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U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, 12 others shot
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In this Jan. 8, 2011 file photo, emergency personnel and Daniel Hernandez, an intern for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, second right, move Giffords after she was shot in the head outside a shopping center in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011.

Egypt political riots and turmoil
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In this Jan. 28, 2011 file photo, Egyptian anti-government activists clash with riot police in Cairo, Egypt. Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters poured into the streets of Egypt stoning and confronting police who fired back with rubber bullets and tear gas in the most violent and chaotic scenes yet in the challenge to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Japan's earthquakes and tsumanis
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In this March 11, 2011 file photo, earthquake-triggered tsumanis sweep shores along Iwanuma in northern. The magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's eastern coast, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland.

Japanese nuclear plant damaged
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In this March 24, 2011 file photo, a young evacuee is screened at a shelter for leaked radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in Fukushima, Fukushima prefecture, Japan.

Moammar Gadhafi killed
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In this April 10, 2011 file photo, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi waves at his supporters people in Tripoli, Libya.

Gadhafi, Libya's dictator for 42 years, is killed Oct. 20 as revolutionary fighters overwhelm his hometown of Sirte and capture the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell.

Osama found and killed
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In this undated file image from video seized from the walled compound of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and released by the U.S. Department of Defense, a man, who the American government identified as Osama bin Laden, watches television, showing an image of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is killed in a firefight on May 2nd with elite American forces at his Pakistan compound, then is quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run.

Stocks plummeted
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In this Aug. 8, 2011 file photo, trader Andrew Stavros reacts after the close of trading in the NASDAQ, 100 Index pit, on the floor of The CME Group in Chicago. Stocks plummeted at the close after anxiety overtook investors on the first trading day since Standard & Poor's downgraded American debt.

Occupy protests
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In this Nov. 18, 2011 file photo, University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad in Davis, Calif. Pike, the riot-clad police officer who pepper sprayed a row of peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters at a California university, is a retired U.S. Marine sergeant twice honored for his police work on campus.

A demonstration calling itself Occupy Wall Street begins in New York on September 17th, within weeks prompting similar protests around the U.S. and the world. Perceived economic unfairness is behind the frequent chant, "We are the 99 percent."

Protests erupt in Rome
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In this Oct. 15, 2011 file photo, a protestor hurls a canister during clashes in Rome. Protesters smashed the windows of shops in Rome and torched a car as violence broke out during a demonstration in the Italian capital, part of worldwide protests against corporate greed and austerity measures.

Penn State Coach Joe Paterno child sex-abuse charges
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In this Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno arrives home in State College, Pa. Paterno was fired in the aftermath of child sex-abuse charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who maintains his innocence.