8 Biggest Global Events of 2023

Steven Ma
5 min readDec 30, 2023

The Top News Stories That Impacted the World

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2023 was defined by conflict, innovation, disasters, and hope. Protracted wars continued while new ones flared up. Major leaps in technology prompted excitement and fear. Natural disasters caused death and destruction.

There were many significant events that I didn’t include in this list. Ongoing conflicts in Haiti, Ethiopia, Syria, Yemen, and others continue to wage on. Natural disasters in Mexico, Libya, China, and other places destroyed communities. There were incredible advances in science such as India landing a probe on the south pole of the moon. The business world was shook up with collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and FTX. Cultural phenomena also captured global attention, such as Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour and Barbenheimer.

But this list of eight represents, in my opinion, the largest and most significant events that happened around the world in 2023.

1. The Rise of ChatGPT

Though ChatGPT was released on November 30, 2022, it really gained momentum and wide scale usage in 2023. In the first few months, OpenAI released newer versions of ChatGPT that significantly improved its understanding of questions, delivery of answers, and human-like conversation.