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Historical Events in 2014 (Part 3)

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  • Jul 31 The US agree to resupply arms to Israel - including rocket launchers, mortar rounds, grenades - despite condemnation of civilian casualties in Gaza
  • Jul 31 Israel and Hamas agree to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire
  • Aug 1 Indiana Pacers NBA super-star Paul George suffers a gruesome compound fracture of his lower right leg in a Team USA scrimmage
  • Aug 1 USA and UN announce a 72 hour ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, though it quickly breaks down
  • Aug 2 Super Rugby Final, ANZ Stadium, Sydney: NSW Waratahs win their first SR title in a nail-biting 33-32 home effort against New Zealand's Canterbury Crusaders
  • Aug 3 The Israeli Defence Force remove much of its ground forces from the Gaza Strip following the destruction of 32 tunnels built by Hamas and other militants
  • Aug 3 At least 13 Palestinians reported killed in ongoing air raids and tank shelling by Israel
  • Aug 4 Hamas and Israel agree to another 72 hour ceasefire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 5 Obama signs The Iron Dome Bill providing $225 million in additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome defense

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Aug 8 The West African Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern by the WHO
  • Aug 8 Hamas rejects continuation of cease fire if Israel does not lift blockade
  • Aug 10 Israeli and Palestinian officials agree to another 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egypt
  • Aug 10 Unrest breaks out in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of African American Michael Brown by a policeman.

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 10 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Valhalla GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins his second PGA C'ship by 1 shot from Phil Mickelson

  • Aug 12 Ebola outbreak death toll exceeds 1000
  • Aug 12 World Health Organization (WHO) gives its 'cautious blessing' to the use of experimental drugs to treat the Ebola virus

  • Aug 13 Israeli and Palestinian cease fire agreed to on August 8 is extended for another 120 hours to provide time for further negotiations
  • Aug 13 Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to win the Fields Medal in mathematics
  • Aug 17 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Monroe GC: Defending champion Inbee Park of South Korea beats runner-up Brittany Lincicome on 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff for her 5th major title
  • Aug 19 The 24 hour ceasefire extension renewal between Israel and Palestine is violated as Hamas fire rockets; Israeli Air Force respond, killing 9 Gazans

Historic DiscoveryDeath of the Aral Sea

Aug 19 NASA satellites take photos showing that the eastern basin of the Aral Sea had for the first time completely dried up

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The Aral Sea in 1989 (left) and in 2014 (right)
The Aral Sea in 1989 (left) and in 2014 (right)
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  • Aug 21 Israeli airstrike in Rafah kills Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al Atar and Mohammed Barhoum - 3 of Hamas's top commanders
  • Aug 22 2nd Ebola death in Nigeria, Africa’s most populated country
  • Aug 24 Nurse William Pooley flies back to the UK for emergency treatment after contracting Ebola virus after attempting to treat patients in Sierra Leone
  • Aug 24 Canadian Open Women's Golf, London Hunt CC: Ryu So-yeon wins by 2 from fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Aug 25 66th Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Seth Meyers broadcast on NBC

Comedian and Writer Seth Meyers
Comedian and Writer
Seth Meyers
  • Aug 26 Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry informs the WHO of an outbreak of Ebola; later confirmed as a different strain to that affecting west Africa
  • Aug 26 Israel and Hamas accept another ceasefire

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Aug 26 Burger King agrees to purchase Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • Aug 27 Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls the international response to Ebola “irresponsible” and “slow and derisory”

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 27 "Birdman" directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton and Zach Galifianakis premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2015)

  • Aug 27 71st Venice Film Festival: "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" directed by Roy Andersson wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 29 Senegal is 5th country hit by Ebola
  • Aug 29 Riots break out in Guinea following rumours that health workers are deliberately transmitting the Ebola virus to locals
  • Sep 4 Monsoon rains begin and cause flooding over a sustained period that kills over 400 people in India & Pakistan
  • Sep 4 Aracheological remains of a Viking fortress from the 900s CE, the Vallø Borgring, is discovered in Denmark

  • Sep 5 World Health Organization estimates 1,900 people have died from the Ebola virus out of 3,500 infected in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone
  • Sep 7 Asteroid 2014 RC makes a close approach to Earth (39,900 km; 24,800 mi)
  • Sep 7 American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan beat Spanish pair Marcel Granollers & Marc López 6–3, 6–4 to win their Open era record 5th US men's tennis doubles title; extends record for most Grand Slam doubles titles (16)

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her 3rd straight US title; beats Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis: Marin Čilić of Croatia wins his maiden grand slam title; beats Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 8 Haider al-Abadi becomes the 75th Prime Minister of Iraq

Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi
Prime Minister of Iraq
Haider al-Abadi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 9 Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, undergoes prostate surgery

