What Happened in 2015

Historical Events

  • Apr 11 Barack Obama and Raúl Castro meet in Panama, the 1st meeting of US and Cuban heads of state since the Cuban Revolution
  • Jul 21 On This Day changes its domain name and brand from HistoryOrb.com to OnThisDay.com
  • 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
  • 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
  • Oct 29 China announces the end of their one-child policy after 35 years
  • Dec 12 COP21 climate change summit in Paris reaches a deal between 195 countries to limit the rise in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels
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2015 in Film & TV

  • Jun 16 TV personality and real estate mogul Donald Trump launches his campaign for the Republican nomination for US President at Trump Towers
  • Jun 19 Pixar's animated film "Inside Out" is released with voices by Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling
  • Aug 4 Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog announce the end to their relationship on Twitter
  • Aug 7 US Presidential candidate Donald Trump says in a CNN interview that news anchor Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”

2015 in Music

  • Mar 10 The family of Marvin Gaye win a record $7.3 million lawsuit for music copyright infringement against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I.
  • May 17 "Blurryface," 4th studio album by Twenty One Pilots is released (1st album ever to have every track gold-certified)
  • Oct 23 Adele releases her single "Hello" - becomes 1st song with more than a million downloads in 1st week (1.1m)

2015 in Sport

  • Jan 31 17 year old Lydia Ko of New Zealand becomes the youngest golfer in men's or women's golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world
  • Sep 13 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins by 6 from Lexi Thompson to become youngest major winner, 18yrs, 142 days

Did You Know?

1st British unmanned drone hit on a UK citizen outside a conflict - ISIS fighter Reyaad Khan in Raqqa, Syria

On August 21, 2015


Famous People Born in 2015

  • May 2 Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, daughter of Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, 3rd in line to the English throne, born in London
  • Jun 15 Prince Nicolas of Sweden, Duke of Ångermanland, born in Danderyd

Would You Believe?

Zion Harvey became the first paediatric patient to receive a double hand transplant at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

On July 29, 2015

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 American singer-songwriter Ben Harper (45) weds social advocate Jaclyn Matfus
  • Jan 5 American actress Cameron Diaz (42) weds Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden (35) at her home in Beverly Hills, California
  • Jan 17 Actor/comedian Stephen Fry (57) weds stand-up comedian Elliott Spencer in the Norfolk town of Dereham

Famous Divorces


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