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2015 (MMXV) was a common year starting on Thursday in the Gregorian calendar.

Events

January

Charlie-Hebdo-2015-11
12 people are killed and 11 injured in the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris

February

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Members of the Danish press react to the spree-shooting in Denmark
  • 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

March

Dawn Flight Configuration 2
Dawn becomes the first spacecraft to orbit around a dwarf planet

April

May

Earthquake Leads Office Evacuation - Ashram - Sector-V - Salt Lake City - Kolkata 2015-05-12 7051
People evacuate after a massive earthquake hits Nepal

June

White House rainbow colors to celebrate June 2015 SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling
The White House honors the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States
  • June 2FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces his intention to resign amidst an FBI-led corruption investigation, and calls for an extraordinary congress to elect a new president as soon as possible.
  • June 78 – The 41st G7 summit is held in Schloss Elmau, Bavaria.
  • June 2526ISIL claim responsibility for four attacks around the world during the Ramadan:
  • June 26 – After the Supreme Court ruling, the United States legalizes gay marriage across the nation.
  • June 30
    • A Lockheed C-130 Hercules operated by the Indonesian Air Force crashed into a crowded residential neighborhood in Medan shortly after take-off from Soewondo Air Force Base, killing 143 people including 22 others on the ground, marking the second-deadliest air disaster to ever occur in Medan and the deadliest crash in Indonesian Air Force peacetime history.

July

President Obama Meets with President Castro
Raúl Castro and Barack Obama restore full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba
  • July 1 – Greek government-debt crisis: Greece becomes the first advanced economy to miss a payment to the International Monetary Fund in the 71-year history of the IMF.
  • July 14
    • NASA's New Horizons spacecraft performs a close flyby of Pluto, becoming the first spacecraft in history to visit the distant world.
    • Iran agrees to long-term limits of its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
  • July 20Cuba and the United States reestablish full diplomatic relations, ending a 54-year stretch of hostility between the nations.
  • July 24Turkey begins a series of airstrikes against PKK and ISIL targets after the 2015 Suruç bombing.

August

September

Elizabeth II in Berlin 2015
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in United Kingdom history

October

November

13 November 2015 Paris attacks - montage
ISIS attacks the city of Paris in a mass shooting
  • November 7 – Chinese and Taiwanese presidents, Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou, formally meet for the first time.
  • November 13 – Multiple terrorist attacks claimed by the terrorist group ISIS (ISIL) in Paris, France, result in 139 deaths.
  • November 24Syrian Civil War: Turkey shoots down a Russian fighter jet in the first case of a NATO member destroying a Russian aircraft since the 1950s.
  • November 30 – The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) is held in Paris, attended by leaders from 147 nations.

December

  • December 12 – A global climate change pact is agreed at the COP 21 summit, committing all countries to reduce carbon emissions for the first time.
  • December 21 – After a mass corruption scandal, the FIFA committee suspended its president Sepp Blatter for 7 years thus forcing him to resign.
  • December 22SpaceX lands a Falcon 9 rocket, the first reusable rocket to successfully enter orbital space and return.

Predicted events

Unknown dates

  • 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

Deaths

In fiction

Computer and video games

  • 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.
  • "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

  • "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

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

  • .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


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