Who could have thought the year would end so soon?
At Carbonated TV we know that the internet loves its lists, and we realize that it’s almost impossible to keep up with everything that came out this year. Which is why we decided to put the two together – a list that gives you headline-making events for you to be able to revisit the year in minutes.
Here are our top items that made headlines in news this year. Let us know if your favorite event made it to our top 10 in the comments below.
10- Rob Ford: Crack Smoking Canadian Mayor
Earlier this year in May, controversial cell phone footage emerged online showing Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford in a room inhaling from a glass pipe usually used for smoking crack cocaine.
After months of denying the video, Ford came clean about his drug use in November admitting he smoked crack cocaine however insisting that he wasn’t an addict. Though not impeached, he was stripped away many of his key powers as Mayor by the Toronto City Council. Despite severe criticism, Ford refused to step down.
9- Philippines Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
One of the strongest storms to form on planet Earth, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) slammed into the central Philippines in the first week of November, killing at least 6,000 people and leaving more than four million displaced.
Check out the shocking photos that reveal catastrophic death and destruction caused by the typhoon here.
8- The “People’s Pope”
Soon after his election in March, Pope Francis appeared to be on a mission to restore the deteriorating image of the Vatican which was, and to some extent still is, surrounded by many controversies including child sexual abusescandals.
He expressed tolerance towards the gay communityand support for atheists. He was widely appreciated for washing the feet of prisonersin March and when he promisedto personally baptize a woman’s illegitimate child in September. He also slammedthe Catholic Church for its obsession with moral issues like abortion, contraception and homosexuality and urged the Vatican to be more welcoming.
Pope Francis was eventually billed as the ‘People’s Pope’ and it seems he indeed is. Don’t you think?
7- The National Security Agency Saga & Edward Snowden
It all started in June when The Guardian published a copy of the top secret court order issued to Verizon Wireless, one of the largest telecommunications giants in the U.S. Issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the order required Verizon to handover all telephone records in its systems to the National Security Agency (NSA) in April.
Former NSA employee, Edward Snowden, revealed himself as the source of the leak and later went on to blow the whistle on other surveillance programs spying at home and abroad, such as PRISM, Boundless Informant and XKeyscore.
6- After 77 years, A Scottish Player Won The Wimbledon Title
On the 7th July 2013, Andy Murray became the first Scottish man to lift the Wimbledon trophy for 77 years.
Friends and family of the “History Boy” celebrated in the Briton's hometown of Dunblane after the world number two beat Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4 to win the prestigious sports title. You can watch the video here.
5- United States Government Shutdown
On October 2, a number of government agencies and programs stopped functioning. The dispute between the Republican Party and President Obama-led Democrat Party over funding and implementation of the Affordable Care Act eventually led to a government shutdown. The shutdown ended up (on October 16) costing around $1.6 billion last week in lost economic output, according to IHS Inc.
Want to know more about the government shutdown and its effects? Read the following:
4- Lance Armstrong Doping
In a shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey, disgraced rider Lance Armstrong confessed – publicly for the first time – that he used performance-enhancing drugs in an interview on January 14.
Armstrong, who cheated his way to seven Tour de France victories from 1999-2005, admitted it would have been impossible to win the world's greatest cycling race without doping.
3- Iran’s Changing Face: Hassan Rouhani
Ever since Hassan Rouhani was elected as the President of Iran on June 15, he has been working really hard on restoring the image of his country as a more tolerant nation. He also posted Rosh Hashanah wishes on Twitter and was widely praised for acknowledging the Holocaust.
2- Syria – The Almost War:
The conflict in Syria has been ongoing since 2011 and has left approximately 100,000 people dead, with tens of thousands more wounded, and displacing millions, internally and externally.
Things took an ugly turn when horrific images and videos emerged in June indicating that chemical weapons may have been used in Syria by Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad. U.S. was almost on the verge of militarily intervening in Syria when Russia proposed a diplomatic deal to eliminate chemical weapons arsenals which was accepted both by Assad and Obama.
1- Malala Yousafzai
A Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year for campaigning for better rights for girls, won the European Union's annual human rights award in October. Malala was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her book “I Am Malala” was released in the same month.