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TIME A Year in Review

TIME A Year in Review

TIME A Year in Review

2019. It was the year of Brexit, Barr and AOC. The year Lizzo spoke her truth and became a body-positive icon. Mass protests exploded in Hong Kong. Notre Dame fell, a tragedy that spread far beyond Paris. Now, this special edition presents 2019 in all its power, tumult and triumph. Full of vivid, time-stopping photos, this archive captures the year in all its political and cultural complexity, from the singular individuals who helped shape and define it, to the truly global forces and events that affect us all. Let this capsule remind you of the recent and profound before you turn your gaze to the new year.

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2019 images

Spire Afire By definition, great monuments are built to last. Yet as the world was reminded on April 15, the beloved Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was vulnerable. An iconic structure built from stones more than 850 years old, with a roof supported by wooden timbers hewn in the 13th century, the cathedral met its match in a raging fire. At 7:50 p.m. that night, the roof fell—taking with it the church’s exquisite spire, which dated to the mid-19th century. Donations toward restoring the cathedral came pouring in from countries around the globe, and by autumn, efforts to stabilize the structure were in full progress: after all, our love for the great Gothic edifice is here to stay. Wrath of Dorian When Hurricane Dorian slammed into Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas on September…

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for the record

‘It’s healthy for your self-esteem to need less internet praise.’TAYLOR SWIFT, singer-songwriter, in a piece for Elle about lessons she’s learned before turning 30‘His is a government with no mandate, no morals, and as of today, no majority.’JEREMY CORBYN, leader of Britain’s Labour Party, speaking on September 3 in the House of Commons following the defeat of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposal that the U.K. exit the European Union without an agreement‘YOUR QUARREL, SIR, IS WITH MY CREATOR.’PETE BUTTIGIEG, South Bend, Ind., mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful, who is gay, at a campaign event, addressing Vice President Mike Pence’s policy positions on LGBTQ rights‘There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy… and there will not be a separate criminal justice system either.’ANDREW LELLING, U.S. Attorney for the…

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fresh faces

ENTERTAINER Lil Nas X “Last year I was sleeping on my sister’s floor, had no money, struggling to get plays on my music, suffering from daily headaches, now I’m gay,” the rapper Lil Nas X (a.k.a. Montero Lamar Hill) tweeted at the end of July 2019. But he left out the best part: he was also the artist behind “Old Town Road,” a slurry, surprising mash-up of two popular musical genres, country and hip-hop, which became the longest-running No. 1 song in history, holding the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 weeks. When Lil Nas X came out as gay, his singularity increased: a queer black artist in a cowboy hat was rapping next to country legend Billy Ray Cyrus. Only in America. ATHLETE Coco Gauff At only 15 in 2019, tennis player…

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trials at the top

THERE’S ONE PERSON IN AMERICA WITH the power to make Donald Trump’s impeachment happen, and she keeps insisting she’s not interested,” TIME reported in a cover story in 2019. “I’m not for impeachment,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told the Washington Post. “Unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path.” It was the timing of the quote that mattered: Pelosi’s comments were published on March 11, at a time when Democrats had recently taken control of the House after the November 2018 election, and some upstart voices in the chamber were loudly calling for the president’s hide—absent evidence of any high crimes and misdemeanors on his part. The veteran Pelosi shut them down, hewing to conventional Washington wisdom, which holds…

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trump at home

MOVE ALONG, NOTHING TO SEE HERE On March 24, a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, which Donald Trump had been fearing for 22 months, was made public. The result: after more than 2,800 subpoenas, nearly 500 search warrants and a similar number of witness interviews, Mueller’s investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia during the election, although the report confirmed intelligence-agency reports that Russia certainly interfered. Mueller also declined to draw a conclusion about whether Trump had obstructed justice. The news was a big win for the president, and Democrats who hoped the report would implicate his team called Mueller to testify on Capitol Hill in July, right—but again, there was no single dramatic moment that…

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trump on the road

WHO WILL BLINK FIRST? The stakes in the tariff duel between the U.S. and China kept rising in 2019. Trump tariffs that had already led to cutbacks in the U.S. were joined on September 1 by a new round of 15% levies on some $125 billion in imports; Beijing then put new tariffs on 1,717 U.S. exports. China’s economy was hurting: in August, manufacturing growth slowed for the fourth month in a row. The fate of tariffs on China’s goods due to kick in December 15 was uncertain, and a mid-November meeting between the U.S. and China at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit was delayed when host country Chile canceled the event due to ongoing national unrest. A DISAPPOINTING SEQUEL The first meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Chairman…