As we prepare to enter the 2020s, it’s worth remembering everything that has happened over the last decade.

The start of the decade brought both tragedies and triumphs, as well as new challenges.

How much can you remember?

Haiti earthquake

A man searches through the rubble in Port-au-Prince on January 18, 2010 after the country was rocked by a massive 7.0-magnitude quake
Image: A man searches through the rubble in Port-au-Prince

The decade started with tragedy as a magnitude seven earthquake rocked Haiti on 12 January, leaving 220,000 people dead.

Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, was almost completely flattened in the space of 35 seconds.

The loss of government buildings and staff in the quake meant the country’s ability to manage the response was severely weakened.

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Even today, issues such as lack of infrastructure, limited access to basic resources and weak political governance still plague the country.

UK economy comes out of recession

Image: The 2008 financial crisis sparked a recession in the UK

After the financial crisis broke in 2008, the UK had been experiencing its deepest recession since the Second World War.

But after six consecutive quarters of negative growth, the UK economy moved out of recession in the last quarter of 2009.

Still, the UK later faced a “douple-dip” in 2012, which then-Prime Minister David Cameron described as “very, very disappointing”.

It took five years for the economy to get back to the size it was before the recession.

Sachin Tendulkar scores first double century in One Day International (ODI) cricket

Sachin Tendulkar holds a number of records in Test cricket
Image: Sachin Tendulkar holds a number of records in Test cricket

Scoring 200 runs or more in ODI cricket has only been accomplished on 10 occasions – and it was Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar who achieved the first record-breaking double century.

With a succession of world record titles, including becoming the first player in history to play in 200 Test matches, Tendulkar is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.

But it is his double century against South Africa at Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior, that often stands out in memories.

Chile earthquake

A number of towns and villages were completely destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami
Image: A number of towns and villages were completely destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami

Just over a month after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, Chile was struck by a magnitude 8.8 quake and subsequent tsunami.

Some 525 people died in the disaster, which caused widespread damage in the central part of Chile.

The South American country is prone to earthquakes and in 1960 it suffered one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded, believed to be a magnitude of 9.5.

The eruption of Eyjafjallajokull

Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull created a huge ash plume when it erupted
Image: Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull created a huge ash plume when it erupted

Millions of European flights were cancelled when Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which had lain dormant for years, erupted and sent a huge ash cloud into the air.

The ash plume reached 10km (33,000ft) high and pilots were told not to fly through the cloud, meaning much of Europe’s air space was closed for six days.

Passengers were left stranded, while airlines lost a combined £130m per day in revenue and Europe’s biggest tourism businesses lost between £5m and £6m per day.

BP oil spill

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon rig
Image: Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon rig

The Deepwater Horizon explosion on 20 April caused the deaths of 11 people and the worst oil spill in US history.

The spill saw 4.9m barrels of oil flow into the Gulf of Mexico, having a devastating effect on its marine life.

BP was blamed for the disaster and its chief executive was criticised after saying he wanted his “life back” during the fallout.

David Cameron becomes UK prime minister

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Image: The Conservatives and Lib Dems formed a coalition government

The UK had its first Conservative leader for 13 years, and its youngest prime minister since 1812, when David Cameron’s party won the general election.

After failing to win an overall majority, the Tories scrambled to form a coalition government with Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats.

Mr Clegg had impressed throughout the election campaign, spurring both Gordon Brown and David Cameron to attempt to win his support – and coining the catchphrase “I agree with Nick”.

It was Britain’s first post-war coalition government and, despite early predictions of a quick collapse, it managed to last the entire five-year term.

Trapped Chilean miners rescued

The 33 men were rescued from a Chilean mine
Image: The 33 men were rescued from a Chilean mine

Months after an earthquake devastated the country, the rest of the world looked on in shock when it emerged 33 miners were trapped underground in Chile.

There were fears a new tragedy was about to unfold.

But worries turned to jubilation when, after 69 days trapped nearly half a mile underground in the San Jose mine, all 33 miners were rescued alive.

The men were feted as heroes and there was talk of film and book deals, but a year on, many were still unemployed.

Prince William and Kate Middleton get engaged

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Image: Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November

Royal fever took over the UK in November when Prince William announced his engagement to then-girlfriend Kate Middleton.

The prince revealed he had actually proposed a few weeks earlier during a trip to Kenya with friends.

The pair had signed a guestbook at Rutundu Cabin at the foot of Mount Kenya, prompting speculation it was there that William proposed.

In their first interview after the announcement, the prince said he had been carrying his mother’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring in his rucksack for three weeks while trying to find the right moment to pop the question.

The pair married the following year in a fairytale ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

Downton Abbey takes over Sunday evening TV

The film is released later in September. Pic: Focus Features
Image: Downton Abbey continued for six seasons. Pic: Focus Features

The Crawley family first hit our screens in 2010, with 7.69m people watching the first episode of Julian Fellowes’ period drama.

It became a cultural phenomenon and continued for six seasons, ending in 2015.

In that time, it managed to scoop up a collection of awards and nominations, including BAFTAs, Emmys and Golden Globe awards.

New Zealand Pike river mine explosion

The 29 trapped miners are believed to have died in the explosion
Image: The 29 trapped miners are believed to have died in the explosion

After the successful rescue of the 33 Chilean miners, there were hopes for 29 miners trapped underground in New Zealand’s Pike river mine.

But hope turned to grief when an explosion ripped through the mine on 19 November, killing all 29 men.

Police confirmed it would have been impossible to survive the blast, but said it was too dangerous to retrieve the bodies.

There have since been attempts to recover the victims, but each time the operation has been called off due to safety fears.