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Things That Were A Thing: December 2019 Edition  

Sammy Leary
2019年12月11日 1.5k votes 420 voters 6.9k views 7 items

The most important December 2019 trending topics not only cover what happened in December around the world in politics and entertainment, but also how our nation has responded to natural disasters and what the latest memes are. The events that define December 2019 feature the premiere of The Rise of Skywalker, the conclusion to the latest Star War's trilogy, news about the 2020 presidential election, and more. 

The biggest news stories of December bring the 2019 year to a close and give us a sneak peak at what's to come at the end of the decade. The most talked-about happenings of the holiday season 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 Child (Baby Yoda) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Things That Were A Thing: December 2019 Edition
Photo: The Mandalorian/Disney Plus

In November, the highly anticipated streaming service Disney+ debuted, and with it came the relentlessly adorable Child, whom fans have dubbed "Baby Yoda." The Child is the bounty of the titular Mandalorian the Disney series, The Mandalorian. Mando and The Child have a partnership so sweet fans have turned them into memes, and the little green Jedi even got its own Funko Pop! figurine on December 3. 

The Child resembles what fans speculate a baby Yoda might have looked like, though its actual name and origin are unclear as of episode 5. What is clear is that The Child has immense power, is 50 years young, and has the ability to incapacitate Star Wars fans and internet users everywhere. 

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The President Is Impeach... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things That Were A Thing: December 2019 Edition
Photo: Shealah Craighead/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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The President Is Impeached

In a historic moment in American politics, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump on December 18 for obstructing Congress and misusing his power. He is the third US president to face being removed from office by the Senate.  

The House voted 230 to 197 that the president was guilty of misusing his power, and 229 to 198 that he was guilty of obstructing Congress. He was accused of pressuring Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensk "to announce an investigation" against 2020 US presidential Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden during the 2016 election. The House voted along party lines, with two Democrats voting against abuse of power and three Democrats voting against obstruction of Congress. 

The president responded to the vote via Twitter: "SUCH ATROCIOUS LIES BY THE RADICAL LEFT, DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS. THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON AMERICA, AND AN ASSAULT ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!" 

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The FDA Makes It Illegal... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things That Were A Thing: December 2019 Edition
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The FDA Makes It Illegal To Sell Tobacco Products To Anyone Under 21

On December 20, the FDA released a statement saying: 

The President signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product - including cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes - to anyone under 21. 

Regulations will take effect within 90 days of the law being passed. Earlier in the month, the FDA announced the law was being discussed, but it likely would not take effect for six to nine months. Just before the end of the month, however, the legislation became official. 

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Greta Thunberg Is Named ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things That Were A Thing: December 2019 Edition
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Greta Thunberg Is Named 'Time' Magazine's Person Of The Year

Greta Thunberg made national headlines in September 2019 when she addressed the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Climate Action Summit, inspiring nearly 4 million people to join her in a world-wide climate strike. Since then, she's been traveling internationally via environmentally safe methods in order to further communicate with government organizations about how to combat the ever-changing climate. For that, and considering she is only a 16-year old teen from Sweden who began her strike in August 2018, Time magazine named her 2019's Person of the Year

While traveling via boat from Virginia to Portugal, representatives from the magazine interviewed Thunberg. "We can’t just continue living as if there was no tomorrow, because there is a tomorrow, That is all we are saying," she tells them, communicating her mission in the simplest of terms. 

Time describes Thunberg as a 16-year-old girl who has Asperger's syndrome which means:

She doesn't operate on the same emotional register as many of the people she meets. She dislikes crowds; ignores small talk; and speaks in direct, uncomplicated sentences. She cannot be flattered or distracted. She is not impressed by other people's celebrity, nor does she seem to have interest in her own growing fame. 

Ultimately, they say, these qualities have helped propel her into the spotlight, making her a global sensation, and allowing her to pursue her goal of climate resolution with little distraction. 

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