119 stories that gripped the world in the 2010s

Clockwise, starting top left: Surface-to-air missiles being fired in Syria, North Korean cheerleaders cheering on Olympic athletes, mourners honoring the Charlie Hebdo victims, and Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem. AP Insider has compiled a list of more than 100 news stories that captivated the world from 2010 to 2019.The past decade…

119 stories that gripped the world in the 2010s

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Clockwise, starting top left: Surface-to-air missiles being fired in Syria, North Korean cheerleaders cheering on Olympic athletes, mourners honoring the Charlie Hebdo victims, and Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem.
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  • Insider has compiled a list of more than 100 news stories that captivated the world from 2010 to 2019.
  • The past decade has seen heartwarming stories like the birth of Britain’s Prince George, tragedies like the Haiti earthquake, and conflicts like the war in Syria.
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The 2010s were a dramatic decade, filled with ups and downs. As the decade comes to a close, Insider took a look back at some of the biggest headline-grabbing stories, from 2010 to 2019.

The result was 119 news stories that ranged from the heartwarming rescue of a Thai boys’ soccer team from a flooded cave to the divisive election of President Donald Trump.

These were the biggest stories of the decade.

January 12, 2010: Hundreds of thousands of people are killed after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes the island nation of Haiti.

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A youth uses a hammer to demolish his home near the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on September 20, 2010.
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April 20, 2010: An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico causes the biggest marine oil spill in history.

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Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off-shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana.
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May 2, 2010: The European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund sign off on a €110 million bailout of Greece, to save the EU country from default.

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Greeks riot on May 5, 2010 in response to austerity measures agreed to in exchange for a bailout.
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June 27, 2010: The FBI arrests 10 Russian spies caught living deep undercover in the United States.

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Four of the accused spies listen in during a court hearing on July 1, 2010.
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Just days later, the group was taken to Vienna, Austria, where they were turned over to Russian authorities in exchange for four Russian nationals accused of being double agents, The Guardian reported at the time.

October 13, 2010: 33 miners are rescued after spending 69 days trapped in a Chilean copper mine.

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In this screen grab taken from video, Florencio Avalos, the first miner to be rescued, left, is embraced by Chilean President Sebastian Pinera after his rescue on October 12, 2010.
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December 8, 2010: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange turns himself in to British police after Swedish authorities put out a warrant for his arrest in connection to a rape accusation.

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Assange denied the allegation and said the extradition order was just a way to get him to Sweden so that he could be extradited to the US for his role in publishing information embarrassing to the American government, according to The New York Times.

While out on bail in the UK in June 2012, Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as a way to avoid his extradition to Sweden. He lived there for seven years before his asylum was withdrawn in April 2019, following disputes with Ecuadorian authorities, and he was rearrested by British police.

However, Swedish authorities announced they were dropping the rape investigation into Assange in November 2019.

December 17, 2010: The suicide of a Tunisian street vendor serves as a catalyst for the Arab Spring.

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Tear gas is fired into a crowd of protesters demonstrating in Tunis, Tunisia on January 14, 2011.
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Tarek el-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire outside the local governor’s office when government authorities confiscated his wares, according to The New York Times.

The incident caused revolutionary protests in Tunisia, and the toppling of the government within a month. Similar protests broke out in several other North African and Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria. 

January 28, 2011: “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen enters rehab, a day after the actor was rushed from his home to the hospital for abdominal and chest pains, according to CBS Los Angeles.

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Charlie Sheen appears on “Good Morning America” in February 2011.
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Sheen, who had been in an out of rehab multiple times in his life up until that point, according to USA Today, went on the “Today” show just a few weeks later and said that Alcoholic Anonymous doesn’t work on people like him, people with “tiger blood.”

He was subsequently fired from his hit TV show. Four years later it would emerge that Sheen was HIV positive.

February 11, 2011: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigns under pressure from revolutionaries, giving up the seat he had held for three decades.

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is seen during a video address on January 28, 2011.
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Anti-government protests in Egypt broke out a month earlier, as part of the larger Arab Spring, Al Jazeera reported. When Mubarak resigned, the military took control of the government.
Amnesty International said that at least 840 people were killed in the protests that transpired over 18 days.

