(CNN)The past year packed some of the biggest stories of our lifetimes into just 365 days. From the insurrection and a new administration to viral missing persons cases, with the Covid-19 pandemic looming above it all, readers had a lot to catch up on.

One of the year’s most read stories happened during the first week of the year: the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Readers followed that story from its first few minutes to the weeks and months of fallout that followed, as well as coverage of the Georgia runoffs that won Democrats the Senate, former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, and the lead-up to President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Audiences continued to seek answers about Covid-19 and its Delta and Omicron variants as the pandemic evolved. While Trump’s exit and mass shootings in Colorado and Indiana dominated the news during the first half of the year, the second half saw readers focus on the disappearances (and later deaths) of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie, a case that came to wide attention through TikTok, the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan and the deadly crowd crush at the Astroworld music festival.This year was a challenging one, punctuated by upsetting losses. But it also saw the mass availability of Covid-19 vaccines in the US, a peaceful inauguration after a tumultuous transfer of power and a ship so big it got lodged in the Suez Canal, offering a bizarre alternative to the heavier news of the day. If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that we can never predict what the future has in store. Revisiting these stories isn’t easy, but here’s hoping it inspires us to make our world safer and stabler in 2022. Read More1. Live story: Congress finalizes Biden’s win after riot disrupts CapitolInsurrectionists stormed the Capitol on January 6, clashing with police, in an event that resulted in several deaths.Insurrectionists stormed the Capitol on January 6, clashing with police, in an event that resulted in several deaths.Insurrectionists stormed the Capitol on January 6, clashing with police, in an event that resulted in several deaths.2. Live story: Democrats take control of the Senate3. US Capitol secured, 4 dead after rioters stormed the halls of Congress to block Biden’s win4. Interactive: Tracking Covid-19 cases in the US5. Live story: House impeaches Trump for role in deadly Capitol riot6. Live story: The inauguration of Joe Biden7. Live story: Derek Chauvin guilty in death of George Floyd8. Live story: Calls grow for Trump’s removal after Capitol riot9. Human remains found in Wyoming are ‘consistent’ with description of Gabby Petito, FBI saysReaders closely followed news of Gabby Petito's disappearance and death.Readers closely followed news of Gabby Petito's disappearance and death.Readers closely followed news of Gabby Petito’s disappearance and death.10. New details about Trump-McCarthy shouting match show Trump refused to call off the rioters11. Trump’s last-minute pardons include Bannon, Lil Wayne and scores of others12. After a bad day, Facebook suffers major outage13. Trump publicly acknowledges he won’t serve a second term a day after inciting mob14. Trump to issue around 100 pardons and commutations Tuesday, sources say15. Suspected human remains and items belonging to Brian Laundrie found in Florida park, FBI says16. Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito were involved in an incident in Wyoming restaurant in late August, witnesses say17. Colin Powell, first Black US secretary of state, dies of Covid-19 complications amid cancer battle18. Interactive: Steer through the Suez CanalThe Ever Given was lodged in the Suez Canal for nearly a week. The Ever Given was lodged in the Suez Canal for nearly a week. The Ever Given was lodged in the Suez Canal for nearly a week. 19. People at the US Capitol riot are being identified and losing their jobs20. Pence and Trump finally speak after post-riot estrangement21. Biden says Trump left him a ‘very generous letter’ before departing White HousePresident Joe Biden, masked, in the Oval Office in January. President Joe Biden, masked, in the Oval Office in January. President Joe Biden, masked, in the Oval Office in January. 22. First on CNN: Trump’s impeachment defense team leaves less than two weeks before trial23. Citibank can’t get back $500 million it wired by mistake, judge rules24. Extremists intensify calls for violence ahead of Inauguration Day25. Interactive: You asked, we’re answering: Your top questions about Covid-19 and vaccines26. Dental records show remains found at Carlton Reserve are those of Brian Laundrie, FBI says27. Biden targets Trump’s legacy with first-day executive actions28. At least 8 dead and many injured after crowd surge at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston, officials sayTen people died after a dangerous crowd surge at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival in Houston in November. Ten people died after a dangerous crowd surge at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival in Houston in November. Ten people died after a dangerous crowd surge at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston in November. 29. A timeline of 22-year-old Gabby Petito’s case30. CDC adds 16 destinations to ‘very high’ Covid-19 travel risk list31. Pence informed Trump that he can’t block Biden’s win32. Live story: Donald Trump acquitted in second impeachment trial33. Trump explodes at Nixon comparisons as he prepares to leave office34. US takes back its assertion that Capitol rioters wanted to ‘capture and assassinate’ officials35. Live story: Hurricane Ida makes landfall in LouisianaHurricane Ida struck southern Louisiana in late August. Hurricane Ida struck southern Louisiana in late August. Hurricane Ida struck southern Louisiana in late August. 