What Happened in 2015 (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 497

  • Aug 23 12 year old boy trips and rips 17th-century painting "Flowers" by Paolo Porpora worth $1.5m at exhibition in Taiwan
  • Aug 24 China stock market's "Black Monday", Shanghai Composite loses 8.5%, sending other international markets lower

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Aug 24 Physicist Stephen Hawking presents a new theory on black holes at a lecture at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking

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Aug 24 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces that for the 1st time 1 billion people logged into Facebook

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • Aug 26 WDBJ TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward are fatally shot live on TV by an ex-colleague in Moneta, Virginia
  • Aug 27 Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos names top Supreme Court judge, Vassiliki Thanou caretaker Prime Minister - Greece's 1st female Prime Minister

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Aug 27 15th World Championships in Athletics: Usain Bolt of Jamaica adds the Mens 200m gold to his 100m win

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 30 15th World Championships in Athletics close at Beijing, China
  • Aug 30 English author Frederick Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal) reveals that he worked for MI6 for more than 20 years
  • Aug 30 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad calls for the removal of current Prime Minister Najib Razak during 2nd day of street protests

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Aug 30 Rap artist Kanye West announces he will run for President in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards

Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West
  • Aug 31 Violent protests in Kiev after Ukraine parliament vote leave 1 national guard dead, 100 injured

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Aug 31 President Obama officially re-designates Alaska’s Mt. McKinley as Denali, its native American name

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Aug 31 US President Barak Obama arrives in Alaska on a 3 day tour highlighting climate change

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Sep 1 Pope Francis tells priests to pardon women who have had an abortion, in a letter released by the Vatican

Pope Francis
  • Sep 1 Google changes its logo, biggest redesign since 1999
  • Sep 1 EU Migrant Crisis: Hungary closes Keleti Railway Station in Budapest to try and stop migrants travelling
  • Sep 2 Earth's trees number just over 3 trillion according to study in "Nature" by Thomas Crowther of Yale University
  • Sep 2 US President Barak Obama becomes the first president to visit the Arctic Circle at Kotzebue, Alaska
  • Sep 3 Kentucky clerk in Rowan County jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples
  • Sep 3 Chris the sheep breaks the world record for biggest shorn fleece 40kg (88lb) near Canberra, Australia
  • Sep 5 Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers from Mexico responsible for 1 death, hundreds sickened confirm US health officials
  • Sep 6 German police confirm more than 13,000 refugees have arrived in Southern Germany in last 2 days fleeing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan
  • Sep 7 British archaeologists announce the discovery of a Neolithic "superhenge" under 3ft of earth at Durrington Walls
  • Sep 8 Comedian Stephen Colbert debuts as the new host of CBS's "The Late Show"
  • Sep 8 Pope Francis announces moves to streamline the annulment process within the Catholic Church

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Sep 9 Queen Elizabeth II becomes Great Britain's longest-reigning monarch at 63 years and seven months, beating the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Sep 9 Apple unveils the iPad Pro and iPhone 6S in San Francisco
  • Sep 9 EU Migrant Crisis: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his annual address proposes plan based on EU quotas
  • Sep 10 Floods and landslides in North East Japan, centered on Joso force 90,000 to evacuate their homes
  • Sep 10 New human-like species - Homo Naledi announced by Scientists and a team of female archaeologists, found deep in caves in South Africa
  • Sep 10 Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson resigns in wake of IRA supposed killing of Kevin McGuigan
  • Sep 11 A large crane collapses killing more than 100 people in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Sep 11 Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (The Big Bang Theory) are named highest earning TV actresses (28.5million) by Forbes
  • Sep 11 Ex-Governor of Texas, Rick Perry becomes the first candidate to drop out of race for the Republican nomination

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 11 "The Martian" based on the novel by Andy Weir, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival

Actor Matt Damon
Matt Damon
  • Sep 12 Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader of the UK Labour party
  • Sep 12 135th Women's U.S. Open: Flavia Pennetta of Italy beats fellow Italian Roberta Vinci (7-6, 4-7, 6-2)
  • Sep 12 12 tourists mistaken for militants, are killed by Egyptian forces in Egypts Western Desert

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Sep 13 Governor of California Jerry Brown declares a State of Emergency after wildfires devastate Lake and Napa counties

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • Sep 13 EU Migrant Crisis: Germany introduces temporary border controls to cope with huge migrant numbers

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Sep 13 Lydia Ko of New Zealand becomes the youngest winner of a golf major winning the Evian Championship in France aged 18yrs, 142 days