Mubarak was put on trial for the protester deaths, but acquitted in 2017, according to Al-Ahram.

March 2011: Civil war breaks out in Syria after military defectors create the Free Syrian Army, to combat those loyal to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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Syrian rebels participate in a weapons training session on February 14, 2012.
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Protests had broken out in Syria after police tortured teenagers caught making anti-regime graffiti, according to Mother Jones.

March 11, 2011: An earthquake in Japan causes the second-worst nuclear accident in history.

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The Unit 4 reactor building of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station is seen through a bus window in Okuma, Japan on November 12, 2011.
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The Great Sendai Earthquake of 2011 caused a tsunami in Japan’s northeastern Fukushima prefecture. That tsunami in turn damaged backup generates at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which went into partial meltdown, prompting the government to order the evacuation of nearly 50,000 residents, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

April 29, 2011: 3 billion people tune in to watch Britain’s Prince William marry college sweetheart Kate Middleton in a ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in London

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Source: The New York Times

May 1, 2011: President Barack Obama addresses the nation to announce the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden, after a successful Navy SEAL raid on the 9/11 mastermind’s compound in Pakistan.

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Source: NPR

May 14, 2011: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, is pulled off a Paris-bound flight in New York and charged with sexually assaulting a hotel maid.

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Strauss-Kahn, center, is lead from a New York City police station on May 15, 2011.
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Three months later, prosecutors decided to drop the case after they lost faith in the credibility of the accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, The New York Times reported at the time.

Strauss-Kahn has always maintained that he did not rape Diallo, but in 2012 he settled with the hotel worker for an undisclosed sum after she sued him for sexual assault, according to The Guardian.

July 7, 2011: Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid shutters after it was revealed that staffers hacked into the phones of prominent figures like Prince William to mine for stories.

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Printer James Bradley looks at a copy of the final edition of the News of the World as the presses print the newspaper at the News International print works in Waltham Cross, southern England on July 9, 2011.
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Sources: CNN, CSM

July 22, 2011: A right-wing Christian extremist kills 77 people — most of them children — in attacks on Oslo, Norway, and the nearby island of Utoya.

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Rescue workers carry the body of a Utoya shooting victim on July 24, 2011.
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In August 2012, the attacker was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum possible sentence since Norway doesn’t have the death penalty, according to CNN.

July 23, 2011: Grammy Award-winning singer Amy Winehouse, 27, is found dead at her home in north London.

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Though the troubled songstress had released just two studio albums in her career, the second, “Back to Black,” was a critical and popular success. Rolling Stone ranks it #451 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

A coroner later determined the singer’s cause of death was from drinking too much alcohol, according to the BBC.

September 17, 2011: The Occupy Wall Street movement begins with about 1,000 people protesting in downtown Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park.

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The group’s main issue was the power and influence held by the richest Americans.

The group held the park for about three months before police kicked them out on November 15. By then, similar protest camps had been started in other cities across America, according to The Week.

October 3, 2011: American Amanda Knox, 24, is freed from an Italian prison after her conviction in the 2009 murder of her British roommate is overthrown.

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Amanda Knox cries in Italian court as she learns her murder conviction has been overturned and she is soon to be released from prison.
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Knox served nearly four years of a 26-year sentence before she was cleared, according to CNN.

October 20, 2011: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is captured and killed by revolutionaries, bringing an end to his 42-year regime.

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November 7, 2011: Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the late singer’s overdose death.

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July 20, 2012: A shooter opens fire at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight,” in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring dozens of others.

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Police officers are seen outside the movie theater where a gunman opened fire during a showing of “The Dark Knight” on July 20, 2012.
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The shooter was later sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

September 11, 2012: US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans are killed after a mob storms the US mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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A man looks at documents at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.
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Source: CNN

October 22, 2012: After being accused of conducting an elaborate doping scheme, American cyclist Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven Tour de France medals and banned from cycling competitions for life.

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He initially denied the accusations before telling Oprah Winfrey in 2013 that they were true.

October 29, 2012: Superstorm Sandy causes widespread death and damage, especially in the Northeastern US.

