As the year comes to an end, Google has published the top six searches made worldwide this year. The list includes mostly tragic deaths of celebrities and a few other incidents that made 2018 memorable, both in good and bad ways. Fancy knowing what they are? Read on!
The veteran fashion designer passed away in June this year. With an eye for fashion, she started her brand back in 1993, dedicating her time and passion for what she did into her career and brand. Along with her husband, she turned it into a $27-million business and sold it off to Neiman Marcus in 2006. In 2015, they had launched another brand of bags and shoes called Frances Valentine. Despite all the success, who knew there was so much going on inside her mind? Though she ended her life on a tragic note, we can’t deny her contribution to the world of fashion and the legacy she left behind.
One of the best and most renowned scientists in the modern world, Stephen Hawking breathed his last at the age of 76 in March. He will always be remembered for his discoveries that redefined the way scientists saw the black hole and the universe as a whole. He had been suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disease for years. Despite his physical challenges, his class lectures on mathematics were full of wit and humor. His death is a great loss to the world of science.
Anthony Bourdain’s suicide was another eye-opener for the entertainment industry after Kate Spade’s passing. Celebrities opened up more about their mental health issues and the therapies they sought to help them overcome their issues. However, not everyone is strong or as open as those who shared their experiences, and Bourdain, a famous food show host and celebrity chef, definitely couldn’t. He was found dead in his apartment in Paris in June.
With 50 million people around the world having watched it unfold, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s union on May 19 was one of the most talked-about and celebrated weddings this year. Hence, it led to erstwhile actress Meghan Markle becoming one of the most searched people on Google. The couple had started dating in October 2016, and things happened pretty fast for the two, but love triumphed in the end. They are expecting their first child in Spring 2019 now.
Ninety-five-year old Stan Lee, the beloved creator of Marvel Comics, died in November, and the world mourned the loss of one of the greatest comics artist ever. His works will live through his creations and his superheroes. He condemned racism all his life and his characters reflected not only his beliefs but the goodness of his heart and his talent. It seemed he just knew how to make his superheroes more human to his readers, and he once said, “If you’re writing about a character, if he’s a powerful character, unless you give him vulnerability I don’t think he’ll be as interesting to the reader.”
With 32 countries in participation and a $38-million grand prize, the Football World Cup was definitely an exciting highlight this year, making it one of the most searched incident on Google. The tournament took place in Russia, with France taking home the Cup after an intense battle with Croatia. Speaking of which, the fact that Croatia made it to the finals is a remarkable feat in itself as it was the team’s first time to be on that spot. Since the event happens once every four years, soccer fans worldwide had a lot of expectations. While underdogs like Russia, South Korea, Japan, and Iceland left a mark, the bigwigs Brazil, Argentina, and Germany bowed out.
This year had been a hodge podge of celebrations and tragic deaths. While we’re extremely saddened about losing people like Stan Lee, we can only look forward and make tomorrow better. With the conclusion of another year, how about we take a trip down memory lane in our lives. Which top ten experiences highlights your year? Which top ten aspects of yourself do you plan to improve next year? It’s better to dwell on self-improvement and a lot of positivity rather than our regrets and mistakes. Here’s to a better 2019!