147 voters

Things That Were A Thing: June 2019 Edition

Updated December 17, 2019 690 votes 147 voters 15.1k views14 items

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

What happened in June? Summer is rapidly approaching, and here you can find all of June 2019's trending topics and the biggest news stories of the month. 

Keeping up with all the current trending stories can be tough, but this list makes knowing all of the most talked about topics in June 2019 easy to manage. Maybe you didn't hear about everything happening in June 2019 because you were too busy watching Kawhi Leonard in the NBA Finals. Or maybe the Democratic primary debates took up most of your headspace this June. As you gear up for backyard BBQs and other summer get-togethers, consider brushing up on all the trending topics of June 2019.

Here are the most talked about topics and events from June 2019, but don't limit yourself to this month's zeitgeist - check out all of 2019's trending topics.

  • Photo: Chernobyl / HBO

    Even though the five-part miniseries started at the beginning of May, its popularity exploded in June. The finale aired on June 3, and people could not stop talking about it.

    Interest in going to Chernobyl as a tourist exploded, and some tour agencies reported a 40% increase in trip bookings since the beginning of the series. It quickly became the highest fan-scored TV show on IMDB.

    It became so popular that Russian state TV started working on its own version of the events that unfolded on April 26, 1986. They claim American CIA operatives are at fault for the disaster.

    Did this define June?
  • Video: YouTube

    Taylor Swift premiered the music video for her song "You Need To Calm Down" on Monday June 17 on Good Morning AmericaThe video is packed with A-list celebrities including:

    Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Bobby Berk, Billy Porter, Ciara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, Hayley Kiyoko, Adam Rippon, Chester Lockhart, Dexter Mayfield, Hannah Hart, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, and Tan France. 

    The video comes just in time for Pride Month as the stars all appear as residents in an LGBTQ+ trailer park sharing cake and cosmos while watching a celebrity drag show. Not to mention, Katy Perry shows up to officially announce the pop duo's long feud has ended. 

    Did this define June?
  • Video: YouTube

    In June, President Trump and First Lady Melania made their way to the UK for an official visit.

    Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, welcomed President Trump and the first lady to their home for tea on June 3. Everything seemed to be going normally until Camilla looked at a camera behind her and gave it a subtle wink. The Duchess quickly became an internet hero.

    All of the other royals played nice with the American president, but media outlets saw the Duchess's wink as confirmation to all of the theatrics. As The Washington Post's Isaac Stanley-Becker put it, "Whatever else it was meant to communicate, if anything at all, the wink - labeled "cheeky" on social media - came off as an acknowledgment that the spectacle was really unfolding."

    Did this define June?
  • Photo: Exists/Lionsgate

    The FBI Released Its File On Bigfoot

    On June 5, the FBI tweeted out a link to their Bigfoot file. A majority of the record details communication between the Bureau and Peter Byrne, the director of the Bigfoot Information Center and Exihibtion, during the 1970s

    Byrne had asked the FBI to test hair his program was unable to identify. The FBI completed his request in December 1976.

    "It was concluded as a result of these examinations that the hairs are of deer family origin," wrote FBI Scientific and Technical Services Division Assistant Director Jay Cochran, Jr.

    Did this define June?