Golfer Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 13 135th Men's U.S. Open: Novak Đoković beats Roger Federer (6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Sep 14 Malcolm Turnbull ousts Tony Abbott as Australian Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Party
  • Sep 14 14 yr old Texan Ahmed Mohamed arrested at school when home-made clock assumed to be a bomb - Mark Zuckerberg and US President Barack Obama send supportive tweets
  • Sep 15 EU Migrant Crisis: Hungary seals its border with Serbia with a razor-wire fence, stranding thousands of migrants
  • Sep 16 700 million Maleria cases prevented in Africa since 2000 in report by University of Oxford in "Nature" journal
  • Sep 16 Report 3 million people die each year of air pollution, more than Maleria and HIV/Aids combined published in "Nature" journal
  • Sep 16 8.3 magnitude quake hits off coast of Illapel, Chile killing 11 and prompting evacuation of 1 million

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Sep 16 Second Republican presidential candidates debate, hosted by CNN, Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump face off at the Reagan Presidential Library

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Sep 16 Oil tanker explosion kills 170 in Maridi, South Sudan
  • Sep 16 Military coup in Burkina Faso, President Michel Kafando and other officials seized by presidential guards
  • Sep 17 US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports 2015 Northern Hemisphere summer hottest on record
  • Sep 18 Government of Uttar Pradesh, India, confirms 2.3 million people applied for 238 menial office jobs
  • Sep 19 Japan beats South Africa 34-32 in Brighton, England in the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 20 Alexis Tsipras and Syriza party declared the winners in Greek snap election

Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras
Prime Minister of Greece
Alexis Tsipras
  • Sep 20 Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro in Havana, on the 1st day of his tour of Cuba
  • Sep 20 President Ram Baran Yadav signs Nepal's new constitution into law in Kathmandu
  • Sep 20 Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, confirms raising the price of toxoplasmosis drug Daraprim by 5,000%
  • Sep 21 Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, pulls out of the Republican US Presidential race
  • Sep 21 67th Emmy Awards: hosted by Andy Samberg, "Game of Thrones", Viola Davis, John Hamm win
  • Sep 22 Pope Francis is greeted by President Obama and Vice President Biden as he arrives for his 6 day tour of the US
  • Sep 22 Volkswagen admits that 11 million cars have been wrongly programmed to appear to emit lesser emissions than they are

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Sep 22 Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Seattle to start his first state visit to the US

President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping
President of the People's Republic of China
Xi Jinping
  • Sep 22 Palangkaraya in Indonesian Borneo records the highest air pollutant index (API) value ever recorded of 1,986 due to haze caused by forest fires deliberately lit to clear land for palm oil plantations
  • Sep 24 Stampede of people during the Hajj kills 717 people during symbolic stoning of the devil at Mina, near Mecca, South Arabia
  • Sep 24 Burkina Faso's interim President Michel Kafando is re-instated a week after a military coup
  • Sep 24 Pope Francis becomes the 1st pope to address the US Congress. Names Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day as his American heroes.
  • Sep 25 Singapore closes schools due to hazardous levels of air pollution from fires in Indonesia
  • Sep 27 "Junts per Si" pro-independence alliance win parliamentary majority in Catalonia
  • Sep 27 A "Supermoon" coincides with a lunar eclipse creating a "Blood Moon" over much of the earth
  • Sep 28 DNA controllers for the age women go into menopause announced in "Nature Genetics" by reseach team from Exeter and Cambridge universities
  • Sep 28 NASA scientists announce the discovery of flowing water on Mars
  • Oct 1 A gunman kills 8 students and a teacher at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon
  • Oct 1 Mudslide on the outskirts of Guatemala City leaves at least 131 dead and 300 missing
  • Oct 1 Cargo ship El Faro goes missing with 33 crew during Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas
  • Oct 2 Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi are arrested in Vermont after leaving Canada
  • Oct 3 US airstrike hits Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing around 19
  • Oct 3 Flash floods on the French Riviera kill at least 19 people
  • Oct 3 Host England loses to Australia 33-13 and crashes out of the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage
  • Oct 5 Nobel prize for Medicine awarded to William C Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura (Roundworm) and Youyou Tu (Maleria)
  • Oct 5 Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement announced by trade ministers of 12 countries in Atlanta
  • Oct 5 Floods in South Carolina a "1,000-year storm" result in 12 deaths and 9 dams to fail
  • Oct 5 Governor Jerry Brown of California signs a bill giving terminally ill patients the "right to die"
  • Oct 6 Nobel prize for Physics awarded to Takaaki Kajita (Japan) and Arthur McDonald (Canada) for work on neutrinos
  • Oct 7 US President Barack Obama apologises to Doctors without Borders President and the President of Afghanistan for the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz
  • Oct 7 Nobel prize in Chemistry awarded to Tomas Lindahl (Sweden), Paul Modrich (US) and Aziz Sancar (Turkey) for work on cells DNA repair
  • Oct 8 Nobel prize for Literature awarded to Belarusian journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich

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Oct 8 Actress and singer Selena Gomez reveals she has Lupus

