The end of 2019 doesn’t just mark another year closed. It also marks the end of another decade. The world has changed in so many ways, both good and bad. The Dynamo will now take a look back at some of the highlights from the 2010’s.  

 Change in Office 

 The 2016 presidential election is without a doubt the largest cultural event, and most important cultural event, to take place in the last decade. The United States had not seen a more mind-numbing election in years, as Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off for the seat in the White House. In the end, Trump won the election, ending the presidency of our first African American president, Barack Obama, of eight years. Obama won his second term in the first election of the decade in 2012.  

 The Ebola Virus 

 Anyone remember this fun moment in 2013? Remember we thought it was going to be the next plague? Well, while it didn’t amount to a full-blown plague, it was the worst Ebola outbreak ever. The virus killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa and was thought to spread globally by the World Health Organization.  

 Equal Rights for All 

 In 2015, the United States made a huge step in the fight for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. In the summer of that year, the U.S. Supreme Court and President Barack Obama passed the Obergefell v. Hodges case, allowing same-sex marriages in all fifty states. It also vows to honor out-of-state same-sex marriages. It became a huge step in American history in the acceptance of the LGTBQ community.  

 The MCU Takeover 

 Out of the past ten years, four of the years saw the Marvel Cinematic Universe make bank at the box office. In 2012, The Avengers was the highest grossing movie at $1.52 billion. In 2016, Captain America: Civil War hit $1.15 billion. In 2018, Avengers: Infinity War broke a record at $2.05 billion. And finally, in 2019, the largest hyped movie ever, Avengers: Endgame became not just the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time, but the highest-grossing film of all time, making $2.79 billion at the box office. And I think we can all agree, it lived up to the hype. 

 A Decade in Music  

 Every year, a new song took over our ears with catchy rhythms and choruses. Who could forget PSY’s “Gangnam Style” in 2012 going viral over YouTube? Or Macklemore’s and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” taking over every middle school boy’s head? Then we had a really good run for Bruno Mars with “Uptown Funk” and “24K Magic” in a three-year stretch. And finally we had Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus sending the decade out on a high note with “Old Town Road” taking over the airwaves and our headphones.  

 How Many Did You Have  

 Raise your hand if you were the recipient of all 21 iPhones in the last decade? That’s right. Apple released 21 different iPhones in a ten-year span, releasing two each in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The first release in the decade was the iPhone 4 in 2010. And the most recent release was the trifecta of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max back in September. Let’s see if the powerhouse Apple is can break that record in this next decade.  

 Tornado Outbreaks and Hurricanes 

 If you were living in “Tornado Alley” in 2011, you did not have much luck. In April and May, there two stretches of multiple days of tornadoes that killed a combined 520 people, including 161 Americans in Joplin, Missouri. Also, from 2012 to 2018, the United States was hit with multiple hurricanes. In October of 2012, the largest tropical storm ever, Hurricane Sandy barreled into the New England region. In September of 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit the southeast. In 2017, both Hurricane Harvey and Irma hit Texas. And in 2018, Hurricane Michael made land in Florida.  

 The Drought is Over  

 2016 was the year of Cleveland. From hosting the Republican National Convention, to the Indians going to the World Series, the city was booming over the summer. But nothing compared to LeBron James and the Cavaliers coming back from a 3-1 deficit, a feat never done before, to beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals and end Cleveland’s 52-year title drought. It was followed by the largest party the city has ever thrown, with 1.3 million fans celebrating at the championship parade.  

 Girl Power! 

 No national team has taken the United States by storm more than the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team did this past decade. Champions of the 2015 and 2019 FIFA World Cups, the team has started to lead a charge for equal pay in women’s sports. Stars like Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, and Carli Lloyd have become faces of women’s sport, and role models for young girls not just in the US, but all over the world.  

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