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Things That Were A Thing: September 2019 Edition

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What happened in September? The most important September 2019 trending topics recall the events people most remember from the first month of autumn. The biggest news stories of the month feature the latest developments in the 2020 election, natural disasters, and of course the highly anticipated, IT: Chapter Two

The events which define September 2019 include major changes in government as well as entertainment, and extend internationally to global politics 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

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    Hurricane Dorian Devastates The Bahamas

    Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas during the first weekend in September and continued up through the East Coast from Florida to Canada, leaving devastation in its wake. When Dorian hit the Bahamas, it was a Category 5 storm, the strongest storm to have ever touched down on the island. With 185 mph winds, heavy rainfall, and more, the storm officially claimed at least 45 victims by the time it settled in Canada, and that number is expected to grow given how many people are still missing. 

    By September 9, Dorian was a tropical storm in Canada. Nearly 400,000 Nova Scotia residents lost power and suffered wind damage and heavy rainfall. From September 5-7 Dorian made its way up the East Coast as a Category 2 storm. North Carolina saw a succession of tornados and nearly 16 to 24 inches of rainfall. Northeastern Florida faced nearly 36 inches of rainfall, but was spared a direct hit. 

    As the storm settled, evacuees from the Bahamas landed in Nassau or Florida. With nearly 70,000 people on the island without food or shelter, the US Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection as well as other government officials and neighboring countries stepped up to help survivors and provide them a place to stay. 

    Did this define September?
  • Photo: Anders Hellberg / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

    Greta Thunberg Addresses The UN

    At the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit, 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg addressed the United Nations General Assembly in regard to an apparent apathy toward climate change. Thunberg asked "How dare you?" of some of the world's most powerful people, alleging they are not doing enough to combat "crystal clear" science that our planet is in danger. 

    Thunberg appeared to be fighting back tears as she accused the UN of stealing her dreams with their "empty words" and being more concerned with money than with the "beginning of a mass extinction." 

    Thunberg's speech rang true for many climate change activists around the globe. She inspired a worldwide walkout when she began hosting weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish Parliament with a "School Climate Strike" sign. By September, over 100 countries saw students, employees, and ordinary people join in her protest.

    According to CNNThunberg is taking time away from her classes to join policymakers around the world to discuss our planet's climate. Her speech is a response to a petition signed by students from Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina, and Turkey who have accused the UN of violating their human rights by failing to properly take action against climate change. 

    Did this define September?
  • Photo: It: Chapter Two/Warner Bros.

    It: Chapter Two

    September 6, the highly anticipated sequel to 2017's IT hit theaters. The months-long campaign featured creepy carnivals in Los Angeles, as well as spooky trailers, and hints that Stephen King himself was scared of his own evil clown. 

    In Chapter Two the Losers' Club returns to Derry, ME, to face off with Pennywise one last time. As adults, they all have new problems, new fears, and are surprised to find the entity which haunted their childhood has come back to snack on the kids of 1985.

    Did this define September?
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    Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus, And Ariana Grande Release 'Don't Call Me Angel'

    Video: YouTube

    At midnight on Friday, September 13, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus, and Ariana Grande dropped the collaborative music video "Don't Call Me Angel," which will serve as the theme song for the 2019 Charlie's Angels reboot starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska. 

    The music video features Del Rey, Cyrus, and Grande acting as the infamous spies with a guest appearance by Elizabeth Banks, who directed the upcoming film. 

    Charlie's Angels premieres November 15. 

    Did this define September?