Some of the Most Popular Moments of 2014 (34 pics)

These events will forever go down in history as defining moments of 2014.

Kiev Square before and after the protests and revolution that led to the downfall of President Viktor Yanukovych. [February]

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Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes from Iowa, age 91 and 90, marry after 72 years together. The two first met in 1947. [September]

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Following the abduction of 276 girls from a school in Nigeria by militant group Boko Haram, the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign goes global. [April]

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California continues to suffer from the worst drought in a millennium. These images are of the same reservoir in 2011 and 2014.

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Robin William’s star on the walk of fame is adorned with flowers and candles following his death. [August]

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Sgt. Bret Barnum hugs 12-year-old Devonte Hart at a demonstration following the police shooting of Michael Brown. [November]

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Flight attendants on a flight from West Africa wear full protective gear to help combat the spread of Ebola. So far, more than 17,000 people mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have contracted Ebola and 6,500 have died. [August]

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Protesters in Mexico City lash out after the kidnapping and murder of 43 student protesters by corrupt police officers and drug cartel.  [November]

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A Ukrainian soldier, trapped in his base during the Russian annexation of Crimea is visited by his daughter. [March]

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Rescue workers climb to an ash-covered shrine near the summit of Mt. Ontake, Japan, which erupted and killed 56 people. [September]

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Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize. The 17-year-old from Afghanistan continues to campaign at the UN against violence, poverty and advocating for more access to education for women and girls despite nearly being shot in the head by a Taliban hit squad. [October]

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Explosions rock the Gaza Strip as Israel launched a military operation in the area, killing 2,200 people. [July and August]

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People line up to legally purchase recreational marijuana for the first time in Colorado. [January]

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Alan Henning, a British aid worker who had gone to Syria to deliver food and supplies to refugees. He had refused to sleep in a hotel during his journey so that more money could be spent buying supplies. He was murdered alongside other hostages by militants. [October]

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The US embassy in Berlin is illuminated by protesters amid claims that the NSA tapped the phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. [July]

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Thousands of protesters gather to speak out against the Chinese Government’s intentions to limit who could run for mayor. [September]

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Bodyguards protect one of six remaining Northern White Rhinos.

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Morehouse Students take part in a ‘die in’ following the death of Eric Garner at the hands of police officers and the decision not to prosecute the officers involved. [November]

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A sand sculpture on Puri Beach in India following the disappearance of flight MH370 over the Indian Ocean. [March]

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Frustrated by a slow response from officials at Columbia University to her alleged sexual assault, student Emma Sulkowicz announced she would carry her mattress everywhere she went until action was taken. [September]

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A convoy of hearses in the Netherlands carries the unidentified bodies of some of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine. [July]

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Hundreds of people waited in line at Schiphol Airport to write in a memorial book, lay flowers and light a candle for the victims. Meanwhile, Western Governments and Russia blamed each other for the tragedy. [July]

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888,246 ceramic poppies flow from the Tower of London to remember the British soldiers that died 100 years on from the beginning of World War One. [August]

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A photo of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from the Rosetta spacecraft. It travelled 3 billion miles to meet the tiny 2.5 mile long comet and successfully landed the Philae probe on it’s surface. [November]

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Every year since the 9/11 attacks, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe has been trying find the owners of this photo found in the rubble of the World Trade Center. This year, she did – through Twitter. Fred Mahe, the groom, worked on the 77th floor of the second tower and after seeing the tweet confirmed that all six people were alive and well. [September]

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The World Cup takes place in Brazil despite anger that a country where so many live in poverty couldn’t afford the games. It is believed that 250,000 people were evicted from their homes to build the stadiums. [June]

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The Winter Olympics hosted in Sochi, Russia, wow the world, despite a few early issues. [February]

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