Welcome to the year 2021!
This post will be updated throughout the year 2021, then finalized at the end of the year. Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2021. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.
Affiliate links have been incorporated into this post to provide you with further information about trends and popular items during this period of time.
2021 Printables: coming soon…
2021 Cost of Things (U.S. Averages):
Minimum Wage~ Federal: $7.25 (ncsl.org)
Gallon of Milk (whole)~ $3.30 (bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~ $1.51 (bls.gov)
Loaf of bread (1lb)~ $1.45 (bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 55 cents (Wikipedia)
New Car Price (Midsize SUV)~ $40,107 (cnet.com)
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $2.18 (bls.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $9.16 (the-numbers.com)
Median sales price of new house (July) ~ $330,600 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income (2.54 people)~ $70,077 (Estimated based on $68,703 MHI in 2019 for 2.53 people, with an estimated smaller 2% increase in 2020/2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, Census.gov.)
2021 World Leaders:
Joe Biden, President of the United States
Antony Blinken, United States Secretary of State
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Xi Jinping, President of China
Naruhito, Emperor of Japan
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Francis of Vatican City
Emmanuel Macron, President of France
Ram Nath Kovind, President of India
Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
2021 Top Televisions: (cnet.com)
2021 Top Smart phones:
2021 Top Wearable Technology:
2021 Top Computer Desktops, Laptops, Tablets & Readers:
Apple iMac Pro & Mac Mini (desktop)
Skytech Shadow 3.0 Gaming PC (desktop)
Microsoft Surface Book 3 (laptop)
Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (laptop)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (tablet)
Amazon Fire HD 10 (tablet)
Apple iPad Air (tablet)
2021 Top Online Social Communities:
2021 Top Video Platforms:
2021 Top Gaming systems:
2021 Top Video Games:
Sea of Thieves
Little Nightmares II
Grand Theft Auto V (premium edition)
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Animal Crossing. New Horizons
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Walking Dead, Saints and Sinners: Tourist Edition
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Vader Immortal: Episode 1
2021 Top Tech Gadgets:
Fire TV Stick 4K streaming
Echo Dot 4th Generation
Blink Outdoor Security Camera
Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor WiFi Smart Home Camera
Carson MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x LED Lighted Zoom Pocket Microscope
Phone Charger with Spy Camera
Ear Wax Removal Endoscope Otoscope
2021 Top Automobiles:
2021 Top Celebrities:
(People.com and TMZ.com)
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
2021 Top Influencers:
Cristiano Ronaldo (instagram @cristiano)
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (instagram @therock)
Selena Gomez (instagram @selenagomez)
Kylie Jenner (instagram @kyliejenner)
Leo Messi (instagram @leomessi)
Amanda Cerny (instagram @amandacerny)
Zach King (instagram @zachking)
Liza Koshy (instagram @lizakoshy)
Kids Diana Show (YouTube)
Markiplier (YouTube Gaming)
VanossGaming (YouTube Gaming)
Jacksepticeye (YouTube Gaming)
Ninja (YouTube Gaming & Twitch)
Turner “TFue” Tenney (Twitch)
Charli D’Amelio (TikTok)
Addison Rae Easterling (TikTok)
Loren Gray (TikTok)
Dixie D’Amelio (TikTok)
Michael Le (TikTok)
Josh Richards (TikTok)
2021 Top Athletes:
Tom Brady – NFL
Patrick Mahomes – NFL
Michael McDowell – NASCAR
2021 Top Sporting Events:
Note: This year’s sporting events have been altered, postponed, or cancelled due to the Corona Virus Pandemic
Super Bowl LV: Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9
Daytona 500: Michael McDowell
The Kentucky Derby: TBD
The Masters: TBD
Stanley Cup: TBD
NBA Championship: TBD
FIFA Men’s World Cup: 2022
FIFA Women’s World Cup: 2023
Olympics: Tokyo, July 2021
2021 Top Songs:
(Billboard.com Hot 100 & Spotify.com)
Mood ~24kGoldn feat. Iann Dior -number one in January
Drivers License ~Olivia Rodrigo -number one in February
Drivers License ~Olivia Rodrigo -number one in March
-number one in April
-number one in May
-number one in June
-number one in July
-number one in August
-number one in September
-number one in October
-number one in November
-number one in December
Other Popular Songs in 2021:
2021 Top Television Shows:
2021 Top Movies:
**Note: Movie theaters continue limited seating due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Croods: A New Age
Wonder Woman 1984
I Care A Lot
Borat: Subsequent Movie Film
Judas and the Black Messiah
2021 Top Books:
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse ~Charlie Mackesy
A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, 5) ~Sarah J. Maas
