Ideas in the political and cultural realm these days have a much shorter life span than they did before the Internet. They simply don’t have the time to develop before everyone grows tired of them and ready to move on.
This makes it really hard to develop decade-defining styles, fashion, and ideologies in comparison to previous, more defining decades. However, this doesn’t mean we didn’t have memorable moments and interesting personalities to talk about in the 2010s.
Consider the following list of 25 Historic Moments from the 2010s That Will Go Down in History Books. It will help you realize the 2010s weren’t as boring and dull as some nostalgic fans of the past suggest.
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Shifting social attitudes saw LGBT rights make substantial progress during the decade, particularly in the West and parts of Asia and Africa.
Same-sex marriage, specifically, was legally performed and recognized in several countries during the decade, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States (all fifty states).
Michael Phelps becomes the most decorated Olympian in history
The 2010s saw many great sportsmen claiming the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of all time) status within their sports.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in association football; Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic in tennis; LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in basketball; Tom Brady breaking tons of individual and team records in the NFL … and the list goes on.
None of them, however, managed to break a record that lasted for thousands of years. Well, except maybe one very special athlete: Michael Phelps.
Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time, after winning his 13th individual Olympic title in the 2012 Summer Olympics. By doing so, he broke a 2168-year-old record that was held by an ancient Greek athlete named Leonidas of Rhodes.
Michael Phelps has won a total of 28 Olympic medals, 23 of them being gold. He’s literally ahead of several nations in the all-time medal table.
The first-ever photo of a black hole
The year that just ended (2019) marked another first for mankind. On April 10th, the world was treated to something unprecedented: the first-ever image of a black hole.
Specifically, the image captured the Supermassive Black Hole (SMBH) at the center of M87, a supergiant elliptical galaxy in the Virgo constellation.
This accomplishment drew on years of hard work involving astronomers, observatories, and scientific institutions from all around the world.
The Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, also known as the Great East Japan Earthquake, is definitely one for the history books, but unfortunately not for a good reason.
It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900.
The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that may have reached heights of up to 133 feet (40.5 meters).
Residents of Sendai had only eight to ten minutes of warning, and it’s estimated that more than 19,000 people lost their lives during the most catastrophic natural disaster of the 21st century so far.
Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) was a protest movement that began on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district. The movement was to protest against economic inequality.
The Canadian anti-consumerist and pro-environment group/magazine Adbusters initiated the call for a protest.
The OWS created the now-legendary “We are the 99%” slogan, which refers to income and wealth inequality in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population.