11 biggest world events of the year


The best thing about 2021 was that, despite best efforts, it couldn’t beat 2020 as the worst year in living memory. This alone is testament to the dark times in which we live.

Nonetheless, 2021 has witnessed many major events that will resolutely shape the future of humanity. Here’s a look back at 11 major global events we witnessed in 2021 as the year draws to a close.

Capitol Riots in the United States (January)

Following former President Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 US presidential election, his supporters besieged the Capitol in Washington DC in hopes of overturning the mandate.

During the riot, a joint session of the US Congress was underway inside the building to count the electoral votes to formalize the victory of then-President-elect Joe Biden.

Five people died in the violence that followed, which the FBI called “domestic terrorism.” In the aftermath of the riots, Donald Trump became the first US president to be impeached twice.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle renounce royal status (January)

On January 8, 2021, The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan Markle announced their decision to relinquish their status as senior members of the British Royal Family.

The move, dubbed “Megxit” by the British press, sparked a stir across the UK.

Following their announcement, Queen Elizabeth II ordered Harry and Meghan to relinquish their honorary titles and sponsorships. The couple had moved to the United States the previous year.

Joe Biden takes office as President of the United States (January)

Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by 306 votes in the 2020 US presidential election. His inauguration on January 20 marked the beginning of the transition from “America First” rhetoric to “America is Back”.

Biden quickly brought the United States back into the folds of the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Health Organization.

While Biden has been criticized by some press circles for withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan, polls continue to show an improvement in the US image outside the country, a radical departure from what it was under former President Trump.

Coup in Myanmar (February)

In what came as a total shock to the world, Myanmar’s powerful army known as “Tatmadaw” overthrew the ruling government in a coup and took control of the Asian country. South.

The new military junta declared invalid the landslide victory of the National League for Democracy of Aung Suu Kyi’s party in the 2020 elections. “Tatmadaw” Chief General Min Aung Hlaing announced a year-long emergency before announce themselves as Prime Minister of the country.

Several ministers, including Suu Kyi, were arrested by the junta, which sparked nationwide protests, resulting in the deaths of more than 700 people.

Suu Kyi was then sentenced to two years in prison.

Suez Canal Crisis (March)

In March 2021, international trade suffered a shock from a very unlikely source. A 400-meter-long freighter called Never given stuck in the narrow Suez Canal in Egypt.

the Never given could not be moved for six days, resulting in the blockage of trades worth $ 9.6 billion.

Besides international trade, the Suez Canal itself is said to have lost $ 14-15 million in revenue.

The new “space race” (July)

In July 2021, Richard Branson became the first private citizen to reach space aboard his own rocket.

Branson-based space tourism company Virgin Galactic launched it with five teammates to an altitude of 88 kilometers above the New Mexico desert before landing safely on Earth.

Branson, 71, defeated rival Jeff Bezos who also ventured into space aboard his Blue Origin rocket nine days after Branson.

Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, along with SpaceX led by Elon Musk, plan to send paying customers into space by 2022.

Pegasus Scandal (July)

The world woke up on July 19 to a shocking scandal involving Israeli company NSO spyware called Pegasus.

Paris-based nonprofit news agency Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International, working with a handful of media companies, including the Washington Post, The Wire, Guardian, and Delhi World, among others, discovered the surveillance sensationalism of thousands of journalists, activists, politicians and bureaucrats.

According to the results, the watch list contained 50,000 phone numbers of potential targets via Pegasus between 2016 and June 2021. The list contained the names of 189 journalists, 85 human rights activists and more than 600 politicians and government officials.

Vaccines available to all (August)

The speed at which coronavirus vaccines have been developed is a turning point for the global medical community. The fastest vaccine that was made before was the mumps vaccine, which lasted for four years.

By comparison, the Covid-19 vaccine was made available within a year and a half of the pandemic.

Large pharmaceutical companies like Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca have deployed their vaccines as early as August 2021.

So far, 8.89 billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered worldwide.

Return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan (August)

The end of the United States’ war in Afghanistan allowed the Taliban to take control of the country. In 2020, former US President Donald Trump reached an agreement with the Taliban to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by May 1, 2021.

Two weeks before that deadline, new President Joe Biden ordered the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country by September 11, 20e anniversary of the deadly attacks of September 11.

As US soldiers left Afghanistan, the country’s national army collapsed like a house of cards, clearing the way for Taliban forces to regain control of the country.

The AUKUS agreement (September)

A historic trilateral security partnership named AUKUS was jointly announced on September 15, 2021 by US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The AUKUS deal will see the United States providing Australia with the technology to build eight nuclear-powered submarines.

The UK was the only country with similar access to US technology.

Pandora Papers (October)

On October 3, 2021, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) began publishing 11.9 million leaked documents, 2.9 terabytes in size, exposing the secret offshore bank accounts of at least 35 executives. global, more than 100 billionaires and celebrities.

This is the biggest exposure to financial secrecy since the Panama Papers leaked in 2016. The ICIJ has refused to disclose the source of the documents. The total amount of money held abroad is estimated to range from $ 5.6 trillion to $ 32 trillion.


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