2014

A year has gone by… blah-blah … and the usual commonplace remarks.

What happened this year 2014:

January

  • January 7 – Record cold temperatures are being recorded across the Midwest and eastern United States.  20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit below average in parts of Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Nebraska. In Brimson, Minnesota, the temperature fell to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In New York, the temperature dropped by nearly 50 degrees over a few hours on Monday. ( -53 °C)

  • January 16 – Egyptian constitutional referendum, the new constitution was approved by 98.1% of voters. Turnout was 38.6%

  • January 22 – The Geneva II Conference on Syria took place in Montreux, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 1,870 people died across Syria during the nine days of the conference.

February

  • February–ongoing – The Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa begins, infecting over 19,000 people and killing at least 7,000 people, the most severe both in terms of numbers of infections and casualties.

  • February 2 – Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor, died.

  • February 7–23 – The XXII Olympic Winter Games are held in Sochi, Russia.

  • February 13 – Belgium becomes the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia for terminally ill patients of any age.

  • February 22 – The Ukrainian parliament votes to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from office, replacing him with Oleksandr Turchynov, after days of civil unrest left around 100 people dead in Kiev.

  • February 26–ongoing – The pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine leads to the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and an insurgency in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

March

 

  • March 5 – Nicolás Maduro, the President of Venezuela, severs diplomatic and political ties with Panama, accusing Panama of being involved in a conspiracy against the Venezuelan government.

  • March 8 – Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 airliner en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, disappears over the Gulf of Thailand with 239 people on board. The aircraft is presumed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean.

  • March 9 –  Kim Jong-un was elected unopposed to the Supreme People’s Assembly. At 31 years of age, he is the first North Korean leader born after the country’s founding and the world’s youngest head of state.

  • March 16 – A referendum on the status of Crimea is held.
  • March 21 – Russia formally annexes Crimea after President Vladimir Putin signed a bill finalizing the annexation process.

  • March 24 – During an emergency meeting, the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Germany, France, Japan, and Canada temporarily suspend Russia from the G8.
  • March 27 – The United Nations General Assembly passes Resolution 68/262, recognizing Crimea within Ukraine’s international borders and rejecting the validity of the 2014 Crimean referendum.

  • March 31 – The United Nations International Court of Justice rules that Japan’s Antarctic whaling program is not scientific but commercial and forbids grants of further permits.

April

  • April 10 – In response to the 2014 Crimean crisis, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) passes a resolution to temporarily strip Russia of its voting rights; its rights to be represented in the Bureau of the Assembly, the PACE Presidential Committee, and the PACE Standing Committee; and its right to participate in election-observation missions.

  • April 14 – An estimated 276 girls and women are abducted and held hostage from a school in Nigeria. #BringBackOurGirls

  • April 16 – Korean ferry MV Sewol capsizes and sinks after an unmanageable cargo shift, killing more than 290 people, mostly high school students.

  • April 27 – The Catholic Church simultaneously canonizes Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

  • April 28 – United States President Barack Obama’s new economic sanctions against Russia go into effect, targeting companies and individuals close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • April 29 – An annular solar eclipse, the center of the moon’s shadow misses the south Pole of the Earth, but the partial eclipse will be visible from parts of Antarctica and Australia.

May

  • May 5 – The World Health Organization identifies the spread of poliomyelitis in at least 10 countries as a major worldwide health emergency.

  • May 5 – Boko Haram militants kill approximately 300 people in a night attack on Gamboru Ngala.

  • May 6-10 – The Eurovision Song Contest took place in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • May 16 – The forces loyal to General Haftar launched a large scale air and ground offensive codenamed Operation Dignity (Amaliya al-Karamah) against Islamist armed groups in Benghazi

  • May 20 – Terrorists in Nigeria detonate bombs at Jos, killing 118 people.

  • May 21 –  The Libyan uprising was described by the Washington Post as the most serious challenge to the Libyan authorities since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

  • May 22 – The Royal Thai Army overthrows the caretaker government of Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan after a failure to resolve the political unrest in Thailand.

  • May 28 – Maya Angelou, American poet and author, died.

June

  • June 5–ongoing – A Sunni militant group called the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (also known as the ISIS or ISIL) begins an offensive through northern Iraq, aiming to capture the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad and overthrow the Shiite government led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

  • June 12 – July 13 – The 2014 FIFA World Cup is held in Brazil, and is won by Germany.

  • June 19 – King Juan Carlos I of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, who ascends the Spanish throne as King Felipe VI.

