Best of the Decade: World News

Paige Hassel

Throughout the past ten years, a lot of world-changing news have happened. To wrap up the decade, PCHS students ranked the most pivotal moments of the 2010s into a numbered list.


10) President Donald Trump’s Impeachment (2019)

President Donald Trump’s hidden contact to the Ukrainian leader has been known as the “biggest lie of the year” in 2019. Due to this secretive action by the president, democratic representatives are filing for an impeachment. On November 15, 2019 during the impeachment process, President Trump released the transcript of his call.  The topic of the call was about the corruption related to the DNC server referring to the theory that the Ukraine framed Russia for the hacking of the DNC server.


9) Me Too Movement (2017)

This movement has made a large national and international name for itself. The movement is focused on combating sexual assault and sexual harassment. The statement of “Me Too” was originally used on social media in 2006 by sexual harassment survivor Tarana Burke. The statement became popular in 2017.


8) Marijuana Legalization (2012)

Marijuana legalization has been a debate based on morals and facts. It was brought to the conclusion that it was up to the state to decide whether this drug should be legalized for medical and recreational reasons, only medical reasons, or not legalized at all in that state. In the 11 states of Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont marijuana has been legalized for recreational and medical reasons. Whereas the 19 states of Montana, Arizona, North Dakota, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire have legalized marijuana for medical use only. The remainder of states have kept the use of marijuana illegal in any and all ways. 


7) Osama Bin Laden Assassination (2011)

Osama Bin Laden had been on the US’ number one hit list for over a decade before his death. He was responsible for numerous terrorism acts through his self-organized terrorist group Al-Qaeda. 


6) Hamza Bin Laden Assassination (2019)

Hamza Bin Laden, the son of Osama Bin Laden, was a Saudi Arabian-born member of the terrorist group, Al-Qaeda. After his father was killed for being the leader of this group, Hamza attempted to restart what his father created. Hamza was killed in one of US’ counterterrorism operations. President Trump released the information that Hamza was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups including Al-Qaeda.


5) First Picture of a Black Hole (2019)

With high advances in NASA’s technology, scientists were finally able to see what they believed was unseeable. Using the network of observatories called the Event Horizon Telescope, also known as EHT, zoomed in on M87 to create the first ever photo of a black hole on April 10, 2019.


4) Same-Sex Marriage Legalization (2015)

The year of 2015 will forever be recognized as a milestone year for the LGBT community. The supreme court issued the law that people of same sex couple were now legally allowed to get married. This decision resulted in further steps to achieving acceptance and equality for same-sex couples and trandgender individuals.


3) Obama Reelected (2013)

Barack Obama was elected for his first term at the end of the previous decade in 2009, but he didn’t let it stop there. Obama was later reelected in 2013. Obama is widely known as the US’ first African-American president. With his democratic political beliefs, he led our country for 8 years.


2) Ebola Breakout (2014-2016)

Throughout the world, mainly centralized in Africa, there was a large break-out of the ebola virus. In October of 2014, four people caught the ebola virus in America. Two people were both nurses who helped out with ebola patients. Patient Thomas Eric Duncan contracted the virus in Liberia then came back to the states where he was diagnosed on September 30, 204.  He later died from the virus on October 8, 2014. The three other cases were: Duncan’s nurse Nina Pham, Duncan’s second nurse Joy Vinson, and physician Craig Spencer. From the time of when the first case of Ebola was reported on March 23, 2014 there were 11,315 reported deaths from the virus from 2014 to 2016 through the six countries: Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leona, Nigeria, the US, and Mali. There were a total of 28,637 cases in those six countries through those 3 years.


1) Donald Trump Elected for President (2016)

Our current President was elected in the year of 2016 and will be finishing his first 4 year term at the end of this decade. In 2016, Donald Trump was named “The Person of the Year” by Time Magazine.