2nd Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Hosseini Khamenei
2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
Ali Hosseini Khamenei
  • Sep 11 South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (and is later found guilty of culpable homicide)
  • Sep 13 At least 8 people are killed after the ferry MV Maharlika II sinks off the Philippines coast
  • Sep 13 40 people are killed after T. B. Joshua's The Synagogue Church of All Nations collapses in Nigeria
  • Sep 14 The United States defeats Serbia 129-92 to win the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
  • Sep 14 39th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Imitation Game" directed by Morten Tyldum wins the People's Choice Award

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 14 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: 19 year old South Korean Kim Hyo-joo wins by 1 stroke ahead of Australian runner-up Karrie Webb

Golfer Karrie Webb
Golfer
Karrie Webb
  • Sep 15 Ewa Kopacz becomes Prime Minister of Poland
  • Sep 15 President Obama announces the US will send 3,000 troops to help combat spread of the Ebola virus

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 16 Barbra Streisand releases album "Partners" features duets with other artists, when reaches No 1, makes Streisand only recording-artist with top album in six decades

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Sep 17 Voreqe Bainimarama's Fiji First Party wins the first Fijian elections since his coup in 2006
  • Sep 18 Scotland votes to stay a member of the United Kingdom in an independence referendum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 18 Emma Watson delivers an address to a standing ovation at UN Headquarters in New York City, helping launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality

Actress Emma Watson
Actress
Emma Watson
  • Sep 18 8 people (including 2 children) are shot dead in Bell, Florida
  • Sep 20 New Zealand's National Government wins a 3rd term in the elections despite allegations of corruption and revelations about state surveillance
  • Sep 22 NASA's MAVEN space probe successfully arrives in orbit over Mars
  • Sep 26 World Health Organizations estimates that Ebola death toll has reached 3,091 - with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone hit hardest
  • Sep 27 Hawthorn Football Club defeats the Sydney Swans in the 2014 AFL Grand Final 137-74
  • Sep 27 57 people are killed after Mount Ontake erupts in Japan
  • Sep 27 New Zealand's All Blacks scores 4 tries to beat Argentina, 34-13 in La Plata and claim their 3rd straight Rugby Championship; All Blacks first five eighth Beauden Barrett kicks 6 from 6
  • Sep 28 Ryder Cup Golf, Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland: Europe wins 16½-11½ to win Cup for 3rd consecutive time
  • Sep 29 Ashraf Ghani becomes President of Afghanistan
  • Sep 30 A case of Ebola Virus reaches Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 1 41 children are killed by a suicide bombing on the Akrameh al-Makhzumi school in Homs, Syria
  • Oct 2 15 people are killed after a gun powder plant explodes in Gorni Lom, Bulgaria
  • Oct 2 Siege of Syrian town Kobani and its surrounds by ISIS prompts 130,00 people to flee the area
  • Oct 3 83 million accounts are compromised after a cyber attack on JP Morgan Chase & 9 other financial institutions

Music concertMusic Concert

Oct 3 Blues guitarist and singer B.B. King's last live performance, at the House of Blues in Chicago

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 Russell Crowe owned South Sydney Rabbitohs beat Canterbury Bulldogs, 30-6 to break 43 year drought and win National Rugby League (Australia) Premiership

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 French F1 driver Jules Bianchi collides with recovery vehicle during Japanese Grand Prix, dies 10 months later; first F1 death due to racing accident in 21 years (Ayrton Senna 1994)

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • Oct 6 John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Oct 7 Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing blue light emitting diodes
  • Oct 7 Spanish nurse diagnosed with Ebola, the first case outside west Africa
  • Oct 8 The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is awarded the $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize
  • Oct 8 Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy
  • Oct 9 Patrick Modiano wins the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Oct 9 Gatwick, Heathrow and JFK airports enhance screening for the Ebola virus

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 10 Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 12 Evo Morales is re-elected President of Bolivia

1st Indigenous President of Bolivia Evo Morales
1st Indigenous President of Bolivia
Evo Morales
  • Oct 14 Richard Flanagan's novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize
  • Oct 14 World Health Organization announce Ebola virus death toll at 4,447, and the fatality rate has reached 70%

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 Utah State University receives terrorist threats pertaining to Anita Sarkeesian's planned lecture the following day

Feminist Media Critic Anita Sarkeesian
Feminist Media Critic
Anita Sarkeesian
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 16 New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council
  • Oct 16 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 19 A working human intestine is generated in a laboratory from stem cells in the United States

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 Joko Widodo becomes President of Indonesia

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • Oct 20 Laquan McDonald (17) is shot dead by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke while jaywalking, the murder caught on video footage
  • Oct 21 Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 26 Dilma Rousseff is re-elected President of Brazil

President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff
President of Brazil
Dilma Rousseff
  • Oct 26 American tennis star Serena Williams beats Simona Halep of Romania 6–3, 6–0 to successfully defend her WTA Finals title in Kallang, Singapore

