From nature to mankind, from tragedy to outrage, here are the top moments that had the greatest impact on people in the year 2014.
12. Slender Man Killing - May 2014.
Back in May, 12-year-old Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier stabbed and nearly killed their classmate, Payton Leutner (also 12). The two planned out the attempted killing for 5 months as a way to please the fictional Internet character of Slender Man. Luckily, Leutner survived and escaped to safety.
13. Death Of Maya Angelou - May 2014.
The great American author and poet Maya Angelou passed away at age 86.
14. Islamic State - June 2014 - Present.
The radical militant group known as the Islamic State began a massive offensive that swallowed whole parts of Iraq and Syria.
15. Jared Michael Padgett's School Shooting - June 2014.
15-year-old Jared Michael Padgett killed a fellow student during a shooting spree at Reynolds High School in Oregon, before turning the gun on himself. This was the 74th school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012.
16. Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 Is Shot Down Over Ukraine - July 2014.
Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile while flying over Ukrainian airspace. All 298 people on board died in the crash. The missile is believed to have been fired by Russian separatists in the region.
17. Air Algérie Flight 5017 Crashes In Mali - July 2014.
All 116 people on board Air Algérie Flight 5017 were killed when it crashed in Mali.
18. Israel Invades The Gaza Strip Again - July - August 2014.
Growing tensions between Israel and Hamas lead to Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip. During the 7 week operation, 2,100 Palestinians and 71 Israelis are killed.
19. Riots Erupt In Ferguson, Missouri - August 2014 - Present.
Following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, riots erupted in Ferguson, Missouri to protest police violence.
20. Robin Williams Killed Himself - August 2014.
Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams took his own life at his home in Paradise Cay, California. He was 63 years old.
21. Death Of Joan Rivers - September 2014.
Actress and comedian Joan Rivers died of complications following surgery. She was 81.
22. CIA Torture Report - December 2014.
A congressional report is released detailing the brutal torture tactics used by the CIA on terror suspects in the years following 9/11.
Here's hoping that 2015 will be a better year.
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