A lot of shocking events has happened in the year 2014. Some of them are too tragic to forget. To sum up all the events that made the headlines last year, here’s a list of the most shocking events of 2014:
The Ukraine Crisis (January 2014- Present)
2014 didn’t start easy for Ukranians as disagreements between protesters and separatists factions spiraled into an almost civil war. It all began when a number of Ukranians protestes against the government when they dropped the plans to forge a closer trade with the European union. In February 2014 alone, hundreds of protesters have been killed. Up until now, the crisis in Ukraine remains unresolved.
The Ebola Outbreak (February 2014)
One of the worst epidemic of the 21st century, The Ebola outbreak began in West Africa on February 2014. A lot of health officers died in the area while trying to stop the virus from spreading. However, the virus spread so quickly that it even reached the United States of America. It caused massive scare on the entire world and up until now, the World Health Organization is still diligently working to eradicate this epidemic quickly.
The Missing Flight: MH370 (March 2014)
On a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared somewhere over the Gulf of Thailand along with its 239 passengers on board. There’s been a lot of speculations why the plane suddenly disappeared and the most popular theory is a terrorist attack. However, none of these have been proven to be the real since the flight is still missing. Experts believe that the plane might have crashed near the Indian Ocean. So far, no sign of the airplane has been found there since though the search continues to this day.
The UC Santa Barbara Killing Spree (May 2014)
A 22-year old student named Elliot Rodger started shooting fellow students inside their campus simply because no one would date him. He started off by killing his roommate and his friends inside their dorm and then he proceeds to shoot students around the campus. Before he committed the heinous act, he reportedly sent an email called “manifesto” to his relatives and posted a video on Youtube about his plans on how to he will go about his killing spree and why.
MH 17 Shot down over Ukraine (July 2014)
Following the crisis in Ukraine and the disappearance of MH 370, another Malaysian plane got involved in another tragedy. Malaysian Airlines flight 17 has been shot down by surface-to-air missile, blowing up the plane and killing all the 298 people inside. It was believed that Russian separatists did the shooting.
Israel Invades The Gaza Strip (July-August 2014)
One of the most shocking events of 2014 is the Israel invasion of The Gaza strip where thousands of people, including children have been killed. It started with the execution of Israeli students in Gaza committed by a group called Hamas. During those seven days of hell, 2,107 Palestinians and 71 Israelis were killed.
The Ferguson Riots (August 2014-Present)
Following the death of an unarmed African-American teenager named Micahel Brown by the hands of the police, a massive riot erupted in Ferguson, Missouri. The protesters called for justice for the death of Brown and hundreds of other African-Americans because of racism and stereotyping. This protest receieved a massive following worldwide and gained support online. To this day, the policeman who shot Michael Brown hasn’t been arrested for murder.
Robin William’s Suicide (August 2014)
The suicide of Robin Williams, one of the most iconic comedians of all time and an award winning actor, brought the whole world to tears. He was found dead in his home in Paradise Cay, California. His death reminded us once again that people who usually make other people happy are the ones who are battling the biggest demons.