2023 in Review: A Look Back at The Year’s Notable Events

As we transition into this new year, we invite you to join us for a look back at some of last year’s notable events in our first year in review. Also, check out the printable 2023 in Review graphic below to store in your child’s memory box/book. Keep this as a record of the memorable moments during their childhood. Plus, feel free to pencil in your family’s notable events such as birthdays, school years, etc. in the empty lines!

Bella Baby headlines

  • During 2023, Bella Baby Photography provided 66,195 in-hospital newborn photoshoots.
  • Bella Baby started offering services in 9 new hospitals so we can capture even more beautiful families next year!
  • We provided 147 Bella Life sessions in our studio and Pictures in the Park events.
  • Bella Baby Gives Back: This November Bella Baby raised $10,000 to provide 100 overnights stays at Ronald McDonald houses in our communities.

Thank you for sharing your year with us! Now, let’s take a look back at some of the pivotal moments and pop culture headlines in the U.S. from 2023. We’ve also created this free printable year in review for you to download and add your own memories.

2023 in review

Download your copy of the 2023 year in review

  • Jan 7: Representative Kevin McCarthy is elected as the 55th Speaker of the House of Representatives.
  • Feb 7: LeBron James breaks the all-time NBA scoring record with 38,388 points. Kareem Abdul-Jabar previously held this record.
  • Feb 12: Super Bowl LVII: The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35.
  • March 12: Everything Everywhere All at Once wins 7 awards at the 2023 Oscars, including Best Picture. This is the most wins for any movie in over 10 years.
  • March 22: Federal Reserve raises interest rates for the second time this year, from 4.75% to 5%.
  • April 3: NASA announces Artemis II the first crewed mission to the moon since Apollo 17 in 1972.
  • May 2: Writers Guild of America votes to begin striking over pay and industry changes. The strike brings television production to a halt.
  • June 12: The Denver Nuggets defeat the Miami Heat to claim the first NBA Championship title in the Nuggets’ history.
  • June 30: The Supreme Court rules the HEROES Act does not grant President Biden the right to forgive student loan debts.
  • July 26: The Federal Reserve raises interest rates to 5.5%, the highest since 2001.
  • Aug 8-11: Wildfires break out on the island of Maui, almost completely destroying the town of Lahaina.
  • Aug 11: Barbie becomes the first movie by a solo female director (Greta Gerwig) to gross over $1 billion.
  • Aug 20: Hurricane Hillary causes major flooding in Southern California. This is the first tropical storm to make landfall in the state since 1939.
  • Sept 9: Coco Gauff wins the U.S. Open at age 19. She is the youngest American to win since Serena Williams’s 1999 win.
  • Sept 24: Taylor Swift attends Kansas City Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium amid rumors she is dating Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
  • Sept 27: The Writers Guild of America strike ends.
  • Oct 3: Representative Kevin McCarthy is the 1st Speaker of the House to be removed from office by a vote in the House.
  • Oct 24: Mike Johnson of Louisiana replaces McCarthy as Speaker of the House.
  • Nov 1: The Texas Rangers defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks in game 5 of the World Series. This is the first World Series title in the Rangers’ franchise history.
  • Nov 3: Missy Elliott makes history as the first female rapper to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Nov 9: Surgeons at NYU Langone Health announce the world’s first successful whole eye transplant.
  • Dec 6: TIME names Taylor Swift its Person of the Year.
  • Dec. 6: Kevin McCarthy announces his resignation from Congress two months after his removal as Speaker of the House
  • Dec. 8: Taylor Swift’s Eras tour grosses over $1 billion, making it the highest grossing concert tour.
  • Dec. 26: The Detroit Pistons break the NBA record for the most consecutive losses in a single season with 27 losses.

Here’s to 2024 and all the memorable moments it will bring!