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29 Magazine Covers And Newspaper Front Pages Show What Life Was Like In 2013

From Cyrus to Syria.

Posted on December 5, 2013, at 2:22 a.m. ET

President Obama is named Time magazine's person of the year and his second inauguration is held.

Time / Via

Beyoncé sings at the inauguration, but she's actually faking it.

The Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII 34-31 over the San Francisco 49ers.

Sports Illustrated

Beyoncé sings at the Super Bowl, but for real this time.

GQ / Via

Snapchat blows up and says 60 million photos are sent a day through the app.

Bloomberg Businessweek / Via

"Harlem Shake" goes No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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The papal inauguration of Pope Francis is held.

Time / Via

Justin Bieber's monkey was taken into custody in Germany.

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He also did a lot of other things too this year. The above cover is from a November issue of The Hollywood Reporter where Bieber says he doesn't "give a f---" about his haters.

Jason Collins becomes the first active male professional athlete in a major North American team sport to come out.

Sports Illustrated / Via

Two pressure cooker bombs go off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three.

Sports Illustrated / Via

A tornado strikes Moore, Okla., killing more than two dozen.

Time / Via

The Guardian publishes an interview with former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, identifying him as the source of leaks about the government's top secret surveillance programs.

Guardian / Via

Woman has baby.


The Supreme Court strikes down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and let a lower-court ruling that California's Proposition 8 was unconstitutional stand.

Newsweek / Via

A Florida jury finds George Zimmerman not guilty of charges in connection with the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Newsweek / Via

Woman has baby.


Miley Cyrus twerks at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Rolling Stone / Via

Dennis Rodman travels to North Korea for the second time in 2013 and visits with Kim Jong Un.

Sports Illustrated

Gallup releases a poll showing 57% of college graduates are in a job that doesn't require a college degree.


Plenty of other statistics were released this year that might make millennials outraged. The above cover is from a May issue of Time that states millennials have higher rates of narcissistic personality disorder than their elders.

President Obama asks Congress to delay a vote on whether to authorize military strikes against Syria.

The New Yorker

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner loses his New York City mayoral bid with 4.9% of the vote.

The New Yorker

The Affordable Care Act federal exchange website launches.

Bloomberg Businessweek / Via

The federal government shuts down for 16 days.

Time / Via

Twitter goes public.

Bloomberg Businessweek

Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in theaters, making $110.1 million, a Thanksgiving week box office record.

Entertainment Weekly

One Direction becomes the first group to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its first three albums.

British GQ / Via

Britney Spears begins her two-year Las Vegas residency.

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And also this year, there was this:


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