Giant props to Buzzfeed for putting these together. Here’s a few of our faves with a link to the rest below.
A man pauses at the 9/11 Memorial at the name of his son who was lost in the attacks.
The infamous pepper spray incident at Occupy University of California Davis
New York Firefighters react to the death of Osama Bin Laden
Gay members of the military march in their first gay pride parade after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
A before and after of a block destroyed by the Joplin tornado
A sightseeing yacht that came to rest on top of a building after the Japan Tsunami.
The cabinet observes the raid that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden (Note Dr. Gates looking like a stone cold Godfather on the right. My personal favorite picture of the year –Frito)
There’s lots more where this came from. Take a few minutes and check out the rest. Click here: Buzzfeed’s Most Powerful Images of 2011