2010: a Big Year for News

When it comes to news stories, 2010 was a very big year. Not as big as 1968–not even close–but probably bigger than 2004. I wrote about both 1968 and 2004 in one of my early blog columns.

There were several really big news stories which dominated headlines for an extended period:

  • Earthquake in Haiti kills 250,000.
  • The 2010 midterm elections, with all kinds of stories: Tea Party influence, Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell, Republicans win the House and almost the Senate….
  • The rescue of the Chilean miners.
  • The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The Health Care bill passes.
  • The controversy over the “Ground Zero” mosque.

Then there were all of these stories:

  • Scott Brown wins Massachusetts senate seat of Ted Kennedy.
  • The 2010 Winter Olympics.
  • US missionaries from Idaho imprisoned, charged with child kidnapping.
  • Jay Leno returns to the Tonight Show, Conan finds a new gig.
  • The Decision: Lebron joins Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosch in Miami.
  • Arizona passes a controversial illegal alien law.
  • Release of the iPad.
  • Toyota goes through a devastating recall.
  • Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupts in Iceland, shutting down European air traffic.
  • New coalition government in England.
  • Terrible floods hit Pakistan.
  • Google pulls out of Mainland China.
  • A Florida wacko preacher threatens a “Burn the Koran” day.
  • Controversy over full-body scanners at airports.
  • Repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”
  • The Times Square bomber.
  • Ten Russian sleeper spies deported.
  • Elena Kagan nominated to the Supreme Court.
  • Engagement of Prince William and Kate.
  • World Cup in South Africa.
  • California almost decriminalizes marijuana.
  • North Korea shells civilians in South Korea.
  • General McChrystal resigns after Rolling Stone interview. Petraus takes over.
  • Jerry Brown wins California governorship (again) over billionairess Meg Whitman.
  • French riot over pension issues.
  • Return of Michael Vick, frustration for Tiger Woods, the end of Brett Favre (?)
  • Facebook conquers the world.
  • Glenn Beck’s big Tea Party rally in Washington DC.
  • Avatar becomes the highest-grossing film of all time.
  • The Wikileaks revelations.
  • The hugely productive Lame Duck session of Congress.
  • A few notable deaths: Elizabeth Edwards, Leslie Nielsen, Tony Curtis, Dennis Hopper.

What am I missing?

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1 Comment to "2010: a Big Year for News"

  1. Rather than reading the Archer stories solely as mysteries, thrillers, entertainments, and detective stories (though of course they can exist solely on that level for readers who are interested in them as such), we’d do ourselves a favor to consider them in a few other ways as well. In the massive reference work World Authors 1950-1970, published by the H.H. Wilson Company, Macdonald wrote that The Galton Case and Black Money “are probably my most complete renderings of the themes of smothered allegiance and uncertain identity which my work inherited from my early years.” Of course, in Black Money the smothered allegiance occurs between the lovers Ginny Fablon and Tappinger.

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