Check out the most amazing and inspiring things that happened in 2013.
Chris Hadfield gave a thumbs up after his safe landing in Kazakhstan on May 14. The Canadian spaceman returned from a half-year mission to the International Space Station. Chris was the first Canadian to walk in space and entertained the world with fun videos showing things like how to make a sandwich in zero gravity!
Can you spot him?! Here's daredevil surfer Garrett McNamara riding a massive 30-metre wave! The American caught the monster off the coast of Nazaré in Portugal in January. McNamara, 45, said: "You are just going so fast it's really, really similar to snowboarding on giant mountains. And you're just chattering, flying down this bumpy, bumpy mountain."
Burka Avenger! Batman had to back off, and Supergirl stepped aside, because this year there was a new superhero in town. Burka Avenger told the story of Jiya, a school teacher who had to defend her young students from the baddies trying to destroy their school. Burka Avenger is her alter ego, a skilled martial arts super heroine who took Pakistan by storm
Britain's biggest ever "fatberg" was found in a London sewer and it was the size of a bus! The blockage took three weeks to clear and was caused by fats and grease mixing with rubbish. It created a strong pong on the streets of south-west London before it was found.
This year’s X Factor saw the return of Sharon Osbourne to the judging panel. The 61-year-old joined Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger to find the UK’s top talent. Sharon quit the show live on air in 2007, but she's back with more mischief and giggles.
After a 20-year career that saw him play for some of the biggest clubs in the world, captain his country and win countless medals and trophies David Beckham hung up his footy boots this year. When signing his last contract with French club Paris St-Germain, Becks revealed that he would be donating all of his wages to a local charity.
Blue Peter's 36th and 37th presenters made their debuts this year. Lindsey Russell was voted in as the 36th presenter in a CBBC vote after she was found in the Blue Peter: You Decide! show. Radzi Chinyanganya replaced Helen Skelton, who left the show in September, and became the 37th presenter.
This year Malala Yousafzai was featured as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine, nominated for the Nobel peace prize and even spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to education. A German TV station wrote that Malala may have become "the most famous teenager in the world."
Five years after they finished as runners up to Alexandra Burke in the X-Factor, JLS announced they were splitting up after one final farewell tour. The Group have won 5 MOBO awards in their short career as well as two Brit awards and sold more than 10 million records worldwide.
The word "selfie" was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Described as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website," selfie was named the word of the year by the Oxford Dictionaries.
Animals on wheels make it into the new Guinness Book of World Records this year. This is Happie the goat who skateboarded 36m in 25 seconds. A new world record - for goats at least.
Following on from Sir Bradley Wiggins' 2012 success, Chris Froome became only the second Brit to win the Tour de France. Chris won the race with a total time of 83 hours, 56 minutes and 40 seconds and has been shortlisted for the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge show off their new-born baby boy to the world. Prince George was born on 22 July and is third in line to the throne.
Mo Farah's career reached incredible new heights in August as he became only the second man in history to complete an Olympic and world 'double-double' at the World Athletics 2013, winning both the 5,000m title and the 10,000m. These victories added to his two gold medals in the same events at London 2012.
After huge snowfall in March, sheep across Britain struggled to stay alive in the freezing temperatures. Unfortunately the cold snap took place during lambing season and so hundreds of lambs had to be brought indoors in order to survive.
A huge announcement for sci-fi fans. After Disney bought the Star Wars franchise for an incredible $4 billion they announced that they would be making three new Star Wars films: Episodes VII, VIII and IX as well as 2 more 'spin -off' movies focussing on a single character from the series. Open auditions for roles in the films were held earlier this year.
Doctor Who celebrated it's 50th anniversary with a special episode titles "The Day of the Doctor" that was simultaneously broadcast live in 94 countries as well as in cinemas across the UK and on BBC One. The episode saw an appearance of every Doctor that has appeared in the show including a brief glimpse of the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
Sir Alex Ferguson, arguably one of football's greatest ever managers, retired from the game this year after 26 years at the head of Manchester United. In that time he won 38 trophies including 13 Premier League and two UEFA Champions League titles and his Manchester United teams have scored a whopping 2,769 goals.
Peter Capaldi was revealed as the new and 12th Doctor for the long running sci-fi series. He made his first, fleeting, appearance as the new Doctor in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor.
Take a look back at this year's memorable headlines. On a swelteringly hot Sunday in July, Andy Murray became the first British men's singles tennis player to lift the Wimbledon trophy for 77 years. Andy beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win his second Grand Slam trophy to add to his 2012 Olympic Gold Medal. Andy also won the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
It was a busy year for the church: in March, a new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, was enthroned as head of the Church of England; while just a few days earlier we saw the election of Pope Francis - the 266th leader of the Roman Catholic faith, but the first from Latin America.
For the first time ever, in March, an alligator in America was fitted with a new artificial tail! He had lost his one eight years ago in a fight, and was taken in by a charity because he was finding it hard to stay afloat in deep water. The rubber fitting helped 'Mr Stubbs' to have a 'tale' with a happy ending!
Gareth Bale became the world's most expensive footballer after signing for Real Madrid for a whopping £85 million. The Welsh midfielder, who was voted the Professional Football Association's player of the year last year, is apparently paid £300,000 a week by the Spanish giants.
Voyager 1, launched from Earth 35 years ago, has left our Solar System and gone into interstellar space. Nasa scientists confirmed in September this year that the space probe had left the influence of our Sun. It's over 11 billion miles away, but on its way out it did snap a photo of our blue planet seen above as the tiny blue dot.