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2013 marked the 50 year anniversary of the JFK assassination, a historical milestone for the nation, particularly the Baby Boomers. However, having already put a dozen years between September 11 and present day, it’s apparent the generaltional shift is ready to settle into cruise control. Millennials account for 36 percent of the workforce heading into 2014; so what will we be reminiscing about 50 years from now? We take a stab at it. A COURIER STAFF COLLABORATIVE // EDITED BY CAROLINE KOCH

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The strongest typhoon to make landfall unfortunately resulted in the deadliest storm in Philippine history, killing at least 5,759 according to government reports. Super typhoon Haiyan caused catastrophic damage to the central region of the island nation, causing an outpouring of international and charitable aid. On May 20 an EF5 tornado struck Moore, OK, with winds over 210 mph. 23 people were killed and 377 injured. Locally, on November 17, 2013, over 20 tornadoes touched down in Illinois, leaving over 2,400 homes in ruin.

debt ceiling

Former contractor for the National Security Agency, Snowden leaked thousands of confidential intellegence documents to the press, revealing domestic spying programs by the NSA. Articles revealed a government sanctioned telecommunications monitoring program called PRISM, just one of the causes of much ongoing debate regarding privacy and security.


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NEWS Congress’ refusal to pass legislation extending federal funding resulted in a 16 day government shut down, furloughing 800,000 workers.


“We fumbled the rollout“

With liberty and health care for all. All presidencies have a defining moment; it’s likely one of Barack Obama’s will be the attempt and failure to successfully deliver the Afforadble Care Act’s promise of universal health insurance.

BOSTON STRONG Two pressure cooker The shut down of 49 elementary schools and one high school program throughout the Chicago Public School system, makes it the largest closure in U.S. history, a change causing over 12,700 students to have to attend new schools for the 2013 school year, a major concern considering students would have to cross gang lines to arrive at new schools. The city set up “Safe Passage” routes for all of the “welcoming schools” that took in students from closed schools, staffed with 600 trained workers and city officials.


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bombs were purposefully detonated at the Boston Marathon by two self-radicalized brothers, killing three and injuring many. Americans watched the day-long manhunt for the suspects play out on network television. Found alive and hiding in a citizen’s boat in Watertown, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pled not guilty to 30 charges. Rolling Stone immortalized the bomber, bestowing him with the not-so-much-anymore honor of the cover, usually reserved for tastemakers. The mayor of Boston wrote a justifyably furious letter to the publishers: “The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, though I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them.” The bombings marked an important point in social media too, as Twitter was the main source of information and photos immedeately folling the explosions.

After three years of violence, civil war in Syria culminated when the U.S. and others sounded the threat of a military strike against the Assad regime after intelligence confirmed the use of chemical weapons to attack citizens. After Obama put the American answer to the crisis in the hands of congress, Russia’s Vladimir Putin offered resolution that stored remaining Syrian weapons under UN control and made mandatory the signing of the chemical weapon prohibition treaty, avoiding (another) war in the Middle East

Formerly Brad was sentence in prison for source in Wi largest leak documents history.



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Arguably the most progres pope ever, Francis has m waves in the global media afte inauguration as the leader o Roman Catholic Church. In his months as pope, he has kiss disfigured man, prayed for poor in the middle of Rome’s h end shopping district, critic capitalism and has said in re to gay individuals, “who am judge?”


(New word alert) SELFIE.

It’s official: we’re obsessed with snapping pics of ourselves at arms length. The Oxford English dictionary may have granted the term offical membership into the real-word club, but it didn’t quite make Merriam-Webster’s word of the year; which for 2013 is “science.“


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ge activist Malala Yousafzai, survived a Talon attempt in 2012 and has been awarded man Rights Prize, an accolade previously givelson Mandela in recognition of outstanding human rights.


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George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the second degree murder of unarmed Treyvon Martin, skyrocketing racial tension in the US. The jury’s acquittal sparked loud debate on civil rights and racial profiling, prompting entire communities to protest injustice, holding rallies and wearing t-shirts declaring “I AM TRAYVON MARTIN.“ Celebrities Beyonce, Jay Z, Oprah and even President Obama spoke out on the meaning of the verdict.

Everyone from Gaga to Google addressed the cultural epidemic of bullying in 2013. Studies prove one fourth of students in elementary/ high school experience bullying due to race, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. Major players in the campaign to end intolerance include Bravo’s Andy Cohen, the NBA’s Jason Collins, the NFL’s Jonathan Martin and Macklemore. Memorable moment: Frank Ocean comes out to fans via Twitter.

According to Gallup, 58 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana in 2013 - the first majority in history. California, New York and Illinois have decriminalized cannibis or made its medicinal use legal.

In a landmark year for same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional causing the federal government to recognize same-sex unions. Newly legal in six states this year (including Illinois), the number of gay marriage states climbs to 16.





Fastest software update ever: installed to 200 million Apple devices in just four days.


goes public: debuts on the New York Stock Exchange for $44.90, making the company’s value at nearly $31 billion.

Peace, love and molly: rise of the mega concert has everyone raving and getting weird. ___________ OF THE YEAR: TITAN





Jay Z

Lance Armstrong

Miley Cyrus

Lebron James

Jimmy Fallon

BIGGEST LOSER In response to Armstrong’s admission to doping, his sponsors dropped him; it’s reported he lost close to $75 million dollars in one day. Yikes. 11 December 2013 // // 13



The only freshman to win the Heisman Trophy had an off-season unlike any other: from partying with celebrities, being arrested, and suspended from the first half of the season opener, it would be hard to forget Jonny Manziel.

