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A Look Back at 2019

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By Katy Sommerfield

The new year is here and it’s leaving us with lots of emotions. It’s a mix of anticipation and excitement for the coming year, homesickness from the holidays, and thoughts about things you did or didn’t accomplish in the past year. When the clock ticks down to midnight and the ball finally drops, all the worries of last year seem to melt away and the promises of the new year come ringing in.

But we shouldn’t leave 2019 behind just yet!
2019 was a great year for all the new and exciting things it brought into our lives. When you look back onto the new music, films, technology, and events that happened, it’s easy to feel grateful for the past year, even if it was difficult at times. The trends, the people, and the culture of 2019 changed the world for the better in a lot of ways. Let’s all take a look back at 2019 and the neat things it brought us!

 

Best films of 2019

Avengers Endgame

When the newest installment of the Avengers franchise was released in April of this year, it beat James Cameron’s Avatar by becoming the highest-grossing film of all time, making $2.798 billion worldwide. 


Rocketman

The Elton John biopic, released in May of this year, captivated and inspired audiences worldwide. Elton John fans everywhere were pleased with the film, and it was one of the top films of the year. 


The Lion King

The much anticipated “live-action” remake of Disney’s The Lion King sported a star-studded cast, with celebrities such as Beyonce and Donald Glover starring in the film. It received great 

praise from critics and fans alike.


Best music of 2019

bad guy - Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish took the world by storm this year with her massive hit song, “bad guy.” The catchy beat paired with her soft voice made millions of people fall in love with the young artist. 


Old Town Road - Lil Nas X

This catchy rap/country mix was surprisingly one of the biggest songs of the year. The rapper Lil Nas X was played on the radio millions of times, and kids all over the world were completely obsessed with his song. Who would’ve thought that a rap/country song would be so popular?


Truth Hurts - Lizzo

Lizzo was one of the greatest artists of the year with the release of her album, Cuz I Love You. The number one song off the record was “Truth Hurts,” which quickly became a break-up anthem for people all over the globe.


Greatest scientific discoveries of 2019

First picture of a black hole

In April of this year, the first-ever picture of a black hole was taken by the Event Horizon Telescope. The black hole was located in the M87 galaxy and is said to be 6.5 billion times more massive than the sun.


Water vapor detected on a possibly habitable planet

This year, a distant planet, named K2-18b, was found to have water vapor in its atmosphere. This is a major discovery, as this planet lies within what scientists call a “habitable zone,” meaning that life may be sustained there. Could this mean that aliens may be real, and living on K2-18b? 


Giant squid was spotted in the gulf of Mexico

A rare appearance of a giant squid occurred in the Gulf of Mexico this year. Giant squids live in a very extreme habitat, about 3,300 feet under the ocean. This icy environment makes it unlikely for them to venture towards the waves, close enough for humans to witness. This year, it happened. 


Newest technology of 2019

Airpods pro

Apple’s Airpods took the world by storm when they were first released, and their newest update to the product, the Airpods Pro, did not disappoint customers either. The updated version of the earbuds includes a pressure release valve to increase comfortability while wearing the pods, a noise cancellation mode, and so much more. 


iPhone 11

The newest iPhone is always a huge deal to techies, and when the iPhone 11 was released this year, it was no different than releases in the past. The iPhone 11 sports three cameras which are expertly designed to help users take the best photos possible. 


InstantPot

This year one of the biggest innovations in cooking technology was the InstantPot. This crockpot/pressure cooker hybrid cooks food twice as fast as a traditional slow cooker and has too many cook settings to list on this blog post. You can even bake a cake or make yogurt inside the InstantPot. Cool, right?


Biggest events of 2019

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle had a baby

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle spun the world on its head last year with their gorgeous wedding ceremony. On May 6 of this year, the newlywed royal couple welcomed their first baby, named Archie, into the world.


U.S. Women’s National Team won the Women’s World Cup

In July of this year, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team won their fourth World Cup. Noteworthy players include Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Tobin Heath. 


China landed a rover on the dark side of the moon

This year, China accomplished something no one has ever done before - land a rover on the dark side of the moon. The rover is “Chang’e,” named after a mythical lunar goddess.  



These are some of the most incredible things that happened in 2019. We hope that reading this list helps you feel grateful for 2019, and excited for the things to come in 2020. Happy New Year!

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