Update: Check out April 2019's trending topics
What happened in March? We're just about a quarter into the year, and here you can find the most important March 2019 trending topics, like big news stories, political scandals, and the best new memes that are taking over your Twitter feed.
Given the 24-hour news cycle, it can be hard to keep up with all of the current trending stories. Maybe you didn't notice everything happening in March 2019 because you were too busy getting psyched for Captain Marvel. Or, maybe your March 2019 jam was preparing for the NCAA basketball tournament. It can be easy to get sucked into your own little world, but popular topics, breaking news, and whatever new binge-worthy series starts can make you feel like a part of something bigger.
These are the most talked about topics and events from March 2019. If you're feeling ambitious and want to stock up your small talk arsenal, check out all of the 2019 trending topics.
The New Zealand Christchurch Mosque Terror AttacksPhoto: Michael W NZ/Shutterstock
On March 15, 2019, 50 people were killed in two consecutive terrorist shootings at the Al Noor Mosque and the Lindwood Islamic Center during morning prayer. An additional 50 people were injured.
The attack was live-streamed for the first 17 minutes on Facebook. The assailant covered his weapons in white supremacist graffiti. After the attacks, officials found an unsigned 87-page manifesto outlining the planned shooting. The supsect, 28-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant, was charged with murder.
After the attacks, the New Zealand government was quick to reform gun laws, which had many advocates of stricter gun laws in the US wondering why their country didn't move as quickly with this type of legislation.Did this define March?
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On March 12, 2019, the world learned of an ongoing college admissions investigation involving roughly 50 wealthy parents, elite schools' administrations, and university athletic departments. According to the indictment, wealthy parents - including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin - used shell charities and bribes to get their children into top tier universities.
Both Huffman and Loughlin were arrested and charged with mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The revelation inspired a host of memes and reignited debates surrounding the exclusivity of higher education.Did this define March?
The Disney/Fox Merger
On March 20, Disney officially purchased 21st Century Fox. The $71.3 billion merger added Fox characters like Homer Simpson and Deadpool to the Disney family.
Disney, which already owns Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars, now owns Marvel characters that were previously exclusive to Fox (the Fantastic Four, the X-Men) along with FX Networks and National Geographic Partners.Did this define March?
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Sophie Turner, AKA Sansa Stark, proved that the Starks still have a chance at the Iron Throne while attending a Rangers game. The actress was caught on the jumbotron and chugged her wine like a true Lady of Winterfell.Did this define March?