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez
  • Oct 9 The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 10 Bombing at a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey kills at least 95, injures 200
  • Oct 11 Nepal's parliament elects Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, leader of the Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist party, as Prime Minister
  • Oct 13 Basketball player Lamar Odom is hospitalised after being found unconscious in a brothel in Nevada
  • Oct 13 Marlon James becomes first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel "A Brief History of Seven Killings"
  • Oct 13 First Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by CNN and held in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Oct 19 US scientists from University of California find evidence life on earth may have begun 4.1 billion years ago, 300 million earlier than previously thought

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 19 Canadian federal elections: Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party win a majority with 184 seats

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • Oct 20 Migrants arriving in Greece top 500,00 for the year, according to the UN

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Oct 20 US Vice President Joe Biden confirms he will not run for President

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden

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Oct 21 German Chancellor Angela Merkel says German view of Holocaust will not change, after Benjamin Netanyahu says idea came from Mufti of Jerusalem

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 357 of 357

  • Nov 6 Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), dies at 94
  • Nov 7 Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic-born American actor (Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), dies of cancer at 68
  • Nov 9 Andy [Andrew] White, Scottish drummer, drummed on early Beatles records, dies at 85
  • Nov 10 Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of West Germany (SPD, 1974- 82), dies at 96
  • Nov 10 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (won Epsom Derby 3x), dies at 63
  • Nov 10 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], American R&B musician & songwriter (Ride Your Pony), dies at 77
  • Nov 10 Gene Amdahl, American computer scientist (designed IMB mainframe), dies at 92
  • Nov 10 Tim [Itimous Thaddeus] Valentine, American politician (Rep-D-NC, 1983-95) dies at 89
  • Nov 10 Robert Craft, American conductor and friend of Stravinsky, dies at 92
  • Nov 11 Philthy Animal [Phil Taylor], English rock drummer (Motorhead), dies at 61
  • Nov 12 Márton Fülöp, Hungarian footballer and goalkeeper, dies of cancer at 32
  • Nov 14 Warren Mitchell, English actor (Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part), dies at 89
  • Nov 15 Cynthia Payne, English brothel madam, dies at 82
  • Nov 15 Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor (The Chess Players, Gandhi), dies at 86
  • Nov 16 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich, dies at 86
  • Nov 16 Bert Olmstead, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 89
  • Nov 16 David Canary, American actor (Bonanza, One Life to Live), dies at 77

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Nov 18 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union player and the youngest ever All Black, dies of a heart attack linked to kidney disease at 40

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • Nov 18 Mal Whitfield, American Olympic athlete, dies at 91
  • Nov 18 Jim Slater, British financier and writer, dies at 86
  • Nov 20 Keith Michell, actor and theatre director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), dies at 88
  • Nov 20 Jim Perry, American and Canadian tv host ($ale of the Century), dies at 82
  • Nov 21 Bob [Robert] Foster, American professional boxer "The Deputy Sheriff", dies at 76
  • Nov 21 Ken Johnson, American MLB player - 1st pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter, dies at 82
  • Nov 22 Kim Young-sam, politician and activist - President of South Korea (1993-98), dies at 87
  • Nov 23 Douglass North, American economist, (Nobel Prize Economic Sciences 1993), dies at 95
  • Nov 28 Olene Walker, American politician (R), 1st female Governor of Utah (2003-2005), dies at 85
  • Nov 28 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, dies of cancer at 67
  • Nov 30 Eldar Ryazanov, Russian film director and screenwriter (Carnival Night), dies at 88
  • Nov 30 Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Manga artist (GeGeGe no Kitarō), dies at 93
  • Nov 30 Marcus Klingburg, Israeli soviet spy and epidemiologist, dies at 97
  • Dec 2 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), dies at 76
  • Dec 3 Scott Weiland, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), dies at 48
  • Dec 4 Robert Loggia, American actor (Officer & a Gentleman, Scarface), dies at 85
  • Dec 6 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), dies at 69
  • Dec 8 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • Dec 8 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American Rockabilly musician, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers), dies at 87
  • Dec 11 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53
  • Dec 14 Lillian Vernon, founder and CEO of the Lillian Vernon Corporation (first company listed on US stock exchange started by a woman), dies at 88
  • Dec 15 Ken Pogue, Canadian actor (Adderly, Katts and Dog), dies of cancer at 81
  • Dec 19 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), dies at 88
  • Dec 20 Patricia Elliott, American actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), dies at 77
  • Dec 23 Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist, (1994 Nobel Prize for G-protein discoveries), dies at 74
  • Dec 24 William Guest, American singer (Gladys Knight Show), dies at 74
  • Dec 27 Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68
  • Dec 27 Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
  • Dec 27 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, dies at 93
  • Dec 27 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1952), dies at 88
  • Dec 28 Lemmy [Ian Kilminster], heavy metal musician (Motorhead), dies at 70
  • Dec 28 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), dies at 42
  • Dec 29 Frank Malzone, American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic-silver-1976), dies at 59
  • Dec 31 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), dies at 82
  • Dec 31 Natalie Cole, American vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), dies at 65
  • Dec 31 Beth Howland, American actress (Vera - Alice, Company), dies at 74