A lot happened in 2019—too much, some might argue.
Presidential impeachment in the U.S. underscored a tumultuous year in politics around the world, and global unrest—most notably protests in Hong Kong—seems poised to carry over into 2020. Extreme fires and floods offered further proof that climate change is pushing the environment to the brink. The grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max jet after two crashes was just one of the big stories in business and finance this year—and that’s before considering trade disputes that had the global economy on edge.
China is striving for the world’s best health care. Companies would need to open 3,732 board seats for women to meet a new measure for improved gender equity in corporate America. And the sale of a $91 million silver bunny was just one of the big moments in art and culture in 2019.
These are the year’s most important stories and opinion columns as told through visuals.