Farewell, 2010s: moments that shaped the decade

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Lady Gaga wearing her iconic meat dress at the 2010 Video Music Awards.


Haiti suffers a devastating earthquake. Approximately 3 million people are affected and about 250,000 lives are lost. 

On November 19th, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” is released.

Apple releases the iPad on January 27th in San Francisco.

Lady Gaga wears a meat dress to the VMA’s that becomes an Internet phenomenon. 




Kate Middleton and Prince William in 2011 at Westminster Abby.

Author and activist Maya Angelou is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.


The first season of “Game of Thrones” premieres on HBO on April 17th. 

The last episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” airs, ending its 25-year run. 

After 14 years as the CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs resigns before dying of cancer in November. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton get married at Westminster Abbey.


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Snowboarder Shawn White gets the first ever perfect 100 at the winter Xgames.



Shaun White, an American s

nowboarder, scores the first-ever perfect 100 in the SuperPipe in Winter X Games history.


The first Hunger Games movie, based on the book “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, is released. 

Barack Obama is re-elected as US President. 

Kim Jong-un is officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea. 

The 30th Olympic Games are held in London. 


Pope Francis is elected by a Papal Conclave.

Xi Jinping becomes the new President of China.

NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaks confidential NSA documents. 

Malala speaks to the United Nations on her 16th birthday, which is named ‘Malala Day’.



The vice president of Google, Susan Wojcicki, is named CEO of YouTube. 

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” premieres on NBC on February 17th. 

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappears, causing one of the world’s greatest modern aviation mysteries. 

“Guardians of the Galaxy” premieres in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

New York’s World Trade Center officially reopens, 13 years after the September 11 attacks. 


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In 2015, the supreme court voted to legalize same-sex marraige.


“The Dress.” Is it blue and black or white and gold? 

Apple releases racially diverse emojis.

Same-sex marriage is legalized in the US by the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges.

A terrorist attack on the offices of satirical Paris newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris killed 12 people and injured 11 more.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. beats Manny Pacquiao in WBA welterweight fight, shattering all financial records for a boxing match.

Real estate tycoon Donald Trump begins his campaign for the US Presidency.

At the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West announces he will run for US President in 2020.


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Harambe the gorilla who was shot in an incident at a zoo, ultimately leading to internet fame.


Leonardo DiCaprio wins his first Oscar for his work in the film “The Revenant.”

A young boy climbs into a gorilla exhibit at a zoo, causing the shooting and death of the gorilla Harambe. The event– and the gorilla –become an Internet phenomenon. 

On July 6th, Pokemon Go is released, becoming the most popular game of the summer.

The FBI and Apple fight over the unlocking of an iPhone belonging to the gunman in the San Bernardino shootings. 

US astronauts return to Earth after nearly a year on the International Space Station setting a record.

The United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union, in what becomes known as “Brexit.”

Republican Donald Trump narrowly defeats Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the US Presidency.



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Millions of woman marched in protest and became the largest single-day march in U.S. history.


Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America and Mike Pence as the 48th Vice President on January 20th. Around 4 million women in America partake in the Women’s March on Washington on the same day, making it the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S history.

From Oregon to South Carolina, the moon completely covers the sun in a solar eclipse.

The #metoo movement goes viral, incited by sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump, multimedia tycoon Harvey Weinstein, and other notable public figures.

A Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner is pulled after being criticized for trivializing protesters and demonstrations.

A suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, England, after an Ariana Grande concert kills 22 and injures 59.



American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are married at Windsor Castle. 

Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, launches the world’s most powerful rocket, called the Falcon Heavy. 

President Donald Trump fires US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, via a tweet.

A wildfire spreads to over 8,200 acres in Lake County, California. 

US President Donald Trump names Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee

Former US First Lady Michelle Obama publishes her memoir, “Becoming”.

Former US President George H. W. Bush dies and a national day of mourning is held. 

Democrats win control of the House of Representatives in the US midterm elections.


In 2019, the Notre Dame in Paris, France burned in a fire.


The most diverse class of lawmakers in history is sworn into the US Congress, while Democrat Nancy Pelosi becomes Speaker of the House for a second time..

Kylie Jenner is named the world’s youngest-ever billionaire, according to Forbes.

Student-led climate change strikes take place around the world, inspired by teenaged climate activist Greta Thunberg.

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France catches fire.

The 22nd Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Avengers: Endgame” premieres, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time.   

Taylor Swift wins Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards.

Nancy Pelosi announces a formal impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump.