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2015 (MMXV) is a common year starting on Thursday in the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. It is the 2015th year in the Common Era and Anno Domini designations, and the 15th year in the 3rd millennium and 21st century.
Events[change | change source]
January[change | change source]
- January 1:
- The Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
- Lithuania officially adopts the euro as its currency, replacing the litas, and becomes the nineteenth Eurozone country.
- Former New York governor Mario Cuomo dies at the age of 82 from heart failure in Manhattan.
- January 3 - First African-American to have ever been elected in the United States Senate, Edward Brooke, dies at 95.
- January 7:
- A terror attack by Islamic extremists in Paris, France results in the deaths of 12 people at a French newspaper (Charlie Hebdo) building.
- A car bomb explodes in Yemen, killing at least 38 people, standing near the entrance of a police officers' academy in central Sana'a.
- Actor Rod Taylor who appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 84.
- January 9 - Former Prime Minister of Poland Józef Oleksy dies in Warsaw from cancer at the age of 68.
- January 10 - Legendary Italian movie director, Francesco Rosi, dies in Rome at the age of 92.
- January 11 - Swedish actress Anita Ekberg dies at 83 in Italy.
- January 14:
- January 23:
- Houthi rebels attack and occupy Yemen's presidential palace. President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and his cabinet along with Prime minister Khaled Bahah resign.
- Saudi Arabian king Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dies from complications of pneumonia at the age of 90. His half-brother Salman of Saudi Arabia succeeds him as king.
- January 30 - Bulgaria's first freely democratically elected president Zhelyu Zhelev dies at 79.
- January 31 - Richard von Weizsäcker, Germany's first president after the Reunification of Germany, dies at 94.
February[change | change source]
- February 12 - Leaders from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France reach an agreement on the conflict in eastern Ukraine that includes a ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons.
- February 14 - A spree-shooting occurs in Copenhagen, Denmark at a local cultural center and synagogue. 3 people are killed including the suspected shooter.
- February 16 - The Egyptian military begins conducting airstrikes against a branch of the Islamic militant group ISIL in Libya in retaliation for the group's beheading of over a dozen Egyptian Christians.
March[change | change source]
- March 5-8 - The ancient city sites of Nimrud, Hatra and Dur-Sharrukin in Iraq are demolished by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
- March 6 - NASA's Dawn probe enters orbit around Ceres, becoming the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet.
- March 12 - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant becomes allies with fellow jihadist group Boko Haram, effectively annexing the group.
- March 24 - An Airbus A320-211 operated by Germanwings crashes in the French Alps, killing all 150 on board.
- March 25 - A Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab countries starts a military intervention in Yemen in order to uphold the Yemeni government in its fight against the Houthis' southern offensive.
April[change | change source]
- April 2 - 148 people are killed, the majority students, in a mass shooting at the Garissa University College in Kenya, perpetrated by the militant terrorist organization Al-Shabaab.
- April 25 - A major earthquake in Nepal, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, results in more than 6,000 deaths in Nepal, India, China and Bangladesh.
- April 29 - The World Health Organization (WHO) declares that rubella has been eradicated from the Americas.
May[change | change source]
Predicted events[change | change source]
- July 1 – Earth, Venus, and Jupiter will be ordered on a single line.
- July 14 – NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is expected to fly by Pluto and Charon at 50,000 kilometers per hour and explore the area for five months until distance becomes too great. New Horizons will then enter the Kuiper belt and eventually leave our Solar System.
- September 9 – Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest reigning British monarch (if she still is in reign).
- September 13 – Partial solar eclipse.
- December 31 – Millennium Development Goals are targeted for achievement.
- December 31 – Microcredit Summit Campaign goals are targeted for achievement.
Unknown dates[change | change source]
- Analog television will be switched off in the Russian Federation.
- The first plasma operation of the fusion reactor ITER is expected.
- Target date for OECD countries to raise aid levels to 0.7% of Gross Domestic Product, as per the Paris Agreement.
