I briefly touched on it before, but 2014 started and ended with so much news it was almost hard to sit and take a breath. From international tension to celebrity deaths, 2014 had no shortage of disaster and loss, something that seemed noticeably worse than in years past. While it obviously had its highlights, don’t forget what happened solely because we’re already past it. Let’s enter the new year – the halfway mark of the decade – in remembrance and honor.


Ukrainian protests gain weight. (January 1)

NSA reforms announced by President Obama. (January 17)


Ukrainian protests break out in Kiev. (February 20 – February 28)

Bitcoin problems continue into bankruptcy. (February 25)


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine begins. (March 1)

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappears. (March 8)

Crimea secedes from Ukraine. (March 16)

North Korea exchanges fire with South Korea after test missiles incident. (March 26 – March 31)


230 Nigerian girls go missing, gains international condemnation. (April 14)

Tensions between Palestine and Israel rise with unity deal. (April 23)

Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling banned from NBA for life. (April 29)


Russian-Ukranian tensions collide in Sloviansk. (May 2 – May 15)

Santa Barbara gunman kills six, wounds 13. (May 23)

Sgt. Bergdahl returns to United States. (May 31)


Hamas included within Palestine’s unity deal. (June 2)

Islamic State gains ground, takes control of Mosul. (June 11)

Protests in Hong Kong begin by pro-democracy group Occupy Central. (June 30)


1,130 killed in Ukraine as military takes offensive. (July – August)

Ebola virus infects 1,323 in West Africa. (July – December)

ISIS declares name change, territory. (July 1)

United States and Europe place sanctions on Russia. (July 16)

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashes over Ukraine. (July 17)

Death of Eric Garner by NYPD. (July 17)

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigns. (July 24)

CIA admits to hacking scandal. (July 31)


U.S. launches airstrikes against ISIS; ISIS gains control of Mosul dam. (August; August 7)

Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour ceasefire. (August 5)

Shooting death of Michael Brown. (August 9)

State of Emergency declared in Ferguson, Missouri. (August 16)

ISIS beheads journalist James Foley. (August 19)


ISIS beheads second journalist, Steven Sotloff. (September 2)

Ukrainian ceasefire begins. (September 5)

ISIS beheads British aid worker David Haines. (September 13)

Scotland remains with UK despite independence referendum. (September 18)

White House security breach scandal after man climbs over White House fence. (September 19)

Attorney General Eric Holder resigns. (September 25)

Ebola reaches U.S. with first confirmed case. (September 30)


Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigns after White House security incident. (October 1)

Thomas Eric Duncan, first U.S. ebola patient, dies in Dallas. (October 8)

U.S. launches multiple airstrikes on Kobani in efforts to prevent ISIS’ spread. (October 14)

Canadian soldier killed, Parliament attacked by lone gunman in Ottawa. (October 22)

San Fransisco Giants beat Kansas City Royals to claim third World Series title since 2010. (October 29)

Virgin Galactic ‘space plane’ crashes, one dead. (October 31) 


Riots continue in Mexico City as 43 college students go missing. (November)

Republicans gain Senate majority. (November 4)

ISIS beheads Peter Kassig, 18 Syrian soldiers. (November 16)

Two Palestinians kill five at Jerusalem synagogue. (November 18)

President Obama announces reformed immigration laws. (November 20)

No indictment for Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in shooting death of Michael Brown. (November 24)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigns. (November 24)


No indictment for NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in death of Eric Garner. (December 3)

Protests end in Hong Kong. (December 14)

3 killed, 17 held hostage in Sydney cafe in 16-hour siege. (December 15)

2 NYPD officers killed in squad car, suspect found dead. (December 20)

Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 disappears over Java Sea, wreckage found. (December 28 – December 31)

35 dead after stampede in Shanghai New Year’s Eve celebration. (December 31)

Celebrity Deaths

Maya Angelou, poet. (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

Sid Caesar, actor. (September 28, 1922 – February 12, 2014)

Rubin Carter, boxer.  (May 6, 1937 – April 20, 2014)

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, actor. (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014)

Casey Kasem, radio personality. (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014)

Harold Ramis, actor. (November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014)

Oscar de le Renta, fashion designer. (July 22, 1932 – October 20, 2014)

Joan Rivers, actor. (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014)

Mickey Rooney, actor. (September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014)

Shirley Temple, actor, singer. (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014)

Robin Williams, actor. (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

If I missed anything, please let me know.


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