Unrelenting drama from the White House, a young activist galvanizing generations to fight for climate, protests in Hong Kong, and so much more — these are the stories, events and people that caught our attention in 2019.
Year in Politics
Political turmoil spared no one this year, with the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump dominating global headlines alongside Brexit uncertainty in the U.K. and ongoing democracy protests roiling Hong Kong and China. Plus, a global youth climate strike led by Swedish teen Greta Thunberg sparked a movement, and U.S. policy changes on everything from trade and immigration to Syria and the Israel-Palestine conflict will continue to impact world politics into the new year.
Mass shootings. The killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Sri Lanka Easter bombings. Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand. Notre Dame fire. Amazon rainforest fires. Climate change. Explore some of the biggest news stories of this year.
Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking case came to light. Affluent families, including celebrities, were involved in the biggest admissions scam in U.S. history. The Mexican drug cartel boss El Chapo was convicted. These are the biggest scandals and controversies that caught the world's attention this year.
Tech IPOs proliferated in 2019 but some highly anticipated ones fizzled, disappointing investors. Companies once married are now back together again, feuding competitors settle old scores, and regulators took aim at Big Tech, issuing record-setting fines and launching antitrust investigations.
In the sciences, 2019 was the year of many important anniversaries, from the 50th anniversary of the moon landing to 150 years of the periodic table. NASA conducted the first all-female spacewalk, NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover fell silent, and scientists undertook the biggest Arctic science expedition in history.
It was a year of firsts. First time since 1924 that a baseball team from D.C. held a World Series victory parade. First time that fans of the St. Louis Blues watched their team hoist the Stanley Cup. First time a team from Canada, the Toronto Raptors, captured the NBA championship. First time Virginia won the national championship in college basketball. First time a Colombian cyclist rode to victory in the Tour de France. But, really, what 2019 might be most remembered for was the way Megan Rapinoe propelled her squad to its fourth World Cup soccer title.