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Events in History in 2015 (Part 2)

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Book releaseHistoric Publication

Aug 27 "The Shepherd's Crown" by Terry Pratchett published by Doubleday, 5 months after the author's death, last book in the Discworld series

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett
  • Aug 30 English author Frederick Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal) reveals that he worked for MI6 for more than 20 years

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Aug 30 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad calls for the removal of then Prime Minister Najib Razak during the second day of street protests

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir bin Mohamad
Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak
Prime Minister of Malaysia
Najib Razak
  • Aug 31 Violent protests in Kiev after Ukraine parliament vote leave 1 national guard dead, 100 injured

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Aug 31 President Obama officially re-designates Alaska’s Mt. McKinley as Denali, its native American name

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Aug 31 US President Barack Obama arrives in Alaska on a 3 day tour highlighting climate change

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Sep 1 Pope Francis tells priests to pardon women who have had an abortion, in a letter released by the Vatican

  • Sep 1 Google changes its logo, biggest redesign since 1999
  • Sep 1 EU Migrant Crisis: Hungary closes Keleti Railway Station in Budapest to try and stop migrants travelling
  • Sep 2 Earth's trees number just over 3 trillion according to study in "Nature" by Thomas Crowther of Yale University
  • Sep 2 US President Barack Obama becomes the first president to visit the Arctic Circle at Kotzebue, Alaska
  • Sep 3 Kentucky clerk in Rowan County jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples
  • Sep 3 Chris the sheep breaks the world record for biggest shorn fleece 40kg (88lb) near Canberra, Australia
  • Sep 5 US health officials confirm a salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers from Mexico is responsible for 1 death and for making hundreds sick
  • Sep 6 German police confirm more than 13,000 refugees have arrived in Southern Germany in last 2 days fleeing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan
  • Sep 7 British archaeologists announce the discovery of a Neolithic "superhenge" under 3ft of earth at Durrington Walls

  • Sep 8 Pope Francis announces moves to streamline the annulment process within the Catholic Church

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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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria
  • Sep 9 Apple unveils the iPad Pro and iPhone 6S in San Francisco
  • Sep 9 EU Migrant Crisis: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his annual address proposes plan based on EU quotas
  • Sep 10 Floods and landslides in North East Japan, centered on Joso force 90,000 to evacuate their homes
  • Sep 10 New human-like species - Homo Naledi announced by Scientists and a team of female archaeologists, found deep in caves in South Africa
  • Sep 10 Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson resigns in wake of IRA supposed killing of Kevin McGuigan
  • Sep 11 A large crane collapses killing more than 100 people in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Sep 11 Ex-Governor of Texas, Rick Perry becomes the first candidate to drop out of race for the Republican nomination
  • Sep 12 Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader of the UK Labour party
  • Sep 12 12 tourists mistaken for militants, are killed by Egyptian forces in Egypts Western Desert

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Sep 13 Governor of California Jerry Brown declares a State of Emergency after wildfires devastate Lake and Napa counties

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • Sep 13 EU Migrant Crisis: Germany introduces temporary border controls to cope with huge migrant numbers
  • Sep 14 Malcolm Turnbull ousts Tony Abbott as Australian Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Party

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Sep 14 14 yr old Texan Ahmed Mohamed arrested at school when home-made clock assumed to be a bomb - Mark Zuckerberg and US President Barack Obama send supportive tweets

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Sep 15 EU Migrant Crisis: Hungary seals its border with Serbia with a razor-wire fence, stranding thousands of migrants
  • Sep 16 700 million malaria cases prevented in Africa since 2000 in report by University of Oxford in "Nature" journal
  • Sep 16 Report 3 million people die each year of air pollution, more than malaria and HIV/Aids combined published in "Nature" journal
  • Sep 16 8.3 magnitude quake hits off coast of Illapel, Chile killing 11 and prompting evacuation of 1 million
  • Sep 16 Oil tanker explosion kills 170 in Maridi, South Sudan

