Things That Were A Thing: July 2019 Edition

Update: Check out Things That Were A Thing In August 2019

What happened in July? At the height of summer, the most important July 2019 trending topics include highlights from the 2020 presidential race, the US Women's soccer team, and all the other biggest news stories of the month. 

Perhaps you were too distracted by the World Cup to stay updated on what's happening in the music industry, or maybe the early stages of the debates have you too focused to think about the latest news in entertainment. Whatever it is, the events that defined July 2019 include memorable moments from the White House, the big screen summer blockbusters, unexpected natural disasters, and more. 

These are the most talked-about events and happenings of July 2019. If you want to take a look at the year as a whole, check out all of the 2019 trending topics

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    Millions RSVP To Storm Area 51 

    On June 27, the Facebook event "Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us" popped up on Facebook and 1.5 million users RSVP'd. Details of the event read:

    We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.

    Though many assume the event is a joke, the number of people interested in storming the government base prompted the US Air Force to warn against a civil invasion. Area 51 has long been the subject of conspiracy, with theorists suggesting the US government is hiding extraterrestrial life at the location. In reality, it is an Air Force training range. 

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    The US Women's Soccer Team Wins The World Cup For The Fourth Time

    On July 7, the US women's soccer team defeated the Netherlands 2-0 and won the World Cup for the fourth year. During the first half of the game, neither team sent the ball into the net, but Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored the winning goals. 

    With 13 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws, the US women's national soccer team made it to the World Cup and celebrated each success along the way. The team also managed to draw quite a bit of contention over the course of the 2019 campaign, with critics from opposing coaches, US soccer, and President Donald Trump stepping up to challenge them.  

    While on the road to qualifying for the World Cup, the team brought a lawsuit against their employers on the grounds that they are paid significantly less than the men's team.

    They also faced scrutiny from England's coach when they began scouting the only available hotel property for potential bookings - where the English team was staying - in case the US team made it to the World Cup, which they did. 

    The political drama between players Rapinoe and Alex Morgan and President Trump did not boost the team's national approval, yet their final game secured them as one of the most powerful voices advocating for national recognition of social inequalities. 

  • FaceApp Becomes A Social Media Sensation
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    FaceApp Becomes A Social Media Sensation

    On July 16, a photo-altering app called FaceApp went viral with its age-progression feature which allows users a glimpse into their future. The Jonas Brothers, Drake, Gordon Ramsay and countless other celebrities posted their age-defying photos to Instagram, sparking a phenomenon across social media platforms.

    FaceApp became so popular that it raised privacy concerns among users as well as government agencies. DNC officials publicly warned "people in the Democratic ecosystem" that the app was connected with a Russian company and it would be safer not to use it, according to the Washington Post.

    FaceApp's founder Yaroslav Goncharov assured the Washington Post that "no user data is transferred into the country, and 'most images' are deleted from company servers within 48 hours."

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    The Independence Day Earthquake Shakes California

    On July 4, the largest earthquake to hit California in two decades shook the southern half of the state at a magnitude of 6.4. The center for the quake occurred in Searles Valley, a remote city located about 125 miles north of Los Angeles, and was felt all the way from Mexicali near the Mexican border to Las Vegas and Reno, on the California/Nevada border. 

    A 5.4 magnitude aftershock occurred early morning July 5, following hundreds of small jolts throughout the day. Later that evening, around 8 pm, a 7.1 magnitude quake rocked Ridgecrest, near the Searles Valley, and rippled throughout Southern California. There were no reported casualties, but the economic damage to the small town and a few neighboring highways was immense.