1. President Barack Obama

November: President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term defeating Republican Mitt Romney in a hard-fought race. (Photo: AP)

2. Trayvon Martin

February: Trayvon Martin was an unarmed, 16-year-old who was killed by a neighborhood watch member, George Zimmerman, as he walked to his father’s home in a gated community. The case gained national attention, as Zimmerman, the man who admitted to shooting and killing him, was not initially arrested or charged. After nearly 6 weeks and considerable public outcry, prosecutors charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the case. (Photo: AP)

3. Rudy Eugene

May: Rudy Eugene attacked a homeless man and began chewing his face off. A witness described Eugene ripping at Poppo’s face with his mouth and growling at a Miami police officer who ordered him to get off the homeless man. The officer shot and killed Eugene. (Photo: AP)

4. Creflo Dollar

June: Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar was arrested after authorities say he slightly hurt his 15-year-old daughter while arguing over whether she could go to a party. He was back in church on Sunday and received a standing ovation by his congregation. (Photo: AP)

5. James E. Holmes

July: James E. Holmes dressed head-to-toe in protective tactical gear, set off two devices of some kind before spraying the Century 16 theater with bullets from an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and at least one of two .40-caliber handguns in Aurora, Co. during the screening of the new Batman film. Twelve people were killed in the rampage and over 50 were injured. (Photo: AP)

6. Hurricane Isaac

August: Hurricane Isaac was a slow-moving tropical cyclone that caused severe damage in the Caribbean and along the northern Gulf Coast of the United States. Isaac passed over Hispaniola and Cuba as a strong tropical storm, killing at least 29 people before it entered the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: AP)

7. Pastor Craig Lamar Davis

August: Pastor Craig Lamar Davis of Atlanta’s Full Gospel Baptist Church was arrested for reckless conduct, when police investigators discovered that he has HIV and had allegedly been indulging in unprotected sex with several of his congregation members. (Photo: NewsOne)

8. Chef David Viens

September: Chef David Viens was convicted of second degree murder after admitting to slow-cooking his wife’s body for four days to get rid of the evidence. He claimed she had died accidentally and he panicked. (Photo: AP)

9. Floyd Palmer (L) Greg McDowell (R)

October: Greg McDowell, a church volunteer was shot and killed at the chapel on the campus of World Changers Church International in Atlanta by a former facilities maintenance employee Floyd Palmer. (Photo: AP)

10. Nathanael Gay and Robert Brown

October: A member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Nathanael Gay, tied the knot with longtime beau Robert Brown causing much controversy. Nathanael called in to the Tom Joyner Morning Show to clear up some inaccuracies regarding the wedding saying that the Fraternity was not intentionally represented. (Photo: AP)

11. Tropical Storm / Hurricane Sandy

October: Tropical Storm / Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine and west across the Appalachian Mountains to Michigan and Wisconsin, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York. Its storm surge hit New York City on October 29, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the city. Damage in the US is estimated at over $63 billion. (Photo: AP)

12. Tagg Romney

October: Tagg Romney made headlines after stating during an interview that he wanted to take a swing at the President during a debate between his dad and President Obama. (Photo: AP)

13. States filed petitions to secede from the USA

November: Prior to the re-election of President Obama, many folks threatened to leave the USA, after his re-election, a majority of the states filed petitions to secede from the United States. (Photo: AP)

14. David Siegel

November: David A. Siegel, the 77-year-old chief executive of Westgate Resorts and a Mitt Romney supporter who vowed a mass layoff if Obama was re-elected had a change of heart after the election. In stead of a mass firing of some of his 65,000 employees, he gave them raises. (Photo: AP)

15. Henry Hamilton

November: Henry Hamilton, a Florida tanning salon owner reportedly upset by President Obama’s reelection apparently committed suicide after scrawling ‘F— Obama’ across his will. Also found, were empty prescription bottles used to treat bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia. (Photo: NewsOne)

16. 17-year-old Jordan Davis

November: Jordan Davis was sitting in a parked SUV with three other teens, when Michael Dunn parked next to their vehicle and made a comment about the loud music the group was playing. The 45-year-old apparently got into an argument with Davis and took out a gun and fatally shot the 17-year-old Davis. (Photo: AP – A friend morns the death of Jordan {inset})

17. Sandy Hook Elementary School

December: A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. and opened fire, killing 26 people. Twenty of those killed were children. The gunman killed his mother prior to the rampage and then himself following the massacre. (Photo: AP)

18. Sniper William Spengler

December: Sniper William Spengler ambushed volunteer firefighters in upstate New York on Monday, killing two and seriously wounding two others, left a note saying he hoped to burn down his neighborhood and kill as many people as possible. His sister’s charred remains were later found in the home she shared with him. (Photo: AP)