Firefly Lane ~Kristin Hannah
The Midnight Library: A Novel ~Matt Haig
The Vanishing Half: A Novel ~Brit Bennet
Greenlights ~Matthew McConaughey
Bridgerton: The Duke and I (Bridgertons Book 1) ~Julia Quinn
The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons Book 2) ~Julia Quinn
The Four Winds: A Novel ~Kristin Hannah
A Promised Land ~Barack Obama
When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel ~Barbara O’Neal
The Shadow Box ~Luanne Rice
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones ~James Clear
In An Instant ~Suzanne Redfearn
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know ~Adam Grant
2021 Top Children’s Books:
If Animals Kissed Goodnight ~Ann Whitford Paul
I Love You to the Moon and Back ~Amelia Hepworth
Mermaids Activity Book (Scratch and Sparkle) ~Make Believe Ideas Ltd./Lara Ede Illustrator
Stay This Way Forever ~Linsey Davis/Lucy Fleming
Dog Man: Mothering Heights: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #10) ~Dav Pilkey
2021 Top Fashion and Trends:
Balloon/puff sleeve shirts
Yoga Pants/Leggings with Pockets
Sherpa coats, pajamas, and blankets
Beachy long hair on women
Shoulder-length bob hair on women
Skinny jeans and pants with heels or booties
Athletic inspired sets
Women’s mule shoes
Boyfriend jeans on women
Cropped sweatshirts and tops
Yoga Pants, leggings, and patterned running tights
Mom jeans (High-waisted pants and shorts for women)
Jeans on men paired with Converse
2021 World Population:
7,745,435,320 and counting…
2021 Top News and Major Events:
January 4 – As a new variant of COVID-19 spreads quickly throughout the UK, with hospitalizations higher than the first wave, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces new national lockdown for England shortly after Scotland announced their lockdown.
January 5 – Democrats take control of the U.S. Senate after Democrat Raphael Warnock defeats Republican Kelly Loeffler, and Democrat Jon Ossoff defeats Republican David Perdue in Georgia’s Senate run-off elections.
January 6 – The storming of the United States Capitol: Pro-Donald Trump protesters siege the US Capitol building, disrupting certification of the 2020 presidential election and forcing Congress to evacuate. Five people die, including a police officer and a woman who is shot and killed inside the Capitol. The event is classified as a domestic terrorist attack and draws international condemnation.
January 6 – In Hong Kong, a large group of pro-democracy activists are rounded up and arrested.
January 7 – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram block President Donald Trump’s social media accounts until the January 20th inauguration of Joe Biden. Twitter bans Trump permanently the day after, “due to risk of further incitement of violence”.
January 8 – U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, demands President Donald Trump’s resignation or he will face impeachment. Pelosi also called for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from the presidential office.
January 10 – Kim Jong-un is elected the General Secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea. He inherits the title from his father Kim Jong-il, who died in 2011.
January 13 – Donald Trump becomes the first ever U.S. President to be impeached twice. This time he is accused of inciting the storming of the U.S. Capital a week earlier.
January 14 – Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder pleads not guilty to two counts of willful neglect of duty over the water scandal that killed 12 people in Flint, MI.
January 14 – The United States Secret Service takes control of Joe Biden’s inauguration as 20,000 troops are ordered to guard Washington D.C.
January 15 – The cumulative death toll from COVID-19 surpasses 2 million worldwide.
January 16 – Armin Laschet will replace Angela Merkel after being elected leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU).
January 20 – Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. He is the oldest individual to hold the office. Kamala Harris is also sworn in as the first ever female U.S. Vice President, and first ever person of color to hold this office.
January 29 – In UK trials, Novavax vaccine shows 89% efficacy against COVID-19, including the newest UK variant.
January 31 – In Russia, more than 5,000 people are arrested after widespread protests against the detention of political activist and opposition leader, Alexei Navalny.
February 1 – In Myanmar the military stage a coup, detaining civilian leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi and declare a one-year state of emergency.
February 1 – The number of COVID-19 vaccinations given surpasses 100 million worldwide.
February 1 – Wildfires erupt on the outskirts of Perth, Australia forcing many to evacuate during a five day COVID-19 lockdown.
February 3 – Canada is the first country to officially name the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization.
