Let’s see how much news from 2019 you remember:
In March, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ star Luke Perry died at age 52 from complications following a stroke. What current show was he on?
At the time of his death, Perry was winning over a new generation of fans as Fred Andrews (Archie’s dad) on ‘Riverdale.’ His final big-screen role was in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time in Hollywood,’ for which he received a SAG Award nomination.
Coy Luther “Luke” Perry III was an American actor. He became a teen idol for playing Dylan McKay on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2000. He also starred as Fred Andrews on the CW series Riverdale, had guest roles on notable shows such as Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Simpsons, and Will & Grace, and also starred in several films, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds, The Fifth Element, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his final feature performance.
Lived: Oct 11, 1966 – Mar 04, 2019 (age 52)
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Spouse: Rachel Sharp (m. 1993 – 2003)
Children: Sophie Perry (Daughter) · Jack Perry (Son)
Education: Fredericktown High School
Siblings: Emily Bennett (Sister) · Amy Perry (Sister) · Thomas Perry (Brother)
What iconic world landmark was ravaged by fire in April?
A fire tore through the 855-year-old global landmark, engulfing its roof and iconic spire. This year was the first time in more than 200 years that Christmas mass was not held at the cathedral.
Notre-Dame de Paris, referred to simply as Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral was consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Its pioneering use of the rib vault and flying buttress, its enormous and colourful rose windows, as well as the naturalism and abundance of its sculptural decoration set it apart from the earlier Romanesque style. Major components that make Notre Dame stand out include one of the world’s largest organs and its immense church bells.
Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II, Paris 75004
Phone: 01 53 10 07 02
Height: 315 feet (Architectural)
Architects: Pierre de Montreuil · Jean de Chelles · Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus
Architectural style: French Gothic Architecture
In January, which country landed a lunar probe on the far side of the moon?
The probe made its final descent from a landing orbit just over nine miles above the moon’s surface. It sent back the world’s first close-range image of the far side of the moon—the mysterious hemisphere of the moon that always faces away from Earth.
Chang’e 4 is a robotic spacecraft mission, part of the second phase of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program. It achieved the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon, on 3 January 2019.
What did New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski do in 2019?
The 29-year-old retired in March with three Super Bowl rings. NFL fans will miss him—except those who root for the 49ers, Bears, Bengals, Bills, Broncos, Browns, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, Jaguars, Giants, Jets, Lions, Packers, Panthers, Raiders, Rams, Ravens, Redskins, Saints, Seahawks, Steelers, Texans, Titans, or Vikings.
Robert James Gronkowski, nicknamed “Gronk”, is a former American football tight end who is a football analyst for Fox Sports. He played his entire professional career for the New England Patriots of the National Football League until his retirement in March 2019. He is a three-time Super Bowl champion, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, four-time First Team All-Pro selection, and was the highest ranked tight end in the annual NFL Top 100 Players five times. He is also in the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Born: May 14, 1989 (age 30) · Amherst, NY
Height: 6 feet 6 inches
Salary: $9 million USD (2015)
40-yard dash time: 4.65 seconds
Net worth: $40 million USD (2019)
Siblings: Chris Gronkowski (Brother) · Dan Gronkowski (Brother) · Glenn Gronkowski (Brother) · Gordie Gronkowski, Jr. (Brother)
Which maligned 1980s product made a temporary comeback in July, thanks to the Netflix show ‘Stranger Things’?
Answer: New Coke
Why Coke changed its formula in 1985 is a mystery that remains unsolved, but New Coke was rereleased as part of a promotion for the show’s third season. Will season four address the scourge of Crystal Pepsi?
New Coke was the unofficial name for the reformulation of Coca-Cola introduced in April 1985 by the Coca-Cola Company. In 1992, it was renamed Coke II. By 1985, Coca-Cola had been losing market share to diet soft drinks and non-cola beverages for many years. Blind taste tests indicated that consumers seemed to prefer the sweeter taste of rival Pepsi-Cola, and so the Coca-Cola recipe was reformulated. However, the American public’s reaction to the change was negative, and “New Coke” was considered a major failure. The company reintroduced Coke’s original formula within three months, rebranded “Coca-Cola Classic”, resulting in a significant sales boost. This led to speculation New Coke formula had been a marketing ploy to stimulate sales of original Coca-Cola, which the company has denied.
Who topped Forbes’ list of highest paid celebrities for 2019?
