While we have been in this decade only for 5 months, the intensity makes it feel like 5 years. When Pentagon confirmed UFO videos, we didn’t even pay attention because bigger things were happening. It’s clear that this decade will be all about Coronavirus. But What were the biggest stories of the last decade?
Many dramatic things happened that changed our lifestyle and shaped the world as we know today. Many stories opened our eyes, melted our heart, and inspired to do big things. Let’s time-travel to the last decade to see what it was about.
2010 – Biggest stories
January 12. Haiti earthquake. On January 12th, the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the island nation of Haiti. As a result till 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. Moreover, quake affected around three million people.
April 14. The eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano. On April 14th, Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted. The eruption created an ash cloud that led to the closure of most of the European airspace for six days. Because many flights were canceled it created the highest level of air travel disruption since the Second World War.
April 20. Deepwater Horizon Explosion. Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion caused the biggest marine oil spill in history. Above all, the same blowout caused an oil well fire and a massive offshore oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, certainly considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the world and the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.
May 2. Greece receives €110 billion bailout. European countries decide to rescue Greece from financial meltdown. As a result, agreeing to a three-year package worth €110 billion.
October 13. Chile mine rescue. 33 miners are rescued after spending 69 days trapped ina Chilean copper mine 700 meters deep. During the 17-day period the men spent without contact with the surface, they subsisted on a supply of emergency rations intended to last 2 days, moreover – taking meals only once every other day.
December 18. Beginning of Arab Spring. Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest against police seizing his vegetable stand. He triggered a wave of protest. As a result, his actions were the catalyst for the Arab Spring.
2011 – Biggest stories
February 11. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak steps down. After 18 days of mass protest, it took just over 30 seconds to announce that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was handing power to the military and giving up the seat he had held for decades.
March. The civil war in Syria. Civil war breaks out in Syria after military defectors create the Free Syrian Army, to combat those loyal to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Protests had broken out in Syria after police tortured teenagers caught making anti-regime graffiti.
March 11. Fukushima nuclear disaster. An earthquake in Japan causes the second-worst nuclear accident in history. As a result, the earthquake generated a 14-meter-high tsunami that knocked out the emergency generators. The resultant loss-of-coolant accidents led to three nuclear meltdowns, three hydrogen explosions, and the release of radioactive contamination. Above all, a huge amount of radiation was released in the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean.
April 29. Royal Wedding. 3 billion people watched as Britain’s Prince William marry college sweetheart Kate Middleton. The ceremony happened at Westminster Cathedral in London.
May 1. Bin Laden dies. Two helicopters descend on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, north of Islamabad. A small team of Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden during the raid. The operation ends without U.S. casualties. As a result president Barack Obama addresses the nation to announce death.
July 23. Death of Amy Winehouse. Grammy Award-winning singer Amy Winehouse, 27, is found dead at her home in north London. A coroner later determined the singer’s cause of death was from drinking too much alcohol.
2012 – Biggest stories
July 20. Shooting at “The Dark Knight,”. 12 people were killed and 70 injured when a shooter opened fire at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight”. As a result, the shooter was convicted of first-degree murder and 140 counts of attempted first-degree murder, as well as an explosives charge. He was later sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
October 29. Superstorm Sandy. Superstorm Sandy causes widespread death and damage, especially in the Northeastern US.
November 6. Vote to legalize marijuana. Voters in Colorado and Washington vote to legalize recreational marijuana, as a result becoming the first states in the US to do so. Nine other states have since followed.
November 6. US re-elects Obama. Obama was re-elected for his second term as President of the United States. He won 65,899,660 popular votes and 332 electoral votes, with two states less than in his 2008 victory.
2013 – Biggest stories
March 13. New Pope. Pope Francis was elected after his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, abdicated. He became the first South American to lead the Roman Catholic Church.
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April 15. Boston Marathon terror attack. Double bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured at least 264.