July

  • July 8–August 26 – Amid growing tensions between Israel and Hamas following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June and the revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager in July, Israel launches Operation Protective Edge on the Palestinian Gaza Strip starting with numerous missile strikes, followed by a ground invasion a week later. In 7 weeks of fighting, 2,100 Palestinians and 71 Israelis are killed.
  • July 17 – After a five-hour humanitarian ceasefire, Israel confirms the beginning of a ground offensive in Gaza.

  • July 17 – Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (Boeing 777) crashes in Ukraine, after being shot down by a missile. 298 people die, including 15 crew members.
  • July 21 – The United Nations Security Council adopts Resolution 2166 in response to the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

  • July 23 – Having been refloated, the ship Costa Concordia commenced its final journey under tow and a 14 ship escort at a speed of 2 knots to be scrapped in Genoa. It arrived at port on 27 July, after a 4 day journey.

  • July 24 – Air Algérie Flight 5017 crashes in Mali, killing all 116 people on board.

August

  • August 7 – Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan are found guilty of crimes against humanity and are sentenced to life imprisonment by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

  • August 8 – The United States military begins an air campaign in northern Iraq to stem the influx of ISIS militants.

  • August 11 – Robin Williams, American actor and comedian, died.

  • August 25 – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft crosses Neptune orbit en route to historic pluto encounter.

September

  • September 18 – In Scotland took place the Scottish independence referendum, the “No” side won, with 2,001,926 (55.3%) voting against independence and 1,617,989 (44.7%) voting in favour.

  • September 22 – The United States and several Arab partners begin their airstrike campaign in Syria.

  • September 26 – The 2014 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, to be held in Cape Town from 13 to 15 October, is suspended after a boycott of Nobel Laureates to protest the third time refusal of a visa to the 14th Dalai Lama by a South African Government “kowtowing to China”.

October

  • October 19 – The Oort cloud comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) passed the planet Mars very closely. After its discovery, there was thought to be a chance of a collision with Mars, but this possibility was excluded when its orbit was determined more accurately.

  • October 31 – Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré resigns after widespread protests in response to the attempt in abolishing presidential term limits.

November

  • November 2 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases the final part of its Fifth Assessment Report, warning that the world faces “severe, pervasive and irreversible” damage from global emissions of CO2.

  • November 12 – The Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae probe successfully lands on Comet 67P, the first time in history that a spacecraft has landed on such an object.

December

  • December 2 – For the first time in history, the leaders of the world’s major religions gathered in the Vatican for the eradication of modern slavery.

  • December 15-16 – a lone gunman, Man Haron Monis, held hostage ten customers and eight employees of a Lindt chocolate café located at Martin Place in Sydney.

  • December 16 – Seven members of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) conducted a terrorist attack on the Army Public School in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. They entered the school and opened fire on school staff and children, killing 145 people, including 132 schoolchildren, ranging between eight and eighteen years of age.

  • December 17 – U.S. President Barack Obama announces the resumption of normal relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

  • December 28 – Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 disappears on a flight between Surabaya, Indonesia and Singapore with 162 people aboard. The plane is later found to have crashed in the Java Sea off the coast of Borneo.

