The 22 Most Shocking Moments Of 2014 - Part 2

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.

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13. Death Of Maya Angelou - May 2014.

The great American author and poet Maya Angelou passed away at age 86.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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21. Death Of Joan Rivers - September 2014.

Actress and comedian Joan Rivers died of complications following surgery. She was 81.

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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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(H/T viralnova)

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