December 2014 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 Stephen Hawking claims that Artificial Intelligence could be a "threat to mankind" and spell the end of the human race

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 Elizabeth Lauten, an aide to a Republican congressman resigns after her online criticism of President Barack Obama's teenage daughters

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Dec 2 Vanuatu police arrest at least 20 people over the deaths by hanging of two men accused of sorcery
  • Dec 2 The World Food Programme suspends critical food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt because of a lack of funds
  • Dec 2 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists clash with police as they try to surround the government's headquarters in some of the worst violence since the protests began
  • Dec 3 Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, resigns
  • Dec 3 Protests erupt in cities across the US after a grand jury decides not to charge the New York City police officer who killed Eric Garner with a choke-hold
  • Dec 4 The United Nations warns that the world is on course for the warmest year since records began
  • Dec 4 Ukraine and Pro-Russian rebels agree to cease fire in the eastern war zone, beginning December 9
  • Dec 4 US authorities promise a "fair" investigation into the death of African American Eric Garner, after a white New York City police officer held him in a choke-hold faces no charges
  • Dec 7 Typhoon Hagupit hits central Philippines; millions flee homes for shelter
  • Dec 7 The Syrian military accuse Israel of carrying out two air strikes on Syria
  • Dec 7 Mayor of Paris calls for diesel cars to be banned from the French Capital by 2020, in order to reduce pollution
  • Dec 7 The Archbishop of Canterbury claims that he is more shocked by the plight of Britain's hunger-stricken poor than suffering in African refugee camps
  • Dec 7 Human Rights Watch Asia Division call for investigation into Indonesian security forces shooting of peaceful protesters
  • Dec 9 CIA Torture Report released, detailing the CIA's use of torture on detainees between 2001-2006
  • Dec 11 CIA Director John Brennan defends interrogation methods used after 9/11 but admits some methods were "abhorrent"
  • Dec 11 World's 1st penis transplant procedure by a team from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dec 12 UN climate change talks in Peru continue past scheduled time as negotiations continue to stall
  • Dec 12 Over 200 pro-democracy activists arrested in Hong Kong
  • Dec 13 Divisions emerge between rich and poor nations at the UN climate change talks in Peru
  • Dec 13 A civil rights protest march in Washington, D.C. takes place, against the police killing of unarmed black men
  • Dec 13 The British Government announces it will send hundreds of troops to Iraq, to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the conflict with Islamic State
  • Dec 13 Two US soldiers killed in a Taliban bombing of a NATO convoy in Kabul
  • Dec 13 Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, criticizes UN Security Council for its lack of action over war crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 14 Shinzō Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party win re-election in Japan, retaining their two-thirds majority with coalition partner New Kōmeitō Party

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • Dec 16 An Army Public School in Pakistan is attacked by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militants who kill 145 people
  • Dec 19 The Guardian newspaper calls 2014 'The year the people stood up'
  • Dec 20 Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley kills 2 NYPD officers in Brooklyn, New York, supposedly in revenge for the killing of Eric Garner, before killing himself
  • Dec 28 Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crashes in bad weather in the Java Sea, killing all 162 people on board
  • Dec 31 36 die and 47 are wounded during a stampede of New Year revellers on Shanghai's Bund riverfront

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 31 Beji Caid Essebsi is sworn in as Tunisia's 1st ever freely elected President

President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi
President of Tunisia
Beji Caid Essebsi

Weddings in History

  • Dec 12 E! news anchor Jason Kennedy (33) weds fashion journalist and blogger Lauren Scruggs (26) at the Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas
  • Dec 15 "Theory of Everything" actor Eddie Redmayne (32) weds Hannah Bagshawe at Babington House in Somerset, England

Deaths in History

  • Dec 10 Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian government minister, killed in confrontation with Israeli troops at protest on West Bank
  • Dec 17 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer and informant, dies at 79
  • Dec 21 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, dies at 90
  • Dec 25 Gleb Yakunin, Russian priest and dissident, dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Mary Lyon, English geneticist (X-chromosome inactivation), dies at 89
  • Dec 26 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), dies at 92