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What is Google's most popular news story?

Google is celebrating the eighth birthday of Google News and has revealed a list of its most popular stories from the last eight years.

“Not long after the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, we started building and testing Google News with the aim of helping you find current events from a wide variety of global and political perspectives. On September 22, 2002, Google News rolled out to all English-language readers, with a dedicated News tab on Google.com,” said Krishna Bharat, Founder and Engineering Head.

Over the years Bharat said that thousands of changes have been made to the service to deliver more news to more users faster and with enhanced customisation and sharing options.

“We’ve added video, local news, custom sections, scanned newspaper archives and a redesigned homepage. We’ve grown from 4,000 sources to more than 50,000, and from one English edition to 72 editions in 30 languages,” added Bharat.

Here, based on the number of articles indexed by Google News, are the largest news stories from each of the last eight years:

  • 2003: Iraq War begins with the invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and allied forces

  • 2004: George W. Bush defeats Senator John Kerry in U.S. Presidential election

  • 2005: Hurricane Katrina strikes U.S. Gulf Coast

  • 2006: Democrats take Congress and Nancy Pelosi becomes first female speaker of the House

  • 2007: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated

  • 2008: Barack Obama elected 44th president of the United States

  • 2009: Death of Michael Jackson

  • 2010 (to date): 7.0-magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti

The 2008 election of President Obama is the biggest news story since Google News was born.

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