2010: The Year in Review

So much has happened in 2010, so at the end of the year, I thought I’d look back at some of the milestones of 2010:

World Milestones

  • January 12 – deadly earthquake in Haiti kills over 230,000 people.
  • April 10 – the President of Poland is killed in a plane crash.
  • April 20 – the Deepwater Horizon oil platform explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, starting a months-long oil spill
  • April 27 – the S&P downgrades Greece’s sovereign debt rating to junk status, setting off a stock market selling spree.
  • July 25 – WikiLeaks posts over 90,000 documents about America’s involvement in Afghanistan.
  • November 17 – Researchers trap 38 antihydrogen atoms for a sixth of a second.
  • November 28 – WikiLeaks releases over 250,000 diplomatic cables.

Political Milestones

  • January 19 – Republican Scott Brown upsets Democrat Martha Coakley in the special election to replace deceased Senator Edward Kennedy.
  • February 8 – Rep. John Murtha dies while in office
  • March 23 – Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is passed (known as ObamaCare)
  • April 23 – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signs the controversial immigration law (S.B. 1070) into law.
  • June 28 – Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia dies while in office
  • July 1 – Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act is passed.
  • July 21 – Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is passed
  • August 28 – Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin hit the Mall in Washington for their much-talked-about “Restoring Honor” rally.
  • September 27 – Small Business Jobs and Credit Act is passed
  • October 11 – Joe Manchin, facing an uphill battle in his race for the West Virginia Senate seat, films a 30-second ad that shows him shooting the cap and trade bill.
  • November 2 – Americans vote overwhelmingly for Republicans, electing 63 additional Republican members to the House of Representatives, 6 additional Republican members to the U.S. Senate, and hundreds of additional members of state legislatures.
  • December 8 – the last contentious House race is decided when Randy Altshuler concedes to Democrat Rep. Tim Bishop in the NY1 race.
  • December 17 – Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act is passed (the tax bill)
  • December 22 – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act is passed

Brevis Milestones

  • September 30 – Brevis is launched as a free blog on WordPress.com
  • October 2 – Bob becomes a Twitter convert, and starts using Twitter.  His first follower is @genuinechris.
  • October 27 – We moved Brevis to our own domain, bobewoldt.com
  • November 30 – We pass 500 unique visitors in November.
  • December 19 – Followers of @bobewoldt passes 1,000.  The 1,000th follower is @cathykhayes
  • December 31 –  Traffic on our site increases over 250% from November to December.

What was your favorite story of 2010 (political or otherwise)?  Did you have a milestone in your life?

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