Recap of 2021

Headlines and highlights from the past year


Grace Zalewski

Senior Marissa Loveberry does a favor for one of her friends and helps fill up the gas tank for the car. This image correlates to the gas shortage that occurred in May where gas stations were shut down in certain States.

Before the year 2021 comes to a close, it is important that people reflect on the major events that have occured this year. 2021 has been filled with many affairs; whether it’s about the latest celebrity gossip, U.S. news, or a tragedy strikes. These are some of the major events form each month of 2021:

January: Rioters storm the U.S. capitol building after Biden’s victory
Pro-Trump supporters stormed into the U.S capitol building on January 6 after Biden became the next President of the United States. According to CNN news, These rioters were part of the “March For Trump” rally earlier in the day. The rioters were able to overpower police authorities at the capitol and stormed the building by breaking windows and climbing over the walls into the U.S. capitol. Rioters were looking for lawmakers and government officials while in the building, but police authorities were able to eventually take control of the rioters and keep the officials safe in the U.S. capitol. After the chaos that unfolded earlier in the month, on January 20, Biden is officially sworn into office and Kamala Harris makes history by becoming the first black and South Asian female to be Vice President according to Business Insider.

February: New single-dose COVID-19 vaccine
A third COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson was announced and released to the public. According to Business Insider, the FDA authorized the single-dose vaccine on February 27 after the clinical trials done on the vaccine were proven to be safe for people to use and available for free. The website Our World In Data shows that 54.5 percent of people around the world have at least one COVID-19 vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson company highlights that their vaccine is able to prevent the worst outcomes of COVID-19 according to Business Insider.

March: Beyonce became the most award-winning Grammy female artist
Beyonce won the most Grammys by female artist at this year’s Grammy awards that took place on March 14. According to Business Insider, Beyonce’s Grammy awards total out to 28 throughout her career, including the four that she won at this year’s Grammys. Her music video “Brown Skin Girl” was voted best music video and her performance “Black Parade” was awarded best performance. Beyonce has officially passed country singer Alison Krauss with being awarded the most Grammys and is tied with producer Quincey Jones for most awards, stated by the Huffpost.

April: Prince Philip, the Duke of EdinBurgh passes away
After 73 years of marriage, the Queen’s husband Prince Philip passed away at age 99. Prince Philip was hospitalized for four weeks and was admitted to King Edward VII’s hospital. His passing on April 9 was announced at Buckingham Palace and he became the longest-serving British consort in history. The Duke has a list of titles such as admiral of the fleet, field marshal, and marshal of the Royal Air Force according to Business Insider.

May: Gas shortage causes chaos
The Gasoline shortage finally became at ease on May 15 after the biggest fuel pipeline was back and delivering gas once again. Ships and trucks were deployed to fill up tanks after the six-day Colonial Pipeline shutdown, making it one of the worst cyberattacks according to the website Reuters. That same day, 75 percent of gas stations in Washington D.C. were still without fuel. The Shortages in North Carolina and Virginia were also decreasing, but Georgia was still without fuel according to Reuters. During those shortages, citizens went as far as putting gas in plastic bags or carrying large barrels at the gas stations in order to stock up on their gas supply. President Biden explained how these acts can worsen the gas shortage, but people were alarmed and concerned about not having enough gas for their vehicle.

June: Britney Spears officially out of her conservatorship
The singer Britney Spears has been a well-known celebrity since the early 2000s, so when she was entered into a conservatorship by her father Jamie Spears after a public breakdown over a decade ago, fans began worrying about her health and well-being. On June 23, Britney spoke about her conservatorship as the case was being live-streamed with multiple fans on her side of the argument. According to Women’s Health magazine, she explained in the live stream about how within the last 13 years she has struggled with her mental health and goes into detail regarding the amount of forced work she had to do. Fast forward to November 12 of this year, the judge officially terminated Britney’s conservatorship and her father will no longer have control over her earnings, stated Women’s Health.

