13 Events That Shaped the Year 2014 (In Pictures)

Major events of the year 2014

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2014 has been a strange and mysterious year. Though every year has its share of ups and downs, celebrations and tragedies, year 2014 had events which left us utterly baffled.

Otherwise, how can a Boeing 777 airliner with 239 people on board just disappear into thin air? Yet, in spite of all technological advancements, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 did. One minute it was seen on the radar flying over the Gulf of Thailand and the next moment it was gone. Without a trace. Many conspiracy theories suggest what may have happened but the mystery is going to haunt us for many years to come. Hopefully 2015 holds the answer to this.

If Flight 370 ‘tragedy’ was already not shocking enough, another Malaysia Airlines, this time MH17 with 298 people on board, was gunned down by a missile over eastern Ukraine leaving all passengers and crew dead. Political unrest that led to this ‘accidental’ shooting and loss of innocent lives snowballed into accusations, blame game and deepening of unrest in the region and between America and Russia.

It would not be wrong to call 2014 as a year of strife. Israel-Palestine conflict raised its ugly head once again this year leading to deaths of 2,100 Palestinians and 71 Israelis. The growing ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) terror and beheading of American and British citizens, kidnapping of school children in Nigeria, the heinous massacre of 132 children and 9 staffers in Pakistan school attack…everything seemed to go wrong. Yet, the awarding of Nobel Peace prize to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai once again restored our faith in humanity and goodness of mankind.

Landmark achievements were made on the space front. European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission successfully landed its Philae probe on Comet 67P, the first time ever that a spacecraft orbited a comet! India became the fourth nation to successfully put a satellite (called Mangalyaan) into orbit around Mars. With this, India also became the the first nation to reach Mars orbit on its first attempt and the first Asian nation to do so.

How can we forget the FIFA Football World Cup 2014. All roads led to Brazil, the football pilgrimage and the host nation. 32 nations vied for the coveted trophy but nothing could stop the world’s best football team Germany from taking home the title for the fourth time.

So here are the most significant events of the year 2014:

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Share with us your favorite or worst events in 2014 that influenced you greatly. We would also love to know how the year 2014 went for you.

 

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