10 Things We Forgot Happened in the Last Decade
Goodbye 2019, hello 2020! Not only did we just enter a new year, we also just entered a new decade! Think you can wrap your head around the last 10 years? Luckily, you don’t have to! Take a look at some of the most iconic moments and events that happened in the last decade:
2010: Apple releases the first generation of iPads, taking the technology of touch screen computing to new levels. Yes, seriously – this only happened during the last decade, even though it seems the iPad has been in our lives for much longer that.
2011: Millions tuned in to watch the royal wedding of Prince Williams of Wales and Catherine Middleton. This televised marriage was one of the biggest and most highly covered events of 2011, with an estimated 22.8 million viewers!
2012: Many believed that the Mayan Calendar marked the end of the world when it stopped on December 21, 2012. However, here we are, and no catastrophic incidents were reported.
2013: Remember the Pebble Smartwatch? It hit the market in early 2013 and left many consumers dreaming of a generation with wearable technology. Although the Pebble was deemed a success on a small scale, it would be a couple more years before wearable tech would really take off.
2014: Everyone was doing the ice bucket challenge. Not only did this become a social media sensation, it also ended up raising a total of $115 million for ALS awareness and research – and even leading to the discovery of a new ALS gene!
2015: Never have we been so divided over something simple as the color of a dress – but that’s exactly what happened back in February 2015 when a picture of a dress went viral overnight. For weeks, maybe even months, people argued over whether the dress was black and blue or white and gold (which it was absolutely black and blue by the way). Even A-List celebrities and world scientists weighed in on the debate.
2016: Stranger Things becomes the streaming hit of the summer on Netflix. Debuted on July 15th, it was streamed by 8.2 million people in its first 16 days. With a sense of 80’s nostalgia, most of us could not wait for Season 2.
2017: In the spring of 2017, fidget spinners were everywhere – every toy aisle, every mall kiosk and even at gas stations and convenience stores. Although they had been around for years before and were designed to help people focus and release nervous energy, they inexplicably exploded in popularity in 2017.
2018: There was yet another royal wedding this year. This time, Price Harry of Sussex married Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. The wedding had about 600 guests and approximately 29.2 million viewers tuning in.
2019: We said “goodbye” to Game of Thrones in it’s 8th and final season. And apparently, fans were not happy with the show’s finale – or the abundance of mistakenly-placed coffee cups.