Things That Were A Thing: October 2019 Edition  

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October 9, 2019 29 votes 16 voters 4 items

What happened in October? The most important October 2019 trending topics recall the events people most remember from the spookiest month of the year. The events that define October 2019 feature major political news, the latest releases in entertainment, natural disasters, and, of course, Halloween. 

The biggest news stories of October include the Joker movie breaking box office records in its opening weekend, Bernie Sanders's hospitalization, and more. The most talked-about happenings of the month captured our attention for a brief period, but if you want to take a look at the year as a whole, check out all of the 2019 trending topics

The 'Joker' Movie Breaks Box O... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Things That Were A Thing: October 2019 Edition
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The 'Joker' Movie Breaks Box Office Records

Todd Phillips's dramatic adaptation of the infamous Batman villain story premiered on October 4, and over the weekend it managed to rake in a total domestic earning of $96 million. Joker set the record for biggest global opening in the month of October with $234 million, outranking 2018's Venom, Marvel's solo supervillain drama that previously held the title at $207 million. 

Critics ranked the film at 69% on Rotten Tomatoes, calling it "dark, terrifying, disgusting, brilliant, and unforgettable." Audiences also appear to have enjoyed Joaquin Phoenix's rendition of the Joker, scoring the film at 90%. 

Joker stands alone in its interpretation of the clown prince of crime. It follows Arthur Fleck as he transforms from an outcast clown-for-hire and failed comedian into Gotham's most ardent nemesis. 

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Jane Fonda Is Detained Outside The Capitol

Actress Jane Fonda, 81, most recently recognized for her role as Grace Hanson in the Netflix original Grace and Frankie, was detained on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 11 while protesting against climate change.

In a conversation with The Washington Post on October 10, Fonda expressed her intention to protest until she was arrested, saying, "I'm going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of [Grace and Frankie] and I'm going to go to DC and I'm going to have a rally every Friday... We're going to engage in civil disobedience and we're going to get arrested every Friday."

Eva Malecki, the US Capitol police communications director , told People magazine that Fonda was the third of 16 people arrested "for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the US Capitol" and charged with "crowding, obstructing, or incommoding" on October 11.

Fonda was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg to push lawmakers to take action against climate change. 

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Bernie Sanders Is Hospitalized After A Heart Attack

On October 2, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders's campaign announced he would be canceling his upcoming events while being treated for artery blockage. Sanders was headed from Nevada and California to Iowa when he was hospitalized. 

Sanders's adviser Jeff Weaver said Sanders "experienced some chest discomfort" during a recent campaign event, and "following medical evaluation and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted." On October 4, his campaign released a statement confirming the senator suffered a heart attack and spent two and half days in the hospital before returning home.

Sanders is running for president in the 2020 election. He has maintained a rigorous schedule attending several events a day in multiple cities. According to Weaver, the 78-year-old senator is "conversing and in good spirits" and would be taking time to rest and recover.

Sanders himself said, "I feel great, and after taking a short time off, I look forward to getting back to work."

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The California Power Outage

California's Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) company shut down services for as many as 800,000 customers October 8 and 9. Due to high wind forecasts, PG&E determined the best way to avoid a potential fire was to turn off its power. The electric company is responsible for dozens of wildfires across the state in recent years, and hope to avoid another dangerous situation.

Residents of the 34 counties affected by PG&E's decision expressed dissatisfaction with their lives being interrupted. California school districts had the days off, as well as many workplaces. Gas stations and other businesses closed up, and The New York Times suggested it could take up to five days for inspectors to determine that all the power lines associated with PG&E are safe.

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