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The Decade in Pictures, The New York Times, December 2019


The End Of Civilization As We Knew It, Part Seventeen.


The last winter solstice in the north and summer in the south of the second decade of the new millennium is here.

The 2010’s are coming to an end.

A time for reflection. A decade worth reflection.

The New York Times every year ends the year with a summary through photos. This year, they’ve also done it for the decade. And included every photo of the year collection during the decade.

It’s an indescribable journey.

Except to say that the images repeat and remind of what we are facing as a species.

When we started our series The End Of Civilization As We Knew It, on the summer solstice in the north and winter in the south a year and a half ago, we quoted, among other things, the text with the pictures of the year for 2015.

Here’s an excerpt from the post:

2015, in fact, had been a year of catastrophic warning. Here’s an excerpt from our second post in 2016, about photos of the year in The New York Times:

“One more look at pictures from 2015, from The New York Times. The introduction follows:

THIS was the year of the great unraveling, with international orders and borders challenged or broken, with thousands of deaths, vast flows of migrants and terrorist attacks on some of the most cherished symbols of civilization, both Western and Muslim.

Palmyra and Paris (twice). Aleppo, Homs, Kobani and even San Bernardino, Calif. The Syrian war grinds on, half the prewar population displaced or gone, and the Islamic State fills a vacuum created by sectarian struggle and Western fatigue.

The conflict spurred the migrants lapping against the shores of bourgeois Europe, a million or more, huddled in small boats or crammed into airless trucks, abused by human traffickers, thousands dead on the journey, prompting both empathy and backlash.

Just look. The year is here.

The outrages of Boko Haram and the Shabab in Africa. The abuse of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar. The war in Ukraine and the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan. New tensions in the skies over the Baltics and a Russian plane shot down by a NATO country for the first time in decades.

The ruins still in Gaza, a year after a brutal and inconclusive war, and Israel hunkering down in a region losing its compass. Even the energetic secretary of state, John Kerry, has given up on serious negotiations for Mideast peace.

So much uncertainty, anxiety, anomie, so many civilian victims: A crazed German pilot flew his plane into the French Alps; a Russian plane was destroyed over Sinai by what seemed to have been a bomb; attackers with automatic weapons killed 130 people in Paris in restaurants, a stadium and a concert hall.

Even the Earth seemed slightly unhinged ‘ the ice caps melting, sheep stuck in the smog of Beijing, huge snowstorms and floods, a major earthquake in Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries.

And in the United States, it was a year of anger and protest against police brutality, with racial unrest ripping apart Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo. A massacre of black worshipers in a church in Charleston, S.C. Drought and terror in California, blows to the myth of paradise.

Presidential politics took on a carnival atmosphere during the pre-primary season, with an amazing cast of would-be successors to a grayer, grumpier Barack Obama. Bernie Sanders, the sort-of socialist from Vermont by way of Brooklyn, was giving Hillary Clinton a run, at least, for her mounds of campaign money. Donald J. Trump thrilled, amused and horrified, depending on your point of view, with his populist fulminations, his hairdo and his narcissism.

But not all of the memorable events of the year were about loss, violence and terrorism.

The changing climate brought a historic if relatively toothless deal to cut carbon emissions and help the poorest countries cope.

The massacre in Charleston helped lower the Confederate flag over the South Carolina State House. The Supreme Court made same-sex marriages legal throughout the land.

The United States and the United Nations Security Council finally reached a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions, promising some sanctions relief and opening a still-uncertain path toward a Syrian settlement.

In another resolution of a longstanding diplomatic sore, the United States recognized Cuba. And Myanmar’s military government seemed at last to recognize the political victory of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who stuck to her principles through decades of house arrest.”

Even many of the good parts noted at the end turned bad as we look back.

As the Times noted, it was mid-decade of the 2010’s when the great unravelling became clear. And as we’ve pointed out, these reference points are just that, as history is an ongoing process.

One reference point that normally would have had enormous media coverage went unnoticed in the ongoing toxic news, or un-news, of our time–the fall of the Berlin Wall thirty years ago last month. It seemed impossible and breathtaking when this peaceful revolution succeeded and marked the end of the Cold War. An historic opportunity for global democracy and human rights, at first promising, but soon deteriorating into increased inequality.

