8. Peshawar Army Public School Attack by Taliban
Known as the City of Frontier, Peshawar is one of the richest countries of Pakistan in terms of culture and history. Unfortunately, the recent attack by the notorious Taliban forced the city to bend down on its trembling knees because of the massacre it caused on the premises of Army Public School; leaving the school with blood, tears, and a pool of innocent little dead bodies.
Killing people is bad enough but killing young children who are not even familiar with the word ‘terrorism’ is outrageously inhuman and unforgivable – apparently something which the Taliban feel great pride in.
Killing 132 children and injuring more than 245, the violent attack has been condemned by all the shocked Pakistanis across the country and by the entire world.
7. India’s Mars Orbiter Mission
After realizing that space technology is a thing of the future, India began working on a spacecraft that would successfully orbit the planet Mars; adding itself to the list of one of the very few countries that have made a name for themselves in the field of astronautics along with America, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
Launched on November 5, 2013, the Mars Orbiter Mission proved to be a successful one as it entered Mars’ orbit nearly a year later; making India the first Asian country to do so.
The most remarkable aspect of the amazing project was the overall cost as it took approximately 450 crores ($73 million); the cheapest yet most fruitful Mars mission of all time.
6. The Death of Robin Williams
Robin Williams touched the spirits of the audience of all ages. Whether it was a child or a grown man, everyone appreciated the comedy portrayed by the magnificent actor who gave everything he had for a smile on other people’s faces.
The world was truly in a deep shock after learning the fact that Williams ended his own life by committing suicide as he hanged himself with a belt.
It was truly sad to see that the man who is responsible for bringing so many lovable characters into our lives such as the adorable Genie, Popeye the Sailor, Peter Pan, Alan Parrish, and Dr. Sean Maguire, Fender Pinwheeler and President Theodore Roosevelt was no more living among us.
5. Israel – Gaza Conflict
The history of the animosity between Israel and Gaza dates back to June 2006 but the two states wrote the most bloodiest and gruesome chapter of their historic rivalry between the months of July and August of this year.
What could have been a quickly resolved tussle ended in an extremely unnecessary slaughter that modern mankind has ever witnessed?
Tensions became bitter when a Palestinian teenager was killed as an act of revenge for killing three Israeli teenagers Israel soon launched Operation Protective Edge in the name of self-defense with the aid of countless missile strikes which resulted in the deaths of 71 Israelis and 2,100 Palestinians; a loss that Palestinians faced along with massive destruction of their territory.
4. The Oscar Selfie
When Ellen DeGeneres was announced to be the host of the 86th Academy Awards for the second time, no one had any idea that her selfie would make more of an impact than her hosting. As soon as she posted a selfie on her Twitter along with A-list Hollywood stars Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, etc, it became the most retweeted photo in a matter of hours.
The selfie phenomenon quickly became a unique thing in its own right as millions of people around the globe began to do it as if it has become the coolest act of the year.
The simple but entertaining habit of the selfie concept quickly became insanely popular among politicians, astronauts, and sportsmen as well; much to the delight of people who frequently intimidate it.
3. Ebola Virus Epidemic
What started in the heart of West Africa quickly spread across half of the globe like wildfire as the threat of the Ebola virus proved that it has no bounds.
Named after a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the disease was discovered for the very first time in 1976, it was the year 2014 that struck bad luck as the virus began to devastate human lives as far as the eye could see.
As of December 13, the Ebola virus has infected an alarming number of more than 18,498 victims and killed more than 7,188 poor souls and has furiously puzzled even the most gifted doctors and medical specialists around the world with the fear that the virus might have no cure at all despite countless research and study.
2. Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize
The young but enthusiastic Pakistani female education activist could not have been more right when she stated:
“I tell my story not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls.”
After miraculously surviving a fatal shot to the head by the Taliban who warned her from going to school, Malala Yousafzai became only more passionate about creating awareness of education among young girls in her tribal area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In a short span of two years after the assassination attempt, Malala became the second Pakistani and the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to the struggle against oppression against the young generation who are entitled to education; a victory she shared with Kailash Satyarthi, another children’s rights activist from the neighboring country India.
1. The Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
None of the moments from the entire year were as shocking and dreadful as the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 with not even a single trace of its whereabouts.
Scheduled to leave for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, the Boeing 777 aircraft was reportedly missing half-hour after its takeoff.
Carrying an enormous amount of 227 passengers from 15 nations and a crew of 12 Malaysians, the plane has still not been found despite months of untiring search.
Despite being presumed to crash into the Indian Ocean, the strange disappearance of Malaysian airlines put the world in shock by convincing its inhabitants that there is so much that we can never be truly sure about know despite the advancement of technology.
Did we miss any memorable moments of 2014? Feel free to leave a comment below!