Events in History in 2014

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  • Jan 1 Michael van Gerwen defeats Peter Wright to win the 2014 PDC World Darts Championship
  • Jan 2 30 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff and falls 400 ft in Malshej Ghat, India

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Jan 2 Raul Castro gives a speech commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Cuban revolution and warns of "neo-liberal and neo-colonial thinking" entering the country

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • Jan 3 Cambodian garment workers go on strike demanding a wage increase
  • Jan 4 14 people are killed after a three-story building construction site collapses in Goa, India

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Jan 6 Truce begins between Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in northern Damascus

President of Syria Bashar al-Assad
President of Syria
Bashar al-Assad
  • Jan 7 Sheikh Hasina wins the general election in Bangladesh
  • Jan 9 5 people are killed in a Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant, Yokkaichi, Japan
  • Jan 9 Taliban suicide car bomb assassinates senior police officer Chaudhry Aslam and kills three others in Pakistan, Pakistan
  • Jan 12 Stephen Bunting and Lisa Ashton win the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship
  • Jan 13 14 people are killed and 7 are injured after an explosion in an illegal gambling hall in Kaili City, China
  • Jan 14 American journalist David Satter is expelled from Russia
  • Jan 17 21 people are killed in a suicide bombing in a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Jan 20 Credit cards of at least 20 million South Koreans are hacked
  • Jan 22 Water vapour is detected on the dwarf planet Ceres
  • Jan 26 21 people are killed after a tourist boat capsizes off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Jan 28 Peter Cosgrove is named the next Governor-General of Australia
  • Jan 28 DNA analysis confirms that the 6th C Plague of Justinian was caused by a variant of Yersinia pestis (the same bacteria for the Black Death)
  • Jan 29 Archaeologists discover the oldest Roman Temple (6th C BC) at Sant’Omobono
  • Jan 29 Scientists discover how to convert normal cells into stem cells in mice
  • Jan 29 Bohuslav Sobotka becomes Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • Jan 30 24 hostages are killed after 6 suicide bombers temporarily take over the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation in Baghdad
  • Feb 1 14 people are killed after Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia
  • Feb 1 Syrian civil war death toll reaches 130,000, while 4 million are displaced

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Feb 1 Janet Yellen becomes Chair of the US Federal Reserve, succeeding Ben Bernanke

15th Chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen
15th Chair of the Federal Reserve
Janet Yellen
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Ben Bernanke
  • Feb 2 Protests in Ukraine turn violent after parliament passes legislation that outlaws protest
  • Feb 3 2 students are shot & killed in a school shooting in Moscow
  • Feb 4 10 people are killed & 35 injured after a bus falls into a ravine in Pune, India
  • Feb 4 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Scotland

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Feb 4 Satya Nadella succeeds Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft

CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella
CEO of Microsoft
Satya Nadella
  • Feb 5 Archaeologists decrypt the 13th C Viking jötunvillur runic code

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Feb 5 US President Obama and journalists globally call for the release of 3 Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Feb 6 Jay Leno ends his time on "The Tonight Show"
  • Feb 6 The Taliban and Pakistani government begin peace negotiations
  • Feb 6 64th Berlin International Film Festival: "Black Coal, Thin Ice" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 7 German treasurer Helmut Linssen resigns amid a scandal involving offshore banking accounts in the Bahamas and Panama
  • Feb 8 15 people are killed & 130 injured in a hotel fire in Medina, Saudi Arabia
  • Feb 8 17 people are killed after a truck & bus collide in Mendoza, Argentina
  • Feb 9 Australian National University scientists discover the oldest known star at 13.6 billion years old
  • Feb 9 Protest erupt in Sarajevo and other cities in Bosnia-Herzegovina; the unemployment rate remains at 40% (57% for youth)
  • Feb 9 Switzerland votes to return immigration quotas
  • Feb 10 "This Is How We Roll" single released by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan (Billboard Song of the Year 2014)
  • Feb 11 77 people are killed after a military transport plane crashes in Algeria
  • Feb 11 Peace talks resume in Geneva as leaders attempt to bring an end to the civil war in Syria
  • Feb 12 Intel entrepreneur and co-founder of the X-PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis, claims that 50% of US jobs are under threat of being mechanized within 10 years
  • Feb 14 Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigns after less than a year in office
  • Feb 15 Tammam Salam is elected Prime Minister of Lebanon after a 10 month gridlock

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Feb 17 US Secretary of State John Kerry claims climate change requires urgent action and that only a small "window of time" remained open

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State
John Kerry
  • Feb 18 Ukrainian Revolution of 2014 begins as protesters, riot police and unknown shooters take part in violent events in the capital, Kiev, culminating after five days in the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych
  • Feb 18 Police clash with protesters in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Feb 19 Death toll in Ukraine reaches 26 after Government crackdown on protesters

