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Things That Were A Thing: April 2019 Edition

Updated May 30, 2019 3.5k votes 499 voters 14.1k views17 items

List RulesVote up the events, celebrities, pop culture moments, and memes that defined April 2019 for you.

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What happened in April? It is finally starting to feel like Spring, and here you can find all of April 2019's trending topics, like which celebrities are breaking the internet, political gossip, and the funniest new memes popping up in all of your feeds. 

Keeping up with all the current trending stories is no easy feat, but this list makes knowing all of the most talked about topics of April 2019 easy to track. Maybe you didn't catch everything happening in April 2019 because you were way too busy theorizing about which Game of Thrones character will sit on the Iron ThroneOr maybe you were preoccupied with all the Avengers comic book storylines as you tried to figure out what will happen in Avengers: Endgame. It's easy to get caught up in your favorite pop culture properties, but knowing what's going on in April 2019 will help you feel informed and give you some good small talk fodder. 

These are the most talked about topics and events from April 2019. If you're already wondering what happened earlier this year, here are the trending topics from 2019

  • On April 15 a fire broke out at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Located in Paris, the initial construction on the landmark was completed in 1345 and it is widely thought of as a symbol of the city.

    The fire spread across the roof of the cathedral, causing parts of the spire to collapse. The church had recently been under renovation. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that "like all our fellow citizens, I am sad tonight to see this part of us burn."

    On April 17, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced an international architectural contest to redesign the cathedral's spire and roofline, saying the competition will give the building "a spire suited to the techniques and challenges of our time."

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    The First Picture Of A Black Hole

    On April 10, the Event Horizon Telescope captured the first photo of a black hole ever. 

    "We have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole," said EHT Director and astrophysicist Sheperd Doeleman at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

    The photo looks just as Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity would suggest, as spacetime is warped by the black hole's substantial mass. 

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  • Julian Assange's Arrest
    Photo: Cancilleria del Ecudar / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0

    On April 11, London Metropolitan Police arrested Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange. The Australian computer programmer had been staying in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 to avoid prosecution. The Ecuadorian government decided to end Assange's asylum "for repeatedly violating international conventions and protocol of coexistence."

    The police said Assange was captured "on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court on June 29, 2012, for failing to surrender to the court." They also noted that he was placed under arrest "on behalf" of US law enforcement. Assange is facing charges related to the tens of thousands of secret government documents he published on Wikileaks. He could potentially serve five years in US prison if convicted of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.

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    The Mueller Report

    On April 18, Attorney General William Barr released a "lightly redacted" version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russian election interference. While Mueller did not find conclusive evidence that President Trump was involved in any collusion, he said that the report "does not exonerate him."

    Twitter had a field day as users combed through the 442-page report. Some asked for the witch hunt to end, while others felt this report was just the tip of the iceberg. 


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