Serena Williams, Elon Musk or Elizabeth II… The year in ten records

From soaring prices to fires and the reign of Elizabeth II, a look back at the year 2022 in ten records.

Price increase

Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine sent energy and food prices skyrocketing: the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) agricultural food price index hit an all-time high in March, as did European gas prices.

This resulted in an increase in inflation throughout the year, with, for example, +10.6% in October over a year in the euro area, i.e. the strongest increase since the inception of this index in 1997.

Flow of refugees

The war in Ukraine has led to the largest influx of refugees to Europe since the end of World War II: more than six million to neighboring countries and eight million internally displaced, the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated in May. Worldwide, the number of displaced people exceeded the 100 million mark for the first time.

Heat waves and fires

The year was marked by new climate records: in Europe, the summer was the hottest ever recorded, and the areas burned by fires were the largest, with more than 600,000 hectares destroyed. Globally, CO2 emissions of fossil origin have never been as high as in 2022.

Missile rain

In response to the largest-ever joint air maneuvers by South Korea and the United States, North Korea sent a record barrage of missiles into the Sea of ​​Japan in November, including a peak of 23 launches in 24 hours on November 2.

Government and unconventional burial

Seventy-year reign, seven years longer than her great-great-grandmother Victoria: the existence of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at the age of 96, was extraordinary, as was her funeral in London. Crowds estimated at a quarter of a million queued for miles to pay their last respects and parade past his coffin in Westminster.

Elon Musk, billions and a failure

The richest man on the planet with a fortune estimated by Forbes at almost 199 billion dollars by the end of 2022, the head of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, is illustrated by his flip-flops on Twitter, redeemed, ultimately, in October for 44 billion It has since put the social network in a dangerous position by alienating advertisers, (former) employees and regulators.

Record auction

The art collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen went up for auction in November in New York for a record $1.62 billion, with paintings by Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh and Gustav Klimt. In another sign of strength in the art market, a portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol became the most expensive work of art of the 20th century in May: $195 million.

At the top of world tennis

By winning Roland-Garros for the 14th time in June, Spaniard Rafael Nadal improved his record of major titles among men’s tennis players: 22 Grand Slam tournaments, ahead of Serbian Novak Djokovic (21 titles) and Swiss Roger Federer (20), who ended his career in September.

American player Serena Williams, who also bowed out in September, surpasses these three champions with 23 Grand Slam titles.

Fins for Taylor Swift

The release of Taylor Swift’s tenth album, Midnights caused Spotify blackouts in October and broke the record for “most listened to in a single day” album. Ten songs from the album reached the top ten spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a first. The American singer also won the “most polluting celebrity of the year” award due to her numerous private jet flights, according to marketing agency Yard.

eight billion people

The world’s population passed 8 billion in mid-November, according to the United Nations. An “unprecedented growth” since there were only 2.5 billion people in 1950.

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