- The United States Navy will commission USS Gerald R. Ford, the first ship in a new class of supercarriers.
- The winning nation for the 2022 Winter Olympics will be announced by the IOC.
- Brood XXIII (Lower Mississippi Valley Brood) of the Magicicada will emerge after a 13 year hiatus.
- Cricket World Cup will be played in Australia and New Zealand.
- NASA Solar probe, will orbit the Sun
- ESA Solar Orbiter (SOLO), will orbit the Sun to perform close observations of the polar regions of the Sun
- 2015 is the earliest year the European Space Agency might launch the Darwin Mission to search for exoplanets that could possibly harbor life.
- Tenth season premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Toronto will host the 2015 Pan American Games.
- New Songdo City, South Korea, a high-tech city of 65,000 will be completed.
- A Mass-Transit specific bridge (Caruthers Bridge) will open in Portland, Oregon.
Sports[change | change source]
- 2015 Pan American Games, in Toronto, Canada.
- 2015 Rugby World Cup, in England.
- 2015 Cricket World Cup, in Australia and New Zealand.
Deaths[change | change source]
In fiction[change | change source]
Computer and video games[change | change source]
- Doom: The Union Aerospace Corporation is founded by Thomas Kelliher.
- Star Control: The Small War of 2015 takes place, a war where many of humanity's nuclear weapons were used, and resolved in the isolations of the weapons. It is called the "small war" because it could have been much worse.
- Mega Man 8 and Mega Man & Bass are set in this year.[source?]
- "Jetfighter 2015" (2005)
- Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation: The first Ace Combat installment for the Xbox 360. The game takes place on the Anean continent in a war between Emmeria and Estovakia.
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: The first Metal Gear Solid installment for the PlayStation 3. The game takes place in the Middle East, South America, Eastern Europe, Alaska, and a submersible Ark, takes place in 2015.
Movies[change | change source]
- "Firebird 2015 AD" (1981)
- Dr. Emmett Brown, Marty McFly, and Jennifer Parker travel to October 21 of this year in the movie Back to the Future Part II. According to a holographic newscast, the Chicago Cubs win the World Series against a team from Miami (in which the movie was released in 1989, there were no teams from Miami, until 1993 when the Florida Marlins, a team that plays in Miami was established). Inventions will also include flying cars, self-fitting clothes and shoes, hoverboards (devices similar to skateboards), television goggles, hydrating pizzas, and various other developments. According to the movie, 2015 is also the year Jaws 19 premieres, in holographic 3D without requiring 3D glasses.
- Event Horizon: The first permanent colony will be established on the Moon.
- The 6th Day (2000)
Television[change | change source]
Set in 2015:
- Defenders of the Earth (1986):
- Future GPX Cyber Formula (1991): Hayato Kazami becomes the youngest driver ever in Cyber formula with Sugo Grand Prix.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996): The main events of the series take place in this year.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ("Past Tense," 1995): By 2015, London has its own Major League Baseball team, the London Kings.
- Space: Above and Beyond (1995–1996): Aerospace and defense supplier Aero-Tech is founded.
- 3rd Rock from the Sun: According to Dick Solomon in the episode "Angry Dick", a giant meteor is destined to collide with Earth. When he says this in his physics class and all of his students turn towards him in shock, he adds, "which obviously doesn't exist because I'm kidding!"
Media franchises[change | change source]
- .hack: A fire occurs at the main CC Corp building, resulting in a large loss of data forcing The World to shut down. By splicing in data from what would have been another game, CC Corp is able to rebuild the game system, thus creating The World:R2.
Other fiction[change | change source]
- John Titor, a claimed time traveler from year 2036, said that World War III would begin during 2015 on his world line.
