My favorite thing about New Year’s Eve isn’t the parties, the staying up late, or even pounding on pots and pans once the ball drops in Times Square. My favorite thing is reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to the next year. At Newscom, we hope to give you the chance to do just that with our pictures of the year collections (beware, the link may take some time to load because there are a lot of pictures on the page, but it’s totally worth the wait).
Putting together these lightboxes has become my favorite tradition (see last year’s). We look back on all the stories that have made an impact on the world and have seemed to shift it just a bit (or a lot like the Arab Spring – even literally in the case of the Japan earthquake). Each year, as we review the stories that had import, it seems the stories get bigger and more important. Perhaps that just a sign of growing up and seeing more events as important, or perhaps the world is actually changing faster than it used to.
It’s rare that every part of the world sees one theme, but this year we definitely saw “protest” sweep all the nations of the world. Starting with the Arab Spring protests in the Middle East and Africa that toppled governments, to the brutal crackdowns in Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria to the mostly peaceful campers in the Occupy protests around the world.
The tsunami in Japan and the ensuing nuclear crisis had the whole world holding its breath for weeks, waiting to see if Japan would be ok.
Personally, I’ve been deeply touched watching the progress of Gabrielle Giffords as she went from being shot in the head by a lone gunman in Tucson, to a recovery that seems remarkable.
We could also touch on some of the landmark trials that have happened this year. Casey Anthony nearly caused riots, Michale Jackson fans seemed to have found some justice with the verdict in the trial of Conrad Murray, and Amanda Knox was set free and seemed to be relieved to step out of the media spotlight that surrounded her trial in Italy.
Natural disasters also seemed to play a big role, and cost some major money. We all heard about the devastating tornadoes in Missouri, watched as the army corp of engineers tried to keep the Mississippi River from overrunning everything by blowing up several levees, held our breaths as Irene gave the East Coast a scare (and caused a pumpkin shortage for Halloween), and felt for Texas as it struggled to overcome the effects of a lasting drought and seemingly endless wildfires.
We could go on, there were so many stories, but we’re going to let the picture speak for themselves. Check out a small sample of our favorite photos here, but make sure you go back and relive the year in pictures at Newscom.
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