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October 12, 2011. Four Iranian rapists are hanged in public in Isfahan.

October 12, 2011. Four Iranian rapists are hanged in public in Isfahan.

October 8, 2011. In the refugee camp "Hilaweyn," also called "Hells wind," a small boy overlooks the massive camp which is now grown to more than 40.000 refugees.

October 8, 2011. In the refugee camp "Hilaweyn," also called "Hells wind," a small boy overlooks the massive camp which is now grown to more than 40.000 refugees.

December 6, 2011. Minutes after a blast that killed more than 50 people during the Shiite holy day of Ashura, the explosion happened next to the Abdul Faz mosque in a crowd watching Hazara Afghans were performing performing ritual flagellation.

December 6, 2011. Minutes after a blast that killed more than 50 people during the Shiite holy day of Ashura, the explosion happened next to the Abdul Faz mosque in a crowd watching Hazara Afghans were performing performing ritual flagellation.

Scientist Rosalind Franklin made the first clear X-ray images of DNA’s structure. Her work was described as the most beautiful X-ray photographs ever taken. Franklin’s ‘Photo 51’ informed Crick and Watson of DNA’s double helix structure for which they were awarded a Nobel Prize. Franklin died of ovarian cancer in 1958, aged 37, her contribution to DNA’s discovery story unacknowledged.

Scientist Rosalind Franklin made the first clear X-ray images of DNA’s structure. Her work was described as the most beautiful X-ray photographs ever taken. Franklin’s ‘Photo 51’ informed Crick and Watson of DNA’s double helix structure for which they were awarded a Nobel Prize. Franklin died of ovarian cancer in 1958, aged 37, her contribution to DNA’s discovery story unacknowledged.

November 8, 2011. A sedated Black Rhino is carried by military helicopter away from a poaching area in the hills of the Eastern Cape to a new home 15 miles away, Limpopo, South Africa.

November 8, 2011. A sedated Black Rhino is carried by military helicopter away from a poaching area in the hills of the Eastern Cape to a new home 15 miles away, Limpopo, South Africa.

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LightBox has compiled this yearbook for literally picking a photo for each day of this astonishing year. It is a remarkable memorial to its high and low points, to agony and to exhilaration. But let the pictures speak for themselves.

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