Answer: Taylor Swift
Swift’s ‘Reputation’ tour and album earned her an estimated $185 million—which is what it takes to keep up with the Kardashian family. Kylie Jenner was right behind her on the list, while Jay-Z made separate headlines as the first hip-hop billionaire in history.
Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. At age 14, she became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house and, at 15, she signed her first record deal. Her 2006 eponymous debut album was the longest-charting album of the 2000s in the US and its third single, “Our Song”, made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Swift’s second album, Fearless, was released in 2008. Buoyed by the pop crossover success of the singles “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me”, it became the US’ best-selling album of 2009 and was certified diamond by the RIAA. The album won four Grammy Awards, and Swift became the youngest Album of the Year winner.
Born: Dec 13, 1989 (age 30) · Reading, PA
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Net worth: $400 million USD (2019)
Upcoming movies: Taylor Swift: Miss Americana
Awards: Grammy Awards (12) · Academy of Country Music Awards (5) · Billboard Music Award (3) · American Music Awards + Other awards (76)
Nominations: Golden Globe Awards (3) · Grammy Awards (19) · Academy of Country Music Awards (5) · American Music Awards + Other awards (70)
Spotify revealed its most streamed artist of the decade. Who was it?
The rapper’s songs have been streamed 28 billion times in the last 10 years. No word on where he’s going to spend the $2.80 he earned.
Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and businessman. Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the 2000s; intent on pursuing a career in music, he left the series in 2007 after releasing his debut mixtape Room for Improvement. He released two further independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.
Born: Oct 24, 1986 (age 33) · Toronto, CA
Height: 6 feet 0 inches
Net worth: $170 million USD (2019)
Romance: Rihanna · Jennifer Lopez
Parents: Dennis Graham (Father) · Sandi Graham (Mother)
Nominations: Grammy Awards (30) · Billboard Music Award (3) · BET Awards (5) · American Music Awards + Other awards (59)
Which iconic car was discontinued in 2019?
The tiny car designed by Ferdinand Porsche (yes, that Porsche) and first produced in 1938 was sent off in 2019 with a tasteful ‘Final Edition.’ Volkswagen has discontinued it twice before, so you never know what the new decade could bring.
The Volkswagen Beetle—officially the Volkswagen Type 1, informally in German the Käfer, in parts of the English-speaking world the Bug, and known by many other nicknames in other languages—is a two-door, rear-engine economy car, intended for five occupants, that was manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen from 1938 until 2003.
Classes: Economy car · Sedan · Subcompact car
Designer: Ferdinand Porsche
Successor: Volkswagen Golf Mk1 , Volkswagen New Beetle
Which word did Merriam-Webster update the definition of?
The dictionary added a new entry to the pronoun ‘they’: ‘a way to refer to a nonbinary individual.’ More than 500 new words were added, including ‘fabulosity,’ ‘vacay,’ and ‘dad joke.’
Merriam-Webster, Inc., is an American company that publishes reference books and is especially known for its dictionaries. In 1828, George and Charles Merriam founded the company as G & C Merriam Co. in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1843, after Noah Webster died, the company bought the rights to An American Dictionary of the English Language from Webster’s estate. All Merriam-Webster dictionaries trace their lineage to this source.
Headquarters: Springfield, MA
Founders: Noah Webster · Charles Merriam · George Merriam
Parent organization: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
Who did ‘Sports Illustrated’ name sportsperson of the year?
Answer: Megan Rapinoe
Rapinoe’s rapid rise with the US Women’s National Team—winning the World Cup in July—included highlighting gender and pay discrimination, and earning recognition from ‘Sports Illustrated.’ Our other answer options didn’t take the year off: Gymnast Simone Biles won five gold medals at the world championships, while Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg won World Series MVP.
Megan Anna Rapinoe is an American professional soccer player who captains Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League and the United States women’s national soccer team, playing primarily as a winger. Winner of the Ballon d’Or Féminin and named The Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2019, Rapinoe helped lead the U.S. to win the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, and finish runners-up at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Since 2018, she co-captains the national team alongside Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. She previously played for the Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, and MagicJack in Women’s Professional Soccer, as well as Olympique Lyonnais in France’s Division 1 Féminine.
Born: Jul 05, 1985 (age 34) · Redding, CA
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Team: Reign FC (Forward #15)
Net worth: $3 million USD (2019)
Siblings: Brian Rapinoe (Brother) · Rachael Rapinoe (Sister)
Education: University of Portland