Tragedy, Victory and Bravery: 2013's Major News

Act 9: The year's biggest news stories from the Boston Bombing to a new Pope with ABC's David Muir.
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continues with the news makers of 2013. It was a beautiful and proud april day in boston when the first one hit. then the second one. Reporter: Two homemade bombs ripping through the crowds at the finish line of the boston marathon. Everybody started running --panicking. Then another bomb went off. Reporter: Killing three and wounding nearly three hundred. So many of them lost limbs. It was very loud. The ground shook. You could just feel it going down through you. Make no mistake. We will get to the bottom of this. 26 year-old tamleran tsarnaev and his younger brother 19 year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev. He was actually a very nice kid. He's just not the kif guy to do that. The brothers car-jacking a driver, a high speed chase. An m.I.T. Police officer shot and killed. Reporter: The older brother, tamerlan, killed too. The entire nation was watching these guys roaming the streets. People were locked inside their houses. Reporter: A boston suburb on lock down. Police move in. we have a suspect in custody. They were saying, "you got them. We got them." People started yelling, "boston pride, boston strong." Reporter: America would soon turn to another city --cleveland. The nation hearing the 911 call 10 years in the making. Help me! I'm amanda berry. I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for ten years. Reporter: Amanda berry disappearing at 16, making that brave call at 27 years old. Just the fact that she started with her name. I just thought that was incredibly brave. Reporter: Three women trapped inside. All held captive by ariel castro. Castro fathering a baby with amanda. Neighbors would hear amanda berry pounding on the door that day. We had to kick open the bottom. She climbed out with her daughter. This is the moment that this community has been waiting for, for ten years. we were there the day amanda berry came home with her six year old daughter. AND gina DeJesus flashing a thumbs up. Her mother revealing to us she knew ariel castro and had seen him often through the years. All while he was holding her daughter. Would see him and he would say, "how are you doing?" Like nothing was wrong? Yes. That's chilling. Reporter: Ariel castro pleaded guilty and took his own life one month later. Those young women --survivors. There has been some kind of crash at san francisco international airport. Reporter: Incredibly, over 300 people survived this. An asianatriple-7 crashing. A pilot in training landing far too short. The back of the jet breaking off. Over my shoulder here you can see the burned out fuselage. And in a cruel twist of fate, one teenager survived the crash only to be run over by not one but two first responder trucks. Reporter: For the survivors in moore, oklahoma, tearful reunions. Direct hit, twister outbreak. Reporter: Two elementary schools wiped out. Entire classrooms destroyed. Reporter: And one of the teachers following her own instincts. Rushing her students into the bathroom. All of it captured on her phone. It was pitch black as the twister drilled down on their school. it's almost over! It's almost over! Reporter: That brave teacher, mrs. Dziedzic, bringing us back to that school. Oh my god. Reporter: And on that day, she'll never forget in all of the madness, suddenly finding her own son look up at her. Her prayers, answered. There were prayers around the world this year from catholics stunned by the resignaton of meet their new pope. We are looking at the smoke billowing out of the cast iron chimney above the sistine chapel. Reporter: Jorge bergoglio taking the name francis, inspired by st. Francis of assisi, known for his compassion for the poor. And the new pope paying his own bill at his hotel in rome carrying his own bags, trading the decadent papal apartment for a more simple home. He's galvanized a lot of younger catholics who maybe had distanced themselves from the church or didn't think it was relevant to their lives. There i absolutely pure about his message. It is in fact, the basic message of jesus christ. Taking care of others. Reporter: He even let this little boy, a stranger, steal the spotlight on stage and then his chair. And summer's end, americans suddenly learned we were on the brink of war. Did the syrian government use chemical weapons against its own people? Reporter: There was worldwide shock when these images were revealed. The children gasping for air, victims of a saran gas attack. The united states should take military action. Warships at the ready. I didn't set a red line. The world set a red line. Reporter: After weeks of political debate, an unlikely broker. Russia stepping in negotiating a deal with syria to give up its chemical weapons. Meanwhile, the war still rages on, with 2 million syrian refugees. We met so many of the children waiting to go home. You're thinking about your father? it's okay sweetie. Reporter: With the conflict worsening there, a sudden breakthrough elsewhere. Iran elected a new president who would travel to america to speak before the un and speak on the phone with president obama. History was made today diane with that 15 minute phone call. This was the first communication between an american and iranian president since 1979. Reporter: Then the landmark deal beginning to curb iran's nuclear program in exchange for something else. Lifting those crippling economic sanctions we witnessed in tehran. Day to day increasing prices. You see it day to day? Yes. We have a real opportunity and I believe we must test it. Reporter: Perhaps a victory for a president when he desperately needed one and one other victory this year, for a different kind of super power. In san francisco, that cape crusader who gave that thumbs up. Little miles, diagnosed with leukemia granted a wish by make-a-wish. He wanted to be batkid for a day. His dad remembers the knock at the door. Batman knocked on our hotel door,holding a costume he told miles, "we gotta go to work." eporter: THE CHOPPERS Overhead, watching batkid save the day. The whole city in on it. And from the mayor. Thank you batkid. Reporter: Bat kid, suddenly realizing his power-watch this. That same trademark confidence he showed us. A superhero just when we needed one.

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