  • Feb 21 11 people are killed after a Libyan Air Force plan crashes in Tunisia

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Feb 21 US President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Feb 21 10 words from the 15th C Voynich manuscript have been decoded
  • Feb 21 Police in Kiev open fire on protesters: 27 killed and around 570 injured
  • Feb 22 Matteo Renzi becomes Prime Minister of Italy
  • Feb 22 Marit Bjørgen of Norway becomes the most successful female Winter Olympian with 10 medals
  • Feb 22 Protests in Kiev, Ukraine, occupy the office of President Yanukovich
  • Feb 23 A pro-Euromaidan rally is held in Simferopol, Ukraine, while in Kerch, protesters attempt to replace the Ukrainian flag from city hall with a Russian flag
  • Feb 23 56th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins (145.29 MPH)

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Feb 24 Pope Francis creates a second Secretariat with the power to audit any Vatican agency at any time

Pope Francis
Pope
Francis
  • Feb 24 7 people are killed & 37 are injured after a bridge collapses in Vietnam
  • Feb 24 A 4.4 billion-year-old Crystal is discovered to be the oldest known fragment from the earth's crust
  • Feb 25 50 students are killed in a Boko Harem attack on a college in Buni, Nigeria
  • Feb 25 Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters block the Crimean parliament and demand a referendum on Crimea's independence
  • Feb 27 Republic of Crimea announces a referendum & ousts its regional government
  • Feb 27 Arseniy Yatsenyuk appointed Prime Minister of the Ukraine
  • Feb 27 Chaos erupts after the Swedish Public Employment Service mistakenly invites 61,000 people to a job interview in Stockholm
  • Feb 27 US Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoes a "religious freedom" bill that would have allowed businesses to turn away gay customers
  • Feb 28 Russia moves troops into the Crimea to protect its interests against Ukraine
  • Mar 1 29 people are killed & 130 are injured by a group of knife-wielding terrorists at Kunming Railway Station, China

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Mar 1 US President Barack Obama warns Russian President Vladimir Putin over involvement in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Mar 2 President Vladimir Putin receives unanimous approval from Russia's parliament to send troops to the Ukraine
  • Mar 5 A survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights reports that about 1/3 of women in the European Union have experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 15
  • Mar 6 Crimean parliament votes unanimously to make the Crimea part of Russia
  • Mar 8 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history

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Mar 10 German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns Russia's Vladimir Putin that making Crimea part of Russia is illegal and in violation of Ukraine's constitution

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Mar 11 Refugees from Syria pour into the Kingdom of Jordan
  • Mar 12 8 people are killed, 70 injured, & 2 buildings are leveled by a gas explosion in East Harlem, New York
  • Mar 13 After protests earlier this month, the Israeli parliament votes 65 to 1 for legislation that ends exemptions from military service for ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students
  • Mar 16 Voters in Crimea vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia amid international condemnation of its design
  • Mar 17 The Republic of Crimea is declared
  • Mar 18 Transnistria formally requests to join the Russian Federation
  • Mar 18 Russia formally annexes Crimea, previously part of Ukraine. by signing Treaty on Accession
  • Mar 18 US closes the Syrian embassy in Washington & expels all Syrian diplomats
  • Mar 19 Russia captures the Ukrainian naval base in Sevastopol
  • Mar 19 Israel sends airforce against Syrian military units involved in an attack yesterday on an Israeli patrol in the Golan Heights
  • Mar 21 Russia formally annexes Crimea amid international condemenation
  • Mar 22 251 people are killed after a boat capsizes in Lake Albert, Uganda
  • Mar 22 30 people are killed by a mudslide in Oso, Washington
  • Mar 22 Guinea confirms Ebola outbreak has already killed 59 people
  • Mar 22 The US and EU impose sanctions on Russia
  • Mar 24 Ukraine withdraws its forces from the Crimea
  • Mar 26 Taavi Rõivas becomes Prime Minister of Estonia
  • Mar 27 UN General Assembly condemns Russia's annexation of Crimea
  • Mar 28 Russia increases the price of gas to the Ukraine by 80%
  • Mar 28 2 cases of Ebola are reported in Liberia among people who have travelled to Guinea
  • Mar 29 Andrej Kiska is elected President of Slovakia
  • Apr 1 NATO suspends all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia
  • Apr 3 Marie Louise Coleiro Preca is elected President of Malta
  • Apr 4 President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, claims that climate change will lead to battles over water and food within the next five to ten years
  • Apr 6 Viktor Orbán's Fidesz is re-elected Prime Minister of Hungary
  • Apr 9 Stuart Parkin is awarded the Millennium Technology Prize for his work on magnetic storage
  • Apr 10 88 civilians are killed by barrel bombs from Syrian war planes in Aleppo, Syria
  • Apr 10 The Council of Europe suspends Russia's right to vote
  • Apr 12 The new drug, ABT-450, with a 90-95% success rate for treating Hepatitis C, is announced
  • Apr 16 Real Madrid defeat Barcelona to win its 19th Copa del Rey trophy
  • Apr 16 South Korean ferry MV Sewol sinks on route Incheon to Jeju, 304 drown, mostly students. National controversy erupts over rescue efforts and actions of crew and owner.
  • Apr 17 Abdelaziz Bouteflika wins a fourth term as President of Algeria
  • Apr 18 12 Nepalese climbers are killed by an avalanche on Mt Everest
  • Apr 23 60 people are killed & 80 are injured after a train crashes in The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Apr 30 Masked gunmen and pro-Russian separatists take control of more buildings in eastern Ukraine
  • May 1 Hundreds march through Nigerian capital calling for the release of schoolgirls abducted by Islamic militants, Boko Haram, who oppose Western education
  • May 2 The Kiev regime launch a raid against pro-Russian forces, who respond by shooting down two helicopters
  • May 4 Juan Carlos Varela is elected President of Panama
  • May 5 China announces it will upgrade Ethiopia's infrastructure in an effort to improve a China-Africa strategic partnership
  • May 6 Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, releases a 57 minute video boasting about abducting schoolgirls in Nigeria
  • May 7 Fighting between pro-Russian and Kiev forces continue amid fears internationally of a civil war in the Ukraine
  • May 10 The African National Congress wins the 2014 South African General Election
  • May 11 Thousands protest against the construction of a waste incineration plant in Hangzhou, China
  • May 12 Voters in Eastern Ukraine vote for self-rule in referendum

