2022 Recap


Scarlett Kelly, Staff Writer

As a new year begins, the Bulldog Tribune staff wants to reflect on some of the major news stories of 2022. Here is our monthly snapshot of some of the most culturally significant, media-impacting events from the previous year:


  • Betty White Passes Away. On Dec. 31, 2022, beloved actor Betty White died at the age of 99. According to PEOPLE, White died peacefully in her sleep due to a cerebrovascular accident, more commonly known as a stroke. White was most known for her comedic roles on sitcoms including The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Golden Girls.


  • Major Escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War. Since December 2021, the Russian government has had as many as 100,000 troops on the border of Ukraine. Foreign ministers, including President Biden, made statements toward President of Russia Vladmir Putin stating that they should stand down against Ukraine to avoid global disruption; there was no negotiation between Russia and military aggressions proceeded. On Feb. 23, 2022, Russia officially invaded Ukraine, leading to ongoing war in that region.


  • President Biden nominates judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court, arranging her to become the first Black female justice. The President announced his nomination on Feb. 25, 2022. Jackson graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in government in 1992, then proceeded to earn her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1996. 

  • U.S. Basketball Player Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in prison in Russia, released. Women’s National Basketball Association star and two-time Olympic Gold Medallist Brittney Griner had arrived in Russia to play during her off-season. She was arrested on Feb. 17 and was found guilty of deliberately bringing a cannabis-infused vape into Russia. Biden negotiated with Russia for her release and a swap between Griner and an American citizen has been arranged.



  • British Prime Minister Apologizes for Party Scandal. British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, released a formal apology for attending a party during the lockdown after dismissing continuous calls for him to resign. 


  • Monkeypox Outbreak. It was confirmed in May 2022, that there was an ongoing outbreak of the viral disease, monkeypox. The first case was detected in London, United Kingdom on May 6. After May 18, the number of cases increased in many regions of the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Monkeypox is a viral infection that causes skin lesions, fever, and other nonspecific symptoms.


  • Depp v. Heard reaches a verdict. The defamation and domestic abuse trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, held in Fairfax County, Virginia lasted a month and a half. Depp originally filed a complaint against the defendant, Heard, claiming $50 million in damages. Heard filed counterclaims against Depp for $100 million in damage.



  • Biden signs executive order, calling the overturning of Roe v. Wade an exercise of “Raw political power.” On July 8, 2022, Biden signed a bill allowing access to safe abortions. 





  • Migos rapper Takeoff shot and killed at 28. On Nov. 5, 2022, 28-year old rapper Takeoff was shot and killed in Houston, Texas. A member of hip-hop trio Migos, along with his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset, Takeoff is remembered for notable works such as “Open It Up” (2018), “Stir Fry” (2018), and “Bad and Boujee (2016).


  • B-21 Raider unveiled. The United States Air Force unveiled its new bomber aircraft, the B-21 Raider on Dec. 3, 2022. According to infoplease.com, the builder, Northrop Grumman, stated in their press release that the aircraft will be used to help defeat the toughest defenses from around the world.