Year in Review 2022


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2022 brought several ups and downs for society. Let’s recap!!

Berkeley Sumner and Carter Ramey

January – President Biden Rings in the new year saying “No matter how tough the challenge, how high the obstacles, we always overcome. This virus has been tough, but we’ve been tougher.”

February – On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine, beginning a bitter war. As they began to invade, Ukraine made it very clear they would not give up without a fight. Thousands of Ukraine citizens fled their country to safety and people across the world showed support through Ukraine Strong. 

March – Chris Rock gets slapped by Will Smith. During the 94th Academy Awards, Chris Rock was the host and made a joke about Jada Smith, Will Smith’s wife. Will Smith stormed the stage and slapped Rock in front of millions of people. 

April – Coachella is a music festival and due to COVID-19 this festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021. 2022 was the first time back since COVID-19 and with headliners Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and Swedish House Mafia (with the Weeknd)

May – Gas prices hit a record high. The national average for regular gasoline rose to a fresh record of $4.62 a gallon on Monday, according to AAA. 

June – Roe v. Wade is overturned. The court’s decision to overturn Roe gives the states the authority to set their own abortion policies. These laws vary widely, and in several cases, state laws that prohibit or place tight restrictions on access to abortion are currently facing legal challenges.

July – Winter Olympics take place in Beijing. Having won the bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games on 31 July 2015, Beijing became the first city in the world to have hosted both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games.

August – Monkeypox breaks out. The Monkeypox disease originally from West African spread although the US reached all 50 states. 

September – Queen Elizabeth’s dies. At age 96 Queen Elizabeth passed away, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died of natural causes. 

October – Elon Musk buys Twitter and has hundreds of layoffs. After Elon Musk bought Twitter he made many changes within the company. He unblocked many users that had been previously blocked from the platform and laid off hundreds of employees. 

November – The 2022 World cup begins. The World Cup was located in Qatar. This year’s World Cup was one of the most watched ever; 127 million people tuned into the final in the USA.

December – An arrest in the Idaho Murders is made. On December 30 Bryan Kohberger was arrested after a six-week investigation on the four Idaho University students that were murdered.