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 27 Taylor Swift releases her 5th studio album “1989” (2015 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2016)

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • Oct 27 "Montevallo" debut album by Sam Hunt is released (American Country Countdown Award Digital Album of the Year 2016, Billboard Album of the Year 2015)
  • Oct 29 World Series Baseball: San Francisco beats Kansas City Royals, 3-2 in Game 7 at Kauffman Field, KC to win Giants' 3rd title in 5 years; MVP: SF starter Madison Bumgarner
  • Oct 30 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks win the 2014 Japan Series

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Oct 31 Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Oct 31 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Hootenanny, Goldencents, Lady Eli, Untapable
  • Nov 1 Australian A-League soccer club Western Sydney Wanderers draw 0-0 with Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh to win the AFC Champions League, 1-0 on aggregate
  • Nov 1 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Take Charge Brandi, Dayatthespa, Judy The Beauty, Bobby's Kitten, Texas Red, Main Sequence, Work All Week, Karakontie, Bayern
  • Nov 2 60 people were killed and 110 injured by a suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Nov 2 New York City Marathon: Wilson Kipsang of Kenya wins in 2:10:59; compatriot Mary Keitany wins first of 3 straight women's titles in 2:25:07

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 3 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for global action on climate change after warning from scientists

8th Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Ban Ki-moon

Battle of Interest9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

Nov 3 New York's 104-storey One World Trade Center officially opens 13 years after the September 11 attacks

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UA Flight 175 flies toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center while the North Tower burns
UA Flight 175 flies toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center while the North Tower burns
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  • Nov 4 The US votes in mid-term elections: Republicans retain the house & regain the Senate
  • Nov 4 Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko orders army reinforcements to key southern and eastern cities to combat potential rebel offensive
  • Nov 4 The body of the last missing victim is found on board the wrecked Costa Concordia, during its dismantling in Genoa
  • Nov 4 Tim Scott becomes the first African-American Senator in the south since the Reconstruction
  • Nov 4 Protectionist wins the 2014 Melbourne Cup

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 5 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key rules out sending troops to fight against Islamic State, but claims there are 40 New Zealanders on 'terror watchlist'

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
New Zealand Prime Minister
John Key

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 5 48th CMT Music Awards: Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert win

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Luke Bryan
Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert
  • Nov 8 Protests across New Zealand against the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 8 Mikhail Gorbachev warns that tensions between America and Russia over Ukraine have put the world on the brink of a new Cold War

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Nov 8 US President Obama authorises deployment of 1,500 additional troops to help train and advise Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants
  • Nov 9 United States lead air strikes in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul against Islamic State (IS)
  • Nov 9 Celebrations held in Germany to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; white balloons marking a stretch of the wall symbolize its disappearance
  • Nov 9 Top African business leaders establish an emergency fund to help countries hit by the Ebola outbreak
  • Nov 9 Asia-Pacific countries, including China and the United States, announce plans to co-operate more closely in the fight against corruption
  • Nov 9 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Prague, Czech Republic: Home favourite Petra Kvitová beats Germany's Angelique Kerber 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 for an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 3-1) and an 8th title for the Czechs

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 10 "The Hunger Games" Mockingjay - Part 1" directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson premieres in London

Actress Jennifer Lawrence
Actress
Jennifer Lawrence
Actress and Director Elizabeth Banks
Actress and Director
Elizabeth Banks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 10 Ethel Kennedy is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama

Bobby Kennedy's Wife Ethel Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy's Wife
Ethel Kennedy

Music releaseMusic Single

Nov 10 "Uptown Funk" single released by Bruno Mars (Billboard Song of the Year 2015, Grammy Record Of The Year, Grammy Song of the Year 2016)

Singer Bruno Mars
Singer
Bruno Mars
  • Nov 11 The captain of the South Korean ferry which sank in April is found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison
  • Nov 11 An Italian appeals court overturns a manslaughter conviction against 6 scientists for failing to give adequate warning of a deadly earthquake
  • Nov 11 The leaders of China and Japan meet for formal talks after more than two years of severe tension over a territorial dispute
  • Nov 11 The people of Catalonia in north-eastern Spain vote in a disputed and non-binding poll on independence
  • Nov 11 58 people are killed in a bus crash in the Sukkur District, Pakistan
  • Nov 11 Samsung Lions beat Nexen Heroes, 11-1 in Game 6 at Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Seoul to win the Korean Series
  • Nov 12 European Space Agency's Rosetta lands the Philae probe on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
  • Nov 13 Rohit Sharma of India sets a new record of 264 runs against Sri Lanka in an ODI innings in cricket
  • Nov 13 Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout wins the MVP awards in MLB for 2014
  • Nov 14 American harness racing trainer/driver Dave Palone sets the world record for wins when he drive Missy Tap Tina to the winner's circle for his 16,754th career victory

