With just hours left until 2015, 2014 will soon be over. The end of December is a great time to look back at the old year and remember its most important events and moments. Undoubtedly, 2014 was one of the most turbulent, violent and intense years, but it also brought some nice and pleasing things. To see what 2014 looked like from the world´s point of view, check out these 25 pictures.
North American cold wave
In the U.S., the beginning of 2014 was marked by an extreme weather event that affected parts of Canada and eastern U.S. countries. Temperatures fell to unprecedented levels resulting in many business, school, and road closures as well as mass flight cancellations.
Sochi Winter Olympics
2014 was a year of several major sport events and the Sochi Winter Olympics was definitely one of them. Held from 7 to 23 February, it was the first Olympics in Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. It was the host country who won the games with 33 medals in total, followed by Norway and Canada.
Unfortunately, February was also the month when the protests against Ukrainian president Yanukovych escalated in the Independence Square in Kiev. Pro-Russian Yanukovych fled the Ukrainian capital but violent, long-term unrests flared up in the Russophone parts of the country.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 lost
2014 was also a year of unusually frequent airplane accidents. The first plane that disappeared was Boeing 777 carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane got lost on March 8 and, despite the largest and most expensive search in aviation history, there has been no confirmation of any flight debris, resulting in many unofficial theories about the disappearance.
Sinking of the South Korean ferry
Unfortunately, April also brought a tragedy that got the whole world´s attention. On April 16, MV Sewol, a South Korean ferry, capsized while carrying 476 people, mostly secondary school students. In all, 304 passengers died in the disaster while 172 survived, many of whom were rescued by fishing boats and other commercial vessels that arrived at the scene 30 minutes before any South Korean coast guard or navy ships.