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A lot of groundbreaking events occurred in the world over the last 10 years – both positive and negative. Covid-19 pandemic being the most tragic event that shook (and is still shaking) the planet in late 2019. This article shows you a flashback into the top 12 most exciting events that happened over the past decade.
The first-ever iPad’s release in April 2010: Can you imagine that the first Apple iPad was launched in this decade? And it was quite fascinating when it first came out due to the wideness of the screen, and the fact that its great characteristics allow you to see movies and play games smoothly. You can even play demo versions of slots, such as Jeopardy free game mode and enjoy gaming from the comfort of your home.
Lady Gaga surprised the world at the Video Music Awards in September 2010: Lady Gaga took all the attention at the music awards ceremony with her raw beef meat dress! She had the entire dress made of raw meat, placed a pound of meat on her head like a cap, and her shoes also covered in meat. This weird attire gave her a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and it was tagged by TIME as the best fashion statement in the year.
End of Harry Potter series in July 2011: This novel series written by J.K. Rowling was so popular that is was made into a movie. The first part, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were released in 2001, and the last Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 came out in 2011. Most die-hard fans of this Magic fiction series still cannot get over the thirst for more, although they are being consoled by Fantastic Beasts and The Cursed Child, which are also stories derived from Harry Potter.
The first royal wedding in the decade: On the 29th of April, 2011, Prince William of Wales married Catherine Middleton. This wedding received a worldwide audience as over 22.8 million people all around the world watched the glamourous occasion on Television. It has been 9 years after the marriage now and the couple has 3 beautiful children. The second Royal Wedding in the decade was that of an African American woman – Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of Sussex. The wedding also attracted huge media attention, with around 600 guests in attendance, and over 29.2 million viewers.
Jeremy Lin’s Basketball “Linsanity”: Jeremy Lin shook the world of basketball with his superb performance in the NBA 2011/2012 season. This backup point guard (for the New York Knicks then) surprisingly won 7 straight games for the team with his 3-pointer shooting prowess. This basketball veteran is not headed to China to continue and possibly retire his basketball career with his home team in China. Jeremy Lin played for 8 different NBA teams during his 7-years career in the league.
Gangnam Style song/dance in July 2012: You remember this horse-riding dance style introduced by South Korean musician – Psy in his music video. Gangnam Style song comes with a hot rock tune which compels you to dance even when you are not in the mood. The music video became the first to ever hit a billion views on YouTube, that’s how engaging it was. Who knows where Psy is now today?
The world-ending prophesies about December 21, 2012: There’s no way you were not aware of this event in 2012, where panic-filled many people’s minds since the Mayan calendar predicted that the world was going to end by December 21, 2012. Many believers sold their properties and put their houses in order so that they will be worthy of a paradise experience in the afterlife. Well, we are still here today, and the world has not ended.
Anna Kendrick’s The Cup Song in the movie Pitch Perfect: If you were a teenager back then in July 2013, you tried this Cup Song. The title of the song was “When I’m Gone” where Anna Kendrick sat with her friends to arrange cups rhythmically as they sang the song in an acapella. Many people around the world also got famous online after uploading their versions of “The Cup Song” online.
Apple’s release of racially different emojis in February 2015: Apple released an update in February 2015 that made emojis have different colours of faces. It used to be that all emojis had yellow faces, now users can choose to adjust and customize their emojis in at least 6 different shades of colours. This then (new) iOS upgrade brought in 300 new emojis and included 32 new country flags. This update was also the first to espouse same-sex families and couples.
The US legalizing same-sex marriage in June 2015: This is one of the most groundbreaking moments for the LGBTQ+ community all around the world. It is, in fact, a conquest for the Lesbians and Gays in the US. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court in the US delivered a landmark judgment in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The court held that same-sex marriage was now legal in all the 50 states in the country. This day also marked a symbol of hope for other LGBTQ+ communities outside the US, as most states are now following the lead of the US by implementing same-sex rights in their jurisdictions.
The women’s March in 2017: On January 2017, and exactly on the first-day president Donald Trump resumed office, millions of people all around the country crowded the streets of Washington to protest. The protest was in support of civil rights, gender equality, as well as rights of immigrants within the jurisdiction. This March featured 5 million people in more than 600 global marches.
Missile war threats between North Korea and the US: Throughout 2019, President Donald Trump and North Korean’s supreme commander Kim Jong-un kept exchanging missile launch threats at each other’s jurisdiction. This long tussle created a global panic, making people think that a launch by either of the leaders was going to be the start of a Third World War (World War III). Things have, however, normalized now, thanks to the embrace of diplomatic approaches by both leaders.