Although the MLB season was scarred by suspensions stemming from Biogenesis, the Red Sox were able to stay “Boston Strong” and clinch the World Series at home for the first time.


champs: hawks, heat, red sox

The NHL season was shortened due to another lockout. A CBA was reached and the season continued with a shorter schedule... which the Blackhawks dominated, winning their second Stanley Cup in three years.



More memorable than the commercials, the Destiny’s Child halftime reunion and maybe even the Ravens winning the game was the second half power outage that left the Superdome (and viewers at home) in the dark for about thirty minutes.

INJURY The Return Part II? Excitement for the return of Derrick Rose is short lived as Bulls’ comeback kid tears his meniscus and is declared out for season. Kobe Bryant also out for the Laker’s season after tearing his Achilles earlier this year.

Former Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez, accused of murdering Odin Lloyd.


After claiming the national championship title in three of the past four seasons, Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide dynasty comes to an end at the hands of rival, Auburn.

CAN I JUICE THAT? Gluten free, paleo diets, quinoa, wholistic, organic, jucing everything... this year was all about adapting a healthy lifestyle (by all means necessary).


BUZZWORD = CONCUSSIONS The NFL and NCAA continue to place rules against targeting players above the shoulders to make the football safer and limit concussions. NFL agreed to pay out $765 million in a pivitol concussion settlement with 4,500 retired players. Remember that moment: Bret Farve admits to not remembering daughter’s soccer games.



GOING THE DISTANCE The health kick extends beyond jucing though, 2013 was a year for runners and themed events like zombie runs - color and glow runs kept things cool. COUNTRY MUSIC Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Alden, Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan and the ever unstoppable Taylor Swift made this a memorable year for popular country music. OMG YOU LOOK SO CUTE Ombre hair, high-waisted shorts, crop tops, wedge sneakers, beanies and of course, all things neon. We rocked all the trends this summer.

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royal play date? Britain’s royal baby Prince George is third in line to succeed his great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II for the throne. Kimye’s North West? Not so much. Kanye West became known for his outlandish comments throughout 2013, and compared his family to royalty. In an interview he said his daughter “is in a position of a level of royalty, like the prince and princess in London.”

#whatdoesthefoxsay #turntup #tbt #harlemshake

February Winter Olympics: Sochi, Russia


June FIFA World Cup: Brazil Panama Canal construction complete (Delays set back finish to 2015)

Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and worldwide inspiration for peace, died at age 95 on Dec. 6. Actor Paul Walker killed in freak car crash at the age of 40 on Nov. 30 in California. Walker was best known for his work in the blockbuster “Fast and Furious” series. Cory Monteith, 31, was tragically found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver on July 13. Monteith played Finn Hudson on the hit TV show “Glee.”

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James Gandolfini, star of the Sopranos, died of a heart attack while vacationing with his son in Italy on June 19. Famed movie critic Roger Ebert died in Chicago on Aug. 4 at the age of 70 after a second bout with cancer. He wrote on April 2, “I’ll see you at the movies.” American chef Charlie Trotter was found dead in his Chicago home on Nov. 5 at 54-years-old. American military novelist and author of “The Hunt for Red October“ Tom Clancy passed at age 66.

You heard it here first... No need to flag down the waiter: get ready for grocery stores and restaurants to switch over to mobile payments.

Country star Mindy McCready died Feb. 17 after an apparent suicide, one month after her boyfriend suffered the same fate. Shain Gandee of MTV’s Buckwild died in April at 21 from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Move over Jimmy Johns: Amazon, EBay and Walmart prepare for same day delivery demands.

Folk music star Richie Havens died on April 22nd from a heart attack, after a long and successful career. Havens toured for 45 years and is remembered as the first performer at Woodstock in 1969.

Major medical devlopments: drugs for Lukemia, MS, blood cancer, Hepatitis C launch onto market.

TV’s Big MOMENT: Breaking Bad Series Finale

Tunes & Flicks Soundtrack of the Year Highest Grossing Movies

Honorable Mention: Game of Thrones “The Red Wedding“ HOLY COW. Talk about the end of an era - errr - storyline? The penultimate episode in GOT’s third season received the most social media attention in HBO history and saw over 13 million viewers.

There’s a special place in America’s hearts for the Robertson family, their camoflougue... and their beards. One of the most watched shows on television this year, the Duck Commander crew continues to make us happy happy happy.

Netflix had a killer year, proving subscriber TV can do everything cable can - including win Emmys. Shows like “House of Cards“ and “Orange is the New Black“ solidify Netflix’s longevity and popularity.

Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” Lorde – “Royals” Daft Punk – “Get Lucky” Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball” Drake – “Hold On...” CHVRCHES – “Recover” JT ft. Jay Z – “Suit & Tie” Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster” Lady Gaga – “Do What U Want” Avicii – “Wake Me Up” Taylor Swift – “Trouble” Katy Perry – “Roar” Zedd ft. Foxes – “Clarity” One Direction – “Story of My Life” Selena Gomez – “Come & Get it” Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack” Chance the Rapper – “Chain Smoker” Anna Kendrick – “Cups” Fall Out Boy - “My Songs Know...“ Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”

Iron Man 3 (Top: $409,013,994) Despicable Me 2 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Man of Steel Monsters University Gravity Fast & Furious 6 Oz The Great & Powerful Star Trek Into Darkness World War Z Thor: The Dark World The Croods The Heat We Are The Millers The Great Gatsby The Conjuring Identity Theft Grown Ups 2 The Wolverine GI Joe: Retaliation

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