The start of the year brings us a welcome thaw. There are still remnants of my sunbathing snowman in the garden, but he’ll soon be gone. As my irn-bru loving snowman slips away with the rest of 2010, I’ve had the urge to look back at the major events of the year before casting my mind forward to 2011. So what happened in 2010?
- 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti.
- 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile, one of the highest magnitudes in recorded history.
- The UK general election resulted in a coalition government.
- Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull erupted, causing widespread air travel disruption.
- The Deepwater Horizon oil platform explodes resulting in the largest accidental oil spill in history.
- The IMF bails out Greece to the tune of €110 billion.
- Spain wins the FIFA World Cup.
- Wikileaks releases 90,000 classified military documents.
- Floods in Pakistan affect up to 20 million people.
- 33 Chilean miners were trapped underground for 69 days.
- European Union agree to a €85 billion rescue deal for the Republic of Ireland.
- In the UK, students made a lot of noise about tuition fees.
- WikiLeaks releases much much more confidential stuff
- An unusually cold start to Winter for most of the northern hemisphere.
Doesn’t even seem like all that could fit in a year, much of it feeling like it happened an age ago. And was much of that guessed by all the speculators in early 2010? I think not. So let’s just wait and see what 2011 brings us (and fingers crossed for far fewer natural disasters).