February 8 – In Mandalay, Myanmar, martial law is declared amid continuing protests against the country’s military coup.
February 9 – The World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating origin of COVID-19 in Wuhan say it is “extremely unlikely” that it leaked from a local research lab and “more likely from a natural reservoir in bats”.
February 13 – Donald Trump is acquitted for a second time, this time in the impeachment trial where he was accused of inciting the storming of the U.S. Capital.
February 15 – Major winter storm in the US stretches from Texas to Maine killing at least 31, with over 3 million without power in Texas.
February 17 – Texas senator, Ted Cruz receives widespread condemnation after he flies to Cancun, Mexico with his family amid a winter disaster in his state.
February 18 – In Texas, as harsh winter weather continues, millions are still without electricity or water and frozen pipes are bursting flooding homes and businesses.
February 19 – The United States officially rejoins the Paris Agreement, 107 days after leaving.
February 22 – The COVID-19 death toll in the United States passes 500,000. This toll is higher than U.S. deaths in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined.
February 26 – Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine is headed to FDA for approval after it is proven to be 85% effective against the virus, including many of the new variants. The vaccine is also said to be highly effective in preventing hospitalizations, only needs one dose, and can be stored in common refrigerated temperatures.
March 11 – Unidentified gunman kidnap thirty students and several staff members are from a school in Kaduna State, Nigeria. It is the country’s fourth mass abduction since December 2020.
March 11 – U.S. President Biden signs The American Rescue Plan, a 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus relief package that pays $1400 to each qualified citizen.
March 12 – The family of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, receives a 27 million dollar settlement from the city of Minneapolis. This is the largest wrongful-death settlement in the U.S. that occurred before a trial.
March 18 – More than 400 million COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered worldwide.
2021 Pop Culture:
(Wikipedia.com, People.com, Onthisday.com)
January 5 – College football player, DeVonta Smith (Alabama Wide Receiver) wins the 86th Heisman Trophy Award.
January 7 – Tommy Lasorda, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager dies of a heart attack at age 93.
January 7 – Many more people flock to Parler, a conservative social media platform, after Donald Trump is blocked from mainstream social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
January 22 – Hank Aaron, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder dies at age 86.
January 23 – American radio/TV host, Larry King, dies at age 87 of COVID-19.
January 28 – Robinhood, a share-trading app and favored by Reddit users, suspends trading of GameStop amid huge surge in share price of the previously short listed stock by Wall Street.
January 28 – The mittens Bernie Sanders wore to the inauguration go viral on social media and end up raising $1.8 million for Vermont charities.
February 2 – Jeff Bezos announces that Andy Jassy will replace him as CEO of Amazon sometime in the third quarter of 2021.
February 7 – In Tampa Bay, FL, Sarah Thomas becomes the first woman to ever referee in a Super Bowl.
February 17 – Popular American right-wing radio host, Rush Limbaugh, dies from lung cancer at age 70.
February 18 – In Australia Facebook blocks users from accessing news sites in response to proposed new laws for tech companies to pay to show news content.
February 19 – After six years of marriage and 4 children together, Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kayne West.
February 22 – Daft Punk announce their split after 28 years.
February 23 – Legendary golfer, Tiger Woods, is involved in a roll-over car accident in California. He suffered an open fracture on his right leg and undergoes emergency orthopedic surgery.
March 7 – Oprah Winfrey interviews Meghan and Harry on CBS where they tell their side of why they left royal life behind. Bullying by the British tabloids, mental health, and racial issues in the royal system were said to be some of the reasons for their departure.
March 14 – GRAMMY AWARDS: American singer/songwriter Billie Eilish wins Record of The Year with Everything I Wanted, and Beyoncé became the most-decorated woman in Grammy history with her win for Best R&B Performance with Black Parade.
(Wikipedia.com, livescience.com, iflscience.com, onthisday.com)
January 11 – Many COVID-19 vaccines are being approved and administered worldwide, here is how the vaccines work.
February 3 – Engineers at MIT create spinach that send emails when detecting explosive materials in groundwater as part of plant nanobionic research.
February 5 – New research show that ocean life is being drowned out by human noise, especially shipping, construction, sonar and seismic surveys.
February 17 – Many people are blaming renewable energy failure for Texas outages during unusual winter storm, here is why they are wrong.
February 18 – NASA’s Mars 2020 mission: After seven months of travel, the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter drone lands on Mars at Jezero Crater.
February 26 – A giant iceberg, more than 20 times the size of Manhattan, splits off from Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf.