble in March 2000. The S&P then slumped twice before starting on its current bull run in March, 2009.

Here's a look at the previous times that the S&P 500 index, a broad measure of large-company stocks, first closed above round-number levels, measured in increments of 100 points.

1,600 --- May 3, 2013

1,500 --- March 22, 2000

1,400 --- July 9, 1999

1,300 --- March 15, 1999

1,200 --- December 21, 1998

1,100 --- March 24, 1998

1,000 --- February 2, 1998

900 --- July 2, 1997

800 --- February 12, 1997

700 --- October 4, 1996

600 --- November 17, 1995

500 --- March 24, 1995

400 --- December 26, 1991

300 --- March 23, 1987

200 --- November 21, 1985

100 --- June 4, 1968

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Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices

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