44 Things That Happened Almost Exactly 5 Years Ago That Will Make You Question Reality

44 Things That Happened Almost Exactly 5 Years Ago That Will Make You Question Reality

2019 feels like five minutes ago.

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A meme is going super viral on X, showing how it feels like we blinked, and boom: It's 2024.

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Because 2019 nostalgia is apparently a thing, here's 44 things that happened five years ago that feel like five minutes ago:

1.The college admissions cheating scandal happened five years ago.

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2. The cinematic masterpiece Cats was released.

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3.Both of those Fyre Fest documentaries came out, and we were introduced to this man:

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4.VSCO girls were a thing.

5.Taylor Swift announced that she would re-record her entire catalogue after Scooter Braun bought it for $300 million.

Taylor Swift waves to the audience, wearing a long-sleeved, multicolored sequin dress and holding a microphone
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6.In 2019, Nick Cannon only had three kids...

Nick Cannon holds a smiling child while wearing a red "Los Angeles Mission" apron at a charity event
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...now he has 12.

Nick Cannon sits on a chair wearing a plaid suit, white shirt, and pink polka dot tie, smiling at an event
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7.Ariana Grande released "Thank U, Next" in 2019.

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8.The live-action versions of The Lion King and Aladdin were released.

Will Smith in a patterned suit and black shirt, with Jada Pinkett Smith in a blue dress at the Aladdin premiere on the red carpet
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9.Lady Gaga won her first Oscar.

Lady Gaga holding an Oscar on a red carpet, wearing a sleek black dress and a statement diamond necklace, smiling towards the camera
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10.Kate Beckinsale and Pete Davidson were dating.

Pete Davidson in casual attire and Kate Beckinsale in a stylish black coat walk hand-in-hand outside a vehicle on a cobblestone street
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11.Ben Affleck was dating Lindsay Shookus.

Ben Affleck in a dark coat holding iced coffee and Lindsay Shookus in a yellow coat and sunglasses holding hot coffee, walking hand in hand
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12.Jennifer Lopez announced her engagement to Alex Rodriguez.

Alex Rodriguez in a black tuxedo with a bow tie and Jennifer Lopez in a strapless, shimmering gown pose together at a formal event
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13. Five years ago, people were terrified of Sonic the Hedgehog.

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14."Old Town Road" was Lil Nas X's breakout hit.

Lil Nas X poses in a black cowboy hat, open flame-patterned shirt, and red pants at an iHeartRadio event
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15.The cast of Stranger Things looked like this:

Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Al Roker, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink, and Noah Schnapp sit on stools on a TV show set with fireworks in the background
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16.Beyoncé's Coachella performance was released on Netflix.

Beyoncé performs energetically on stage, wearing a yellow sweatshirt and denim shorts, accompanied by backup dancers. The Netflix logo is visible in the corner

17. Kacey Musgraves's reaction to winning the Grammy for Album of the Year went viral.

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18. The world was first introduced to "Kombucha girl."

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19.The series finale of Games of Thrones aired.

Bran Stark, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Jorah Mormont, Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie, George R.R. Martin, others pose with Emmys
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20.The first season of Euphoria also aired.

The cast of Euphoria—Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi, Maude Apatow, Barbie Ferreira, Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney, Alexa Demie, and Storm Reid—pose together in stylish outfits on the red carpet
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21.Way back in 2019, the world was introduced to Marie Kondo.

A person is organizing neatly folded socks in a white drawer organizer
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22. Kylie Jenner sang her hit, "Rise and Shine."

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23. "Hot Girl summer" was a thing.

Twitter: @theestallion

24. Everyone was obsessed with storming Area 51.

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25.The theme of the Met Gala was "Camp."

Lady Gaga poses on the red carpet in a form-fitting, floor-length dress, while wearing large sunglasses and holding a retro-style phone
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26. Jessica Simpson kept on sharing pictures of her swollen extremities.

Twitter: @JessicaSimpson

27. People were thirsting after Penn Badgley's murderer character Joe on You.

Twitter: @PennBadgley

28. Everyone was doing the "10 year challenge."

Twitter: @MariahCarey

29. Lady Gaga said her next album would be called ADELE.

Twitter: @ladygaga

30.All of these people were running for the Democratic presidential nomination:

Debate stage with candidates Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Tom Steyer
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31. Maroon 5 performed at the Super Bowl, and everyone made fun of Adam Levine for looking like couch cushions and a Chipotle bag.

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32. Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas were still going strong five years ago.

Twitter: @joejonas

33.Nancy Pelosi clapped like this at the State of the Union.

Mike Pence, Donald Trump, and Nancy Pelosi at a public event, with Pelosi applauding while Trump stands and Pence claps in the background near an American flag
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34.The Notre-Dame Cathedral caught fire.

Notre-Dame Cathedral's spire burns in the top image. The bottom image shows the cathedral without the spire amid scaffolding
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35.Baby Archie was born.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their baby Archie Harrison sitting together and smiling in a living room setting
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36.Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus separated.

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus standing on a beach with ocean waves in the background. Liam is wearing a black jacket, while Miley is wearing a patterned top and layered necklaces
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37.Emma Roberts and Evan Peters also broke up.

Emma Roberts in a sequined gown and Evan Peters in a black suit pose together at an event
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38.This egg became the most liked picture on Instagram.

39.Katy Perry and Taylor Swift ended their "feud."

Katy Perry, dressed as a hamburger, and Taylor Swift, dressed as a box of French fries, hug each other at an outdoor event with red decorations and chairs
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40.The last episode of The Big Bang Theory aired in 2019.

Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, and Melissa Rauch pose together on a red carpet for The Big Bang Theory
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41. "OK boomer" entered the lexicon.

Twitter: @Ghastly

42.U.S. Women's National Soccer Team won the World Cup.

Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team celebrate their victory at the FIFA Women's World Cup Final, holding the trophy and wearing medals
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43.The "Bottle Cap Challenge" was a thing.

A person in casual clothing performs a bottle cap challenge, kicking a bottle cap off a water bottle. The focus is on the foot and bottle
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44.And lastly, Donald Trump was impeached (for the first time).

Donald Trump stands in front of an American flag, wearing a black overcoat and blue tie, with his right hand raised in a gesturing motion
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