It’s time to review the year. 2013 was a year of highs and lows, like most years the events of 2013 are worthy of review. From politics to popular culture 2013 brought on incredibly intellectual discussions on race, class, gender and fame. There were government leaks, grumpy cats, revolutions, natural and manmade disasters, twerking scandals and rappers declaring Godhood. So much happened this year that TIME couldn’t decide whether celebrities like Miley Cyrus, whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and heroes like Wendy Davis were fit to be Person of the Year. In the end they chose Pope Francis but the debate gave us much think about as popular culture and politics seemed to inspire equally passionate and polarizing conversations.
It was hard to parse through every single thing that happened this year. I’m sure we’ve forgotten something, many things even. I’m sure some of these events weren’t on your radar, maybe you were completely indifferent to them or maybe they knocked you off your rocker. As another year passes we usher a new one in only hoping to have learned a little from the previous 365 days. Without a doubt 2013 has made its mark on history and all of what’s to come.
We’ve compiled a list of the 25 most important things that happened in 2013. (In no particular order.)