It’s that time of year again: when editors at various media outlets rate the top stories of the last 12 months.
But what does the Web public think? One gauge of public opinion can be found in the server logs at Yahoo! News, which recently compiled its top 10 busiest news days in 2002.
At No. 1 is March 25. What happened that day? It was the day after Halle Berry became the first African American to win the best actress Oscar. There was also big news from the Middle East as Israel planned an assault while the U.S. envoy negotiated.
No. 2: Sept. 11, when Yahoo! visitors sought stories on the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S.
No. 3: Oct. 4, when a manhunt began for snipers after a shooting spree began in the Washington, D.C., area.
No. 4: Nov. 6, post Election Day in the U.S.
No. 5: Oct. 24 had two big stories, a break in the D.C. sniper case and the Moscow theater hostage crisis.
No. 6: May 30, Israeli prime minister announces plans for more military operations or to build a wall; FBI director acknowledges that his agency didn’t aggressively address “red flags” in weeks before Sept. 11, 2001.
No. 7: Nov. 5, Election Day; CIA kills six al Qaeda operatives in Yemen.
No. 8: Nov. 21, suicide bomber kills 11 on a bus in Jerusalem.
No. 9: Nov. 19, Democrats elect Rep. Nancy Pelosi, first woman to lead a party in Congress.
No. 10: Feb. 28, the day after the Grammy Awards are presented.