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2021 Year in Review: Top Headlines of The Year
December 29, 2021 | By - Neelam Motwani

2021 Year in Review: Top Headlines of The Year

As the year 2021 is about to end, there is still more left to know. As people continued to work from home amid COVID-19 pandemic, the world was still shaking with bizarre incidents. So let’s revise the memory again and learn those incidents that will go in the books of history. Following were some of the historic events that happened in the year 2021. 

Top 25 News of the year 2021

Let’s go back in time and relive those incidents that shook the world deeply. This year will be remembered for many twists and turns. SOme fo them are as follows:

  • United States Capitol Riots 2021

After Joe Biden won the US presidential elections, a mob of supporters of former 45th President Donald Trump was successful in attacking United States Capitol on 6 January 2021. His supporters sought to overturn his defeat in the elections by adopting the measure of disrupting Congress’s joint session. The session assembled that day to count electoral votes to formalise the victory of present US President Joe Biden. The rioters that day assaulted officers of law enforcement and occupied the entire building for many hours. Many people including 138 police officers were killed on that day. 

The rioters who took part in the assault were later listed in the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Databases quoted as White Supremacists. FBI also listed anti-government groups like Proud Boys, Three Percenters and Oath Keepers in a similar list. 

  • Inauguration of 46th President & Vice President of the United States

The inauguration of 46th President of US, Joe Biden, took place on 20 January, 2021. The date marked the four-year term of Biden and Kamala Harris as President and Vice President, respectively. The inaugural ceremony took place on the West Front of US Capitol in Washington, DC. The festivities were curtailed by efforts to prevent surge in COVID-19 cases and potentially mitigate violence near Capitol. 

  • Myanmar Coup

On the morning of February 1, 2021, democratically elected members of Myanmar’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), were overthrown by the Tatmadaw, the country’s military, who subsequently vested power in a stratocracy. Myint Swe, the acting president, declared a year-long state of emergency and announced that authority had been handed to Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Min Aung Hlaing. It declared the November 2020 general election results null and void, announcing its intention to organise a fresh election whenever the state of emergency is lifted.

  • Suez Canal Halt

On March 24, 2021, a cargo container ship that is among the world’s largest went sideways and halted all traffic in Egypt’s Suez Canal. The event threatened to undermine an already stressed worldwide shipping infrastructure caused by the coronavirus epidemic. The MV Ever Given, a Panama-flagged container ship that transported goods between Asia and Europe, became stuck in the narrow, man-made strait that connects continental Africa with the Sinai Peninsula.

  • Death of Prince Philips

On April 9, 2021, Prince Philip, the spouse of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, died. He was 99 years old at the time. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, died peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle, according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace. Prince Philip was the British monarch’s longest-serving consort. He retired from the royal service in 2017 after 69 years of service assisting the Queen. For over seven decades, Prince Philip has been a pivotal member of the British royal family. He was formally known as The Duke of Edinburgh, and he was noted for his stern, no-nonsense demeanour and proclivity for gaffes.

  • NASA spacecraft touched SUN!

A human-built spacecraft has swooped in and made contact with the Sun, marking a historic milestone. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe passed into and into the solar corona, the Sun’s upper atmosphere, on April 28, 2021. Not only did it survive – showing the effectiveness of Parker’s high-tech heat shielding – but it also collected in situ measurements, providing us with a trove of never-before-seen data on our Solar System’s core.

  • Withdrawal from Sports amid Mental Health Issues in 2021

On May 31, 2021, Naomi Osaka confirmed her retirement from Roland Garros, one day after the French Open penalised her $15,000. Following her choice not to talk with the press throughout the event, the French Open warned her that she may be kicked out.

Osaka, 23, was set to face Ana Bogdan in the second round after winning her maiden round against Patricia Maria Tig. She announced her plan to forgo the event in a statement, citing the negative consequences of her encounters with the press on her mental health.

On July 29, 2021, Simone Biles withdrew from the women’s team gymnastics final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. As she endeavoured to safeguard “her body and psyche,” she mentioned mental health issues.

