Stories of 2013

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    Dec 28, 2013 8:07 AM GMT
    First, to warm things up…in February five teens in Queensland Australia started what was arguably the biggest meme of the year: the Harlem Shake.

    If you can think of anything major to add (something that would actually be recognized as a worldwide story, and not just within your home country), please do!

    Popular Music Stories of 2013: 16-year-old Lorde releases her smash hit Royals to international critical acclaim; Miley Cyrus gains international notoriety from Wrecking Ball and her VMA performance with Robin Thicke; Beyoncé drops unadvertised album on iTunes, destroying records by selling over 617000 copies in its first week; Cruise by Florida George Line ft. Nelly tops the country music charts for 19 weeks

    TV Stories of 2013: Game of Thrones' Red Wedding episode airs, leaving fans stunned and generating one of the biggest social media storms of the year in entertainment; Breaking Bad becomes the highest rated TV series of all time; GLEE's Cory Monteith dies of heroin and alcohol overdose in Vancouver; The Office ends after nine season on the air; James Gandolfini of Sopranos fame passes away

    Sports Stories of 2013: Oscar Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend; Jason Collins announces that he is gay, making him the first professional athlete in a major sport ever to do so; Red Sox win World Series for the first time in 86 years, at home in Fenway Park months after the Boston Marathon bombing; Lance Armstrong admits to doping in the Tour de France; NHL lockout wraps up; Serena Williams dominates the WTA tour with a singles record of 78-4

    News Stories of 2013: Bombing occurs at finish line at Boston Marathon; Syria uses chemical weapons against own people; Hugo Chavez dies; Pope Francis is elected as new pope; Amanda Berry escapes from Ariel Castro after she and her friends have been imprisoned by him for 10 years; Edward Snowden becomes the whistleblower of the NSA surveillance program; Factory collapses in Bangladesh, killing over 1000; George Zimmerman is acquitted of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin; Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits to using crack cocaine; Typhoon Haiyan kills over 6000 in the Philippines in the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall; Nelson Mandela dies in South Africa
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    Dec 28, 2013 8:12 AM GMT
    Actually, Cruise is the best selling country song to date.

    Mind = blown
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    Dec 28, 2013 8:14 AM GMT
    The word "selfie" became Oxford's word of the year.
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    Dec 28, 2013 8:17 AM GMT
    xrichx saidActually, Cruise is the best selling country song to date.

    Mind = blown

    I wasn't sure I could state that with absolute confidence. I'm not surprised though