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

Nov 15 Vladimir Putin's press secretary says media reports that the Russian president plans to leave the G20 Summit in Brisbane early are nonsense

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Nov 15 World leaders gather in Brisbane for G20 Summit, which will focus on economic growth
  • Nov 15 The parents of 43 Mexican students who disappeared start a nationwide bus tour in protest at the government's handling of the case
  • Nov 15 A 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes under the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia, triggering a tsunami warning
  • Nov 16 Klaus Iohannis wins the Romanian Presidential election
  • Nov 16 Kevin Harvick driving for Stewart-Haas Racing, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by 1 point from Ryan Newman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 Novak Đoković claims 3 straight ATP World Tour Finals tennis titles after Roger Federer is forced to withdraw from the final in London through injury

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Nov 17 The Church of England adopts legislation enabling the appointment of female bishops
  • Nov 18 Jamaica win the 2014 Caribbean Cup in football
  • Nov 20 Nearly 5 million illegal migrants in the US have the threat of deportation deferred, after President Barack Obama announces sweeping immigration changes
  • Nov 22 Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy, is shot dead by police in Cleveland, after brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun in a playground

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona sets a new goal scoring record in La Liga of 253 goals

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Nov 23 A suicide bomber kills 40 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan
  • Nov 23 An adviser to the Kenyan president says the slaughter of 28 people on a bus by the Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabab is intended to create a religious war in the country
  • Nov 23 A magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes central Japan
  • Nov 23 Republicans condemn US President Obama's use of executive powers to force through immigration reform
  • Nov 23 Mass protests in Mexico by relatives of 43 missing Mexican students, who the authorities say were murdered by a drugs gang

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 23 Magnus Carlsen defends his World Chess Championship title after defeating Vishy Anand

Chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen
Chess Grandmaster
Magnus Carlsen

  • Nov 23 103rd Davis Cup: Switzerland beats France in Lille (3-1), winning the Davis Cup for the first time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 23 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit to clinch his second F1 World Drivers Championship, 67 points ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 23 41st American Music Awards: One Direction, Sam Smith and Katy Perry win

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles
Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Singer-songwriter
Zayn Malik
  • Nov 24 "Take Your Time" single is released by Sam Hunt (Billboard Song of the Year 2015)
  • Nov 25 US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel resigns, ending nearly two years in the Pentagon's top job
  • Nov 25 Switzerland's Bern Art Museum agrees to accept artworks looted from their Jewish owners by the Nazis
  • Nov 25 Protest erupt across US after a decision by Missouri grand jury not to bring charges against a white policeman who shot dead a black teenager
  • Nov 25 Missouri Governor Jay Nixon orders hundreds more US National Guard troops to the town of Ferguson to prevent a second night of rioting and looting
  • Nov 25 Lionel Messi becomes the UEFA Champions League all-time top scorer
  • Nov 27 Stephanie Gilmore wins her 6th women's world surfing title
  • Nov 27 Cricketer Phillip Hughes dies two days after being struck on the head by a bouncer
  • Nov 29 79th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 55-44 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 30 Australia experiences its hottest spring and second-hottest November recorded
  • Nov 30 Tabaré Vázquez is re-elected President of Uruguay
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: Calgary Stampeders beat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 20-16 for their 7th Championship

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 1 "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies", 3rd and final Hobbit film, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in London

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Ian McKellen
Actor
Ian McKellen
Actor Martin Freeman
Actor
Martin Freeman
  • Dec 1 Utility Claudio Liverziani becomes first 3-time MVP in the Italian Baseball League; 291/.444/.472 season, with 30 HRs and 20 RBI in 38 games for Fortitudo Bologna

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
Physicist
Stephen Hawking

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 Comedian Bill Cosby resigns from the board of trustees of an American university following renewed sexual assault allegations

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • Dec 2 Elizabeth Lauten, an aide to a Republican congressman resigns after her online criticism of President Barack Obama's teenage daughters
  • 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 2 After featuring in a magazine article with long-time life partner, veteran MLB umpire and crew chief Dale Scott openly acknowledges his homosexuality; overwhelmingly positive reaction from baseball circles
  • Dec 3 Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, resigns
  • Dec 3 Australian Rugby star David Pocock is arrested after protesting against a coal mine under construction in an Australian national forest
  • 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 4 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, Blackpool, England: Team Europe beats US, 11-5 for 5th straight title; MVP: Niels Feijen (Netherlands)
  • Dec 4 NBC airs musical "Peter Pan Live!" starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken; substantially revised from the earlier Mary Martin productions
  • Dec 6 23rd SEC Championship Game: #1 Alabama beats #14 Missouri, 42-13
  • Dec 6 10th ACC Championship Game: #2 Florida State beats #12 Georgia Tech, 37-35
  • 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