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The year of anniversaries

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When we are talking about anniversaries we think about big events, like birthdays, wedding anniversaries or other occasions, we wouldn’t even think that our famous bands and movies celebrate their own turning points. One and a half months is already gone from 2022 and we would not think that our famous films and songs will celebrate their anniversary this year.

In this article I will list some of the most well-known songs, films, and famous events from the past.

Not so long ago, in 2012 today’s famous musicians, like Pitbull, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Macklemore, Rudimental, or Avicii, were all fighting for the best song of the year. Hard to believe that the Gangnam Style (by PSY) song with its unforgettable dance, is already 10 years old.

The world-famous James Bond movies, which connects generations together, also celebrates its 60th birthday this year. The first Bond movie, Dr. No, was streamed in 1962, with the famous Sean Connery in the lead. There are more Bond movies which celebrates an anniversary this year. In 2002 and 2012, two new James Bond movies hit the theatres. In 2002 Pierce Brosnan performs Mr. Bond, then later in 2012 the last James Bond, Daniel Craig forms the main character.

For most adults, turning 30 is terrifying. Well, everything that happened in 1992 will turn 30 this year. The first Disneyland in Europe opened their gates 30 years ago in Paris. Almost 40 years after the grand opening of the original Disneyland in the USA.

30 years ago, Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. In the same year, the Duke and Duchess of York (Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson) also announce their separation. Both couples divorced in 1996.

In the United States, Cartoon Network cable television channel launched in 1992. This was a big turning point in the children TV channels in the 20th century.

15 years ago, the year was 2007. When movies and technologies changed our everyday life. The very first IPhone was published. There are probably, several movies when we hear the titles we are like ‘oh yeah, that’s my childhood!’ Well, 2007 was the year of the Disney, they released more than 17 movies that year. Including the Ratatouille, Alvin and the chipmunks, and the Bee movie.

More than two decades ago a new millenary year started. However, 2002 was not a pleasant year for the royal family. None the less, her majesty the Queen celebrated her Golden Jubilee, three days later, her beloved sister, Princess Margaret peacefully passed away. A couple of months later, Her Majesty’s mother, Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother), also passed away at the age of 102.

And this year Her Majesty will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee. Which marks her the longest monarch in British history.

20 years ago, Switzerland joined the United Nations, this was the first step to open politically to the world after a long time.

Several movie series remark there 20th anniversary this year. Like the second movie of the Harry Potter series, or The Lord of the Rings, but the second Star Wars movie also was launched in 2002.

Marvel studios throw the first Spider-Man movie 20 years ago, to celebrate its 40th anniversary since the famous Stan Lee wrote the first Spider-Man comic book in 1962.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) set the first ever radio broadcast a 100 years ago in London. Introducing radio to the public changed the everyday life in the 20th century.

Maybe this will be a bigger celebration for the next academic year, but Stirling University opened their gates 55 years ago. In September of 1967 the University of Stirling welcome more than 160 students to start their higher education.

To look back at the past can be good or bad. It can remind us how old we are, or what we lost, but it can also bring back good memories. The past can remind us about our mistakes, so we can avoid and learn from those events. This year holds more events than you would think and not just global interested events, everyone has their own reasons to celebrate.

These occasions will give us reason to celebrate and to stop for a second and think about our past and what we want for the future.

Featured Image: BBC News

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