People Staff
December 30, 2013 12:00 PM

BOMBING IN BOSTON

When the first bomb went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, the explosion knocked one runner – Bill Iffrig, 78, of Lake Stevens, Wash. – to the ground. “My whole body was just crumpling,” Iffrig told ABC News. “I thought this was going to be it. I thought this was my last trip.” Iffrig got up and finished the race, but the bombings left three people dead and more than 260 injured.

SHEER DEVASTATION

Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the central Philippines on Nov. 8, killing more than 6,000 and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless when it slammed into coastal areas. Ten days later, survivors on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte marched in a religious procession to mourn their dead.

THE ACCUSED

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, 26, the first double leg amputee to compete in the Olympics, stood in court on Aug. 19, where he was charged with the premeditated murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He is expected to stand trial in March.

WEDDED BLISS

Kris Perry (left) and Sandy Stier, the couple who challenged California’s same-sex marriage ban known as Proposition 8 (which a court ultimately overturned), shared a kiss after they were married at San Francisco’s City Hall on June 28.

ODD COUPLE

Former basketball pro and reality-TV veteran Dennis Rodman (right) attended an exhibition basketball game in North Korea on Feb. 28 with his “friend for life,” dictator Kim Jong-un.

VICTORY LAP

On her fifth attempt, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, made history on Sept. 2 when she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West without the protection of a shark cage.

THE VERDICT

On July 13 supporters of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager who was slain in 2012 by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, awaited the verdict of the controversial murder trial. Zimmerman was found not guilty.

ALTER EGO

One Direction’s Harry Styles gets measured in March for Madame Tussauds, which created wax figures of the teen heartthrob and his four bandmates.

COURAGEOUS CRUSADER

It was Batkid to the rescue on Nov. 15 when 5-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott (right) patrolled the streets of San Francisco—thanks to the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helped the boy fulfill a lifelong dream.

PICKING UP THE PIECES

Danielle Stephan and Thomas Layton surveyed the damage of a family member’s home after a tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., on May 20, killing at least 24 and leaving thousands homeless.

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LIFE IMITATES ART

On Oct. 3 a dog relieved himself on British graffiti artist Banksy’s work spray-painted on a New York City wall.

GOODBYE TO A LEGEND

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, 43, walked onto the home field for his farewell ceremony on Sept. 22.

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