Britannica Year in Review. A retrospective of the year's biggest stories!

Every year, our lives are shaped by events large and small. In Britannica Year in Review, we take a look back at these moments and put them in context with facts and the trusted reputation that comes from 250 years of world-renowned expertise.

Story of the Year

Britannica Year in Review?
Story of the Year

Global Warming

One of our most revisited topics and one of humanity’s most pressing issues, global warming dominated both at Britannica and around the world. With events such as Greta Thunberg’s call-to-action for world leaders, to the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, global warming was on the forefront of conversation everywhere. Read more about Britannica’s story of the year and explore other important events below.

Stories of Timeless Impact

Stories of Timeless Impact

The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

In 2019 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. This momentous event was just one of several whose enduring impact still resonates with us today. Read more about the Apollo 11 anniversary or explore more Stories of Timeless Impact.

Stories of Loss

Stories of Loss

Every year, the world loses some of our most influential citizens. From poets to world leaders, businesspeople to philanthropists, these individuals left a lasting impact on the world.

Stories of Tragedy

Stories of Tragedy

2019 had no shortage of shocking events. Learn more about some of the most tragic happenings throughout the year and the significance behind them.

Stories of the Bizarre

Stories of the Bizarre

There was a llama where? Jim Carrey is currently arguing with whom? Some of the year’s most intriguing head-scratchers led to some interesting traffic spikes at Britannica. Take a look at some of the more peculiar stories of the year, and learn more about the truth behind the bizarre!

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