The 2010s is the outgoing decade that began on Jan. 1, 2010, and will end this week on Dec. 31, 2019.
The 2010s began amid the chaotic wake of a global financial crisis, and ended with President Donald Trump’s impeachment by the House of Representatives. The growing use of social media fueled mass protest movements, bringing millions of people together around the globe in pursuit of common objectives. Britain saw a new generation of royals emerge, and Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history.
The Chicago Cubs ended a 108-year-long dry spell by winning the World Series in 2016, ending the longest drought in baseball history by defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in the 10th inning of Game 7 to win the World Series. Before this historic victory, the last time the Cubs won a World Series was in 1908. The Cleveland Indians haven’t won a title since 1948.
The decade saw the return of our beloved Polly’s Pop and Jackson County placed the Truman Courthouse on the square back into service, causing all parking spaces around the square to be full once again such as it was when we were much younger.
Mother Nature seems to have struck back against corporate polluters in the form of rising temperatures, causing droughts, rising sea waters, devastating forest fires and massive storms.
Several massive hurricanes and tropical storms hit the United States in the 2010s, starting in 2012 with Sandy, which killed more than 230 people and caused some $70 billion in damages. In 2017, three major hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria) struck Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico respectively, over five devastating weeks. A year later, Michael became the first Category 5 hurricane to hit the contiguous United States since 1992, causing more than 50 deaths and $25 billion in damages on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
The deadliest natural disaster of the decade happened in the first month of 2010, when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the West Indies island of Hispaniola, followed by dozens of powerful aftershocks, the quake hit hardest in Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, killing an estimated 200,000 to 250,000 people and affecting some 3 million.
In November 2016, one of the most bitterly divided political contests in the nation’s history ended when Donald Trump, a businessman and TV personality with no prior experience in public service, won the election to become the 45th president of the United States. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes, however, Trump captured the electoral vote, 304-227.
The decade saw the longest solar eclipse of the third millennium, the worst marine environmental disaster in U.S. history, electric car ownership reaching 1 million worldwide, and the death of Osama bin Laden. The first solar aircraft to circumnavigate the globe, the first self-regulating artificial heart, the world’s first synthetic organ transplant, and a pill to prevent sunburns were introduced. The world celebrated the 100th anniversary of World War I. Both India and China excelled in the space game; India announced their first manned space flight and China parked a probe on the dark-side of the moon.
Countries around the world passed laws legalizing same-sex marriage.
In February 2013, Pope Benedict unexpectedly announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a "lack of strength of mind and body" due to his advanced age. He was the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Celestine V in 1294. He was succeeded by Pope Francis.
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