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May 13 Unidentified shipwreck is discovered off the northern coast of Haiti by marine archaeologist Barry Clifford

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • May 13 301 miners are killed by an underground explosion and mine fire in Soma Mine, Manisa, Turkey
  • May 17 Atlético Madrid win the 2013–14 La Liga
  • May 17 Bayern Munich defeats Borussia Dortmund to win the 2013–14 DFB-Pokal
  • May 17 The center-right Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, wins landslide election victory in India
  • May 17 St Johnstone FC win the Scottish Cup for 1st time in 130 years, defeating Dundee United 2-0
  • May 18 Swiss voters reject a $25 per hour minimum wage
  • May 21 José Mário Vaz is elected President of Guinea-Bissau
  • May 21 Russian President Putin signs agreements with China in Beijing in relation to trade and infrastructure
  • May 21 Thai army declared martial law and closes down several news stations
  • May 22 Royal Thai Armed Forces, led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha stage a coup in Thailand, suspending the kingdom's constitution and taking control of the government, the 12th since the country's first coup in 1932
  • May 23 Russia and China veto the U.N. Security Council resolution to establish an International Criminal Court for war crimes in Syria
  • May 24 Yingluck Shinawatra, former prime minister of Thailand, is detained by army after a military coup
  • May 25 Petro Poroshenko is elected President of Ukraine
  • May 25 Dalia Grybauskaitė is re-elected President of Lithuania

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May 26 Narendra Modi becomes the 15th Prime Minister of India

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • May 26 World Health Organization confirms that Ebola has reached Sierra Leone
  • May 26 Protests across Thailand in response to military coup; General Prayuth warns of a crackdown in demonstrations continue
  • May 28 Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is elected President of Egypt
  • May 29 President Obama approves US military training of 'moderate' Syrian rebels to fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad and al Qaeda-linked groups
  • May 30 Former military chief al-Sisi wins 93 percent of the vote in Egypt's presidential election
  • Jun 2 The unity government is sworn into power in Palestine; it agrees to the following: recognition of Israel, compliance to diplomatic agreements, renunciation of violence
  • Jun 2 Former Liberation Front guerilla fighter Salvador Sánchez Cerén, 69, is sworn in as president in El Salvador
  • Jun 3 President Obama announces his plan for a $1 billion fund to increase deployment of US troops to Europe
  • Jun 4 10 Nigerian generals and five other senior military officers have been courts-martialed for providing arms and information to Boko Haram
  • Jun 8 Peng Shuai of China and Hsieh Su-wei win the women's tennis doubles at the French Open
  • Jun 8 Couple ambush a restaurant in Las Vegas killing 2 police officers, a civilian and themselves
  • Jun 11 Islamic State of Iraq forces seize control of government offices and other important buildings in the northern city of Mosul
  • Jun 12 Israeli leadership blames Hamas after 3 Israeli teenagers are kidnapped in the West Bank
  • Jun 14 49 people are killed after a Ukrainian Ilyushin Il-76 airlifter is shot down
  • Jun 14 Alexander Stubb becomes Prime Minister of Finland
  • Jun 15 Juan Manuel Santos is reelected President of Columbia

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Jun 23 Claude Monet's Water Lilies is sold at auction for US$54 million

