How will you remember 2019?
A year is a collection of moments. There are happy moments and sad ones, moments to celebrate and moments to learn from.
In 2019, hundreds of thousands of youth activists marched for climate action. The United States Women’s National Team won the World Cup. And Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas, devastating the islands and changing them forever.
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, and many of these events were captured through the lens of a camera. So let’s take a moment to remember 2019. Here are images of some of the year’s most historic moments.
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January 3: In Washington, D.C., the 116th CONGRESS is sworn in. It’s the most diverse Congress in U.S. history. The House of Representatives (pictured) and the Senate welcome more women than ever. New House members include African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, and Native Americans.
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February 24 : SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE wins the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2019 Academy Awards. The movie follows 13-year-old Miles Morales. He’s the first Afro-Latino Spider-Man on film.
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March 15: Students in 125 countries on six continents skip school to take part in a GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE. They demand that world leaders take action to protect the future of the planet. Pictured here are young activists in France. The movement is inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, of Sweden.
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April 15 : Fire tears through NOTRE–DAME cathedral, in Paris, France. It takes 500 firefighters about nine hours to put out the blaze. French president Emmanuel Macron promises that the cathedral will be rebuilt. Notre-Dame is a famous French landmark and a symbol of the country. Its construction began about 850 years ago.
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May 8 : Britain’s PRINCE HARRY and MEGHAN MARKLE, the duke and duchess of Sussex, introduce their first child to the world. Baby boy Archie was born two days earlier, on May 6.
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May 30: People are buzzing about the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The annual competition previously allowed for three champions. This year, it crowns eight. The spellers even earn a nickname: THE OCTOCHAMPS.
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June 16: PROTESTS IN HONG KONG grow in size. Demonstrations began a week earlier. People spoke out against a proposed law. It would have allowed the Hong Kong government to send people to mainland China to be tried in court. People also called for Hong Kong’s leader to step down from her job. Protests continue in Hong Kong as people demand greater political freedom.
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July 7: THE U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM celebrates its fourth World Cup win. The team beats the Netherlands 2–0 at the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament, in France.
August 11: Gymnast SIMONE BILES wins her sixth national title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, in Kansas City, Missouri. She also makes history by becoming the first woman to perform a triple-double in the floor exercise of the competition.
September 1: HURRICANE DORIAN hits the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm. Winds reach 185 miles per hour. This photo, taken eight days later, shows damage caused by the storm.
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October 30 : A jet drops fire retardant to put out one of several CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES that moved through the state this fall. The blazes left thousands of people without power. Utility companies cut electricity to prevent power lines from sparking new fires.
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October 30: The Washington Nationals defeat the Houston Astros in the 2019 WORLD SERIES. It’s the first time the team has won baseball’s championship game.
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November 17: Venice, Italy, sees a week of record FLOODING. High tides on November 12, 15, and 17 cause water levels in the world-famous city to rise.
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December 2: The WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE is on display. The Douglas fir stands more than 18 feet tall.