2021 Time Capsule

by Colin Magner, Layout Editor

2021 has been one to remember. In every category imaginable, there has been something worth talking about.

Politics & Covid: 

Beginning with politics, the year started with none other than the infamous January 6th Capital Storming. The event was in hopes to stall the electoral votes from being counted. The rioters succeeded for only a short period of time, killing 7 in the process. The casualties of the riot consisted of three police officers and four civilians. 14 days following the event, Joseph R. Biden was inaugurated and sworn in as the 46th president with senator Kamala Harris as his VP.


 The house of representatives at the end of 2021 consists of 221 Democrats and 213 Republicans and the senate consists of 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats. The political atmosphere has been nothing short of eventful in recent years and it didn’t stop in this one.


The Taliban regained control of Afghanistan after a botched “escape plan”: by the US military, a $1 trillion infrastructure bill was passed to fix roads and bridges, and a $768 billion defense bill was passed. However, the talk of the town this year was Covid-19 by a long shot. The respiratory virus entered its 2nd year with the pandemic label. By the end of the year it took more than 800,000 Americans and 5,400,000 people globally. Although a vaccine was produced and over 210,000,000 Americans have gotten vaccinated. 


The entertainment industry was nothing short of engaging this year as well. From the worldwide smash tv show Squid Games to South Park being renewed for 6 seasons worth $900 million. The American Music Awards followed as 

  • Artist of the year: BTS
  • New artist of the year: Olivia Rodrigo
  • Collaboration of the year: Doja Cat ft. SZA
  • Favorite trending song: Megan Thee Stallion “Body”
  • Favorite Music Video: Lil Nas X “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”
  • Favorite Male Pop Artist: Ed Sheeran
  • Favorite Female Pop Artist: Taylor Swift
  • Favorite pop group/duo: BTS


The FDA approved both the Pfizer/Moderna version of the Covid vaccine as well as the first Alzheimer’s drug. The Johnson & Johnson variant of the vaccine was recalled for causing blood clots and other medically induced issues. The covid vaccine wasn’t the only vaccine developed in 2021 either. This year as well, a Malaria vaccine was produced in 2021. The vaccine consists of four shots and was developed by the company Mosquirix. 



  • Former NFL head coach and creator of the Madden video game series John Madden passed away on December 28th 2021. Betty White unfortunately passed as well at age 99 on December 31, 2021 from a stroke. 
  • TikTok passed Google as the most popular website and the Iphone 13 was released. 
  • Record high heat in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. States such as Oregon, reaching 116 degrees, and Washington reaching 108. 
  • Hurricane Ida, a category 4 storm, hit the people of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in late August and claimed 30 lives. Ida was the most damaging storm to hit the region since Hurricane Katrina.