  • Sep 16 Military coup in Burkina Faso, President Michel Kafando and other officials seized by presidential guards
  • Sep 17 US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports 2015 Northern Hemisphere summer hottest on record
  • Sep 18 Government of Uttar Pradesh, India, confirms 2.3 million people applied for 238 menial office jobs

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 20 Alexis Tsipras and Syriza party declared the winners in Greek snap election

Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras
Prime Minister of Greece
Alexis Tsipras
  • Sep 20 Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro in Havana, on the 1st day of his tour of Cuba
  • Sep 20 President Ram Baran Yadav signs Nepal's new constitution into law in Kathmandu
  • Sep 20 Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, confirms raising the price of toxoplasmosis drug Daraprim by 5,000%
  • Sep 21 Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, pulls out of the Republican US Presidential race
  • Sep 22 Pope Francis is greeted by President Obama and Vice President Biden as he arrives for his 6 day tour of the US
  • Sep 22 Volkswagen admits that 11 million cars have been wrongly programmed to appear to emit lesser emissions than they are

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Sep 22 Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Seattle to start his first state visit to the US

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • Sep 22 Palangkaraya in Indonesian Borneo records the highest air pollutant index (API) value ever recorded of 1,986 due to haze caused by forest fires deliberately lit to clear land for palm oil plantations
  • Sep 24 Stampede of people during the Hajj kills 717 people during symbolic stoning of the devil at Mina, near Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Sep 24 Burkina Faso's interim President Michel Kafando is re-instated a week after a military coup
  • Sep 24 Pope Francis becomes the 1st pope to address the US Congress. Names Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day as his American heroes.
  • Sep 25 Singapore closes schools due to hazardous levels of air pollution from fires in Indonesia
  • Sep 25 Caitlyn Jenner officially changes her name from Bruce and her gender to a woman
  • Sep 27 "Junts per Si" pro-independence alliance win parliamentary majority in Catalonia
  • Sep 27 A "Supermoon" coincides with a lunar eclipse creating a "Blood Moon" over much of the earth
  • Sep 28 DNA controllers for the age women go into menopause announced in "Nature Genetics" by research team from Exeter and Cambridge universities
  • Sep 28 NASA scientists announce the discovery of flowing water on Mars
  • Oct 1 A gunman kills 8 students and a teacher at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon
  • Oct 1 Mudslide on the outskirts of Guatemala City leaves at least 131 dead and 300 missing
  • Oct 1 Cargo ship El Faro goes missing with 33 crew during Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas
  • Oct 3 US airstrike hits Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing around 19
  • Oct 3 Flash floods on the French Riviera kill at least 19 people
  • Oct 5 Nobel prize for Medicine awarded to William C. Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura (Roundworm) and Youyou Tu (Malaria)
  • Oct 5 Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement announced by trade ministers of 12 countries in Atlanta
  • Oct 5 Floods in South Carolina a "1,000-year storm" result in 12 deaths and 9 dams to fail
  • Oct 5 Governor of California Jerry Brown signs a bill giving terminally ill patients the "right to die"
  • Oct 6 Nobel prize for Physics awarded to Takaaki Kajita (Japan) and Arthur McDonald (Canada) for work on neutrinos
  • Oct 7 US President Barack Obama apologises to Doctors without Borders President and the President of Afghanistan for the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz
  • Oct 7 Nobel prize in Chemistry awarded to Tomas Lindahl (Sweden), Paul Modrich (US) and Aziz Sancar (Turkey) for work on cells DNA repair
  • Oct 8 Nobel prize for Literature awarded to Belarusian journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich
  • Oct 9 The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 10 Bombing at a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey kills at least 95, injures 200
  • Oct 11 Nepal's parliament elects Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, leader of the Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist party, as Prime Minister
  • Oct 13 Marlon James is the first Jamaican writer to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel "A Brief History of Seven Killings"
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 19 Canadian federal elections: Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party win a majority with 184 seats

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • Oct 20 Migrants arriving in Greece top 500,00 for the year, according to the UN

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Oct 20 US Vice President Joe Biden confirms he will not run for President

