65 Signs That 2013 Wasn't the Worst

There was lots to be sad about this year, but let's not forget the rays of light peeking through the clouds

January

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Gay Weddings Begin in Maryland
Maryland rang in the New Year with the first same-sex marriages under the state's marriage equality law, approved by voters in November 2012. "It's just so hard to believe it's happening," said one newlywed after marrying his partner of 35 years.

Pentagon Okays Women in Combat
The Department of Defense strengthened gender equality in the nation's military ranks by opening frontline combat units to women, lifting a formal ban instituted in 1994. Then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recognized that women had already been serving in harm's way: "They have become an integral part of our ability to perform our mission."

Docs declare: Brazilian Waxing Wiping Out Crabs
Pubic lice used to be a bane of the young and horny. But the rise of the Brazilian wax – "habitat destruction" for the Phthirus pubis – has put crabs on the figurative endangered list: "You can see an environmental disaster in the making for this species," said one British bug doc.

Hillary Clinton Recovers From Blood Clot on Her Brain
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returned to public life, making a full recovery from a blood clot that had formed on the outside of her brain after a fall at home from deydration. Wearing thick glasses, likely to combat double vision, Clinton schooled Congressional Republicans during a long-delayed hearing on Benghazi.

Bush Tax Cuts Expire For Wealthiest
The "Fiscal Cliff" standoff ended with a deal to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire for America's richest earners, with the top marginal tax rate returning to 39.6 percent for couples earning more than $450,000, and the top capital gains tax rate leaping five points to 20 percent.

New York Passes Strict Gun Control
Acting swiftly in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, Governor Andrew Cuomo steered the passage of a raft of new gun control laws – curbing assault weapons, limiting magazine capacity to seven bullets and adding new mental-health restrictions on gun ownership. Said Cuomo, "You can overpower the extremists with intelligence and common sense."

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