Impressionist Painter Claude Monet
Impressionist Painter
Claude Monet
  • Jun 23 Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is re-elected President of Mauritania
  • Jun 24 Rebels in Ukraine have agreed to a ceasefire
  • Jun 25 The US Supreme Court rules that police cannot examine the digital contents of a cell phone without a court order
  • Jun 26 Following the military coup in Thailand, people are warned that anyone calling for protest on social media will be prosecuted for sedition

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Jun 29 Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announces establishment of worldwide "caliphate" at the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq

Leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Leader of Islamic State
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
  • Jun 30 Australian entertainer Rolf Harris is convicted of indecent assault in London, England
  • Jun 30 The corpses of the 3 Israeli teenagers kidnapped in the West Bank earlier in month are found
  • Jul 1 Martin Schulz is re-elected President of the European Parliament
  • Jul 1 The US Supreme Court rules that family-owned corporations can reject provision of 'Obamacare' on religious grounds

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Jul 2 Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is criminally charged with corruption by French prosecutors

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Jul 3 Germany passes first nation-wide minimum wage law – at 8.5 euros
  • Jul 4 Rolf Harris is sentenced to 5 years and 9 months for indecently assaulting female minors
  • Jul 6 Israeli Air Force strike kills 7 Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip
  • Jul 7 Israel launches a "counter-terrorist operation" dubbed Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza

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Jul 8 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu instructs his defence forces to "take their gloves off" against Hamas and to take any means necessary to "restore peace" to Israeli citizens

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu

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Jul 9 Joko Widodo is elected President of Indonesia

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • Jul 9 Typhoon Rammasun begins and kills 151 people
  • Jul 9 Spokesperson for Medical Aid for Palestinians claims that at least 7 children have been killed by Israeli air strikes
  • Jul 10 Yair Lapid warns of Israeli Defense Force ground operation if Gazan rocket fire do not stop
  • Jul 11 The UN Security Council calls for a special meeting to discuss the current Israel–Palestinian conflict; Israel continue attacks on Gaza
  • Jul 14 The Church of England votes in favor of allowing women to become bishops
  • Jul 14 The death toll from the West African Ebola outbreak passes 500
  • Jul 14 The Egyptian government propose a cease fire in the Israel–Gaza conflict
  • Jul 14 After 7 days, Israel has struck Gaza 1320 times, while Gaza has fired 940 rockets at Israel
  • Jul 15 20 people are killed & 100 are injured after a train derails in Moscow
  • Jul 15 Israel announces it has officially voted to accept the ceasefire proposed by Egypt; Hamas reject, saying they were not consulted
  • Jul 16 Bashar al-Assad is sworn in for a third term as President of Syria
  • Jul 16 Death toll within Gaza surpasses 200 people following air strikes by Israel
  • Jul 16 Hamas and Islamic Jihad offer Israel a 10-year truce with 10 conditions, which include lifting the blockade and the release of prisoners; it is rejected
  • Jul 16 Israel intensifies strikes on Gaza
  • Jul 17 Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shot down over Eastern Ukraine by a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from pro-Russian separatist-controlled territory, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board
  • Jul 17 5 hour humanitarian ceasefire, proposed by the UN, takes place between Israel and Hamas
  • Jul 18 The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) call 18,000 additional reserves soldiers in campaign against Gaza
  • Jul 20 Patrick Sawyer arrives in city of Lagos in Nigeria and collapses; he dies of Ebola five days later
  • Jul 20 The Israeli Defence Force enter Shuja'iyya, a populous neighbourhood of Gaza City, as part of their ground offensive focused on destroying tunnels crossing the Israel border
  • Jul 21 After 3 weeks, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has struck about 2,800 targets in Gaza, while Gaza has fired 1,497 rockets at Israel
  • Jul 22 Both the United Arab Emirates and the USA announce aid packages to besieged Gaza
  • Jul 22 European Union claim that Israel 'has the right to defend itself', but say civilian casualties in Gaza are unacceptable
  • Jul 23 2oth Commonwealth Games open in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jul 23 44 people are killed after TransAsia Airways Flight 222 crashed into buildings in Taiwan
  • Jul 24 116 people are killed after Air Algérie Flight 5017 crashed in Mali
  • Jul 24 Fuad Masum is elected as the President of Iraq
  • Jul 24 Reuven Rivlin is sworn in as the President of Israel
  • Jul 24 Over 10,000 Palestinians protest Israel's operation in Gaza; 2 Palestinians killed after Al-Aqsa Brigades members fire at Israeli forces
  • Jul 25 Israeli airstrike kills leader of Islamic Jihad's military wing, Salah Abu Hassanein
  • Jul 25 Palestinian officials call for a "Day of Rage" in the West Bank and within Israel against Israel's operation against Gaza; Israeli Defence Force prepares for protests