By ISABELLE CHAPMAN
It's been quite a year for all of us. It was great in many ways: an Olympic year, the year the most famous selfie ever was taken, the World Cup happened. One Direction took the world by storm, releasing their fourth album in their four-year career. Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL. Leonardo DiCaprio maintained his always-a-bridesmaid-never-a-bride status, managing to go another year without nabbing an Oscar. Taylor Swift, already a star, catapulted herself to superstardom and became the first artist to have three albums sell a million or more copies in a week when she released her pop crossover album "1989." After a 20-season career in New York, Derek Jeter had his last at bat with the Yankees.
But the world also endured in 2014. We lost some greats: Philip Seymour Hoffman to drugs, Robin Williams to suicide. Comedienne Joan Rivers passed away in September. Journalist Jim Foley, and many others, were taken from us by ISIS. Flight MH370, an airliner that departed Kuala Lumpur and was destined for Beijing, disappeared over the Indian Ocean leaving families and the international community stunned and confused. The Ray Rice scandal rocked the nation when TMZ released a video of the NFL star knocking out his then-fiancé in an elevator in Atlantic City. "Ferguson" became synonymous with civil unrest and racial tension when a white policeman shot an unarmed black teenager in August. The issue of rape came to the forefront of America's attention when almost two dozen women publicly accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, and again when an explosive article by Rolling Stone about a gang rape at the University of Virginia turned into a jumbled mess.
And all of this played out on social media. Here is 2014 on Twitter: