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From left, clockwise: Anti-government protests during the Arab Spring; Crimea is annexed by Russia in 2014; ISIS/ISIL perpetrates terrorist attacks and captures territory in Syria and Iraq; climate change awareness and the Paris Agreement; the first image of a black hole; Obergefell v. Hodges legalizes same-sex marriage in the United States; increasing use of digital and mobile technologies; the UK votes to leave the EU.
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The 2010s (pronounced "twenty-tens" or "two thousand [and] tens", shortened to "the '10s"[1][2]) was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on 1 January 2010 and ended on 31 December 2019.

The decade began amid a global financial crisis and subsequent international recession dating from the late 2000s. The resulting European sovereign-debt crisis became more pronounced early in the decade and continued to affect the possibility of a global economic recovery. Economic issues, such as austerity, inflation, and an increase in commodity prices, led to unrest in many countries, including the 15-M and Occupy movements. Unrest in some countries – particularly in the Arab world – evolved into socioeconomic crises triggering revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Bahrain as well as civil wars in Libya, Syria, and Yemen in a widespread phenomenon commonly referred to as the Arab Spring. Shifting social attitudes saw LGBT rights and female representation make substantial progress during the decade, particularly in the West and parts of Asia and Africa.

The United States continued to retain its global superpower status while an assertive China, along with launching vast economic initiatives and military reforms, sought to expand its influence in the South China Sea and in Africa, solidifying its position as a potential superpower; global competition between China and the U.S. coalesced into a "containment" effort and a trade war. Elsewhere in Asia, the Koreas improved their relations after a prolonged crisis and the War on Terror continued as Osama bin Laden was assassinated by U.S. forces in a raid on his compound in Pakistan as a part of the U.S.'s continued military involvement in many parts of the world. The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremist organization in 2014 erased the borders between Syria and Iraq, resulting in a multinational intervention that also saw the demise of its leader. In Africa, South Sudan broke away from Sudan, and mass protests and various coups d'état saw longtime strongmen deposed. Meanwhile, a global populist wave in the USA and Europe brought Donald Trump into the White House and Brexit. The European Union experienced a migrant crisis in the middle of the decade and the historic United Kingdom EU membership referendum followed by withdrawal negotiations during its later years. Russia attempted to assert itself in international affairs annexing Crimea in 2014.

Information technology progressed, with smartphones becoming widespread. The Internet of things saw substantial growth during the 2010s due to advancements in wireless networking devices, mobile telephony, and cloud computing. Advancements in data processing and the rollout of 4G broadband allowed data and information to disperse among domains at paces never before seen while online resources such as social media facilitated phenomena such as the Me Too movement and the rise of slacktivism and online call-out culture. Online nonprofit organization WikiLeaks gained international attention for publishing classified information on topics including Guantánamo Bay, Syria, the Afghan and Iraq wars, and United States diplomacy. Edward Snowden blew the whistle on global surveillance, raising awareness on the role governments and private entities have in mass surveillance and information privacy.

Global warming became increasingly noticeable through new record temperatures in different years and extreme weather events on all continents. The CO2 concentration rose from 390 to 410 PPM over the decade. At the same time, combating pollution and climate change continued to be major concerns, as protests, initiatives, and legislation garnered substantial media attention. Particularly, the Paris Agreement (2015) was adopted and a global climate youth movement was formed. Major natural disasters included the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the Nepal earthquake of 2015, the 2018 Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami, and the devastating hurricanes Washi (Sendong), Sandy, Bopha (Pablo), Haiyan (Yolanda), Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, Michael, and Idai.

Superhero and animated films became box office leaders, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Frozen and Despicable Me franchises being the most prominent of the decade. Motion Capture grew in terms of it's realism and reach, and was seen in movies like Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One. Cable providers saw a decline in subscriber numbers as cord cutters switched to lower cost online streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Disney+. On cable television as well as streaming services, a variety of shows gained popularity. Cartoons such as Rick and Morty and Adventure Time gained a cult following during the decade. Live Action television saw the rise of shows like The Big Bang Theory, a sitcom that resembled sitcoms of decades prior but had a strong focus on showcasing 2010s culture and technology (The Big Bang Theory remained in the top charts of US television for many years, and ended up reaching the #1 spot in terms of viewership during it's 2017-2018 season). YouTube in many ways grew a larger following than standard television, as videos and channels like Nyan Cat, FRED, The Annoying Orange, SMOSH, PewDiePie and others attracted millions of views. Animated content and reaction videos also became popular on YouTube throughout the decade. Globalism and an increased demand for variety and personalization in the face of music streaming services such as Spotify created many subgenres. Dance, hip-hop, and pop music surged into the 2010s, with EDM achieving mass commercial success. Digital music sales topped CD sales in 2012. The video game industry continued to be dominated by Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft; Minecraft became the best-selling game of all time. Video Games expanded their status across the world, as the Wii influenced gaming in much of the earlier part of the decade, and the Nintendo 3DS provided true 3D. The successful Nintendo Wii was followed by the Wii U in 2012, a failure. The PlayStation 4 and XBOX ONE released in 2013, and the PS4 became the highest selling console of the decade. Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the Nintendo Wii was one of the most critically acclaimed games of the decade winning many awards, including a perfect rating of 10/10 by IGN. Gaming on iPods, tablets, and cell phones was also an option in the form of apps like Fruit Ninja, Subway Surfers, Angry Birds, Candy Crush and Augmented Reality games like Pokémon Go. Fashion of the 2010s became more formal, and the fashion of the decade was often defined by gimmicky accessories, like Silly Bandz, Fidget Spinners, and people's handheld devices, cell phones, as well as gaming devices like the Nintendo DS/3DS, the PlayStation Vita, and in the later part of the decade, the Nintendo Switch. In the toy market, "Toys To Life" products became very popular, like Nintendo's amiibo, Activision's Skylanders, and Disney's Disney Infinity, all of which were action figures with NFC chips that synced up to video games to unlock certain things in their respective game or to be of use in game. The best-selling book of this decade was Fifty Shades of Grey.

Selected article

This section represents some of the best content of the decade.

One world trade center august 2019.jpg

One World Trade Center (also known as One World Trade, One WTC, or Freedom Tower) is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. One WTC is the tallest building in the United States, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. The supertall structure has the same name as the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The new skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 16-acre (6.5 ha) World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center. The building is bounded by West Street to the west, Vesey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south, and Washington Street to the east.

The building's architect is David Childs, whose firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) also designed the Burj Khalifa and the Willis Tower. The construction of below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the new building began on April 27, 2006. One World Trade Center became the tallest structure in New York City on April 30, 2012, when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building. The tower's steel structure was topped out on August 30, 2012. On May 10, 2013, the final component of the skyscraper's spire was installed, making the building, including its spire, reach a total height of 1,776 feet (541 m). Its height in feet is a deliberate reference to the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. The building opened on November 3, 2014; the One World Observatory opened on May 29, 2015. (Full article...)

Selected biography

photograph of the Queen in her eighty-ninth year
Elizabeth in 2015

Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms.

Elizabeth was born in Mayfair, London, as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth). Her father ascended the throne on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII in 1936, from which time she was the heir presumptive. She was educated privately at home and began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1947, she married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, with whom she had four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. (Full article...)

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  1. ^ Jones, Sam (1 January 2010). "A new decade: what's in a name?". The Guardian. United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Fletcher, Damien (1 January 2010). "What should we call the decade after the noughties?". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 20 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)