‘GMA’ looks back at 2019’s biggest stories and best moments

What a year! “Good Morning America” looks back at the stories that made headlines in 2019 and the moments that made us smile.
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Settle in because it is time to take a look back at 2019 here on "Gma." Oh, we had some good times. You guys are good. I know. The surprises, the heartfelt moments and the big news stories that made this such an incredible year for us to say -- All: Good morning, America. wake up Good morning, America. Wake up get going hello, good morning it's about that time to rise and shine rise and shine get up get going hello, good morning it's about that time to raise and shine Look at suki news. Breaking. Breaking. Live in Abu Dhabi. Houston. Nashville. The Dominican Republic. Philly. Hollywood. College admissions scandal. Do you plan to fight this? Celebrities, CEOs, all caught up in this. You don't want to be one of these defendants. Active shooter. Hero high school football coach disarm a student with a shotgun. Thank god that I was in that room. Two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio within 13 hours of each other combined 29 people were killed. It's so hard. I'm sorry. That deadly plane crash in Ethiopia killed 157 people. Boeing's stock taking a big hit. A third of the fleet, though, worldwide is grounded. Vaping. Vaping. Vaping crisis. My lungs were filled up with fluid. CDC is starting too use this word to describe what's happening, outbreak. Takedown of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al baghdadi. The U.S. Has been searching for baghdadi for more than five years. Al baghdadi is dead. Democrats will take control of the house. New leaders will be sworn in. The most diverse congress in American history. More women serving than ever before. Our squad is big. Do you have an announcement you'd like to make. I'm running for president of the United States. Do you think you're going to have trouble breaking out? I'm feeling really good. The president has a motto. Make America great again. Do you have one. Make America moral again. The candidates on the stage came to play. Are you forgetting what you said a minute ago? I wrote the damn bill. I read the bill. Your campaign, foreigners, if Russia, if China, if someone else offers information on opponents should they accept it or call the FBI? I think maybe you do both. The Ukraine controversy. There was never any quid pro quo. There is a quid pro quo if you're withholding and then asking for a favor to create dirt on your political opponent. Did you and your father ever discuss Ukraine? No, we never did. Impeachment. Impeachment. Impeachment inquiry. That call was perfect. Was there a quid pro quo? The answer is, yes. I want nothing. I just asked him an open-ended question, what do you want? That's what I said. I want nothing. Hurricane. Hurricane. Hurricane Dorian. Winds gusting to 77 miles an hour now. Off in the distance those waves crashing against the pier. It is just dangerous at this point. It's negative 27 where we are right now. This ice, George, is about six inches thick. The entire state of New York is taken over by subfreezing temperatures. You can see very quickly it turns into ice. This fire down below, it's engulfed this entire valley. An entire neighborhood all gone. que sera sera The actor behind chewbacca Peter Mayhew. Remembering Luke Perry. The love I lost when I lost you. Cokie Roberts. Thank you for your support. It's important. Caroll spinney. It's me your old pal big bird. Groundbreaking director John singleton. You win some. You lose some. But you live, you live to fight another day. A legend, actress diahann Renowned civil rights leader, representative Elijah Cummings. We've been through a lot together. Beloved member of the "Gma" family our senior operations manager Peter Schlossberg. Angie Morreale. We love you. The Oscar -- No host, no problem. I'm off the deep end You were great. Thank you. I hoped so. How does it feel. Good. It doesn't stink. It doesn't stink. Here you are with the Emmy in Good morning, George. You made history tonight. How does that feel? I'm so grateful. The newest royal son. I have the two best guys in the world. The U.S. Women's soccer team is here live. Do you like that word dynasty? Yeah. And that is lil nas X and his country rap crossover is galloping its way into the history books. I love it and it's like magic somehow. I saw George give a little shoulder bop. It was tiny. It was a tiny bop I'm gonna ride till I can't no more I'm gonna make you -- Good morning, America. wanna make you feel good wanna make you feel good feel good You got it. Ooh. Okay, who locked the door? The door is locked. Hello. They're about to open -- how are you doing, sir. Nice to see you. You want to say good morning, America. Good morning, America. There you go. Thank you very much. Good morning, Abu Dhabi. New special screen time Diane sawyer