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November 6, 2012: Voters in Colorado and Washington vote to legalize recreational marijuana, becoming the first states in the US to do so.

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Colorado residents celebrate the legalization of marijuana on election night 2012.
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February 28, 2013: Basketball legend Dennis Rodman travels to North Korea and meets leader Kim Jong-un, becoming the first American to meet the new leader since he assumed office two years prior.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea on Thursday, February 28, 2013.
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March 13, 2013: Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected pope, becoming the first South American to lead the Roman Catholic Church. He assumes the name Pope Francis.

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Pope Francis was elected after his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, abdicated, becoming the first pope to voluntarily resign since Celestine V in 1294.

April 15, 2013: Two pressure cooker bombs explode at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 250 others.

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Brothers Tamerlan, 26, and Dzokhar Tsarnaev, 19, initially escaped the scene, and the city of Boston was effectively shut down for days as law enforcement teams hunted for the bombers.

Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police four days later. A wounded Dzokhar was arrested later that morning, after seeking shelter in a dry-docked boat.

Two years later, Dzokhar was sentenced to death for his role in the bombings.

May 16, 2013: The now-defunct news site Gawker publishes a video showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack.

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Ford initially refuses to step down, and his increasingly bizarre behavior over the coming weeks and months make international headlines.

His term as mayor came to an end on November 30, 2014, after he dropped out of the race to deal with a cancer diagnosis. But he still won for city councilor of his old constituency with 58% of the vote. He served just two years in that role before dying at the age of 46 in March 2016.

May 6, 2013: Three women who had been missing for about a decade are rescued from the Cleveland, Ohio, home of Ariel Castro.

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Pictured from left to right in February 2014: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
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Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, had each disappeared between 2002 and 2004. They finally escaped after Berry kicked down a screen door and yelled at a neighbor to call 911, according to CBS News.

Castro, 53, later pleaded guilty to several charges to avoid the death penalty, only to die by suicide in his cell a month later.

June 6, 2013: The Guardian and the Washington Post publish stories based on information leaked to them by government contractor Edward Snowden.

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Snowden flees the country and is eventually allowed asylum in Russia.

July 6, 2013: “Glee” star Cory Monteith is found dead in a Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel room after succumbing to a drug and alcohol overdose.

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July 7, 2013: Scottish tennis player Andy Murray becomes the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.

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Source: Tennis.com
 

July 13, 2013: The Black Lives Matter movement begins after George Zimmerman is acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the shooting death of black teen Trayvon Martin.

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Police confront a crowd of demonstrators on the Interstate 10 freeway as they protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial, in Los Angeles, California on July 14, 2013.
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On February 26, 2012, Zimmerman shot dead Martin because he thought he was an intruder in his Sanford, Florida, neighborhood. But Martin lived in the same neighborhood and was just returning home after a trip to the convenience store to buy an iced tea and candy. The incident caused national outrage over the treatment of black people, especially black boys.

July 22, 2013: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to a baby boy named Prince George, who becomes third in line to the British throne, behind his father and grandfather.

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December 5, 2013: Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s trailblazing first black president, dies at the age of 95.

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February 1, 2014: Dylan Farrow writes an essay describing how her father, director Woody Allen, molested her as a child. Allen was never charged and denies the allegation.

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Dylan O’Sullivan Farrow attends the TIME 100 Gala on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
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The accusation against Allen wasn’t new, but it was the first time that his daughter had spoken publicly to give her side of the story.

February 2, 2014: Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dies at the age of 46 from a drug overdose.

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Source: The New York Times

February 18, 2014: A 39-year-old Jimmy Fallon starts his tenure as host of “The Tonight Show”.

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March 2014: Russia invades Ukraine and annexes the Crimea, after Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, is toppled in anti-government protests.

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Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, patrol outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye on March 17, 2014.
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Sources: Business Insider, Vox

March 8, 2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 mysteriously vanishes off radar while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board.

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French police officers carry debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which washed ashore on Reunion Island on July 22, 2016.
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Parts of the Boeing 777 would later wash up on islands off the southeastern coast of Africa, but not the fuselage.

March 25, 2014: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow announces her separation from her Coldplay frontman husband Chris Martin on her blog Goop, saying they have decided to “consciously uncouple”.

