In celebration of Launchpad ’s 10th anniversary, we highlight the best and worst of the past decade. —Jillian Gordon and Alyson Osterman-Kerr
Kathryn Bigelow is the ﬁrst woman to win in the best director category at the Academy Awards.
JetBlue ﬂight attendant Steven Slater is hailed as a hero by many after he quits his job at the conclusion of a ﬂight and makes a grand exit, deploying and sliding down the evacuation slide at the terminal gate.
THE GREAT ESCAPE: After spending more than two
months underground, 33 Chilean miners are freed.
Gulf Coast Spill
RIP ALEXANDER MCQUEEN:
The 40-year-old fashion designer commits suicide. Alexander McQueen
Quake in Haiti
Images: THE GOOD: Kathryn: Ethan Miller/WireImage; miners: AFP; Steven: New York Daily News; THE BAD: Spill: Saul Loeb/AFP; Alexander: The Washington Post; quake: Alison Wright/ National Geographic; THE UGLY: Heidi: Steven Lawton/FilmMagic; Sandra and Jesse: Michael Buckner/WireImage; Conan: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Jay: Michael Schwartz/WireImage
COASTAL SERVICE: BP oil spill on the Gulf Coast is the worst spill in U.S. history—more than 200-million gallons of oil spread, claiming 11 lives, devastating wildlife, and affecting local businesses.
FORCE OF NATURE: A 7.0-magnitude
earthquake strikes Haiti, killing thousands.
America’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock splits from unfaithful hubby Jesse James.
QUEST FOR PERFECTION:
After reportedly undergoing 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day, reality star Heidi Montag reveals a startling new look. Jesse James and Sandra Bullock
Conan O’Brien vs. Jay Leno
LAST LAUGH: Shortly after being granted the position
as host of The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien is dethroned by original host Jay Leno.
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