By NINA GOLGOWSKI
And as one photo-sharing website will show, so was it for the people's ability to instantly share their experiences.
Celebrating the year's highlights, website Instagram has released this photo compilation of some of the world's top 10 biggest events captured by none other than their now more than 100 million users.
'With 2012 coming to a close, it’s only natural to look back at the history-making events that have defined this year,' they write in their blog posting showcasing their list.
Days later Spain's Running of the Bulls captured hundreds of spectators and participants in one frame alone.
They swamped around a lone black bull seen barrelling through the crowd, throwing at least two men on their backs.
On July 20th, London's 2012 Opening Ceremony filled their site with a collection of whimsical and grandiose photos.
Only able to choose one photo for the event, they featured a bright green field where the opening ceremony took place, seen decorated with clouds and a corner watermill.
In September, the site honours Space Shuttle Endeavour's flight from Texas to California on the 20th, showing the massive spacecraft secured on the back of a plane.
Taking sixth place on their list was the World Series at San Francisco's AT&T Park where the Giants beat the Detroit Tigers in a 4-5 victory.
Celebrating Muslims' journey to Mecca for the Hajj on October 29th, a captivating photo taken by one participant shows thousands of small bodies circling the structure, the city's back dropped lights glowing in the sky above.
Days later on October 29th, Hurricane Sandy's descent upon the East Coast earned spot number eight.
There, a bench is seen slowly drowned by washing floodwaters rising from the Hudson and East rivers.
More than 800,000 photos related to Hurricane Sandy were uploaded during the East Coast super storm they reported.
On November 6th, the site celebrated the U.S.' Election Night where President Barack Obama was reelected to the White House.
On that night the website saw more than 100,000 photos under the hashtag of #iVoted and about 150,000 more using #election2012.
Lastly, listed as number 10 the site chose the 300,000 protest government in Buenos Aires, capturing just a frame of the thousands of people who turned out to represent their views.
Strangely out of their 'just a few events captured with Instagram,' they failed to leave out one big milestone for their own site: Thanksgiving.
While it is an American holiday, at the time of the event they boasted a record-breaking rate of 226 photos per second uploaded to their page.
It was their biggest day for picture uploads with more than 10 million photos specific to the American holiday alone.