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Source: Harper’s Bazaar

April 2014: The Flint water crisis begins as the Michigan city tries to cut costs by getting their water from the Flint River instead of getting it from Detroit.

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Doctors would later tell residents to stop using the water after finding high lead levels in children’s blood.

March 23, 2014: The World Health Organization reports that there has been an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, the start of the largest outbreak of the virus in history.

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Red Cross workers carry the body of a woman who died of the Ebola virus during a 1995 outbreak in the Congo.
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The virus spread as far as the US, after a man infected with the virus flew to Dallas in October and got sick after landing. He later died, and two nurses became infected while treating him but recovered.

There was another scare when a medical aide worker became infected with the virus after returning to New York City from Guinea.

Seven other people were flown to the US to get treatment for the virus, most of whom were medical workers. Of those seven, six survived and one died.

When Guinea was finally Ebola-free in June 2016, more than 28,600 people had contracted the disease, and 11,325 died.

May 24, 2014: Rapper Kanye West marries reality star Kim Kardashian in a lavish wedding in Florence, Italy.

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Source: ABC News
 

May 31, 2014: The US government agrees to release five Taliban commanders in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had gone missing from a base in Afghanistan five years prior.

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing for desertion charges at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on January 12, 2016.
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President Barack Obama was criticized by some for agreeing to the exchange, since Bergdahl was a deserter, according to the Washington Post.

August 19, 2014: American photojournalist James Foley is beheaded in a video recorded by ISIS, marking the beginning of the terrorist group’s rise to power.

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James Foley is seen during a 2011 interview with the Associated Press.
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Source: Business Insider

August 9, 2014: Unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown is shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, causing several days of riots in the community and fueling the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Amarion Allen, 11-years-old stands in front of a police line shortly before shots were fired in a police-officer involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri August 9, 2015.
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November 24, 2014: Hackers breach the network of Sony Pictures Entertainment and release embarrassing information against the company.

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United States Attorney Tracy Wilkison announces a criminal complaint being filed against a North Korean national accused in a series of destructive cyberattacks around the world, including the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, on September 6, 2018.
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The hackers demanded that Sony cancel its upcoming film “The Interview,” which involved a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The FBI later blamed the hack on North Korea.

January 7-9, 2015: Paris is the target of multiple terror attacks that leave 17 people dead.

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Thousands take to the streets of Paris to mourn the victims of the terrorist attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper.
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The shootings took place at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a kosher grocery store, and the Paris suburb of Montrouge. Police killed the three suspects, according to CNN.

February 1, 2015: The New England Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX thanks to an interception with just seconds left in the game.

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With just 25 seconds left in the game, the Seattle Seahawks looked on track to overtake the Patriots.

At New England’s one-yard line, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson decided to throw the ball instead of rush, and the Patriots’ undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler intercepted it. The Patriots won the game 28-24.

March 24, 2015: Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 crashes in the Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

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French emergency rescue services work at the site of the Germanwings jet that crashed on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 near Seyne-les-Alpes, France.
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French accident investigators later released a report pinning blame for the crash on the co-pilot, saying he deliberately caused the plane to descend and was dealing with mental health issues, according to the BBC.

May 2015: An outbreak of the Zika virus spreads to Brazil, and eventually moves its way up into Central America and the Caribbean.

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Brazilian mothers with children born with microcephaly are seen in May 2018.
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Women are warned to be careful traveling to these regions since there is a connection between the virus and babies being born with microcephaly, an issue where a baby’s head is abnormally small, according to the World Health Organization.

Adding to the fears, scientists discover that the virus can be passed through sex, as well.

June 6, 2015: American Pharoah wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse in 37 years to earn the Triple Crown of American horse racing.

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Source: Business Insider

June 6, 2015: Joyce Mitchell, a worker at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, helps two convicted murderers escape.

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Handout photo shows a note with a caption “Have a nice day” left on an opening in the pipe, where two inmates are suspected to have cut open as part of their escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York
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David Sweat and Richard Matt spent nearly three weeks on the run. Matt was later killed in a shootout with police, while Sweat was shot and survived, according to CNN.

