By Ella Smith
As 2021 comes to an end, we take a look back on what all happened this year. 2021 was a year of getting back together, political rage, viral trends, and many other things. Each month had very memorable moments, but one from each month highlights the year and the month.
January: January 6th, 2021 Trump supporters stormed the capital building in rage after all of the political drama that happened. Many police officers were assaulted and 5 people died in the uprising, two from heart attacks, an accidental overdose, a shooting death, and a stroke. Four police officers committed suicide in the following months after the capital riot.
February: A woman, Tessica Brown, used gorilla glue spray on her hair instead of hair products. This went viral all over the world and she is now known as Gorilla Glue Girl. She had surgery to get a new hairstyle after she couldn’t get the product out of her hair. She currently has a new haircare line called ‘Forever Hair’.
March: The Myanmar protests were very deadly protests. Citizens protested the government's poor handling of COVID-19. About 700 people died during the protests. Protests are still going on till this day.
April: On April 15th, a shooter opened fire at a FedEx in Indianapolis. The shooter killed at least 8 people and was found dead inside the building by police. Authorities say that the shooter killed himself.
May: In May, India had 20 million COVID cases. The prime minister opposed a lockdown because they didn’t want an economic collapse. On May 3rd a study showed that 1 in every 3 deaths in India was caused by COVID. India is still being affected by COVID-19 very badly today.
June: One of the biggest things that happened in 2021 was the Florida condo collapse. At 1:25 a.m., the Champlain Towers South building partially collapsed. 98 people died from the incident. Authorities say the building’s collapse was caused by long-term degradation in the concrete.
July: On July 16th a shooter opened fire at a police officer and other citizens. The police officer was killed along with four other people. The suspect was taken into custody.
August: On August 19th a man was arrested for making bomb threats in Washington D.C. The man surrendered himself to police after a standoff that lasted a few hours. The man’s motives are still unknown.
September: On September 15th members of the U.S. women’s national gymnastics team testified against their former coach, Larry Nassar. He was convicted of sexual abuse and sentenced to life in prison.
October: As a lot of people know gas prices started to go up and many people aren’t happy about it at all. The reason why gas prices have been so high is because of supply shortages and producers trying to get back to where they were before the pandemic started.
November: On November 8th Travis Scott and Drake were sued by concertgoers for what happened at Astroworld. 10 people died due to suffocation from the heavy crowd. People told security and Travis Scott to stop the concert because people were dying, but no one cared. The youngest victim was nine years old.
December: A new strain of COVID, Omicron, was found in Africa and carried to some states in America. Some scientists say that the booster COVID vaccine will work to help fight against Omicron.
2021 wasn’t the best year all around, but it definitely wasn’t the worst. It had its highs and lows and in-betweens. Here’s to another year.