In many ways, the 2010’s started at the end of 2008, with the financial crisis revealing the depths of economic inequality and systemic rot, which then went unaddressed. The reflex to sustain an unsustainable system was predictable in some respects, rather than suffering the pain of hitting-bottom. But sustaining the unsustainable inequality underneath it all just put off and made the consequences all the worse.

Fifty years ago today, one of the writers here, as a young student activist, was writing a poem, Dirge for the Eve of Christ’s Birth: 1969. It was mimeographed and hand-distributed to scores of Seattle families on Christmas Eve. It caused quite a stir. And in many ways marked the start of our work.

Here’s an excerpt:

On this eve of Christ’s birth two millenniums gone by, for the little it’s worth I must sit here and cry.

With Bethlehem came the sun, a message of hope… I see nothing but haters with guns and neurotics with dope. 

I see nothing but talk of peace and brotherhood, the message of the season, while the blood of the oppressed spills without cease, killing goes no for no reason.

I see nothing but lethargic thousands content with their American Dream, while the miserable millions are too busy starving to dream.

I long for Spring’s promise of life to be born amidst Winter’s shadow of death. I long for an end to all strife; for the child of peace to breathe his first breath!

So on this eve of Christ’s birth two millenniums gone by, for the little it’s worth… you may find it easy to cry.

The poem was much longer than this short excerpt, and wrenching.

Some of the words would change today. And in many respects, progress was made around the world after this was written.

Then not.

The world is on fire as we write. The fire of war and death on the streets of more cities and nations at the same time than perhaps ever. Not unlike 1968, the year which preceded the dirge above. But with even more fury and focus. Said by name everywhere. Inequality. Economic and social injustice. While other fires threaten to burn-up the planet.

Will we survive it?

That’s up to all of us.

Here’s The Decade in Pictures from The New York Times, December 2019, with the introduction by Joseph Kahn, managing editor:

The image shows a rebel fighter in Libya thrusting his Kalashnikov straight into the air as a truck-mounted rocket fires toward forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the Libyan dictator. It was the start of 2011, the heady early days of the Arab Spring. The photo is heroic. It is also foreboding.

A short time after that image was shot, Colonel el-Qaddafi was dead, a dictator removed and a popular uprising triumphant. But any celebration was fleeting. The photographer, Chris Hondros, died tragically covering the indiscriminate and interminable war there. The brief, flickering notion that the revolutions of the Arab Spring would herald a new era of openness and representative democracy in the world vanished quickly as well.

Instead, it now seems clear, the 2010s will be remembered as a decade of unceasing upheaval. The impulse to overthrow the entrenched elite reached every continent, sometimes with violent uprisings, sometimes with populist insurgencies that shook the institutions of leading democracies. As the decade closes out, it seems clear that a long period of fission, defined by the fraying of norms, the weakening of traditional political parties and the upending of post-Cold War alliances, has yet to fully run its course.

There have been other decades in history in which a revolutionary fervor or populist unrest went viral. A wave of uprisings against monarchy shook Europe in the 1840s. Indebted farmers in the United States revolted against the railroad barons and the Eastern elites in the 1890s. Mass protests at the end of the 1980s and beginning of the 1990s overthrew governments or transformed much of the communist world.

The unrest of the 2010s seems more varied and more global. But it is not difficult to imagine that the period will be remembered by history as another fateful era of populist tumult.

Few of the photographers illustrating the stories of the day could have seen that coming 10 years ago. Yet many of the most memorable images document its spread. During the early days of the antigovernment uprising in Yemen, an unforgettable photograph of a woman cradling a wounded relative inside a mosque turned hospital, by Samuel Aranda, is the counterpoint to Chris Hondros’s rebel fighter — the pain of conflict, in Yemen as in Libya, still searing a decade later.

The war in Syria began in 2011 as an isolated revolt against the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. There, too, civil war became a breeding ground for other discontents. Turkey’s aerial bombing of Tilsehir Hill in Syria, captured in a 2014 photo by Bulent Kilic, is a reminder of the many forces, ethnic, religious and geopolitical, drawn into Syria’s turmoil.

And then there were those who were pushed out. They risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean, some through now-porous Libya on the northern coast of Africa, others fleeing the uninhabitable cities across Syria for the apparent safety of Europe. Sergey Ponomarev’s photograph in late 2015 of migrants arriving on the island of Lesbos, in Greece, looks biblical, a desperate crossing made on faith and rickety boats.