reporting -- is that your phone? No, it's the computer. Looking at -- Def leppard. In the house. You ready? I am ready. Leather pants on. I see you're ready for def leppard as well. You're the cheetah, I'm the We're just here. More ways to maximize. You have a white booty in your closet. I do not have a white booty in my closet. I got a booty but it ain't white. Thank you very much. Hit it. Hump day. Amy is here with us on this hump day. Yeah, I say that I was supposed to say that but we all know that I cannot say that. Hump day! Hey, audience, what day is it. All: Hump day! Okay. Everybody can say it but me. I believe in you. I believe in you. It's hump day. Wah-wah. The category is -- Good morning. Good morning. Good morning. Good morning. Good morning, America! We have a wonderful audience. What a great audience. We have a wonderful audience. Wonderful guest Dwayne Johnson, Jennifer Lopez. A little game for you, "American idol" charade, Katy, ginger, you're up. War. Oh, fireworks. You're a horse. A dark horse. You're very strong, Katy. Please welcome Ken. My daughter saw "The hang over" when she was 11. Wow. That's great parenting, George. Your daughters have not seen "The hang over." My daughters have not seen it nor wail they ever. To them it's an audio book. Big star, George. No, no, you are. Often thinking I don't know if he has a side but you do well. To me you're a version of James bond. Whoa. Watch out, Daniel Craig. I'm coming for you. Not the real thing Time to make someone's Monday. This person is a military veteran who is always willing to help family and friends. Oh! We want to show everyone at home why you deserve this recognition. Jackie Pearce dedicating her life to service running her church's food bank. Someone who deserves it is Jackie. I was going to ask how you feel. I can't even talk. This is unbelievable. Caroline. No one deserves this more than you. Thank you so much. A special young girl who faced a tough health battle. Lexi is no ordinary kid. She desperately needed a new kidney. Thankfully her father Luther was a match. How do you feel. You pray you become a match. I was blessed I was able to do it myself. This courageous little girl coming through surgery like a champ and what Goss a girl in recovery need? Aaaag hment! We would like to invite you and your family to Disney world. No way. T.J. Holmes is at an elementary school in west Springfield, Massachusetts, to celebrate an inspiring young teacher. Last spring after six years teaching at the newton school, Jamie was faced with an impossible decision. Leaving the students she loved to be closer to her ailing mother. Jamie took a job teaching fifth grade at the Colburn school and two weeks into the new school year she's already making the same impact. All of you, come on. We're going outside right now. There's some people here who want to thank you and they're on that bus right now. You know all the students from her previous school. They came out for you. Oh, my gosh. I just -- I'm overwhelmed with love which is the best part about being a teacher is that I get to go to work every day and love all of you. Somebody to someone Sergeant Josh and his wife cassie seem to always be on their honeymoon. But one year ago, Josh was sent on a one-year deployment to Iraq. Cassie six months pregnant with their first child was without her husband. This is your first mother's day. Yes. We wanted to surprise you with something. We know your husband is not home yet but we do have him via Skype. How excited are you to see your wife and to meet your baby girl for the first time? It's going to be incredible. I love you so much, honey. Thank you for everything you do. You know what, can we move the wall? Oh, my god. All I know and all I am promise that you'll never finder in like me I'm the only one of me Look at these moves. That's the fun of me Go, go. Do it, Michael. Get it. Shoot it. You got the right stuff. You got the right stuff. He scores. Baby that's the fun of you and I promise that nobody's gonna love you like me ooh Right front and to the back. I'm out. That's the fun of me What an incredible celebration. One, two, three. We're all on the couch together. I'll cheer for that. And I promise that nobody's gonna love you like me We're live, baby. I told you we're live. You never know what's going to happen here. Major moments. You forget. I had forgotten that soldier who met his little baby for the first time. What a moment that was. That got me. Tissue, please. Moments like that. And you, all of you, we're so lucky we get to say good morning to each and every one of you for coming here. We have -- you see you're big in the studio. All the people behind the scenes. Our cast and crew, they're just absolutely incredible. We want to give a special shoutout to the purchases of that epic what you just saw. I want to tell you Matt Knox and baisha. Paula Castro and Dan ricaldi.

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