July: The postponed Tokyo Olympics finally take place
After being postponed for a year because of COVID-19, the Tokyo Olympics officially started July 23, 2021. According to the Washington Post, the first medals will be handed out on July 24 and the games will continue until August 8. The Tokyo Olympics were especially important this year because of the many sports added such as karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, BMX freestyle, and surfing. Sports News explained one of the main reasons the Olympics added these sports is because they add youth to the Olympics, which is one of the key visions for the Tokyo Olympics. On the other hand, the Olympics did look different this year because of COVID-19. Players were not required to wear masks while competing, but had to wear them at all other times. Players were also encouraged to get vaccinated before competing in order to keep being as safe as possible when they were not required to wear a mask.

August: The Taliban take over after U.S troops evacuate
After the capture of Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011, the U.S. military made it their mission to help Afghanistan become a democratic country. The U.S. has spent billions of dollars rebuilding Afghanistan after the country suffered from two decades of war. According to the New York Times, when Trump came into office, he signed an agreement in order for all U.S troops to leave on May 1, 2020. After the 2021 election, President Biden agreed to keep the agreement that Trump put in place and still have the U.S troops return home but pushed the date back to September 1. On August 30, a few days before the troops were originally supposed to be sent home, U.S. troops began to evacuate Afghanistan and left behind thousands of people who were promised U.S. visas. According to The Washington Post, the Afghan military was overthrown by the Taliban after two weeks of U.S. troops leaving the country and Afghanistan was completely overthrown by the Tailban terrorist group. There is still a debate to this day whether the U.S. did the right thing of pulling out of this 20 years war.

September: Texas controversial bill being passed
A controversial bill was passed in Texas by Governor Abbott on September 7, 2021. The bill prevented 24 hour drive-thru voting and included more restrictions on mail-in ballots, stated the website Infoplease Current Events. Some of these laws are being put in place throughout the U.S because of the allegations that the 2021 election was rigged. Many people in Texas protested for this bill to not be passed, but Governor Abbott called two special sessions in order for the bill to be passed according to the Infoplease Current Events. This bill will change the way voting for elections is done in Texas and other states who choose to follow Texas footsteps.

October: Elon Musk is possibly the richest man to exist
Elon Musk’s net worth surpassed 300 billion on October 29, 2021, which makes him now the richest person in the world and possibly to walk the planet as stated by the CBS news. The world’s richest man was able to reach 300 billion due to the shares in Tesla going up 12.7 percent on October 25, which made his single-day growth the largest in history of the Bloomberg Billionaire Index according to the website Make It. He has added a total of 119 billion to his earnings this year and will continue to keep Tesla on its 18-year streak of being the most profitable company in history stated by the website Make It.

November: Astroworld festival tragedy
The concert that was part of the Astroworld festival is now being called the “Astroworld concert from Hell” due to the 10 deaths and hundreds of injuries after the huge crowd began to push towards the front during the performance of Travis Scott according to the New York Times. The reason why people were pushing and running to the front of the crowd still remains unclear as well as if the signs of danger were apparent while the concert was going on. Many videos were posted of the ambulances and some of the individuals who were at the concert pleading camera men and back-stage helpers to stop the show due to multiple people passing out while the performance was going on. There are many questions still to be answered of who was at fault for these casualties; many people believe that the artist Travis Scott is at fault and that there was not enough security on sight at the concert. Travis Scott’s concerts are known for their chaotic energy and he shared his condolences on an apology video posted on Instagram stated by the New York Times.

December: Supreme Court Mississippi abortion case
The Supreme Court seemed assured to uphold the Mississippi law that bans abortions after fiften weeks of pregancy. It is still unclear whether the right to end abortion nationwide will occur because of the Roe Vs. Wade landmark stated by CNN Politics. The Roe Vs. Wade decision in 1973 established to prohibit abortion banning until the 23 week mark in a women’s pregnancy. The six members of the Supreme Court who are conservatives seemed to be unsure whether to stop the mark at fiften weeks, or to overrule the Roe Landmark completely which can allow U.S. states to ban abortion entirly according to the New York Times. The worries of Roe Vs. Wade being overturned is because women would be forced to travel long distances with high costs in order to have abortion, which were being discussed during the hearing. The Judges will uphold votes at a private conference in a few days and will assign the majority opinion. The ruling of the case is not expected to take place until June or July and will have a final argument session in April.