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The 36 Most Shocking Moments of 2022

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From the opening bell to the final curtain call, 2022 was filled with wild plot twists and dramatic moments.

Here’s a look back at 36 of the most unforgettable events that shocked and delighted us over the last 12 months.

January 

January 3: Apple hits a market value of over $3 trillion and becomes the first publicly traded company to do so. 

January 10: The number three Georgia Bulldogs overtakes the number one Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2022 College Football National Championship.  

February 

February 1–9: Over the course of eight days, Winter Storm Landon (the Groundhog Storm) sweeps 19 states from Texas to northeast Maine, dumping 6–12 inches of snow in some areas. 

February 4–20: USA takes home 8 gold, 10 silver, and 7 bronze medals in the 2022 Beijing Olympics and places 5th overall for the final medal count.  

February 13: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announces that the US inflation rate has reached 7.5% as prices of consumables begin to increase more rapidly. 

February 13: The Los Angeles Rams beat Cincinnati Bengals 23–20 in Super Bowl LVI. 

February 24: The Russian–Ukranian War escalates as Russia invades Ukraine.  

March 

March 10: The Major League Baseball Players Association reaches a collective bargaining agreement that ends the lockout. Opening day is scheduled for April 7, 2022.

March 27: Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards over comments made about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith. 

March 31: After more than 30 years, scientists of the Human Genome Project sequence the complete human genome. 

April 

April 4: The Kansas Jayhawks come back from a 16-point deficit and defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels in a College Basketball National Championship Game.  

April 7: Scientists discover the farthest known galaxy 13.5 billion light-years from Earth. They label it HD1.  

April 12: According to the BLS, the US inflation rate hit 8.5% in March — more than triple the 2.6% inflation rate from March of 2021. 

April 25: Elon Musk announces a deal to purchase Twitter for $44 billion. 

May  

May 4: The Federal Reserve raises the funds rate by 0.75 percentage points to fight inflation. It’s the largest increase since May 2000.  

May 23: New York City removes its last public payphone and delivers it directly to the Museum of the City of New York. 

June  

June 15: Thousands lose power as a widespread heatwave affects the Midwest and Southern states with temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees.  

June 16: The Warriors overtake the Celtics for the NBA Championship.  

June 26: The Colorado Avalanche defeats the Tampa Bay Lightning to take home their first Stanley Cup in over 20 years, stopping the Lightning’s three-peat.  

July 

July 12: NASA releases the first full-color image from the James Webb Telescope, which includes a galaxy cluster that is 4.6 billion lightyears from Earth. 

July 13: The BLS announces that inflation crushed a decades-old high, reaching 9.1% for the 12 months ending in June 2022. 

July 21–24: Marvel announces MCU Phase 6, the final installments of The Multiverse Saga, which includes a new Fantastic Four movie. 

August 

August 6: The San Diego Zoo announces the birth of a White Rhino calf, Neville, giving a glimmer of hope for the endangered species.  

August 11: The CDC announces that Covid-19 is no longer at a level where it “severely disrupts our daily lives” and loosens up guidelines.  

August 16: President Biden signs the $750 billion Inflation Reduction Act into law. 

September 

September 18: The Las Vegas Aces take their first WNBA Championship against the Connecticut Sun in the 2022 WNBA Finals.  

September 26: NASA sends a spacecraft on a crash course toward an asteroid in hopes of knocking it off course, successfully altering its orbit by approximately 32 minutes. 

October  

October 13: US inflation starts to “cool” and sits at 8.2% for the year ending September, according to the BLS. 

October 27: After a lengthy court battle, Elon Musk buys Twitter and proceeds to dismantle the inner workings of the social media platform. 

November 

November 8: An anonymous person in Altadena, California, wins the largest-ever Powerball jackpot of $2.04 billion. 

November 15: The world population reaches 8 billion, just 11 years after reaching 7 billion in 2011. 

November 16: Republicans win control of the House, ending full Democratic control of Congress. 

November 20: The opening ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup begins the tournament in Qatar. 

December 

December 11: Artemis 1 returns to Earth, giving NASA scientists more data to successfully conduct manned lunar missions.  

December 13: The latest data from the BLS shows the US Inflation rate remaining high at 7.1%. 

December 21–26: A historic extratropical cyclone brings blizzard conditions and winter storm to much of the United States.