June 16, 2015: New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump announces his candidacy for president with a speech at Trump Tower calling Mexican immigrants “rapists.”

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Source: Business Insider

July 11, 2015: Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escapes for a second time from his cell at a Mexican high-security prison.

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A police officer guards packages of seized marijuana in this undated photograph provided by Mexico’s Federal Police, October 22, 2015.
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He was recaptured six months later and extradited to the US for trial.

July 20, 2015: Diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba are restored, decades after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution.

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Secretary of State John Kerry, and other dignitaries watch as U.S. Marines raise the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana, Cuba. Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.
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Source: Business Insider

August 21, 2015: Three American men, including two active military members, thwart a terrorist attack on a French train.

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U.S. Army Specialist Alek Skarlatos (left), Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone (center), and Anthony Sadler (right) attend an awards ceremony at the Pentagon to honor their efforts overpowering a gunman on a French train.
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Source: Business Insider

August 26, 2015: WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward are shot dead while filming a live TV segment in Virginia.

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Local residents hold a banner showing their support for killed WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.
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The gunman, a disgruntled former employee, died by suicide hours later, the AP reported at the time.

November 13-14, 2015: Terror attacks strike Paris for a second time in a year, resulting in the deaths of 130 people and nearly 500 wounded.

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An injured man is carried out of the Bataclan following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015.
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Source: CNN

December 18, 2015: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is released, earning more than $2 billion at the box office worldwide.

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Source: Business Insider

April 3, 2016: A group of news outlets around the world publish stories based on the Panama Papers, a leak of 11.5 million documents from a Panamanian law firm, showing the shady ways wealthy people use offshore accounts.

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The leak of papers came from the law firm Mossack Fonseca. The Mossack Fonesca offices are seen in Panama above.
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Source: The New York Times

April 21, 2016: Music legend Prince is found dead in the elevator of his Minnesota estate. An autopsy would later find that the singer died of an overdose of the opioid fentanyl.

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Prince performing on stage during Purple Rain Tour.
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Source: USA Today

June 2, 2016: Brock Turner, a former Stanford swim team member, is sentenced to just six months in jail for sexually assaulting an inebriated woman outside a campus fraternity.

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Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, leaves the Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose, California, U.S. September 2, 2016.
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The lenient sentence eventually led voters in Palo Alto to to recall Judge Aaron Persky.

June 12, 2016: A gunman opens fire inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 and injuring 53.

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Source: CNN, Business Insider

June 24, 2016: Britain votes to leave the European Union.

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Source: The Guardian

July 7, 2016: Five Dallas police officers are killed while working at a Black Lives Matter rally. Authorities killed the gunman with a bomb delivered by a robot.

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Police officers move to detain a suspect who shot at cops during a march in Dallas on July 7, 2016.
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Sources: CNN, AP

August 5-21, 2016: The 2016 summer Olympics are held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Aug 11, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Simone Biles performs her floor routine during the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Sprint Center.
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September 15, 2016: Angelina Jolie files for divorce from husband Brad Pitt.

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Source: CNN

October 7, 2016: The Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security issue a joint statement warning that the Russians are trying to interfere in the presidential election.

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Source: Department of Homeland Security

October 8, 2016: The Washington Post publishes a video from a 2005 interview between “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush and Donald Trump, in which the latter said he can grab women “by the p—y” because he’s a star.

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Source: Washington Post

November 3, 2016: The Chicago Cubs break the Billy Goat curse and win their first World Series in 108 years.

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The Billy Goat curse haunted the team since 1945, when William “Billy Goat” Sianis bought a ticket for himself and his goat Murphy for Game 4 of the Cubs’ World Series game against the Detroit Tigers, according to NBC News.

When the two were kicked out of the stadium for Murphy’s smell, Sianis reportedly said, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more!”

November 8, 2016: Donald Trump is elected president, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in a landmark upset.

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President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist after giving his acceptance speech on November 9, 2016.
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Source: Business Insider

January 20, 2017: Donald Trump is sworn in as the nation’s 45th president.

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Trump’s speech famously declares: “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”

In the days following, Trump and the White House press secretary Sean Spicer go on the offensive when the media observes that the crowds weren’t as big as Obama’s inauguration.

