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2014 Major Events


2014 Major Events

Like they say, “One can like it or hate it, but cannot ignore it.” Here is a list of events that created ruffles and dominated the  world headlines in 2014.


  • The freezing experience – Polar Vortex (January)


  • Latvia officially adopts the euro as its currency (January)


  • Facebook bought Whatsapp for 19 billion US dollars  (February)


  • Matteo Renzi became the youngest Prime Minister of Italy (February)


  • Thai General Elections (February)
  • The Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa (February)
  • The Sochi (Russia) winter Olympics (February)


  • Belgium became the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia for terminally ill patients of any age  (February)


  • The Ukrainian parliament votes to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from office, replacing him with  Oleksandr  Turchynov after days of civil unrest in Kiev (February)
  • The pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine lead to the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and an insurgency in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (February)
  • The Malaysian airplane that went missing with over 200  passengers on board (March)
  • During an emergency meeting, the United Kingdom,  the United States, Italy, Germany France, Japan and Canada temporarily suspend Russia from the G8 (March)
  • An estimated 276 girls and women abducted and held hostage  from a school in Nigeria (April)


  • National Elections in India, Narendra Modi sworn in as the new Prime Minister (May)
  • South Korea ferry disaster (May)


  • Turkey mine accident (May)


  • The World Health Organization identifies the spread  of poliomyelitis in at least 10 countries as a major worldwide  health emergency (May)
  • Terrorists in Nigeria detonate bombs killing 118 people (May)
  • Google purchased satellite imaging firm Skybox Imaging for  $ 500 million (June)


  • Germany wins the FIFA World Cup held in Brazil (July)


  • Air Algerie Flight 5017, crashed in Mali killing 116 people on board (July)


  • The Israel conflict with Hamas in Gaza (July)


  • Airplane with 298 passengers on board that was shot down by Ukraine (July)


  • Scottish 2014 Common-wealth Games (Jul-Aug)


  • Panama Canal Centenary Celebration (August)


  • Robin Williams commits suicide (apparently) (August)


  • The United States and several Arab partners begin airstrike campaign in Syria (September)


  • Kashmir floods in India (September)


  • India’s Mars satellite ‘Mangalyaanenters Orbit (Septemeber)


  • Scottish Independence Referendum (September)


  • South Korea 2014, Asian Games (September)


  • The Roman Catholic Church beatifies Pope Paul VI (October)


  • European Spacecraft Rosetta landed on Comet (November)


  • Australian cricketer Phil Hughes death (November)

  • 25th Anniversary of the ‘Fall of the Berlin Wall’ (November)


  • Alibaba breaks Sales record $ 9 billion Singles’ Day in China (November)


  • Michael Schumacher brought home for further rehabilitation  from the hospital after his ski accident. Reports said that he was ‘paralysed and in a wheelchair’; he ‘cannot speak and has memory problems’ (November)

  • 2014 Hong Kong protests (Sept-Dec)


  • Nasa’s Orion Spacecraft launches on Exploration Flight Test-1 (December)
  •  Taliban attacks in a military school in Peshawar, Pakistan (December)


  • Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (December)


  • Ukrainian Parliament, Rada, on 24 December 2014 overwhelmingly adopted a bill that enables the country to join  North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) (December)
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