Today Google released its annual Year in Search to show what we were wondering about in 2019. You can rifle through global and nation-specific search queries in Google’s 2019 year in search and decade in search.
But what were people in the Tampa Bay area curious about this year? Here’s a list of the top trending search terms from the Tampa/St. Petersburg area:
10. Jussie Smollet
The Empire actor made headlines after reporting that he experienced a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago. Smollet was indicted on 16 felony counts after police said he made a false report. Ultimately, the charges were dropped in March.
9. Disney Plus
Disney laid out plans for its streaming site in April, boasting a vast library of classic flicks and new programming like The Mandalorian for $6.99 a month (roughly half the cost of Netflix). News spread of site crashes when Disney Plus finally launched Nov. 12, but that still didn’t stop 10 million people from subscribing on the first day.
8. Avengers Endgame
The sequel to 2018′s Avengers: Infinity War debuted this April, racking up nearly $2.8 billion at the box office.
7. Luke Perry
Luke Perry died after suffering a stroke at the beginning of March. The 52-year-old actor had recently worked on the CW show Riverdale, though he was better known for his role as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 during the 1990s.
Google Trends data shows the IRS website spikes every year during tax season; 2019 was no different.
5. Cameron Boyce
Actor Cameron Boyce was just 20 when he died in July. The Disney star was known for his roles in the television show Jessie and the franchise Descendants. He also played one of Adam Sandler’s children in the film Grown Ups.
4. Tampa Bay Rays
It was a big year for the Rays. For the first time since 2013, the team made it to the playoffs. The Rays fell to the Houston Astros in the Division Series, but it was a wild ride nonetheless.
Meanwhile, off the field, stadium drama dragged on. The Rays toyed with the idea of splitting their season between the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, Canada. In December, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced he will not allow the Rays to explore a split season while the team’s Tropicana Field lease is in effect.
3. Nipsey Hussle
Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed on March 31 outside his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles. Celebrities, including numerous musicians with whom he collaborated during his career, took to social media to mourn his loss. Hussle was posthumously nominated for three Grammys in November.
2. Antonio Brown
The New England Patriots released wide receiver Antonio Brown in September after two women accused him of sexual misconduct. A former trainer, Britney Taylor, sued Brown and said he sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions. Sports Illustrated also published a story saying Brown exposed himself to a muralist he hired to create a piece at his residence.
Nike also cut ties with Brown.
1. Hurricane Dorian
Category 5 Hurricane Dorian was the most powerful storm in recorded history to hit the Bahamas. Dorian churned over the islands for three days in September. At least 73 deaths were reported, with thousands of homes destroyed.