A Look Back: 2021 In 21 Photos


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Mira Ivanis, Writer/Copy Editor

        2021 was what some may describe as a whirlwind of a year; the Capitol Riots took place just a few days before the inauguration of the President and Vice President, Kamala Harris made history as the first woman and woman of color  elected into office as Vice President, Covid-19 numbers surpassed last years records–the US at one point reached 1 million cases recorded in a single day, the U.S. Military pulled out of Afghanistan, Meghan and Harry sat down with Oprah for a groundbreaking interview, historic heat waves and power outages in the west of the U.S.; the list just keeps going. 

Here are some photos that recap the year of 2021: 


A day of firsts: five key takeaways from Biden's historic inauguration |  Biden inauguration | The Guardian

After months of political turmoil, the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris takes place on January 21, 2021. Photo Courtesy of The Guardian.


The Latest: Trump Condemns Capitol Riot, Concedes To Biden

The Capitol Riot took place on January 6, 2021 in which five police officers lost their lives. Photo Courtesy of The Washington Post.



KUOW - U.S. Border Agents Chased Migrants On Horseback. A Photographer  Explains What He SawA U.S. Border Patrol grabs the shirt of a Haitian man trying to cross the U.S.-México border into an encampment in Texas. Photo Courtesy of KUOW.


Biden's Afghanistan Withdrawal Could Make the China Problem Harder

The U.S. Military pulls out of Afghanistan for the last time, ending its longest war. Photo Courtesy of Foreign Policy. 


Engineers Piece Together Champlain Towers Probable Collapse Sequence |  2021-06-28 | Engineering News-Record
Photo Courtesy of Engineering News-Record.

The deadly 12-story Champlain Towers collapsed on June 25, 2021, claiming the lives of 98 people. 


Photos: The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - The Atlantic

The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics took place in the summer of ‘21. Photo Courtesy of  The Atlantic.


Chauvin sentenced to 22 1/2 years for killing George Floyd | The Blade

People gathering at the memorial of George Floyd after Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and sentenced to 22 ½ years in prison. Photo Courtesy of Toledo Blade. 


PHOTO: Aly Raisman Supports Simone Biles at Larry Nassar FBI Investigation

Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles and Maggie Nichols appear and give testimonies at a Senate Judiciary hearing on the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of the athletes. Photo Courtesy of Insider. 


Sha'Carri Richardson is already the star of the Olympics

After winning the 100-meter sprint in the U.S. Olympic trials Sha’carri Richardson didn’t make the USA Track and Field roster after testing positive for THC, the intoxicant for marijuana. Photo Courtesy of The Today Show. 


Simone Biles Wins Bronze Medal in Tokyo Olympics | Time

Simon Biles competed at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in August of 2021 after withdrawing from previous medal events. She won the bronze medal. Photo Courtesy of Time Magazine. 



Hurricane Ida: Louisiana residents emerge from homes to destruction

People being rescued as category 4 Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana as one of the deadliest hurricanes to ever occur in the US state. Photo Courtesy of USA Today. 


On Russia's Lake Baikal, a hockey game to celebrate unique ecosystem even  as development pressures grow - The Washington Post“Last Game” was held in Russia as a way to bring awareness to climate change. People played hockey on a frozen Lake Baikal. Photo Courtesy of The Washington Post. 


Oprah's Meghan and Harry interview exemplify Paramount Plus' challenges -  The Verge

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down for a groundbreaking interview with Oprah. Photo Courtesy of The Verge.



Military Crackdown in Myanmar Escalates With Killing of Protesters - The  New York Times

An injured demonstrator is carried off to safety as citizens in Yangon, Myanmar continue to fight against violent crackdowns by security forces. Photo Courtesy of The New York Times. 


Grants go to fight COVID-19 in India | United Methodist News Service

Covid cases rose to a frightening new high in India in May of 2021; funeral pyres of people who have died from Covid-19 burn at a crematorium in Delhi. Photo Courtesy of United Methodist News Service. 


A flooded and eroding quarry has swallowed houses Erftstadt, Germany.  Multiple people missing : r/europe

A sinkhole caused by extreme weather due to climate change swallows up land in Erftstadt, Germany. Photo Courtesy of Reddit


Death Toll In Texas Winter Storm Nearly Doubles To 111 : NPR

People huddle up for warmth as the fourth day after a winter storm hit Texas leaving millions without power. Photo Courtesy of NPR. 


Heat, wind spur California fire; evacuation hits Nevada area - The San  Diego Union-Tribune

The Sugar Fire, one of the 8,000 fires to hit California this year during an “ongoing drought,” burned over 100,000 acres during the summer. Photo Courtesy of The San Diego Union-Tribune. 


Israel and Palestine trade rocket fire and air strikes in video footage as  UN warns of 'full-scale war'

Palestinians take cover after airstrikes from Israel destroy homes near the Gaza Strip. Photo Courtesy of iNews. 


After Astroworld deaths, Texas governor forms concert safety task force |  The Texas Tribune

A memorial for those who died from the tragedy of the Astroworld Festival is displayed outside of NRG Park in Houston, Texas. Photo Courtesy of The Texas Tribune.


Protesters gather in Chicago after Rittenhouse verdict - Chicago Sun-Times

Protests in Chicago hold signs as they march in the wake of Kyle Rittenhouse’s “not guilty” verdict, in which Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges in the killings of two people and shooting of another during protests over the police killing of Jacob Blake. Photo Courtesy of Chicago-Sun Times.