There were miraculous births, such as that of baby Samuel Martz, who was born at just 24 weeks gestation at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. And there were notable deaths: Palo Alto lost an icon when Apple cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs died on Oct. 5 of complications from pancreatic cancer, prompting an outpouring of tributes.
"Thanks for changing the world. You made a big difference," Libby Spier, 8, wrote on a sidewalk in front of the Jobs home.
Another icon, the Palo Alto Bowl, closed its doors Sept. 16, leaving the Midpeninsula without a bowling alley for the first time in decades.
The area hosted President Barack Obama a handful of times, including town-hall events sponsored by Facebook in Palo Alto and LinkedIn in Mountain View. Meanwhile, Palo Altans demonstrated their displeasure with big corporations and the government at a few Occupy Palo Alto events, one in front of Bank of America in October.
As it always does, the Baylands offered a refuge for tranquility and reflection to residents this year. In June, it was also a silent witness to a plane crash near the Palo Alto Municipal Airport; no one was injured.