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Year In Review – What The World Searched For in 2019

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With only a few more days left until 2019 comes to an end, we are back with our annual run-through of events that made it to the front-page and were most searched for on Google.

This year has been in the spotlight for various reasons that have largely impacted people in more ways than one. Nevertheless, everything has its own set of pros and cons, and on that note, we will move forward and prepare for another eventful year that is on its way.

So let us now take a look back at the top 10 most searched events and news on Google which garnered a lot of attention worldwide in 2019.

Apple iPhone 11

The launch of the Apple iPhone 11 on 20th September, 2019 was one of the most popular topics that people were interested in discussing worldwide. Just like any other Apple product, iPhone 11 was given much hype and it became the talk of the town way before its release. Among its most relevant features was undoubtedly the 12 MP Ultra Wide and Wide Cameras that caught the attention of many, especially the ones who love to capture everything around them on the go. Until now, according to reports, 12 million iPhone 11s have been sold worldwide since its launch.

ICC Cricket World Cup

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup was hosted across England and Wales and people still remember the hair-raising final match between the two contenders, England and New Zealand. Keeping aside the cricketing aspect, the tournament was in the limelight for various moments such as the Pakistani fan Momin Saqib’s rant about his team’s laid back attitude, the British man who brought a smile to everyone’s face with his Bhel Puri stall outside The Oval or the disappointed Pakistani fan’s face at the stands. There were also moments of wrong umpiring decisions taken throughout the tournament, one of the major ones being Umpire Kumar Dharmasena awarding an extra run to England for an overthrow during the last over of the final match, later apologizing by calling it a ‘judgmental error’ on his part.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg has attracted the attention of millions worldwide with the campaign she began in August 2018 against climate change. She skipped school to protest outside the Swedish Parliament and that became the headlines all around the world. Since then, she was joined by many other youngsters worldwide who followed her footsteps and actively participated in trying to make the world a better place. On the 23rd of September, she was invited at the United Nations Climate Action Summit where she delivered a fiery speech accusing world leader of robbing her of her childhood. She has received a considerable amount of love and hatred for her actions, yet she has no intentions of stopping.

Amazon Forest Fires:

This was one of the most devastating occurrences that began early this year and is probably still engulfing some parts of South America. As a result of the ‘slash and burn’ method to clear the land for agricultural purposes and due to a longer duration of the dry season, a major part of the Amazon forest in Brazil was wiped out because of the raging fires that couldn’t be doused. It has impacted the environment in the worst way possible and caused carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide emissions to increase at an alarming rate. A lot of animals and species of birds have suffered along with the people inhabiting the surrounding places.

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The Fire At Notre Dame Cathedral

15th April, 2019 was the fateful day when a massive fire broke out at the prestigious Notre Dame Cathedral. The 850-year-old Parisian church was caught under a massive blaze which took several hours to put out, damaging a significant part of the heritage building, as a consequence. But, the most shocking incident that jolted people to the core was when the iconic spire of the church collapsed. Though there were no major casualties reported, two police officers and a firefighter were said to have been injured in the process. 

Chernobyl Web Series

Chernobyl, a mini-series produced by HBO is the screen adaptation of the nuclear plant disaster which occurred in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, the Soviet Union in 1986. It explores the deeper aspects of the disaster which is not known to most of the world. It portrayed the struggles of the victims and the clean up that followed as a result. It has been critically acclaimed by audiences all around the world because of its sensitive approach to an issue like this and the intelligence with which the events were reenacted.

Game of Thrones

This year saw the much-awaited season finale of the series ‘Game of Thrones’ based on the book called ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by American novelist George RR Martin. But the season finale didn’t receive the kind of feedback it was expected to like its previous seasons. It was heavily criticized for its anti-climactic endings, the way it dealt with certain characters and its rushed pacing. Even the author himself wasn’t fond of the constant pressure to be at par with the series. He has assured his readers that the ending of the season finale will have no impact on the book as it will progress in its own pace.

The Lion King:

The child in us was once again brought to life with the remake of the 1994 film ‘The Lion King’. It was a photo-realistic computer-generated remake of the original Disney movie which is about Simba, a young lion who must become the rightful heir to the throne of his native land following the murder of his father, Mufasa by his evil uncle Scar. The movie released on July 19th and garnered positive reviews from all around the world. It was one of the highest-grossing movies of this year and it had the biggest opening for an animated movie.

With that, we reach the end of our Year in Review 2019. We have also compiled a list of events and movies that made the most searched list in India in 2019. Take a guess about what these were and head on to the articles to see if they match!

Wish you and your family a very happy New Year 2019!

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