This decade has had its fair share of tragedy, but Newsweek collects some of its best happy endings:
- The Red Sox in 2004. Many New Englanders lived their entire lives without seeing a Sox championship, making it that much sweeter in '04.
- Sully and the Hudson: The calm-under-fire performance of Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and his US Airways crew averted a tragedy on the Hudson River when the plane landed safely on the water.
- Euna Lee and Laura Ling: The intervention of Bill Clinton helped win the release of the imprisoned US journalists from North Korea earlier this year.
- Miners' rescue in Somerset, Pa: In 2002, nine miners were rescued after being stuck for three days—in shoulder-high water—in a collapsed shaft.
- Pirate rescue: Barack Obama's first foreign policy crisis ended when Navy snipers rescued the kidnapped captain of the Maersk Alabama, Richard Phillips, from Somali pirates this summer.
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