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden

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Oct 21 German Chancellor Angela Merkel says German view of Holocaust will not change, after Benjamin Netanyahu says idea came from Mufti of Jerusalem

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Oct 24 Even results in Argentine Presidential Election between Daniel Scioli and Mauricio Macrieven trigger 1st ever Presidential run off 22 Nov
  • Oct 26 World Health Organization classifies processed meat as carcinogenic
  • Oct 26 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits northern Pakistan and Afghanistan killing over 300
  • Oct 28 World Heath Organization ranks Tuberculosis alongside HIV as world's deadliest infectious diseases, killing 1.2 million (2014)
  • Oct 28 Research indicating Plague dates back to the Bronze age in skeletons 5,783 years old, published by University of Copenhagen team in "Cell"
  • Oct 29 China announces the end of their one-child policy after 35 years
  • Oct 29 Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) is elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives, succeeding John Boehner (R-Ohio)
  • Oct 31 Russian airliner crashes killing all 224 on board in Sinai Peninsula, Egypt - Russia's worst air disaster
  • Nov 1 Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet's Davutoglus Justice and Development Party regains its parliamentary majority in a surprise result
  • Nov 2 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull scraps Knights and Dames from Australia's honours system
  • Nov 3 Game Maker Activision Blizzard (Call of Duty) buys King.com (Candy Crush) for $5.9 billion
  • Nov 4 Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta announces his resignation after protests over a Bucharest nightclub fire that killed 32

  • Nov 4 Justin Trudeau sworn in as Canadian Prime Minister with a cabinet split equally between men and women
  • Nov 4 Plane crashes after take-off from Juba international airport, South Sudan, killing 37, 1 year old survives in father's arms
  • Nov 5 Collins Dictionary name "binge-watch" the word of the year, followed by "transgender"
  • Nov 5 Japan's 1st officially recognized same-sex couple union - Koyuki Higashi and Hiroko Matsuhara in Tokyo
  • Nov 5 Fundão dam in Brazil collapses, killing about 23, causing a second dam to fail, releasing a massive flood of mud down the Rio Dulce
  • Nov 7 Sierra Leone is declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (death toll 4,000)
  • Nov 9 Tim Wolfe, President of the University of Missouri, resigns amid protests of endemic racism on campus
  • Nov 9 San Diego's SeaWorld announces it will overhaul its killer whale show after controversy over the whales treatment
  • Nov 9 "Reclining Nude" by Italian artist Modigliani fetches 2nd highest auction price at $170.4m
  • Nov 10 Portugal's minority government is toppled by left-wing opposition 2 weeks after coming to power
  • Nov 10 Fourth Republican presidential candidates debate, sponsored by "The Wall Street Journal", held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Nov 11 Montreal begins a controversial dumping of raw sewage (2.1bn gallons) into the St Lawrence River
  • Nov 11 Flawless 12 carat Blue Moon Diamond sells for $48.4 million at auction in Geneva
  • Nov 12 Suicide bombings in Lebanon kill 43, Isis claim responsibility
  • Nov 12 Out Magazine names Barack Obama 'Ally of the Year', Obama becomes 1st sitting US President to pose for cover of a gay magazine
  • Nov 13 Terror attacks in Paris at 3 locations leave at least 129 dead. Isis claim responsibility.
  • Nov 15 France launches air strikes on Isis stronghold Raqqa in Syria in wake of terror attack on Paris

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Nov 16 French President François Hollande declares the country at war with ISIS in an address to parliament