June 6. Edward Snowden exposes the US. Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the CIA, leaked to the media details of extensive internet and phone surveillance by American intelligence. As a result, Russia granted Mr. Snowden temporary asylum. He also faces espionage charges over his actions.
July 13. Black Lives Matter movement. The movement began after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Zimmerman shot Martin because he thought he was an intruder in his neighborhood in Sanford, Florida. But Martin lived in the same neighborhood and was only returning home from the store.
July 22. Prince George is born. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child was born. Therefore, the baby boy named Prince George becomes third in line to the British throne.
2014 – Biggest stories
March. Russia invades Ukraine. Russia invades Ukraine and annexes the Crimea, after Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, is toppled in anti-government protests. This has all brought the relationship between Russia and the West to its lowest point since the Cold War. As a result, sanctions are pushing the Russian economy to the brink of recession, and more than 2,500 Ukrainians have been killed.
March 8. Malaysia Airlines vanish. On March 8th, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished from air-traffic-control radar screens. It’s never seen again — and certainly spawning the most incredible aviation mystery of the 21st century. Above all, the 239 people on board were never found and are presumed dead.
March 23. Ebola outbreak. World Health Organization (WHO) reported the first cases of Ebola in southeastern Guinea. As a result, it marked the beginning of the West Africa Ebola epidemic, the largest outbreak of the virus history. When Guinea was finally Ebola-free in June 2016, more than 28,600 people had contracted the disease, and 11,325 died.
May 24. Kanye and Kim’s wedding. Rapper Kanye West marries reality star Kim Kardashian in a lavish wedding in Florence, Italy.
July 17. Russia shots down the Malaysian plane. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The plane was shot down when flying over the Ukrainian war area controlled by pro-Russian rebels. All 283 passengers and 15 crew members were killed. Above all, the Russian government certainly denied involvement in the shooting down of the plane and blames the Ukrainian government for allowing civilian flights in a war zone.
August 11. Death of Robin Williams. Beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams,63, is found dead at his home in California. Williams had battled severe depression for years and had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, his widow, Susan, revealed after his death. Robin Williams’ death was ruled as suicide.
2015 – Biggest stories
January 7-9. Terror attacks in Paris. Paris is the target of multiple terror attacks. As a result, a total of 17 people was killed in attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a kosher grocery store, and the Paris suburb of Montrouge. Police killed 3 suspects in separate standoffs.
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March 24. Germanwings crashes in the Alps. Germanwings Flight 9525 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Spain to Germany. The aircraft crashed 100 km north-west of Nice in the French Alps. Above all, the crash killed all 144 passengers and six crew members. The investigation certainly determined that the co-pilot caused the crash purposely.
May. The outbreak of Zika virus. In May a widespread epidemic of Zika fever, caused by the Zika virus in Brazil, spread to other parts of South and North America. The outbreak was certainly expected to reduce tourism significantly because a number of countries issued travel warnings.
June 16. Trump announced candidacy for president. Entrepreneur and real estate mogul Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president of the United States. During his speech at Trump Tower Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists.”
August 21. Stopped terror attacks on the French train. Three American men, including two active military members, helped stop a potential terror attack on a high-speed Paris-bound train. They were riding on the train when a 26-year-old Moroccan national boarded a Thalys train departing from Amsterdam with an AK-47, an automatic pistol, nine magazines of ammunition, and a box cutter.
November 13-14. Second terror attack in Paris. It resulted in deaths of 130 people and nearly 500 wounded. The attackers, armed with assault rifles and explosives, targeted six locations across the city. After that ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.
2016 – Biggest stories
April 21. Death of Prince. Music legend Prince was found dead alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate. An autopsy would later find that the singer died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl.
June 12. Orlando nightclub shooting. A gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 at a gay nightclub in Orlando. As a result, it was certainly the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
June 24. Uk votes to leave EU. The British people have voted to leave the European Union after a historic referendum in which they rejected the advice of the main Westminster party leaders and instead took a plunge into the political unknown.