January 21, 2017: Hundreds of thousands of people gather in Washington, D.C. and cities around the world to take part in the Women’s March, protesting Trump’s election.

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Source: The New York Times

January 28, 2017: Serena Williams beats her sister Venus to win the Australian Open, while secretly eight weeks pregnant with her first child.

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Source: Newsweek

February 26, 2017: “La La Land” is mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner at the Oscars, instead of “Moonlight.”

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Source: “Today”

April 19, 2017: Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez dies by suicide in prison, where he was serving a life sentence for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

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Source: NBC Sports

May 22, 2017: Twenty-two people leaving an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena are killed in a terrorist bombing. Another 50 people were injured.

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A vigil is held in St. Ann’s Square, Manchester in the days following the Manchester Arena suicide bombing.
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Source: BBC

June 1, 2017: Trump announces his intention to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord.

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President Donald Trump announces his intention to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement on June 1, 2017.
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Source: Business Insider

July 8, 2017: The New York Times publishes a report on how members of Trump’s campaign — including his son Donald Jr. — met with Russian agents in Trump Tower in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks with his son Donald Trump Jr. during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 11, 2017.
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Source: The New York Times

October 2017: Famous men are culled in the #MeToo movement.

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Harvey Weinstein is pictured in New York City court in August.
Yana Paskova/Getty Images


Movie producer Harvey Weinstein was the first to fall when The New York Times and New Yorker published sexual misconduct allegations against him in early October.

The outrage encourage other people in Hollywood and other industries to speak out about sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace.

Among the men who had their reputations tarnished include: Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Al Franken, and Louis C.K.

October 1, 2017: Fifty-eight people are killed and more than 850 are injured after a gunman opens fire on a Las Vegas music festival from a 32nd floor room in the Mandalay Bay casino.

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David Becker / Getty


Source: Business Insider

October 12, 2017: Trump announces that the Pakistani military has rescued Canadian-American couple Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman and their children from the Haqqani network.

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Caitlan Coleman speaks to the Toronto Star while holding her baby daughter on October 23, 2017.
Michelle Shephard/Toronto Star via Getty Images


Their rescue came nearly five years to the day that they were captured while backpacking through Afghanistan, according to The Guardian.

November 15, 2017: The San Juan, an Argentine navy submarine, goes missing. It was found at the bottom of the ocean almost a year later, with all 44 crew dead from an explosion that happened in the vessel.

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The San Juan submarine is seen in an undated photo provided by the Argentine Navy.
Argentina Navy via AP File


Source: NPR

November 21, 2017: Dramatic video emerges showing a North Korean soldier defecting to South Korea while being shot at.

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AP


Source: AP

January 14, 2018: A teen girl escapes from her family home in southern California and calls police to rescue the rest of her 12 siblings from their abusive parents.

A combination photo of David Allen Turpin (L) and Louise Ann Turpin as they appear in booking photos provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in Riverside County, California, U.S., January 15, 2018.   Riverside County Sheriff's Department/Handout via REUTERS

A combination photo of David Allen Turpin and Louise Ann Turpin as they appear in booking photos in Riverside County
Thomson Reuters


David and Louise Turpin were sentenced to life in prison in April 2019.

February 9-25, 2018: The Winter Olympics are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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North Korean cheerleaders support women competing in speedskating at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on February 10, 2018.
Julie Jacobson/AP


  • North and South Korean athletes walk out under the same unified flag during the opening ceremonies and compete as a single country.
  • American Chloe Kim, 17, becomes the youngest woman ever to win gold in the women’s halfpipe.

February 4, 2018: The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots to win their first-ever Super Bowl and stun viewers with a now-classic trick play.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles holes up the Vince Lombardi trophy after his team won Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018.
Patrick Smith/Getty Images


The highlight of the game was a trick play by the Eagles called “Philly Special,” in which quarterback Nick Foles had tight end Trey Burton throw the ball to him for a touchdown.

February 14, 2018: Seventeen students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are killed, and another 17 are injured, in a horrific shooting.

