The top 10 news stories of 2021, according to Google’s Year in Search – MarketWatch

The top 10 news stories of 2021, according to Google’s Year in Search
By Nicole Lyn Pesce December 23, 2021
Google’s annual “Year in Search” report released earlier in December highlighted what questions people across 70 countries Googled the most over the past year.
Here’s how MarketWatch covered the top 10 news stories that Americans searched on Google in 2021.
1. Mega Millions
Someone in Michigan won a $1 billion jackpot — the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
by Associated Press
2. AMC Stock
The movie theater chain gained popularity in the “meme stock” market as first-time investors pushed the company on social media.
by Tomi Kilgore
3. Stimulus Checks
Americans eagerly awaited the third round of federal stimulus checks, but spent them differently than the previous two.
by Elisabeth Buchwald
4. Georgia Senate Race
Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue in the January runoff elections.
by Sunny Oh
5. GME Stock
GameStop also broke into the meme market and took investors on a wild ride.
by Thornton McEnery
6. Dogecoin
Meme cryptocurrencies have become so popular people are even naming their dogs “Doge.” 
by Nicole Lyn Pesce
7. Hurricane Ida
The September natural disaster hit Louisiana and made its way all the way up to New England.
by Rachel Koning Beals
8. Kyle Rittenhouse verdict
Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty of killing two men and wounding a third during the 2020 protests in Kenosha, Wisc.
by Nicole Lyn Pesce
9. Afghanistan
President Joe Biden withdrew American troops from Afghanistan after almost 20 years — and the Afghan government collapsed.
by Robert Schroeder
10. Ethereum price
More evidence of surging interest in cryptocurrency this year: the volatility of Ethereum was a top story.
by Frances Yue
Click here to read more about Google’s 2021 Year in Search report on MarketWatch.
Photos by: iStock/Getty Images Story by: Nicole Lyn Pesce Google Web Story by: Amelia Langas

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