August 5-21. Olympic games. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil held the 2016 summer Olympics.
September 15. Brangelina is over. Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt because of irreconcilable differences. The pair separated two years and one month after they married in August 2014. As a result, Jolie is seeking physical custody of their six children and asking the court to grant Pitt visitation.
November 8. Trump becomes president. Donald Trump is elected president after defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in a landmark upset.
January 20. Donald Trump inauguration. Trump’s speech famously declares: “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” In the days following, Trump and the White House press secretary Sean Spicer go on the offensive because the media observes that the crowds weren’t as big as Obama’s inauguration.
January 21. Protests against Trump. Thousands of women gathered for an annual march in Washington and more than 180 other cities to protest US President Donald Trump’s targeting of women’s rights.
2017 – Biggest stories
February 26. La la land and Moonlight’s mixup at Oscars. La La Land, held the title of Best Picture for about 45 seconds. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that the musical had won, and then, in a shocking turn of events, the producers accepting the award suddenly stopped their acceptance speech and finally revealed that Moonlight had actually won.
May 22. Attack at Ariana Grande concert. An explosion went off just after 10:30 pm as people were leaving the Manchester Arena. Above all, twenty-two people died and more than 50 people were injured. Some of those involved were children. After that, the police have said the man responsible died in the attack.
October. #MeToo movement. Movie producer Harvey Weinstein was the first to fall when The New York Times and New Yorker published sexual misconduct allegations against him in early October. As a result, the outrage encourages other people in Hollywood and other industries to speak out about sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace.
October 1. Shooting in Las Vegas. 58 people were killed and more than 850 injured when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Fire came from a 32nd-floor room in the Mandalay Bay casino. Consequently, it’s certainly the nation’s worst modern gun massacre.
2018 – Biggest stories
February 9-25. Olympic games. Pyeongchang, South Korea held The Winter Olympics.
February 14. Parkland shooting. One of the certainly deadliest mass shootings in the United States took place at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a result, the massacre left 17 students and staff members killed and reignited a nationwide debate over gun control. Shooter Cruz remains behind bars and could face the death penalty if prosecutors pursue a trial.
May 19. Royal wedding. Britain’s Prince Harry marry American actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle.
June 24. Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban On Female Drivers Saudi Arabia lifted its widely criticized ban on female drivers, as a result, sparking jubilation among many women in the country. After that many women went to the road.
July 10. The soccer team rescued from a cave. 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach are rescued from a flooded cave after more than two weeks stuck in the cavern.
2019 – Biggest stories
February 19. Karl Lagerfeld dies. The iconic fashion designer, who was the creative director for Chanel, died at the age of 85 in Paris, France.
March 10. Ethiopian Airlines plane crash. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, Ethiopia, after taking off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. All 157 people on board lost their lives.
March. Boeing 737 Max ban. Governments around the world banned the Boeing 737 Max from their airspaces as a result of two crashes in 5 months that killed 346 people.
March 12. Operation Varsity Blues. A scandal arose over a criminal conspiracy to influence undergraduate admissions decisions at several top American universities. Among 50 people charged was also The Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.
April 15. Fire breaks out at Notre-Dame Cathedral. A fire broke out at the 850-year-old cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, as a result, causing heavy damage to the iconic structure. The blaze destroyed a large part of the roof and its spire. Officials suggested that ongoing renovation work at gothic landmark ignited the fire.
June 19. Four charged in MH17 crash case. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was shot down In July 2014, while flying over Ukraine killing 283 passengers and 15 crew members. Nearly five years later, a Dutch-led joint investigation team (JIT) charged three Russians and a Ukrainian with bringing a missile into the area and with murder.
August 21. Amazon fire raging at a record rate. The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported that the fires at Amazon rainforests were certainly raging at a record rate. By August, Brazil had already witnessed 72,843 fires – an increase of 80 percent compared with the same period last year.
September 23. Thunberg gives a speech. Climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned speech at the UN and told the world leaders: “How dare you!”