Summary: An eclectic mix last week, as tragedies both aeronautical and gun-related jostled for position with snooping aliens, oceanic pigs and historic bikinis. With the northern summer putting the brakes on non-cinematic pop culture, other topics took hold, and the week featured a swarm of new entries.
For the top 25 articles of the week, plus analysis, see here.
For the week of July 7 to 13, the 10 most popular articles on Wikipedia, as determined from the report of the 5,000 most trafficked pages* were:
The debate over George Zimmerman's shooting of unarmed Trayvon Martin in February 2012, and its relevance to race relations in America and the validity of "stand your ground" laws, reached its climax on July 13 when a jury found Zimmerman not guilty of either murder or manslaughter.
This beach on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas where wild pigs swim in the ocean apparently began its trip around the Internet on a blog post over at treehugger.com, and from there spread virally from person to person.
The Boeing 777 crashed on arrival at San Francisco International Airport on July 6 after a trans-Pacific flight from Seoul. Plane crashes are inherently dramatic, and so always garner public interest; however thankfully casualties so far have been relatively light, with only three deaths and nine severe injuries out of the 307 people on board.