Deaths

  • January 9
    • Amiri Baraka, American poet (b. 1934)
    • Dale T. Mortensen, American Nobel economist (b. 1939)
  • January 15
    • John Dobson, American amateur astronomer (b. 1915)
    • Roger Lloyd-Pack, British actor (b. 1944)
  • January 16 – Hiroo Onoda, Japanese army officer (b. 1922)
  • January 20 – Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (b. 1933)
  • January 23 – Riz Ortolani, Italian film composer (b. 1926)
  • January 26 – José Emilio Pacheco, Mexican poet and writer (b. 1939)
  • January 27 – Pete Seeger, American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist (b. 1919)
  • January 31 – Miklós Jancsó, Hungarian film director (b. 1921)
  • February 1
    • Luis Aragonés, Spanish football player and coach (b. 1938)
    • Maximilian Schell, Austrian-Swiss actor (b. 1930)
  • February 2 – Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor (b. 1967)
  • February 10
    • Stuart Hall, Jamaican-British sociologist (b. 1932)
    • Shirley Temple, American actress and diplomat (b. 1928)
  • February 11 – Alice Babs, Swedish singer (b. 1924)
  • February 12 – Sid Caesar, American actor (b. 1922)
  • February 19 – Valeri Kubasov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1935)
  • February 23 – Alice Herz-Sommer, Czech-British pianist (b. 1903)
  • February 24 – Harold Ramis, American film director, writer, and actor (b. 1944)
  • February 26 – Paco de Lucía, Spanish guitarist (b. 1947)
  • March 1 – Alain Resnais, French film director (b. 1922)
  • March 14 – Tony Benn, British politician and diarist (b. 1925)
  • March 18 – Lucius Shepard, American writer (b. 1942)
  • March 21 – James Rebhorn, American actor (b. 1948)
  • March 23 – Adolfo Suárez, 138th Prime Minister of Spain (b. 1932)
  • March 27 – James R. Schlesinger, American economist and politician (b. 1929)
  • March 31 – Frankie Knuckles, American disk jockey and record producer (b. 1955)
  • April 1 – Jacques Le Goff, French historian (b. 1924)
  • April 6 – Mickey Rooney, American actor (b. 1920)
  • April 8 – Karlheinz Deschner, German activist and writer (b. 1924)
  • April 10 – Sue Townsend, British novelist and playwright (b. 1946)
  • April 13 – Ernesto Laclau, Argentine political theorist (b. 1935)
  • April 16 – Gyude Bryant, Liberian politician (b. 1949)
  • April 17 – Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian Nobel writer (b. 1927)
  • April 24
    • Hans Hollein, Austrian architect (b. 1934)
    • Tadeusz Różewicz, Polish poet and playwright (b. 1921)
  • April 29 – Bob Hoskins, British actor (b. 1942)
  • May 2 – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor (b. 1918)
  • May 3 – Gary Becker, American Nobel economist (b. 1930)
  • May 6 – Farley Mowat, Canadian author (b. 1921)
  • May 17 – Gerald Edelman, American Nobel biologist (b. 1929)
  • May 18
    • Dobrica Ćosić, Serbian writer and politician, President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (b. 1921)
    • Wubbo Ockels, Dutch astronaut and physicist (b. 1946)
    • Gordon Willis, American cinematographer (b. 1931)
  • May 28 – Maya Angelou, American poet and author (b. 1928)
  • May 29 – Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor (b. 1928)
  • May 31 – Martha Hyer, American actress (b. 1924)
  • June 1 – Valentin Mankin, Ukrainian sailor, Olympic triple champion and silver medalist (b. 1938)
  • June 2 – Alexander Shulgin, American pharmacologist and chemist (b. 1925)
  • June 9 – Rik Mayall, British comedian, writer and actor (b. 1958)
  • June 11
    • Ruby Dee, American actress, poet, and playwright (b. 1922)
    • Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Spanish conductor and composer (b. 1933)
  • June 15
    • Casey Kasem, American radio host and voice actor (b. 1932)
    • Daniel Keyes, American author (b. 1927)
  • June 18
    • Stephanie Kwolek, American chemist (b. 1923)
    • Horace Silver, American jazz pianist and composer (b. 1928)
  • June 24
    • Ramón José Velásquez, Venezuelan historian, journalist and politician (b. 1916)
    • Eli Wallach, American actor (b. 1915)
  • June 25 – Ana María Matute, Spanish author (b. 1925)
  • June 26 – Howard Baker, American politician and diplomat (b. 1925)
  • June 27 – Bobby Womack, American singer-songwriter (b. 1944)
  • June 30  – Paul Mazursky, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
    • Željko Šturanović, Prime Minister of Montenegro (b. 1960)
  • July 11
    • Charlie Haden, American jazz bassist (b. 1937)
    • Tommy Ramone, Hungarian-American drummer and producer (b. 1949)
    • John Seigenthaler, American journalist (b. 1927)
  • July 13
    • Lorin Maazel, French-American conductor and violinist (b. 1930)
    • Nadine Gordimer, South African Nobel writer (b. 1923)
  • July 16 – Johnny Winter, American singer and guitarist (b. 1944)
  • July 17
    • Henry Hartsfield, American colonel and astronaut (b. 1933)
    • Elaine Stritch, American actress and singer (b. 1925)
  • July 19
    • David Easton, Canadian-American political scientist (b. 1917)
    • James Garner, American actor (b. 1928)
  • August 8
    • Menahem Golan, Israeli filmmaker (b. 1929)
    • Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (b. 1929)
  • August 11
    • Pierre Ryckmans, Belgian diplomat and author (b. 1935)
    • Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (b. 1951)
  • August 12 – Lauren Bacall, American actress (b. 1924)
  • August 13 – Frans Brüggen, Dutch musician (b. 1934)
  • August 19 – Simin Behbahani, Iranian poet (b. 1927)
  • August 21
    • Robert Hansen, American serial killer (b. 1939)
    • Albert Reynolds, Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) (b. 1932)
  • August 24 – Richard Attenborough, British actor and film director (b. 1923)
  • August 28 – Glenn Cornick, British bass guitarist (b. 1947)
  • September 1 – Gottfried John, German actor (b. 1942)
  • September 4
    • Gustavo Cerati, Argentine singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1959)
    • Donatas Banionis, Lithuanian actor (b. 1924)
    • Joan Rivers, American comedian, actress, and television host (b. 1933)
  • September 5 – Wolfhart Pannenberg, German theologian (b. 1928)
  • September 7 – Yoshiko Ōtaka, Chinese-Japanese actress, singer, and politician (b. 1920)
  • September 10 – Richard Kiel, American actor (b. 1939)
  • September 12 – Joe Sample, American pianist and composer (b. 1939)
  • September 15 – Nicholas Romanov, Prince of Russia (b. 1922)
  • September 20
    • Anatoly Berezovoy, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1942)
    • Polly Bergen, American actress (b. 1930)
  • September 24 – Christopher Hogwood, English conductor, writer, and musicologist (b. 1941)
  • September 28 – Dannie Abse, British poet (b. 1923)
  • September 30 – Martin Lewis Perl, American Nobel physicist (b. 1927)
  • October 6
    • Igor Mitoraj, Polish sculptor (b. 1944)
    • Marian Seldes, American actress (b. 1928)
  • October 7 – Siegfried Lenz, German writer (b. 1926)
  • October 9 – Jan Hooks, American actress and comedian (b. 1957)
  • October 14 – Elizabeth Peña, American actress (b. 1959)
  • October 16 – John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough, British peer and educator (b. 1926)
  • October 17 – Masaru Emoto, Japanese author (b. 1943)
  • October 20 – Oscar de la Renta, Dominican-American fashion designer (b. 1932)
  • October 23 – Tullio Regge, Italian physicist and academic (b. 1931)
  • October 25 – Jack Bruce, British rock bassist (b. 1943)
  • November 1 – Wayne Static, American guitarist and vocalist (b. 1965)
  • November 2 – Acker Bilk, British jazz clarinetist (b. 1929)
  • November 3 – Gordon Tullock, American economist and academic (b. 1922)
  • November 10 – Ken Takakura, Japanese actor (b. 1931)
  • November 12 – Warren Clarke, English actor (b. 1947)
  • November 13 – Alexander Grothendieck, German-French mathematician (b. 1928)
  • November 14
    • Eugene Dynkin, Russian-American mathematician and academic (b. 1924)
    • Glen A. Larson, American television producer and writer (b. 1937)
  • November 16 – Serge Moscovici, Romanian-French psychologist (b. 1925)
  • November 19 – Mike Nichols, German-born American director (b. 1931)
  • November 26 – Sabah, Lebanese singer and actress (b. 1927)
  • November 27 – P. D. James, English writer and life peer (b. 1920)
  • November 28 – Chespirito, Mexican actor and comedian (b. 1929)
  • December 3 – Ian McLagan, British musician (b. 1945)
  • December 5 – Queen Fabiola of Belgium (b. 1928)
  • December 6 – Ralph H. Baer, American video game pioneer (b. 1922)
  • December 8 – Knut Nystedt, Norwegian composer (b. 1915)
  • December 18 – Virna Lisi, Italian actress (b. 1936)
  • December 21
    • Udo Jürgens, Austrian composer and singer (b. 1934)
    • Billie Whitelaw, English actress (b. 1932)
  • December 22
    • Joe Cocker, English singer (b. 1944)
    • Joseph Sargent, American film director (b. 1925)