Biles broke down in tears as she stated her choice after the final, which was won by the Russia Olympic Committee (ROC).

“You kind of panic out if you’re in a high-stress scenario,” the 24-year-old told reporters. “I need to concentrate on my mental health and avoid jeopardising my physical and emotional well-being.”

  • Richard Branson Space Flight

Richard Branson, the swashbuckling entrepreneur, launched his winged rocket ship into space on July 14, 2021, defeating fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos. Branson, who is nearly 71 years old, and his Virgin Galactic team reached an altitude of around 53 miles (88 kilometres) above the New Mexico desert, high enough to experience three to four minutes of weightlessness and witness the Earth’s curvature, before safely gliding to a runway landing.

  • Jeff Bezos Space Flight

On July 20, 2021, billionaire Jeff Bezos made the first crewed voyage of his rocket ship, New Shepard, into space. Mark Bezos, his brother, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old space pioneer, and an 18-year-old student joined him. They flew in a spacecraft with the largest windows ever flown in orbit, providing breathtaking vistas of the planet. Mr. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, and other participants in the “billionaire space race” were later chastised for providing “joy rides” for the super-rich. Critics argue that the funds might be used to increase employee salaries or combat climate change.

  • Opening Ceremony of Tokyo Olympics 2021

The Tokyo Olympic Games began on July 21, 2021 (Wednesday), following a one-year delay due to the longer tournament schedule for softball and football. However, the XXXII Olympiad, or the 2020 Summer Olympics, will formally begin on July 23, 2021, with the Opening Ceremony. The first day of the Games saw relatively little sporting action, with only two disciplines, Archery and Rowing, taking place.

  • US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

On August 30, 2021, the United States Armed Forces concluded their departure from Afghanistan, bringing the 2001–2021 Afghan War to a close. The pullout took conducted as part of the Doha Agreement, which was negotiated by the Trump administration and the Taliban in February 2020 without the participation of the Afghan government. In exchange for a Taliban vow to prohibit al-Qaeda from functioning in regions under Taliban control, and future discussions between the Taliban and the Afghan government for a lasting truce, the deal called for the removal of all foreign soldiers from Afghanistan.

  • Raging Canada Bushfires in 2021

The British Columbia wildfires of 2021 raged over the province of British Columbia in Canada. From June 25–30, 2021, a heat dome engulfed British Columbia and most of Western North America, heightening the risk of wildfires. The town of Lytton was evacuated on June 30 owing to a fire that burned most of the structures, expanded to over 300 square miles, and forced residents to leave for their lives. By July 1, 2021, there were about 500 wildfires raging across British Columbia. The British Columbia government proclaimed a state of emergency on July 20.

  • When People saw Squid Game!

In October 2021, Squid Game became Netflix’s most-watched series ever. In its first 28 days, the Korean drama drew 111 million viewers, pushing Bridgerton (82 million) from the top place. Anyone who watches two minutes of a show on Netflix counts as a view. The show’s success, according to Netflix’s vice president of programming for Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, is “beyond our wildest aspirations.”

  • Texas Abortion Law

On September 1, a Texas legislation prohibiting abortion at 6 weeks, which is before most individuals even realise they’re pregnant or have missed a period, went into force. Texas allowed abortions up to 20 weeks until September 2021. Abortion was only possible beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy if the mother had a life-threatening medical condition or the foetus had a serious defect. The Supreme Court of the United States did not decide on the law’s legality before it went into force.

  • When Taliban took over Afghanistan in 2021

On August 15, the Taliban group concluded their quick push across Afghanistan by taking Kabul. After a settlement between the US and the Taliban, foreign soldiers withdrew from Afghanistan, two decades after US forces ousted the extremists from power in 2001. Thousands of people were killed and millions were displaced as a result of the fighting. Taliban troops have vowed to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists posing a threat to the West.

