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As 2014 comes to a close, it is crucial to review 12 of the most historical or most talked about events to have occurred throughout the year; one from each month.
January 2014: Protests in Ukraine
Starting in late 2013, the protests in Ukraine continued throughout Jan. 2014. The reason for the protests, which occurred between anti-government protesters and police, was due to parliament voting to out President Viktor Yanukovych.
February 2014: XXII Olympic Winter Games
The Games were held from Feb. 7 to 23 in Sochi, Russia. The opening ceremony on Feb. 6 made comical history as one of the large, fake snowflakes failed to change into the final ring that makes up the iconic Olympic ring logo. These Games were historic as it was the first Olympics to be held in Russia since the dismantling of the Soviet Union in 1991. Additionally, there were many major controversies that led up to the beginning of the Winter Games such as protests over the site of the games and threats by the Jihadist groups tied to the insurgency in the North Caucasus.
On March 8, the Boeing 777 aircraft was flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia and heading to Beijing Capital International Airport in the People’s Republic of China when it disappeared. The plane carried 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers. After much research, the conclusion was that the flight ended up somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean. Despite this being the largest search in aviation history, theories of the disappearance are still unofficial and hypothetical.
April 2014: Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping
On April 15, 2014, 276 female students from the Government Secondary School in Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria were kidnapped at night. The Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization, Boko Haram, was responsible for the kidnappings. Members of the organization broke into the school, pretended to be guards and lured the girls out of the school.