36. Live story: Fallout intensifies over Trump’s response to Capitol riot37. After two months in office, Kamala Harris is still living out of suitcases — and she’s getting frustrated with it38. Dustin Diamond, ‘Saved by the Bell’ star, dead at 4439. New details emerge about Brian Laundrie’s behavior in the days after Petito went missing40. Coming this summer: Gas stations running out of gas41. Members are quitting ‘sad’ Mar-a-Lago after Trump loses42. Melania Trump and adult Trump children avoid the spotlight after one of nation’s darkest days43. A California couple vanished after stealing millions in Covid-19 relief funds. They left a goodbye note for their three kids44. Live story: Multiple dead in shooting at Colorado supermarket45. Biden signs orders to get checks and food aid to low-income Americans — plus a federal pay raise46. Already shunned from polite society, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner face new cold post-insurrection reality47. Police ID gunman who killed 8 people at an Indianapolis FedEx facility as 19-year-old former employee 48. Warnock wins Georgia runoff, CNN projects, as control of Senate comes down to Perdue-Ossoff race49. Live story: At least 13 US service members killed in Kabul airport attackThe airport attack in Afghanistan occurred as the US and its allies raced to evacuate Afghans amid the Taliban's resurgence. The airport attack in Afghanistan occurred as the US and its allies raced to evacuate Afghans amid the Taliban's resurgence. The airport attack in Afghanistan occurred as the US and its allies raced to evacuate Afghans amid the Taliban’s resurgence. 50. The face mask that could end the pandemic51. Live story: House pushes for Trump’s removal after deadly Capitol riot52. CNN suspends Chris Cuomo indefinitely53. With Trump a no-show, Mar-a-Lago guests left to party maskless with Rudy Giuliani and Vanilla Ice54. Plans for $400-billion new city in the American desert unveiled55. Live story: Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty on all charges56. Derek Chauvin’s body camera video shows his reaction just after George Floyd left in an ambulance57. Massacre in the mountains: They thought they’d be safe at a church. Then the soldiers arrived58. Pence has not ruled out 25th Amendment, source says59. Melania Trump disengaged from her husband’s second impeachment trial and bitter over Jill Biden’s publicity60. Live story: Partial building collapse near Miami61. Live story: Harry and Meghan interview falloutOprah Winfrey interviewed Harry and Meghan in March in a must-see primetime event.Oprah Winfrey interviewed Harry and Meghan in March in a must-see primetime event.Oprah Winfrey interviewed Harry and Meghan in March in a must-see primetime event.62. Bitter, Trump skips chance to say splashy, high-profile farewell63. Autopsy confirms remains found in Wyoming are Gabby Petito’s, FBI says64. A middle schooler was insecure about his haircut. So his principal fixed it himself instead of disciplining the boy for wearing a hat65. Live story: August 16, 2021, Afghanistan-Taliban news66. ‘There’s no way I can pay for this:’ One of America’s largest hospital chains has been suing thousands of patients during the pandemic67. The search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie continues. Here’s why it’s been so hard to find him68. 6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published anymore because they portray people in ‘hurtful and wrong’ ways69. Angry Republican leaders float removing Trump from office70. Suspect in Colorado grocery store shooting faces 10 counts of murder, police say71. Democrats promise quick move to impeachment if 25th Amendment push fails72. Denmark debuts new children’s TV show about a man with a huge and uncontrollable penis73. White House goes into damage control mode after reports of dysfunction in Kamala Harris’ office74. CNN fires Chris Cuomo75. The countries welcoming US tourists now — and some resources for your visit76. How much will your stimulus check be?77. Supreme Court dismisses emoluments case against Trump78. Trump talked out of pardoning kids and Republican lawmakers79. France is sending a second Statue of Liberty to the US80. Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges. Here’s what we know about the 3 men he shotIn November, Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges after fatally shooting two men and injuring another last year. In November, Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges after fatally shooting two men and injuring another last year. In November, Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges after fatally shooting two men and injuring another last year. 81. Here’s what we know about the Boulder, Colorado, mass shooting suspect82. Ohio officials release more body cam video of fatal police shooting of Black teen and urge community to await the facts83. Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect held on $500,000 bond each after manhunt84. Former Trump communications director says President lied about 2020 election and should consider resigning85. Now it’s sinking in: Wednesday’s Capitol Hill riot was even more violent than it first appeared86. Twitter bans President Trump permanentlyHere, President Donald Trump appears before reporters almost a week after the insurrection. Here, President Donald Trump appears before reporters almost a week after the insurrection. Here, President Donald Trump appears before reporters almost a week after the insurrection. 87. Exasperation and dysfunction: Inside Kamala Harris’ frustrating start as vice president88. Director of photography killed, movie director injured after Alec Baldwin discharged prop firearm on movie set89. Senate bill will narrow income eligibility for $1,400 stimulus checks90. Silent Melania Trump plods toward end of her husband’s tumultuous term91. Interactive: Tracking Covid-19 vaccines in the US92. Brian Laundrie left home without phone or wallet and his parents were concerned he might hurt himself, source says93. As riot raged at Capitol, Trump tried to call senators to overturn election94. They stormed the Capitol to overturn the results of an election they didn’t vote in95. The ‘headache’ Trump left behind for Biden on the White House lawn96. Trump, estranged from Presidents Club, excluded from predecessors’ PSA97. Trump’s 11th-hour pardons keep with tradition, even if those pardoned do not98. Chicago police say bodycam footage shows less than a second passes from when 13-year-old is seen holding a handgun and is shot by officer99. Trump attacks No. 2 Senate Republican as the President turns on allies in his final days in office100. Costco is offering a new perk to club members

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