From Tammie Jo Shults to the Thai Cave Survivors: The People That Inspired Us in 2018

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Ordinary people took center stage in 2018 with astounding acts of heroism.

Pilot Tammie Jo Shults safely landed a passenger plane after one of its engines failed 30,000 feet in the air in April. Debris from the engine broke one of the windows, causing banking executive Jennifer Riordan to be partially sucked out of the plane. She died of her injuries.

But thanks to Shults, and her co-pilot, everyone else survived. The two were praised for their calm demeanor, safely landing the plane under such dire circumstances.

Inside a Michigan court, more than 150 women bravely shared their stories of sexual abuse at the hands of Olympic Dr. Larry Nassar. One was three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman. The judge sentenced the disgraced doctor to life in prison.

The whole world was rooting for the young soccer players who got trapped inside a cave in Thailand for nearly a month. Eventually, the boys were carefully evacuated by expert divers who carried them through the muddy waters while they slept. They all made full recoveries, though one of the divers died. 

All eyes were on the nation's capital as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, accusing then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980s when they were in high school. Kavanaugh also testified and vehemently denied the allegations against him. He was later sworn in as a Supreme Court justice.

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School crusaded for gun control after the shooting at their school on Valentine’s Day that killed 17. 

But it was Meghan Markle who was arguably the biggest name of the year between her wedding to Prince Harry and the announcement of their impending baby, due in spring 2019. 

See more of 2018's biggest headlines above. 

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