Nobel Prizes

  • Chemistry – Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and W. E. Moerner
  • Economics – Jean Tirole
  • Literature – Patrick Modiano
  • Peace – Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai
  • Physics – Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura
  • Physiology or Medicine – John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser

86th Academy Awards

  • Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave – Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner,Steve McQueen, and Anthony Katagas
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity
  • Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club as Ron Woodroof
  • Best Actress: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine as Jeanette “Jasmine” Francis
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club as Rayon
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave as Patsey
  • Best Original Screenplay: Her – Spike Jonze
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave – John Ridley from Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  • Best Animated Feature: Frozen – Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, and Peter Del Vecho
  • Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty (Italy) in Italian – Paolo Sorrentino
  • Best Documentary – Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom – Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen (posthumous award), and Caitrin Rogers
  • Best Documentary – Short Subject : The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life – Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
  • Best Live Action Short Film: Helium – Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
  • Best Animated Short Film: Mr Hublot – Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
  • Best Original Score: Gravity – Steven Price
  • Best Original Song: “Let It Go” from Frozen – Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • Best Sound Editing:  Gravity – Glenn Freemantle
  • Best Visual Effects: Gravity – Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould

Top 10 global trending searches of 2014:

  1. Robin Williams
  2. World Cup
  3. Ebola
  4. Malaysia Airlines
  5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  6. Flappy Bird
  7. Conchita Wurst
  8. ISIS
  9. Frozen
  10. Sochi Olympics

May all your weight loss aspirations be fulfilled in the New Year!

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