Top Headlines of 2012 That Captivated Us – Shay’s Top 5
This year, like most had some amazing moments. There were highs and lows just as there are every year. We lost some great people, had some local, national and worldwide events that made us rejoice with pride and cry in sorrow. We all have our own list of headlines that we will remember most but here are the ones that captivated us the most. They are in no particular order.
The Presidential Election of 2012
No matter what side of the 'isle' you were on this is likely one election that won't soon be forgotten. Similar to the election of 2000, this one had everyone talking. From health care, foreign affairs, gun control, or financial matters. There was an opinion to be had and everyone was letting theirs be known. It was a close election and everyone had to be reminded that a president doesn't win on popular votes but on electoral votes; which sparked it's own debate. The battle between Obama and Romney was a spirited one; it wasn't the first heated election and won't be the last.
This natural disaster is an ongoing problem for folks on the East Coast. There are people who are still displaced from their homes, many losing everything. Not only did individuals lose a lot so too did communities. For example in New Jersey the famous Boardwalk is out of commission and is now missing it's famous Ferris wheel. This was a huge tourist attraction but was also a staple for many natives to visit as well. Over 100 people lost their lives and over $70 Billion in damages done by Mother Nature. She can be fierce!
Batman Movie Theater Killings
It was a packed theater in Aurora, Colorado. They were there to see the summer hit movie 'Batman: The Dark Knight' when James Holmes showed up with guns a blazing. No one could have imagined that simply taking in a movie on a summer night would result in the death of 12 people and wounding of 58. James Holmes entered the theater and began shooting at random; no one was safe. The scars, both mental and physical, will last forever for those that were there that night. This was one of the the deadliest mass murders in U.S. history.
Embassy Attacks in Libya
September 11, 01 will be a day that none of us will ever forget and now you can add September 11, 12 to that as well. That is the day our Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked resulting in the death of our Ambassador and 4 Navy Seals. The attack was launched by a mob of protesters who were apparently upset at a video that mocked the Prophet Muhammad. It is still being debated as to whether or not our own government new of the impending attack and if the video was, in fact, the reason for the riot.No matter the reason it does not change the fact that at the end of the day on another September 11th we lost more Americans.
The 2012 Olympics in London were a pleasure to watch and seemed to have the U.S. captivated and glued to their TV sets. There were a few athletes that made it extra special. Michael Phelps, The Fierce Five, and Missy Franklin to name a few. I don't remember so much talk and water cooler chatter about the Olympics before. It was a special summer.