Those migrants served as more than a release valve for conflict in the developing world. They also set off discontent, fueling a series of populist insurgencies in Europe, most notably Brexit, but also the Marine Le Pen movement in France and the rightist AfD in Germany. All were inspired by — and helped spread hostility toward — immigration and the globalist, free trade, open-border ideals of the European elite.

The United States never agreed to accept more than a tiny share of those displaced by conflicts in Northern Africa and the Middle East. But immigration of people from predominantly Muslim countries and Latin America was one factor that helped power the rise of an especially unlikely populist, Donald J. Trump. The iconic images of the second half of the decade as often capture the newly exposed rifts in American society as ongoing instability abroad.

At one end of the spectrum is a photograph of Ieshia Evans, who made a defiant stand against police officers at a protest in Baton Rouge, La., to call for action against excessive force by the police against black men and women. At the other, in Georgia, in the spring of 2018, is the lighting of a swastika after a rally of the National Socialist Movement, amid a rise in white supremacist violence.

The enduring photos by Damon Winter, Doug Mills and Erin Schaff capture both the Trump campaign and the Trump presidency: an ardent young follower at a rally; a crisply cuffed president in the cabinet room; a meeting with Kim Jong-un of North Korea at the DMZ; and Nancy Pelosi’s “clap back” at the State of the Union address. Each recalls a distinct moment in presidential history: an American leader who stokes division and celebrates defiance of past presidential norms.

The decade closes with the House of Representatives voting to impeach Mr. Trump, ensuring that instability will continue to define politics at the opening of a new decade as it did the one we leave behind.



An environmental crisis in
the Gulf of Mexico, and a
volcano causes chaos in Europe.

Gulf of Mexico, April 20

In an image provided to The New York Times, emergency crews battled towering flames at BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded on April 20 and sank days later, leaving 11 men dead and spilling about 200 million gallons of oil into the gulf.

2010 was rocked by natural disasters, with a destructive quake in Haiti and devastating floods in Pakistan. Elsewhere, the U.S. doubled down on its mission in Afghanistan.

Kunar Province, Afghanistan, March 11

Afghan soldiers evacuated a wounded police officer to a United States Army outpost after a security checkpoint was ambushed by Taliban militants.

Moises Saman for The New York Times

Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland, April 18

The eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcanosent ash clouds soaring 18,000 to 33,000 feet into the sky, causing a sweeping shutdown of airspace over northern Europe that left thousands of flights canceled.

Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson/; FocusOnNature

Kabul, Afghanistan, July 15

Bibi Aisha, an 18-year-old Afghan woman whose nose and ears were cut off by her husband, a Taliban fighter, and his family after she fled their abuse.

Jodi Bieber

Sindh Province, Pakistan, Sept. 13

A Pakistani Army helicopter set off a scramble for rations while delivering aid in Goza in the Dadu District, as catastrophic floodingdevoured villages and agricultural lands, affecting some 20 million people.

Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

April 5

American soldiers in full gear on a C-17 military transport plane from Manas Air Force Base in Kyrgyzstan to Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan.

Damon Winter/The New York Times

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 15

A downtown street three days after a devastating magnitude 7 earthquake struck the island. More than 200,000 people lost their lives and tens of thousands of buildings were destroyed.

Damon Winter/The New York Times


The Arab Spring takes hold, and
a space program comes to an end.

Ajdabiya, Libya, April 14

A rebel fighter celebrated as a rocket was fired toward troops loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the Libyan leader who was ousted and killed. The photographer, Chris Hondros, was fatally wounded the following week in a mortar attack by government forces in Misrata, Libya.

Chris Hondros/Getty Images

2011 was a year of revolution, as Arab Spring uprisings spread and the Occupy movement rallied against economic inequality. There was also a royal wedding.Visit the Year in Pictures here →

Washington, May 1

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other members of the national security team watched from the White House Situation Room as commandos conducted the raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden.

Pete Souza/The White House, via Associated Press

Natori, Japan, March 11

Houses burned in the aftermath of a tsunami set off by a magnitude 9 earthquake. The disaster left almost 20,000 people dead and sent the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into meltdown.

