This is my recap of the top searches for the week of March 7th – 13th, as according to Google Trends:
International Women’s Day
On Sunday, March 8th, people across the globe celebrated women’s equality with more than 2 million searches for International Women’s Day (IWD).
IWD stems from the U.S. socialist movement beginning in the early 20th century. According to the International Women’s Day website, the first IWD was observed across the Unites States on February 28th in 1909. Since then, it has grown to become a recognized day (March 8th) of recognition, respect, and celebration of the global achievements women have contributed to society throughout history. It is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal , Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
Daylight Savings Time
We also lost an hour of sleep Sunday morning. Over 1 million people searched for Daylight Savings Time, even Googling “what time is it” a few hundred thousand times.
Arizona, however, did not spring forward. In January, an Arizonan lawmaker proposed the establishment of daylight savings time, but was met with “shock and outrage”. The representative quickly withdrew his bill.
Last week, Samsung announced the release of their new Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone. This week, Apple made headlines with the announcement of their Apple Watch on March 9th. With more technological advancements and device releases, wearable technology is sure to be a growing subject of discussion for the year of 2015.
Beginning of February, Suge Knight pleaded guilty to murder charges in a fatal hit-and-run incident. This week, a video of Knight’s hit-and-run was released, garnering about 100,000 searches.
- “Mean Moms” was rescheduled to be released next summer.
- An AMBER Alert issues for a missing Southern California child was canceled, after the toddler was found safe.
- The University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter was officially closed after the video release of its student group changing and singing racial cheers.
- 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis retired due to his foot health.
- The Bachelor, Chris Soules, proposed to Whitney on the season finale episode.
- Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were fined $7.4 million dollars after being found guilty of plagiarizing Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up”, with their 2013 hit ‘Blurred Lines”.
- Disney and Pixar announced “Frozen 2”.