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PARKLAND, FL – FEBRUARY 14: People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Numerous law enforcement officials continue to investigate the scene.
Joe Raedle/Getty


Source: Business Insider

March 24, 2018: Hundreds of thousands take part in the March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C., organized by survivors of the Parkland shooting to call for gun control reform.

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Looking west, people fill Pennsylvania Avenue during the “March for Our Lives” rally in support of gun control, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Washington.
Associated Press/Alex Brandon


Source: The New York Times

April 13, 2018: The US, Britain, and France conduct air strikes against Syria in response to President Bashar al-Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons on citizens in a civil war gripping the country.

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Surface to air missile fire lights up the sky over Damascus, Syria as the US launches an attack early on April 14, 2018.
Hassan Ammar/AP


“These are not the actions of a man,” Trump said of the suspected chemical attack, according to The New York Times. “They are crimes of a monster instead.”

The conflict in Syria began in 2011, and still rages on today.

April 6-June 20, 2018: Under its “zero tolerance” immigration policy, the Trump administration separates thousands of children from their migrant parents at the border, causing widespread outrage on a national level.

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In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who’ve been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, rest in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018.
Customs and Border Protection’s Rio Grande Valley Sector via Associated Press


Source: Business Insider

April 24, 2018: DNA submitted to an ancestry database helps investigators catch who they believe to be the “Golden State Killer”, a murderer and rapist who tormented the Bay Area in the 1970s and ’80s.

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Joseph James DeAngelo, who prosecutors suspect is the Golden State Killer.
REUTERS/Fred Greaves


Source: Washington Post 

May 19, 2018: Millions around the world tune in to watch Britain’s Prince Harry marry American actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle.

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Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
Ben STANSALL – WPA Pool/Getty Images


Source: CNBC

June 24, 2018: Saudi Arabia lifts its ban on allowing women to drive.

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Women have very few rights compared to men in Saudi Arabia. They were only recently allowed the right to drive cars in 2017. Above, a woman drives a car in Riyadh in June 2018.
Nariman El-Mofty/AP


Source: NPR

July 10, 2018: 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach are rescued from a flooded cave after more than two weeks stuck in the cavern.

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The team was trapped in the cave for 17 days.
AP


Source: Business Insider

October 2, 2018: Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi is murdered inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.

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Hasan Jamali/AP


Source: Insider

January 10, 2019: Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who went missing three months prior, escapes from a rural home where she was being held captive by her parent’s killer. He later pleads guilty to the crimes.

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Jayme Closs, 13, was reported missing on Monday when her parents were found dead in the family’s Wisconsin home.
Barron County Sheriff’s Department/Facebook


Sources:  Insider, NPR

March 2019: Governments around the world banned the Boeing 737 Max from their airspaces after two crashes in 5 months killed 346 people.

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Wikipedia


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March 12, 2019: Federal prosecutors in Boston charge at least 50 people in the “Varsity Blues” scandal, accusing many of them of using bribes to get their students into college. Among the defendants are actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

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Actress Lori Loughlin, front, and husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, rear, depart federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.
AP Photo/Charles Krupa


Source: Insider

March 15, 2019: Fifty people are killed and another 50 are injured in attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Worshippers pray for victims and families of the Christchurch shootings during an evening vigil a the Lakemba Mosque on March Friday 15, 2019, in Wakemba, New South Wales, Australia.
Mark Goudkamp/AP


Source: Insider

July 7, 2019: The US women’s national soccer team wins the World Cup for a fourth time in a row.

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Alessandra Tarantino/AP


Source: NPR

August 7, 2019: The bodies of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are found in Manitoba, Canada. Police suspect the friends went on a killing spree across the country, and had been searching for them for 20 days.

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BCRCMP


Source: Insider

August 10, 2019: Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is found dead in his Manhattan jail cell where he was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.

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Jeffrey Epstein is pictured above in a 2013 mugshot.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP


A coroner would later determine that he died by suicide, though his death has inspired numerous conspiracy theories due to his rich and famous connections.

October 31, 2019: The House votes to formalize its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Ambassador William Taylor (L) and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent are sworn-in prior to testifying during the first public hearings held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., November 13, 2019.
Pool/Saul Loeb via Reuters


Source: Business Inisder

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visit their website to receive confidential support.

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