Kyodo News, via Associated Press

Sana, Yemen, Oct. 15

A woman held a wounded relative inside a mosque being used as a hospital by antigovernment demonstrators. President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen would later step down, ending his three-decade rule.

Samuel Aranda for The New York Times

Milliken, Colo., Oct. 5

As a housing crisis gripped the nation, Chase Milam, 1, watched an eviction team removing items from his family’s foreclosed home.

John Moore/Getty Images

Cape Canaveral, Fla., July 21

The space shuttle Atlantis touched down at Kennedy Space Center, the 135th shuttle mission and the last in NASA’s 30-year program.

Sandra Joseph Kevin O’Connell/NASA, via Associated Press


Hurricane Sandy ravages the
Northeast, and a massacre at
a school in Newtown, Conn.

New York City, Oct. 31

An aerial view of Manhattan reflected the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which plunged parts of the city south of 39th Street into darkness for days. The powerful wind gusts and storm surges flooded buildings, crippled transit systems and brought the city to a halt.

Iwan Baan/Reportage by Getty Images

2012 saw civil war take hold in Syria, feats of athleticism at the London Olympics, and divided voters re-elect President Obama.Visit the Year in Pictures here →

Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 18

Two Syrian rebel soldiers tensely guarded their position in the Karmel Jabl neighborhood as light streamed through bullet holes in the wall behind them.

Javier Manzano/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Gaza City, Nov. 19

A resident surveyed the damage as the Israeli military conducted a wave of deadly airstrikes on the Palestinian enclave. Israel contended that Hamas had precipitated the conflict.

Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Moscow, May 7

Vladimir V. Putin entered St. Andrew’s Hall in the Grand Kremlin Palace to reclaim the Russian presidency. His inauguration seemed to re-energize large antigovernment street protests.

Alexei Druzhinin/Russian International News Agency, via Associated Press

Aleppo, Syria, Aug. 21

Wounded civilians in a field hospital after an airstrike destroyed a bakery. Opponents of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, reported a widening campaign by the military to sow fear in areas where the rebels were strong.

Édouard Elias/Getty Images

New Delhi, March 26

A Tibetan man set himself aflame to protest the impending visit to India of China’s president. Dozens of Tibetans have immolated themselves to draw attention to what they see as repression by the Chinese government.

Manish Swarup/Associated Press

Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14

Fear etched on their faces, children at Sandy Hook Elementary were led to safety after a mass shooting that left 26 dead at the school, including 20 first graders.

Shannon Hicks/Newtown Bee, via Associated Press


Bomb blasts at the Boston
Marathon, and a devastating
typhoon in the Philippines.

Boston, April 15

Bill Iffrig, 78, was knocked to the ground by the second of two bomb blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The explosions killed three people and injured 260 more.

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe, via Associated Press

In 2013, gunmen stormed a mall in Kenya, a factory collapsed in Bangladesh, and the world said goodbye to Nelson Mandela. Visit the Year in Pictures here →

Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 24

A man and a woman were uncovered in the rubble of Rana Plaza, an eight-story building that housed several clothing factories. More than 1,100 factory workers died when the complex collapsed.

Taslima Akhter

Washington, Aug. 28

President Barack Obama with Yolanda Renee King, the only grandchild of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., after a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 21

A woman tried to shelter children from gunfire in an attack on the Westgate shopping mall. Dozens were killed in the massacre, which was claimed by the Shabab, a Somali Islamist group.

Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Guiuan, Philippines, Nov. 19

The devastation from Typhoon Haiyan, as seen from a United States Navy helicopter. The storm’s surge swept away small villages and displaced more than 650,000 people.

Bryan Denton for The New York Times

Dover Air Force Base, Del., April 27

Staff Sgt. Miguel Deynes prepared a final uniform for Capt. Aaron R. Blanchard. Captain Blanchard and his Apache co-pilot, First Lt. Robert J. Hess, were killed in a rocket attack in Afghanistan.

Ashley Gilbertson for The New York Times

Soweto, South Africa, Dec. 8

Young parishioners offered prayers for Nelson Mandeladuring a Mass at the Regina Mundi Roman Catholic church. Mr. Mandela died Dec. 5 at age 95.

Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times


Fiery antigovernment protests
in Ukraine, and one of the
greatest sports catches ever.

Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 19

Demonstrators burned barricades to keep riot police officers from storming Independence Square, the epicenter of monthslong protests against the government of President Viktor F. Yanukovych.

Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

In 2014, the largest Ebola outbreak in history swept West Africa, hundreds died in a South Korean ferry disaster and Ferguson, Mo., became the epicenter of U.S. racial politics and protest.Visit the Year in Pictures here →

Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 11

A man was confronted by law enforcement officers as protests erupted over the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a white police officer.

Whitney Curtis for The New York Times

Tenosique, Mexico, July 2

Migrants traveling toward the United States on “The Beast,” a train known for rampant accidents and violent crime. A sudden surge of migrants from Central America cast scrutiny on Mexico’s southern border.

Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

East Rutherford, N.J., Nov. 23

Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants pulled off a spectacular one-handed catch to score a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

Al Bello/Getty Images

Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 5

Medical workers took James Dorbor, 8, into an Ebola treatment center after he had spent hours waiting outside. The Ebola outbreak was the largest in history, killing more than 11,300 people across West Africa.

Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Off the coast of Libya, June 7

Migrants waited to be rescued from their overcrowded boat. Thousands fleeing war and poverty in North or West Africa braved the treacherous waters of the Mediterranean Sea to try to reach Italy.

Massimo Sestini

Donetsk, Ukraine, Aug. 26

The debris of a damaged kitchen as fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists intensified.

Sergei Ilnitsky/European Pressphoto Agency

Istanbul, March 12

A girl was wounded as the death of Berkin Elvan ignited clashes between the police and antigovernment protesters. Berkin, 15, had become a symbol of resistance after he was struck in the head by a tear-gas canister and left in a coma.

Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Aleppo Province, Syria, Oct. 23

An airstrike targeted suspected Islamic State militantsnear the Syria-Turkey border, as seen from the Turkish side.

Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


A vast flow of migrants to Europe,
and a march in Selma, Ala.

Lesbos, Greece, Nov. 16

Migrants arriving in Greece on a Turkish boat, whose owner was later arrested. More than one million migrants entered Europe in 2015, many fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and beyond.

Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

2015 saw Paris attacked twice by terrorists, the U.S. Supreme Court affirming same-sex marriage as a nationwide right, and a migrant toddler’s death that horrified the world.Visit the Year in Pictures here →

Paris, Nov. 13

A victim outside the Bataclan theater, where 90 people were killed in coordinated terrorist attacks that left 40 more dead across the city and in a northern suburb.

Jerome Delay/Associated Press

Greenland, July 19

Meltwater flowing through the Greenland ice sheet, one of the biggest and fastest-melting chunks of ice on Earth. This river is one of a network of thousands at the front line of climate change.

Josh Haner/The New York Times

Selma, Ala., March 7

President Barack Obama joined thousands in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the 50th anniversary of a confrontation between the police and protesters that led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Bhaktapur, Nepal, April 29

Residents retrieved belongings from homes four days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the country and left over 9,000 dead.

Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Bodrum, Turkey, Sept. 2

Alan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian toddler whose body washed up on the Turkish coast. The haunting image drew public attention to the migrant crisis.

Nilufer Demir/Dogan News Agency, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


A fierce presidential campaign
and Black Lives Matter protests.

Grand Junction, Colo., Oct. 18

Jaden Rams, 13, yelled his support for Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate. Three years later, Jaden would call the presidential campaign and its aftermath “a travesty for American unity.”

Damon Winter/The New York Times

2016 brought shock, as Donald Trump defied polls to win the U.S presidency and Britons voted to leave the E.U. There was also the death of the longtime Cuban leader, Fidel Castro.Visit the Year in Pictures here →

Baton Rouge, La., July 9

Ieshia Evans stood calmly as she was arrested by officers in riot gear during a Black Lives Matter protest following the police shooting death of Alton Sterling.

Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Manila, Oct. 9

Jimji, 6, cried out in anguish at the sight of her slain father, Jimboy Bolasa. President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines oversaw a brutal campaign against suspected drug users or dealers, with a call to “slaughter them all.”

Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 14

Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiled as he glanced back at his competition, cruising to victory in the 100-meter semifinal at the 2016 Olympics. He went on to win the final sprint in 9.81 seconds.

Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Near Viñales, Cuba, Jan. 29

A crowd gathered to watch a cockfight in Cuba’s countryside. The nation’s fiery leader, Fidel Castro, died in November at the age of 90.

Tomas Munita for The New York Times

Brooklyn, N.Y., June 7

Hillary Clinton savored the moment at a rally at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, later claiming the Democratic presidential nomination after decisive victories in the California, New Jersey and New Mexico primaries.

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Bismarck, N.D., Sept. 9

Catcher Cuts the Rope was one of thousands of tribal members who gathered to protest the Dakota Access pipeline, which they said threatened water supplies and sacred lands.

Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Aug. 25

Omar Mendoza, a schizophrenic patient at El Pampero Hospital. The nation’s economic collapse led to a shortage of food at the facility, as well as the drugs needed to control patients’ psychiatric afflictions.

Meridith Kohut for The New York Times


The #MeToo movement and
an exodus from Myanmar.

Detroit, Oct. 27

The actress Rose McGowan speaking about the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault during the Women’s Convention.

Erin Kirkland for The New York Times

In 2017, women across the world rallied for their rights, the fight against the Islamic State surged, and Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas. Visit the Year in Pictures here →

Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12

At a white supremacist rally, a driver rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, throwing people into the air and killing a woman, Heather Heyer. The driver, James Fields Jr., was later sentenced to life in prison.

Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress, via Associated Press

Mosul, Iraq, March 15

Civilians who had remained in Mosul lined up for aid. The battle to retake the city from Islamic State militants left up to one million people trapped with little food and water.

Ivor Prickett for The New York Times

Las Vegas, Oct. 1

People fled for cover as a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival. It was one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, with 58 people killed and hundreds more injured.

David Becker/Getty Images

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Nov. 3

Refugees from the Rohingya minority headed to shelters after fleeing a brutal crackdown in Myanmar. More than 640,000 refugees sought shelter in Bangladesh this year.

Tomas Munita for The New York Times


Detentions of migrant families,
and a heartbreaking image of war.

McAllen, Texas, June 12

A 2-year-old Honduran girl cried as her mother was searched by a border agent. A “zero tolerance” immigration policy led to the separation of thousands of children from their parents.

John Moore/Getty Images

2018 saw a migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, a Supreme Court nominee in the spotlight and a massacre at a Florida school that sparked a worldwide gun control movement.Visit the Year in Pictures here →

Washington, Sept. 27

Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee over sexual assault allegations.

Erin Schaff for The New York Times

Aslam, Yemen, Oct. 18

Amal Hussain, who died at age 7 from malnutrition soon after this photograph was taken. The Saudi-led war in Yemen pushed millions to the brink of starvation.

Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Draketown, Ga., April 21

Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the larger neo-Nazi groups in the United States, burned a swastika after a rally in a nearby town.

Mark Peterson/Redux

Washington, Jan. 9

President Trump meeting with members of the Senate in the White House.

Doug Mills/The New York Times


Unrest in Hong Kong and
a devastating fire in France.

Hong Kong, July 1

Antigovernment protesters clashed with the police before a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China from Britain.

Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times

In 2019 the news played out on the streets, with protests from Hong Kong to Venezuela, to France, Britain and Chile. There was also a historic meeting in North Korea.Visit the Year in Pictures here →

Washington, Feb. 5

Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, applauded President Trump at his State of the Union address. It was a clap that resonated around the world.

Doug Mills//The New York Times

Paris, May 20

Notre-Dame cathedral remained standing amid its renovation scaffolding after an extensive fire that threatened the complete destruction of one of France’s most revered monuments.

Thomas Goisque

Demilitarized Zone, June 30

President Trump became the first sitting American commander in chief to set foot in North Korea when he met Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader.

Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Windsor, Calif., Oct. 27

Firefighters battled the Kincade fire, which forced the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people in Northern California.

Max Whittaker for The New York Times

Washington, Dec. 10

Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, with committee members, lawyers and aides, reviewed the articles of impeachment against President Trump before publicly announcing them.

Erin Schaff/The New York Times

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Curated by David Furst and Jeffrey Henson Scales. Research by Jack Begg. Designed and produced by Umi Syam. Additional production by Justin Baek, Peter Blair, Natasha King and Jessica Schnall.