Some pretty epic things happened this year, and here are the photos to show for it.
People tanning next to the Costa Concordia. Twenty-eight people were killed when the cruise ship capsized off the coast of Italy.
Nicholas Taylor of the United States and teammate David Wagner celebrate after the Quad Doubles Wheelchair Tennis Gold Medal match at the Paralympics.
Memorial Day 2012. Karen Clarkson lies over her son, Sgt. Joel Clarkson's grave at the National Cemetery. He was serving as an Army Ranger team leader in Afghanistan when he was shot and killed in March 2010.
Trayvon Martin protests in Georgia. Protests were held nationwide in reaction to the death of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose shooting by a neighborhood watch captain has led to questions of the "stand your ground" law in Florida and other states.
Anti-gay hate crimes in Ukraine. Unidentified people beat Svyatoslav Sheremet, head of Gay-Forum of Ukraine, in May. Sheremet was attacked after meeting with members of the media to inform them that a scheduled gay parade was canceled due to threats of violence from neo-Nazis and other hate groups
People who lost family members during the uprising in Egypt react to after a court sentenced President Hosni Mubarak to life in prison in June.
The control room for the Curiosity Space Rover erupts in cheers after finding out they successfully landed on Mars.
A man being pepper-sprayed directly in the face. Israeli border police officers use pepper spray as they detain an injured Palestinian protester during clashes on Land Day in March. Security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades to break up groups of Palestinian stone-throwers as annual Land Day rallies turned violent.
Thousands of people with crutches and in wheelchairs protested against the government of Bolivia in February.
A police officer uses his baton against an activist during a protest against the government in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
A Syrian refugee boy points a plastic toy pistol at a man in a Mickey Mouse costume on the first day of Eid al-Adha at a park in Beirut.
A man embraces his dog as she receives saline from a drip from a veterinarian hospital financed by Sao Paulo’s municipal government. The hospital offers free health care for the pets of low-income residents in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Women protest in front of a court in South Africa. The women were demanding the release of husbands, brothers, and sons among the 259 arrested miners expected to be charged with public violence.
Peace is temporarily restored in the Middle East as Palestinians celebrate the Israel-Hamas cease-fire in Gaza City on November 21.