2022: A Year in Review

Sophia Khan, Editor-in-Chief

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Jan 1- DeMar DeRozen becomes first player in NBA history to hit buzzer beaters on consecutive days

Jan 3- US records one million new COVID cases for the first time

Jan 7- Three men convicted in murder of Ahmaud Arbery, sentenced to life in prison

Jan 9- Bob Saget dies of head trauma at 65

Jan 10- 79th Golden Globes is held mostly virtually. Michaela Jae Rodriguez (Pose) is the first transgender woman to win a Golden Globe

Jan 10- US quarters commemorating Maya Angelou, the first black woman to be pictured

Jan 13- Prince Andrew’s military titles and royal patronage removed amid sexual assault allegations

Jan 15- Four hostages are held at a Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, TX, for 11 hours

Jan 18- Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard in the biggest gaming and tech takeover

Jan 26- US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Bryer announces retirement


Feb 1- Tom Brady announces retirement

Feb 4- XXIV Winter Olympics open in Beijing

Feb 6- Queen Elizabeth becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee

Feb 13- Super Bowl LVI ends with a Los Angeles Rams victory, beating the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20

Feb 21- Australia’s international borders reopen to (vaccinated) tourists after nearly two years

Feb 22- President Biden announces new sanctions against Russia

Feb 22- US women’s soccer players settle lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation

Feb 27- EU closes airspace to Russian planes


Actor Will Smith slaps host Chris Rock after Rock made a comment about Jada Pinkett Smith.


Mar 1- The Batman premieres

Mar 3- Russian forces seize the largest nuclear power plant in Europe

Mar 8- Florida passes “Don’t Say Gay” bill, restricting teachers from discussing gender identity

Mar 22- Microplastics found in human blood for the first time

Mar 23- US declares Russia committed war crimes in Ukraine

Mar 23- Madeline Albright, the first female US Secretary of State, dies of cancer at 84

Mar 25- Taylor Hawkins, drummer of the Foo Fighters, dies at 50, as a result of over ten drugs in his system

Mar 27- 94th Academy Awards, where Will Smith infamously slaps host Chris Rock on stage 

Mar 29- Biden signs Emmet Till Anti-Lynching Act into law


Apr 7- Ketanji Brown Jackson is confirmed to the Supreme Court, the first Black woman to serve on the Court

Apr 8- US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bans Will Smith after controversial slap

Apr 12- Global known COVID cases passes 500 million

Apr 12- Terrorist attack on NYC subway, injuring 26 people

Apr 27- SpaceX launches Crew Dragon mission


May 1- First set of human remains found in Lake Mead, Las Vegas, prompting discussions of mobs

May 5- Karine Jean-Pierre appointed White House Press Secretary, the first Black and out queer person to do so

May 11- Al Jareeza journalist Shireen Abu Akleh killed by Israeli forces

May 14- 10 people killed and three injured at Tops supermarket shooting in Buffalo, NY, by 18 year old shooter

May 24- 19 children and two teachers shot and killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX

May 26- Actor Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Field of Dreams) dies at 67

May 29- Cake thrown at the Mona Lisa, which is undamaged, by a climate change activist


Abortion rights activists learn that Roe v. Wade is overturned on June 24, 2022.


Jun 2- Jury in Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation case awards Depp $15 million and Heard $2 million

Jun 8- Ms. Marvel premieres, featuring the first Muslim superhero

Jun 9- First public hearings of the January 6th attack on the US Capitol

Jun 9- Britney Spears marries Sam Asghari

Jun 10- Rebel Wilson comes out after being forced to by a Australian newspaper

Jun 18- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather for the treatment after declining an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando in 1973

Jun 24- US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to an abortion

Jun 25- Remains of a wooly mammoth found in Yukon, Canada

Jun 25- President Biden signs Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law

Jun 27- 51 migrants die in an abandoned truck in San Antonio, TX

Jun 30- Justice Kentanji Brown Jackson sworn in as Supreme Court Justice


Jul 4- Shooter in Chicago 4th of July parade kills seven and injures 47

Jul 5- Mike Grier becomes the first Black manager in the NHL

Jul 7- Boris Johnson announces his resignation as Prime Minister

Jul 8- Simone Biles is awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the youngest person to receive the award

Jul 16- Jennifer Lopez marries Ben Affleck

Jul 21- First polio case since 2013 reported in NYC

Jul 21- President Biden tests positive for COVID

Jul 23- Monkeypox declared an international concern by WHO


Aug 4- Alex Jones ordered to pay $4.1 million to parents of Sandy Hook massacre victims

Aug 8- FBI search Mar-a-Largo, Donald Trump’s Florida home, for classified government documents

Aug 8- Olivia Newton-John (Grease) dies of breast cancer at 73

Aug 12- Author Salman Rushdie attacked and stabbed before a lecture in NY

Aug 15- Scotland becomes the first country to make menstrual products free to all

Aug 30- Final leader of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, dies at 91

Aug 31- UN releases report that accuses China of human rights abuses against Uyghers


Queen Elizabeth II’s casket lies in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.


Sep 3- Serena Williams plays her final match at the US Open

Sep 8- Queen Elizabeth ll dies after ruling for 70 years, at the age of 96

Sep 14- Florida governor Ron DeSantis sends two planes of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard

Sep 15- Tennis legend Roger Federer announces retirement

Sep 17- Protests begin in Iran as a result of the funeral of Mahsa Amini

Sep 28- Hurricane Ian hits the US, eventually killing at least 148 people in Florida


Oct 4- New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge breaks the single-season home run record with 62 home runs

Oct 12- Lebanon reports its first Cholera death since 1993

Oct 14- Actor Robbie Coltrane, best known for playing Hagrid in Harry Potter, dies at 72

Oct 17- BTS, the Korean boy band, announces all members will serve in the South Korean military as required

Oct 24- Liz Truss steps down as Prime Minister, the shortest term in UK history

Oct 25- Adidas cuts ties with Kanye West after his antisemitic remarks

Oct 26- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premieres

Oct 27- Elon Musk takes control of Twitter

Oct 31- Taylor Swift becomes the first artist in history to claim the Top Ten spots on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts


Nov 5- Houston Astros win the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies

Nov 12- The Democratic Party gains a majority in the Senate

Nov 15- Taylor Swift tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster, causing widespread frustration at the hours-long wait for tickets. 

Nov 15- Former President Trump announces 2024 presidential election campaign

Nov 15- Global population reaches 8 billion, according to the UN

Nov 16- The Republican Party gains a majority in the House of Representatives

Nov 17- The first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, announces she will be stepping down

Nov 19- Five people are killed and 19 injured at a shooting at LGBTQ+ Club Q in Colorado Springs

Nov 28- Merriam-Webster announces that the 2022 Word of the Year is “gaslighting”

Nov 30- Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac) passes away at 79


Dec 8- WNBA player Britney Griner is released from Russian custody, in exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout

Dec 13- President Biden signs the Respect for Marriage Act into law, which will mandate federal recognition of same-sex marriages

Dec 13- “Twitch”, DJ and dancer on The Ellen Show, dies by suicide at 40

Dec 17- Minnesota Vikings beat the Indianapolis Colts, 39-36, after being down 33-0 at the half, the biggest comeback in NFL history

Dec 18- Argentina wins the FIFA World Cup against France in a penalty shootout

Dec 20- The Taliban ban university education for women in Afghanistan

Dec 23- Winter storm begins, that will leave 39 dead in Buffalo, NY

Dec 29- Soccer legend Pelé dies from colon cancer at 82

Dec 30- Barbara Walters, a pioneer for women in broadcasting, passes away at 93

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