Since the emergence of the Internet, events in the political and cultural landscapes have had a shorter life span. Take Meghan Markle’s royal exit for example. Do you think it will be talked about much without the trending stories on the Internet? Let’s keep the conversation alive by telling us what you think in the comment section below.
Stories in the Internet age did not have much time to develop because of the fast-paced lifestyle. It was challenging to produce stories that gain engagement in style, fashion, and politics. The 2010s decade is something to remember because of several unforgettable events and interesting personalities that shaped these years.
Here are the best historic moments from the decade that will surely go down in history books.
1. The Netflix phenomenon
Cinemas are out and Netflix on your personal television sets is in. Video stores and blockbuster movies were toppled by the Netflix phenomenon in this decade. Streaming videos have become the new norm. The sudden growth of “Netflix and chill” is very interesting. The advertisements on Netflix are everywhere—you can see them on billboards, on those short video ads on YouTube, on train stations, and on buses. It is continuously shaping and changing the entertainment industry.
2. Malaysia's wake up call: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 mystery
In the early part of 2014, a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet mysteriously disappeared along with its 239 passengers and crew, naming it as one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. Multinational companies invested in moving the investigation, and unlike other plane crashes with a definite cause, this one is Asia’s version of the Bermuda Triangle.
Malaysia’s former Prime Minister, Najib Razak, confirmed the aircraft ended up at one of the areas in the Indian Ocean. There are some details that surfaced, but nothing could shed light on what the real cause of the disappearance was.
3. Game Of Thrones
We bet you guessed it is included on our list, and yes, you are right. With the streaming trend, TV series like “Game Of Thrones” heralded the “television’s golden age” in the 2010s decade. People shifted to Hulu and Amazon Video, leaving aside cable channels for the fantastic movies listed on these streaming platforms.
The final season premiere of “GoT” was viewed by around 17 million viewers across the entire HBO platforms.
4. The rise of Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps
Check your Facebook and Instagram and if you follow sports athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, or Serena Williams, you are following those who made names in the 2010s decade. But there’s one athlete considered to be the greatest of all time, and he is Michael Phelps.
This record-breaking Olympian swimmer is to beat for thousands of years. Even the ancient Greeks during the first years of the Olympics yielded since Phelps broke a 2,168-year-old record previously held by Leonidas of Rhodes, an ancient Greek athlete. He won his 13th individual title during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Overall, he holds 28 Olympic medals, 23 of them are gold.
5. Occupy Wall Street movement
In 2011, protesters started occupying the famed New York City’s financial district, Wall Street. The last time Wall Street took the international stage was during the U.S. recession and on September 17, 2011, it was heard again when protesters called for action out of the economic inequality happening not just in the country, but worldwide.
Occupy Wall Street was initiated by Adbusters, a Canada-based pro-environment and anti-consumerist group and magazine. The protest movement was popular for the slogan “We Are The 99%” which refers to the inequality and the gap between the top one percent of the society and the rest of the global population.
6. Donald Trump
Donald Trump was among the most powerful, if not the most powerful person in the world, and among the most influential—at least during this decade. He ran for presidency, was elected, and is now the incumbent president of the United States. But not without roadblocks.
On December 18, 2019, just before welcoming the new decade, the year 2020, the House of Representatives approved the impeachment of Trump on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.
The impeachment is a move to interfere with his upcoming presidential re-election bid and the inquiry already gained support from foreign groups. Impeachment is in the U.S. constitution and with this, he could be the first president of the U.S. to be removed from office with this proceeding.
7. The UK exiting the European Union
It’s known as the Brexit, a referendum in which this European country voted to leave the Union beginning in 2016. Its people believed the EU was not significantly helpful in providing them the social benefits, particularly the costs of free movement of immigration. It has only been around three years since they voted on this decision and the Brits have yet to see its impact upon their lives.
8. Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest-reigning monarch in British history
Aside from the fact that her story is now headlining a Netflix series, on September 9th, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in the history of her nation. She thanked people all over the world and during her reign, she worked alongside 13 various Prime Ministers and has met more people than any other ruler in history. A total of 13 U.S. presidents and seven popes were in office during her reign.
9. The burning of the Notre Dame in Paris
International media and people from different cultures shared their stories and photos to reminisce the Notre Dame in Paris, which suffered from a structure fire on April 15, 2019. It was touted as among the “worst cultural disasters in modern history.” The spire and most of its roof were intensely damaged, including the upper walls. And on the Christmas of 2019, since the French Revolution, the Notre Dame did not hold services.
10. China on the moon
Just at the final turn of the decade, China successfully established a spacecraft on the moon, marking it as the first-ever in history during this decade. It was in no way similar to the achievement of the U.S. astronauts because China’s move was also the first time humans landed on the Moon’s far side.
It’s the new year and a new decade. We’re starting the list anew, and for sure, there are more events to transpire so stay tuned.