Fifth Place, Jeremy Lin:
Coming virtually out of nowhere, Jeremy Lin took the NBA scene by storm by rising through the ranks almost overnight, leading a heavy winning streak for the New York Knicks and, after transferring his contract to the Houston Rockets, proceeded to dominate the scene once again. For one of a very small number of Asian American basketball players, this one definitely shook things up.
Fourth Place, Hunger Games:
A surprisingly successful and well-written movie adaptation to a best-selling book, the Hunger Games film drew a lot of attention after its release in March 2012. The series’ die-hard fans supported the picture intensely and praised it for its loyalty to the original story, excellent casting choices, and dynamic writing.
Third Place, Election 2012:
The brutal battle for the title of President of the United States captured the eyes of every citizen of the nation in the months preceding the November 6th election, with one of the most competitive campaign wars in American history. In the end, however, Senator Barack Obama won out over Senator Romney’s tenacious crusade and snatched the seat of power for his second term.
Second Place, Hurricane Sandy:
After this horrific storm destroyed the homes and infrastructure of much of the East Coast, it was a rare soul who could turn a blind eye to the devastation and poverty created by the hurricane, leading many to search for a way to donate to the relief effort or find other ways to help raise awareness, leading “Hurricane Sandy” to be the second most popular Google search of 2012.
First Place, Whitney Houston:
In first place, sitting at the top of this turbulent list, is “Whitney Houston.”
Beloved superstar Whitney Houston, known for her all-time best seller “I Will Always Love You,” shocked the world with her tragic and mysterious death when she was found dead in a hotel bathtub. Police were unsure of the exact events leading up to her passing, but found no signs of foul play and declared her death to be an accidental drowning. Houston’s death tore at the heartstrings of millions, and many were unwilling to believe the rumors they’d heard or wanted more information, making this fateful event the most searched term in Google’s records for the year of 2012.