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.
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.