2022 Recap of Events: All of This Happened Just Last Year



Kazakhstan residents started to protest all over the region due to a increase in the price of gasoline. The protests were not always peaceful, which led to the government imposing a state of emergency in the country.

According to NPR.org, “Is this really about fuel prices? Yes and no. The roots of unrest in Kazakhstan, which won independence three decades ago as the Soviet Union evaporated, run deep, says Melinda Haring, the deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center.”


Putin started the invasion on Ukraine on the 24th of February. Putin announced a special military operation in order to demilitarize the Ukraine. Ukraine fought back and continues to fight the invastion to this day.

Keep up to date on the Russia-Ukraine war at cnn.com


The Oscars were hosted on March 27th, and was the place where one of the more memorable moments of 2022 happened. Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in the face for saying a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.


Elon Musk revealed on April 14th that he was going to purchase Twitter, with the deal being completed in October 2022 after months of waffling. Read more about it at nytimes.com.


After 36 years, Tom Cruise reprised his role as Maverick in “Top Gun: Maverick.” Miles Teller, who plays Bradley Bradshaw, gave a fantastic performance along with Cruise. According to cnbc.com, Top Gun: Maverick was the highest grossing theatrical release in 2022,with a $719 million haul.


In a 6 to 3 ruling, the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade. According to nytimes.com, “the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion after almost 50 years in a decision that will transform American life, reshape the nation’s politics and lead to all but total bans on the procedure in about half of the states.”


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), declared The MonkeyPox epidemic a public health emergency of worldwide concern on July 23. According to vox.com, “these declarations act as a signal. They inform health departments worldwide that responding to the outbreak is urgent, and this can mobilize resources to help lower-resource countries fund their response.”


The whole month of August was a time with high heat which caused droughts to countries all over the world. According to weforum.org, “more than 43% of the US was in drought at the end of July, the government’s National Integrated Drought Information System revealed. It says over 130 million people [at the time of posting] are currently affected by drought, as well as 229 million acres of crops.”


Queen Elizabeth passed away on September 8, 2022. According to cnn.com, “her death brings to a close a reign that spanned seven decades and made her the most recognized woman in the world.”


Rapper Kanye West is arguably one of the biggest icons of our time. He was in the media for making anti-semetic statements in October. According to thepostathens.com, “This string of actions has caused massive repercussions for the artist. Many of his peers and fellow celebrities have denounced his actions, and will likely no longer continue to support or work with West.”


The World Cup began. According to sportingnews.om, “Qatar 2022 will be the first World Cup held in the Middle East, as part of FIFA’s pledge to stage at least one major in international tournament in the region before 2030.”


The President Of The United States, Joe Biden, signed the Respect for Marriage Act. According to cnn.com, “Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act before thousands of invited guests on the South Lawn at an event the White House said reflected the importance of the moment. ‘Marriage is a simple proposition. Who do you love? And will you be loyal to that person you love?’ the president asked from the South Lawn. ‘It’s not more complicated than that.'”