  • El Salvador & Cryptocurrency

El Salvador became the first country to adopt bitcoin as legal money alongside the US dollar on September 9, 2021. The government set aside $203 million in public funds to support its bitcoin plan, which it claims would increase access to financial services and cut commission costs for critical remittances sent home from overseas by millions of dollars.

  • Opening Ceremony of Expo 2020

Expo 2020 Dubai kicked off on October 1st with a grandiose opening ceremony that included fireworks, music, and messages on the need of global collaboration for a more sustainable future. By drawing 25 million business and tourist visitors to the global fair, Dubai, the region’s tourism, commerce, and commercial powerhouse hope to enhance its economy. More than 8 million visitors have visited the Expo 2020 site so far.

  • When Facebook became Meta

Facebook announced on October 28, 2021, that it has changed its name to Meta. At the Facebook, Connect augmented and virtual reality conference, the name change was revealed. The company’s expanding goals beyond social media is reflected in the new name. Facebook’s new moniker, Meta, is based on the sci-fi phrase metaverse, and it describes the company’s ambition for working and playing in a virtual environment.

  • When Sweden welcomed 1st Female Prime Minister

Magdalena Andersson was re-elected as Sweden’s Prime Minister on November 29, 2021, after serving as the country’s first female Prime Minister for a few hours before quitting due to a coalition partner’s resignation due to a budget loss. The 349-seat Riksdag elected Ms. Andersson, the Social Democrats leader, as Prime Minister by a vote of 101-173 with 75 abstentions.

  • COVID-19 Variant- Omicron

On November 24, 2021, the B.1.1.529 variety, also known as Omicron, was initially reported to WHO from South Africa. In South Africa, the epidemiological situation was marked by three different peaks in reported cases, the most recent of which was dominated by the Delta strain. Since then, Omicron instances have been verified in over 90 countries across the world. Due to an increase in Omicron cases and fatalities, all holiday parties have been cancelled.

  • Indian Farm Laws Repealled

India finally repealed three contentious agriculture regulations that generated more than a year of demonstrations on December 2, 2021, roughly two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was forced into a rare policy reversal that saw the legislation rescinded. After the lower and upper chambers of Parliament passed the bill abolishing the laws earlier this week, President Ram Nath Kovind signed it.

  • Spider-Man in Theatres

Spider-Man: No Way Home has broken more box office records over the Christmas weekend. On Sunday, the film became the first billion-dollar-grossing film of the pandemic era. Despite new releases over the weekend and competition from the new Matrix release, No Way Home is also holding firmly to the North American box office top spot.

  • Miss Universe 2021 Announcement

On December 13, actor-model Harnaaz Sandhu made history by becoming Miss Universe 2021, defeating candidates from 80 nations, 21 years after India last won the title. Only two Indians have won Miss Univers before Ms. Sandhu: actresses Sushmita Sen in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000. The pageant’s 70th edition was held in Eilat, Israel, where the 21-year-old won the coveted title.

  • Nasa launched the most powerful telescope in 2021

On December 25, the James Webb Space Telescope, a successor to the renowned Hubble Space Telescope, was launched onboard the powerful Ariane-5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana to a location about 15,00,000 kilometres distant from its home planet. The telescope, which will be facing the dark side of Earth, away from the Sun, will examine the early cosmos all the way back to the big bang.

  • 1st ever SMS sold as NFT

The first text message ever sent, “Merry Christmas,” was sold as a “Non-Fungible Token” at a Paris auction house on December 21 for $121,000. The text, which was delivered on December 3, 1992, was auctioned off by Vodafone, a British telecoms firm. Neil Papworth, a Vodafone engineer, transmitted the SMS from his computer to a UK manager, who got it on his 2-kg (4-lb) “Orbitel” phone.

It was surely a year of ups and downs as the world is still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. As we welcome 2022 in just a few days and hours, these bulletins will surely be remembered for a long time as they changed perceptions, countries, and the whole world. We hope that the year 2022 will bring more positive news for people in general. To keep yourself updated, keep reading AlShorts News App– Short News in 30 Seconds!

Happy New Year from the entire team of AlShorts. 


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