Actor Jussie Smollett arrives at Leighton Criminal Courthouse on March 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The saga surrounding an alleged attack on the actor — which turned out to be an alleged hoax — created a national firestorm in 2019. All charges against him were later dropped in a deal reached with prosecutors. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
An aerial view of damage caused by Hurricane Dorian is seen on Great Abaco Island on September 4, 2019. A massive rescue effort was underway after Dorian spent more than a day inching over the Bahamas, killing at least seven as entire communities were flattened, roads washed out and hospitals and airports swamped by several feet of water, according to reports.Scott Olson/Getty Images
The investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election came to an end in 2019, with the conclusion of the probe conducted by Special Counsel Robert Muller in May 2019. Muller then testified about the investigaton before Congress, becoming one of the most important moments at the Capitol in 2019.
Actress Lori Loughlin exits the courthouse after facing charges in the college admissions scandal on April 3, 2019. The scandal became a major news story, showcasing how wealth was used to buy success in higher education, and the consequences of that alleged bribery once the Hollywood stars were caught. Loughlin and Felicity Huffman became de facto faces of the story.JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth on May 6, 2019.Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Spelling bee participants hold up the trophy with other co-champions for photographers after 20 rounds of competition and won the championship of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 31, 2019. The winning spellers made history with eight co-champions, the most number in the spelling event history. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
A documentary series was released titled "Surviving R. Kelly," which reveals young women emerging from the shadows and voicing the alleged abuse by R&B singer R. Kelly. Following the release of the series, Kelly was arrested on dozens of charges across multiple jurisdictions. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Pro-democracy protesters rallied in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, as the city plunged into crisis after waves of demonstrations and several violent clashes. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive apologized for introducing the bill and declared it “dead”, though protests continued with demands for Lam’s resignation and withdrawal of the bill.Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Climate change activist Greta Thunberg set sail for New York on August 14, 2019. Thunberg is a teenage activist that began protesting outside the Belgian Parliament aged 15. She garnered international attention, was publicly criticized by President Donald Trump, and was named TIME Magazine's Person of the Year.Kirsty Wigglesworth – WPA Pool/Getty Images
A series of Democratic debates, featuring a wide range of candidates looking to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020, began in June, 2019. 22 candidates participated in at least one debate in 2019.
The Maria Fire burns on a hillside as it expands up to 8,000 acres on its first night on November 1, 2019 near Somis, California. Southern California was been hit by a series of dangerous, fast-moving wildfires in 2019 as Santa Ana Winds ushered in strong gusts up to 80 mph and extremely low humidity. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)David McNew/Getty Images
The Amazon, the largest rainforest in the world, roughly half the size of the United States, is key to the health of the entire planet. Its trees produce an estimated 20% of the world’s oxygen, while putting an enormous amount of water into the atmosphere at a time when cities are drying up. Fires in the Amazon created concerns and controversy worldwide in 2019. (AFP/Getty)
Jennifer Aniston joined Instagram and posted first photo with ‘Friends’ cast in 2019, naturally coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the hit show. (Jennifer Aniston on Instagram)
Andrew Wyatt, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Lady Gaga accept the Music (Original Song) award for 'Shallow' from 'A Star Is Born' onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Alex Trebek gets choked up by ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s heartfelt answer on November 11, 2019. Trebek's cancer diagnosis and ongoing journey led to a rally of support from fans of the beloved quiz show host. (Jeopardy! on Twitter)
Remember J.Lo’s iconic dress from the 2000 Grammy’s? She wore an updated version in 2019 at Milan Fashion Week. (Getty Images)
Red carpet events usually draw buzz for the stars in the photos, or what they're wearing. But at the 2019 Golden Globes, it was all about the 'Fiji Water Girl,' who became a hilarious internet icon and a symbol of product placement.
The U.S. Women's National Team won their second World Cup of the decade in 2019, and celebrated the international achievement with a ticker-tape parade throughout New York City.
Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. It was his fifth Masters win, but his first since 2008. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)Andrew Redington/Getty Images
The Washington Nationals won their first World Series title ever in 2019; it was the city's first World Series appearance since the Washington Senators made the series in 1933.
A newspaper front page shows a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump the morning after he was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19, 2019 in New York City. In 2019 President Trump became only the third president in American history to be impeached by the House. His Senate trial won't begin until 2020.Spencer Platt/Getty Images