Not For Nothin’ Top 25

Not for nothin’, but it’s been an incredible year for events, news, and information.  It’s always nice to look back and reflect at the best and worst of the year.  There’s been a lot of good and a lot of bad.  So not to waste too much more time, let’s get to it.

Not For Nothin’ Top 25 Stories of the Year:  (25-21)

Same-sex marriage controversy
Same-sex marriage controversy

#25 – Same Sex Marriages – The right of a man to marry another man or a woman to marry another woman showed up in two different stages this year with the second causing it to appear on this list.  Back in the summer of this year, same-sex couples were allowed to marry in California.  But since then, the infamous Proposition 8 in California and similar legislation in a couple other states made it illegal.  There’s been so much public outcry, California could actually end up overturning it.

#24 – Thousands die in cyclone in Myanmar – A strong tropical cyclone made landfall in May and caused the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of the region.  Over 90,000 deaths were originally reported.  The death toll would eventually hit at least 146,000 with even thousands more still missing.  They actually stop counting to minimize the political fallout.  When its all said and done, the number could be well over one million.

#23 – Large Hadron Collider – Was it the greatest threat to mankind in the history of the world, or just a science experiment?  We’ll have to wait till next year to find out.  A European group set out to explore the mysteries of teh beginning of the universe with the world’s larges particle accelerator.  There were theories floated around the world that this experiment could actually suceed in creating a black hole and destroying the world.  It was never founded as the experiment had to be halted due to technical reasons.  They’ll try again next summer.

#22 – The Hudson Murder Tragedy – In late October, the country was shocked to find out that a triple homicide in Chicago’s southside was that of three family members of actress/singer Jennifer Hudson.  Hudson, the star of American Idol fame and film Dreamgirls, had her mother, her brother and her seven-year-old nephew slain.  William Balfour, estranged husband of Hudson’s sister was arrested and eventually charged with the three murders.

Fidel Castro resigned in February
Fidel Castro resigned in February

#21 – The Resignation of Fidel Castro – One of the most influential people of recent history, Fidel Castro took over leadership in Cuba in 1959 and established the communist government that’s still in place to this day.  Although to no surprise, after deteriorating health and almost 50 years of being at the helm of one of the remaining communist nations in the world, he retired and resigned in February.  He transferred his power and responsibility to his younger brother Raul Castro.

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