Hit songs[change | change source]
- Get Low - Dillon Francis and DJ Snake
- Pretty Girls - Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea
- Tom's Diner - Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears
- El Perdon - Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias
- I Mean It - G-Eazy and Remo
- I Bet - Ciara
- Infinity - Mariah Carey
- Cheerleader (song) - OMI
- FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney
- Earned It - The Weeknd
- Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
- Honey, I'm Good. - Andy Grammer
- I Really Like You - Carly Rae Jepsen
- Fight Song - Rachel Platten
- Immortals - Fall Out Boy
- Give You What You Like - Avril Lavigne
- Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
- Coming for You - The Offspring
- Rock or Bust - AC/DC
- Failure - Breaking Benjamin
- Jekyll and Hyde - Five Finger Death Punch
- I'm To Blame - Kip Moore
- Girl Crush - Little Big Town
- Going Out Like That - Reba McEntire
- Little Toy Guns - Carrie Underwood
- Little Red Wagon - Miranda Lambert
- Like a Wrecking Ball - Eric Church
- Lose My Mind - Brett Eldredge
- Buy Me a Boat - Chris Janson
- Narwhals - Mr. Weebl
References[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: 2015|
- Договор о Евразийском экономическом союзе
- Kropaitas, Zivile (2015-01-01). "Lithuania joins Baltic neighbours in euro club". BBC News. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30635826. Retrieved 2015-01-01.
- "Ukraine crisis: Leaders agree peace roadmap". BBC. 12 February 2015. http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31435812. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- "Egypt Conducts Airstrikes on Islamic State Targets in Libya". The New York Times. 2015-02-16. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/17/world/middleeast/isis-egypt-libya-airstrikes.html. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
- "ISIL fighters bulldoze ancient Assyrian palace in Iraq". Al Jazeera. 5 March 2015. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/isil-fighters-bulldoze-ancient-assyrian-palace-iraq-150305195222805.html. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- "Reports: ISIS bulldozed ancient Hatra city in Mosul - RiyadhVision". RiyadhVision. 7 March 2015. http://www.riyadhvision.com/2015/03/07/reports-isis-bulldozed-ancient-hatra-city-in-mosul/. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
- "Ancient site Khorsabad attacked by Islamic State: reports". Toronto Star. 8 March 2015. http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/03/08/ancient-site-khorsabad-attacked-by-islamic-state-reports.html. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
- "NASA Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet". NASA. 6 March 2015. http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/march/nasa-spacecraft-becomes-first-to-orbit-a-dwarf-planet/index.html. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- "Nasa's Dawn probe achieves orbit around Ceres". BBC. 6 March 2015. http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31754586. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- "Isis welcomes Boko Haram's allegiance and plays down coalition 'victories'". 12 March 2015. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/12/isis-welcomes-boko-harams-allegiance-and-plays-down-coalition-victories.
- "Germanwings plane 4U 9525 crashes in French Alps - no survivors". BBC. 24 March 2015. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32030270. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
- "Saudi and Arab allies bomb Houthi positions in Yemen". 26 March 2015. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2015/03/saudi-ambassador-announces-military-operation-yemen-150325234138956.html.
- Almasy, Steve; Hanna, Jason (26 March 2015). "Saudi Arabia launches airstrikes in Yemen". http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/25/middleeast/yemen-unrest/.
- "Nepal earthquake: Hundreds die, many feared trapped". April 25, 2015. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-32461019. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
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- "Nepal earthquake: 52 dead, hundreds injured in India, huge damage in bordering areas". Hindustan Times. 25 April 2015. http://m.hindustantimes.com/india-news/earthquake-spells-destruction-in-india-20-feared-dead-houses-damaged/article1-1340918.aspx. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
- "Nepal quake: Hundreds dead, history crumbles, Everest shaken". Associated Press. KSL. 25 April 2015. http://www.ksl.com/?nid=157&sid=34379730. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
- Stanglin, Doug. "Hundreds dead as 7.8 magnitude quake rocks Nepal". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/04/25/nepal-earthquake/26354073. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
- "Rubella (German measles) eradicated from Americas". BBC. 29 April 2015. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32523300. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
- "Learn More About Expo Milano 2015". http://www.expo2015.org/en/learn-more. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
- Russia hits a bump in digital TV road
- "NewSongdoCity". http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/may08/05-09SongdoIDBPR.mspx.