Here is a list of the top stories for 2015:
— Islamist groups (ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, etc.) continue to cause havoc across the globe. ISIS is especially notorious, ranging from its executions (e.g. burning people alive, drowning people) to terrorist attacks, including the terrorist attacks in Paris, Chattanooga, and San Bernardino.
— Germanwings Flight 9525 is deliberately crashed by co-pilot Andrea Lubitz in the French Alps, killing everyone aboard. An investigation reveals that Lubitz had psychological problems, including having suicidal thoughts.
— A couple of earthquakes hit Nepal during the spring, causing mass destruction and resulting in many deaths in Nepal and its neighbors.
— Same-sex marriages are legalized in Ireland, while the United States Supreme Court rules that the states cannot ban same-sex marriages.
— The United States and Cuba resume diplomatic relations after 54 years.
— The Obama Administration and governments of other nations approve the Iranian Nuclear Deal, despite the objections of the Israeli Government and from conservatives in Congress.
— A series of mass shootings in the United States take place, including a shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, and a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Such shootings spark debates over gun control, abortion, and the Confederate Flag.
— The death of Taliban Mohammed Omar is confirmed. It was revealed that he died in 2013.
— Black Lives Matter continues it protests over police shootings, particularly Baltimore and Chicago (where Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy resigned). Meanwhile, college campuses experience protests, the issues ranging from race relations to the cost of college tuition.
— A climate change agreement is reached in Paris, despite the previous winter storms (which in turn prove the Earth is undergoing a cooling period instead of a warming period).
— John Boehner resigns from his position as Speaker of the House, and is succeeded by Paul Ryan.
— Despite the Republicans having control of both houses of Congress, a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill is passed, thus giving a blank check to the Obama Administration in regards to government spending. The bill (which no one bothered to read) has drawn intense criticism from the American people.
— Many celebrities died in 2015, including the following: Leonard Nimoy, B.B. King, Christopher Lee, Dick Van Patten, Omar Sharif, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Wes Craven, Yogi Berra, Fred Dalton Thompson, Dusty Rhodes, Moses Malone, Yvonne Craig, and Robert Loggia.
— Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is born, thus becoming the second child of Prince William and Princess Kate.
— The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX amidst controversial play-calling and allegations of cheating.
— Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes the highest-grossing opening film of all time, earning $689.4 worldwide.
Happy New Year to everyone.