On This Day

What Happened in 2015

Important 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
  • Jun 15 Real estate mogul Donald Trump launches his campaign for US President
  • 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 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 Missy Piggy and Kermit the Frog announce the end to their relationship on Twitter
  • Aug 7 US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump says in a CNN interview that news anchor Mergyn 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 Womens 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, born in London
  • Jun 15 Prince Nicolas of Sweden, Duke of Ångermanland, born in Danderyd

World Leaders in 2015

Famous People in 2015

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 Singer-songwriter Ben Harper (45) weds social advocate Jaclyn Matfus
  • Jan 5 Actress Cameron Diaz (42) weds Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden (35) 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

  • Mar 23 TV personality Kris Jenner and athlete Bruce Jenner divorce after 13 years of marriage
  • Jul 20 County singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years of marriage
  • Aug 3 Singer Gwen Stefani and musician Gavin Rossdale announce their intention to divorce after nearly 13 years of marriage
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