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • Nov 16 Largest diamond discovered in more than a century, a 1,111 carat stone found in the Karowe mine, Botswana
  • Nov 17 Ireland's 1st same-sex wedding takes place - Cormac Gollogly and Richard Dowling marry in Clonmel, County Tipperary
  • Nov 17 Suicide bomber kills more than 30 in a market in Yola, north-eastern Nigeria, with Boko Haram blamed
  • Nov 18 French police raid terrorist cell in Saint Denis, killing 2 including the leader of the Paris terror attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud
  • Nov 18 2 female suicide bombers aged 18 and 11 blow themselves up in Kano, Nigeria, killing 15 and injuring over 100
  • Nov 20 More than half of all trees in Amazon forest at risk of extinction according to data published in journal "Sciences Advances"
  • Nov 22 In Argentine elections Mauricio Macri (PRO) wins a narrow election victory over his left-wing opponent
  • Nov 23 President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia bans female genital mutilation
  • Nov 24 Tunisia declares state of emergency after an attack on a bus in Tunis carrying presidential guards kills at least 12
  • Nov 24 Turkey shots down a Russian fighter jet after claiming it had flown into Turkish airspace
  • Nov 24 Venezuelan opposition leader Luis Díaz is shot and killed days before the country's general election
  • Nov 24 Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder of 17 year old African American Laquan McDonald in 2014

  • Nov 25 Pope Francis begins his trip to Africa, visiting Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic
  • Nov 26 UK nonprofit Raspberry Pi releases its $5 Zero computer, sells out in a day
  • Nov 27 Robert Lewis Dear (57) shots 3 dead and wounds 9 at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Nov 27 "Holy grail" of shipwrecks the San Jose, sunk 1708, is confirmed found by an international team off the coast of Colombia
  • Nov 30 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change or COP21 begins in Paris
  • Nov 30 Pope Francis urges peace while visiting controversial mosque in Bangui's PK5 district in Central African Republic
  • Dec 2 Attack on a social services centre in San Bernardino, California kills 14 and wounds 17
  • Dec 3 US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces all combat roles in US armed forced will be opened to women
  • Dec 4 Floods in Chennai and Tamil Nadu state, India start receding after a month of heavy rainfall, leaving more 260 dead and thousands stranded

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Dec 7 Time Magazine readers name Bernie Sanders their 'person of the year'

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • Dec 7 Beijing issues its 1st ever red alert for pollution

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Dec 7 US Presidential candidate Donald Trump proposes banning all Muslims from entering the US

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Dec 9 Attack on Kandahar airport by Taliban forces kills at least 37 before Afghan forces retake control
  • Dec 9 Amazon's best-selling book of the year is "Girl on a Train" by Paula Hawkins
  • Dec 9 German Chancellor Angela Merkel named Time Magazine's Person of the Year, for her handling of debt and refugee crises
  • Dec 10 Scientists at Cornell University announce world's first IVF puppies successfully born from a surrogate dog
  • Dec 11 Unrest in Burundi leads to clashes between authorities and protesters in Bujumbura, killing at least 87
  • Dec 11 "Playboy" magazine publishes its last nude issue, featuring Pamela Anderson on the cover
  • 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
  • Dec 12 First women ever elected in Saudi Arabia in municipal council elections
  • Dec 14 Bus plunges off bridge into Balboa River near Argentina city of Rosario de la Frontera, killing 43 frontier police on board
  • Dec 15 1,000 schools closed in Los Angeles after a email threat, supposedly from jihadists
  • Dec 15 Mayor of Flint, Michigan declares state of emergency over contaminated water supplies amid calls for a criminal investigation
  • Dec 15 Fifth Republican presidential candidates debate in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Dec 16 US Federal Reserve raises interest rates by 0.25% for the first time since 2006
  • Dec 17 Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals is arrested on fraud charges in New York by the FBI
  • Dec 17 Libyan warring political factions sign a UN-brokered deal to form a unified government
  • Dec 20 Landslide from construction waste in Shenzhen, China leaves 74 dead or missing and buries 30 buildings
  • Dec 26 Floods in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay displace 150,000, blamed on El Nino
  • Dec 27 Iraqi forces retake IS held city of Ramadi (ISIS first captured in May)
  • Dec 28 Japan and South Korea reach agreement over WWII "comfort women", Japan apologies and pays 1bn yen compensation
  • Dec 29 Ebola epidemic in Guinea declared over by WHO, 2,500 died over 2 years
  • Dec 31 US law enforcement kills 1,134 in 2015, young black men 9x more likely to be victims