Wrapping up a Decade
Summarizing an entire year, let alone a decade is a difficult task. As we go through a few of the biggest headlines from the last ten years, we are reminded of some of the most heart wrenching, inspiring, tragic and memorable events that happened around the globe.
7.0 Magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti killing over a 1,00,000 people.
A Picasso painting sells for a record-breaking $106.5 million at a Christie’s auction. The painting, “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust,” depicts Picasso’s mistress and was painted in just one day in 1932.
33 Chilean miners trapped underground for over two months were pulled to safety in a brilliant rescue mission.
An explosion in the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland results in a volcanic ash plume over northern and central Europe.
An 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocks Chile killing almost 750 people 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastates Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It is the region’s worst earthquake in 200 years.
At least 300 people were killed in a stampede during Cambodia’s annual water festival.
Massive flooding in Pakistan, following two days of record rainfall, kills over 400 people and leaves thousands homeless.
Massive 8.9 earthquake unleashes a deadly 10-meter Tsunami on the coast of Japan
US forces kill Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, in a raid in Abbottabad in Pakistan
The first royal wedding of the decade – Prince William marries Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies, aged 56 In one of the worst U.S.
tornado seasons, 137 reported tornadoes kill nearly 300 people in six states.
Norway is hit with consecutive terrorist attacks.
Singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse is found dead in her apartment in London.
President Obama is reelected for a second term
China’s ruling Communist Party officially names Xi Jinping as the country’s next president
Nasa’s space rover “Curiosity” lands on planet Mars
The Nirbhaya gang-rape case that occurred on 16 December 2012 in India shook the entire nation sparking nationwide protests.
In Pakistan, Taliban members shoot 14-year old Malala Yousafzai in the head and neck while she was on her way home on a school bus.
Iconic pop diva Whitney Houston passes away
Nelson Mandela passes away
Historic Lokpal Bill gets Parliament’s nod in India
India launches a mission to Mars. The Mars orbiter mission, known as Mangalyaan, traveled more than 200 million kilometers over 300 days to reach the red planet.
Cricket sensation Sachin Tendulkar retires after a glorious 24-year career
The Boston Marathon Bombing kills 3 and injures more than 260 people.
More than 1,100 people died when the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Dhaka. It was the worst disaster the country’s garment industry had ever seen.
Netflix transforms how television is made and how we consume it.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappears carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Narendra Modi, the son of a poor tea seller, led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a historic victory in India’s May parliamentary election, making it the first party in thirty years to win an absolute majority of seats.
Ebola Epidemic Becomes a Global Health Crisis
Scotland Votes to Remain Part of the United Kingdom
Pro-Democracy Protests Erupt in Hong Kong
Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams dies at age 63 in an apparent suicide.
American Supreme Court makes a landmark decision, allowing same-sex couples to marry nationwide.
A series of coordinated terror attacks struck fear through the heart of the French capital leaving 130 people dead.
Nasa scientists find evidence of flowing water on Mars
A 3-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on a beach in Turkey becomes the face of the migrant crisis in Europe.
Mass shootings renew terrorism fears, debate over guns in the US.
Blue and black? Or white and gold? Online photo of a dress causes a global debate
7.9 Richter scale earthquake rocks Nepal causing massive destruction.
Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam passes away following a massive heart attack at 83.
Donald Trump Wins the US presidential elections
Brazil and South Korea impeach their Presidents
Music Legend Prince Dies
NASA Announces 1,284 Planets Found
Fidel Castro Dies
The former Wham! singer George Michael passes away
The #METOO Movement rocks the US and the rest of the world
The massacre in Las Vegas is the deadliest mass shooting incident to happen in modern American history.
In May, children were among the 22 killed in a suicide bombing after an Ariana Grande concert at Britain’s Manchester Area
The astronomical phenomenon of the century took place with a total Solar Eclipse
The ongoing exodus of the persecuted, officially stateless Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar becomes the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis
Yemen becomes home to the world’s largest cholera outbreak, with about 1 million cases and more than 2,000 cholera-related deaths.
The US decides to leave the 2015 Paris Climate accord, and the world is marked by a series of natural disasters, including record-breaking hurricanes, earthquakes and devastating fires around the world.
Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano erupts, spewing ash thousands of feet in the air
Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul” passes away
Christine Blasey Ford made headlines after she accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assault
The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle captivates the world
Twelve boys and their soccer coach got stranded in a cave in Thailand, and the world rallied to their rescue
Banksy painting shreds itself moments after being sold for $1.4 million at London auction
Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault in retrial
Iconic designer Kate Spade hangs herself in an apparent suicide
Texas and Florida schools see horrific shootings.
The US saw up to 24 schools shootings in the year 2018
Award-winning show host Anthony Bourdain passes away in France
Bollywood’s famous crossover actor Priyanka Chopra gets married to Nick Jonas, an American music artist
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the World’s tallest statue at a cost of Rs.2989 crore
Indian Supreme Court in a historic judgment decriminalizes adult gay sex
Indian superstar Sridevi passes away in Dubai
Stephen Hawking regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein passes away
Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Kofi Annan, dies at the age of 80
Stan Lee a revered comic-book creator who co-launched superheroes like the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and the X-Men for Marvel Comics passes away
Austria and Taiwan legalize same-sex marriage
China accomplishes first landing on the far side of the moon
Brazil dam disaster kills over 230 people
The iconic fashion designer and creative director for Chanel Karl Lagerfeld dies
Ethiopian Airlines plane crash kills 157 crashing near the town of Bishoftu, Ethiopia
A 1000 people lose their lives when Cyclone Idai makes landfall in Mozambique
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her government pass a ban on semi-automatics and assault rifles six days after a terror attack kills 50 in New Zealand.
The first-ever image of a black hole is released. Located in the Messier 87 galaxy, the black hole is 500 million trillion km away from Earth and nearly three million times the size of our planet.
A fire breaks out at the 850-year-old cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, causing heavy damage to the iconic structure.
A series of bomb blasts at churches and hotels in and around Colombo, Sri Lanka kills more than 250 people
Over a million people come out on the streets to protest the Hong Kong extradition bill
As many as 900 million citizens cast their votes and saw incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attain a landslide victory in India.
NASA reached a milestone when astronauts, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, became the first to take part in an all-female spacewalk.
Greta Thunberg – becomes the face for environmental change