2022 Summer News Timeline

Stephen Gwon, Managing Editor

July 4: During an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, a shooter opened fire with an AR-15 style semi automatic rifle. Seven people were killed and 48 others were wounded.

July 7: Boris Johnson stepped down as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after calls to resign from both the Conservative and Opposition party.

July 8: While giving a speech at Yamato-Saidaiji Station in Nara City, Japan, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed. The killer, who held a grudge against Abe because of his affiliation with a religious movement called the Unification Church, used a homemade firearm to shoot the leader.

July 14: Portugal reached a temperature of 47.0 degrees Celsius (116.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the highest recorded during the 2022 European heat waves that affected the entire continent.

July 18: The Consumer Prices Index was reported to be up 9.1% compared to 2021, marking a 40-year inflation high.

August 2: Kansas citizens voted to protect abortion rights in the state after the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade. The result was a surprise for many considering that Kansas remained one of the few Republican-led states to keep abortion rights intact.

August 5-7: After tensions between Israel and Palestine increased on August 1st when Palestinian leader Bassem al-Saadi was arrested, Prime Minister Yair Lapid of Israel approved an escalation in Israel Defense Force operations in Gaza. The resulting escalation led to 49 Palestinian deaths; 17 of those killed were children.

August 8: After obtaining a search warrant, the FBI conducted a raid on Mar-a-Lago, a residence owned by former United States president Donald Trump. The material seized by the FBI included classified federal documents that pertained to nuclear secrets.

August 24: After a surge in confirmed cases across the nation, the Biden Administration declared the monkeypox epidemic a public health emergency. With over 6,000 confirmed or probable cases detected since the first monkeypox case in May, multiple cities and states including New York City, Illinois, and California have also announced this epidemic as a state of emergency.

August 29: Ukrainian President Zelensky announced a full-scale counteroffensive in the south of Ukraine to retake land occupied by Russian forces. Following the announcement, Ukrainian troops broke through front-line defenses in an attempt to reclaim the city of Kherson.

This piece also appears in our September 2022 print edition.