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2014 (MMXIV) is a common year starting on Wednesday in the Gregorian calendar, and is the current year. It is the 2014th year in the Common Era and Anno Domini designations, and the 14th year in the 3rd millennium and 21st century. It is also the 5th year of the 2010s decade.
- 1 Events
- 2 Predicted and scheduled events
- 3 Major holidays and dates
- 4 Deaths
- 5 In fiction
- 6 Hit songs
- 7 References
- January 1 - Latvia begins using the Euro.
- January 1 - Greece assumes the six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
- January 1 - Bill de Blasio becomes Mayor of New York City.
- January 5 - Legendary Portuguese footballer Eusébio dies from heart failure at the age of 71.
- January 6 - Severe cold weather hits the upper area of North America, which includes Canada and the United States. Record-breaking weather is recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois. Several people are killed because of the cold weather.
- January 10 - Former Prime Minister of Poland Zbigniew Messner died from a heart attack. He was 84 years old.
- January 11 - Former Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon dies at the age of 85, over eight years after suffering a stroke that left him in a coma.
- January 25 - A shooting breaks out at a mall in Maryland. Four people are killed including the gunman. Police officers disarmed explosive devices in gunman's bag.
- January 27 - Juan Orlando Hernández is elected to be Honduras' new President. He succeeds Porfirio Lobo Sosa.
- January 27 - Legendary folk musician, Pete Seeger, dies from natural causes in New York City at the age of 94.
- January 29 - Bohuslav Sobotka becomes the new Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.
- January 29 - Scientists in Japan announce that shocking blood cells with acid could also trigger the transformation into stem cells, a process far easier than producing IP cells. The cells are termed STAP (Stimulus-Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotency) cells.
- February 2 - Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dies from a drug-overdose in Manhattan, New York. He was 46 years old.
- February 4 - The Klallam language becomes extinct after its last native speaker, Hazel Sampson, died at 103.
- February 7 - The inauguration of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is held.
- February 10 - Award-winning actress and diplomat Shirley Temple dies from COPD at 85.
- February 13 - Belgium becomes the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia without any age limits.
- February 14 - Prime Minister of Italy Enrico Letta loses a vote of confidence in parliament.
- February 15 - Tammam Salam becomes Prime Minister of Lebanon and announces the formation of a new government.
- February 22 - Ukranian president Viktor Yanukovich flees to Kharkov as parliament votes to impeach him as part of the Euromaidan protests.
- February 22 - Mexico's most wanted drug-cartel Joaquín Guzmán Loera is captured and arrested near Mexico City.
- February 22 - Oleksandr Turchynov becomes acting President of Ukraine after Viktor Yanukovich is forced-out of office because of Euromaidan.
- February 22 - Matteo Renzi becomes Prime Minister of Italy.
- February 23 - The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi end. The closing ceremony is held, and Russia wins the most gold medals.
- February 23 - Alice Herz-Sommer, world's oldest living Holocaust survivor dies in London. She was 110 years old.
- February 24 - Actor and movie director Harold Ramis, who appeared in Ghostbusters, died in Chicago from a heart defect. He was 69 years old.
- 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 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappears over the Gulf of Thailand with 239 people onboard.
- March 9 - Mohammed Fahim, Vice President of Afghanistan serving since 2009, dies from a heart attack in Kabul. The Afghan government calls for a three day mourning period.
- March 11 - Michelle Bachelet becomes the new President of Chile.
- March 11 - The Republic of Crimea declares its independence from Ukraine and Russia.
- March 16 - A referendum on the status of Crimea is held.
- March 18 - Chechnyan Islamic terrorist Dokka Umarov is declared dead by the Russian government.
- March 21 - Russia formally annexes Crimea after President Vladimir Putin signed a bill finalizing the annexation process.
- March 22 - A large mudslide east of Oso, Washington, kills 41 people, 4 were seriously injured, and 2 are missing.
- March 23 - Adolfo Suárez, former Prime Minister of Spain, dies from a respiratory infection after a nine year battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81 years old.
- March 24 - The Malaysian government and airline officials announce that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia. All 239 passengers are presumed dead.
- March 24 - The Madrid–Barajas Airport, Madrid's largest airport, is renamed to the Adolfo Suárez, Madrid–Barajas Airport to honor the late Prime Minister of Spain Adolfo Suárez.
- March 27 - The United Nations General Assembly passes Resolution 68/262, recognizing Crimea within Ukraine’s international borders and underscoring the invalidity of the 2014 Crimean referendum.
- March 29 - Andrej Kiska was elected to become the new President of Slovakia.
- March 31 - Manuel Valls becomes the new Prime Minister of France. He succeeds Jean-Marc Ayrault.
- March 31 - Adolfo Suárez's state funeral was held in Madrid.
- March 31 - North Korea and South Korea exchange fire across the disputed western sea border after North Korea held live fire drills in seven parts of the area.
- 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 3 - Nobel Prize laureate, Gabriel García Márquez, is hospitalized in Mexico for a respiratory and urinary tract infection.
- April 5 - Presidential elections are held in Afghanistan.
- April 6 - Mickey Rooney, legendary silent movie actor, dies at 93.
- April 8 - Windows XP reaches its end-of-life and is no longer supported by Microsoft.
- April 10 - In response to the 2014 Crimean crisis the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) passes a resolution, with 145 votes in favor, to temporarily strip Russia of its voting rights, the rights to be represented in the Bureau of the Assembly, the PACE Presidential Committee, the PACE Standing Committee and the right to participate in election-observation missions.
- April 16 - A South Korean ferry capsizes and sinks of the coast of Jindo County. 25 people are killed and about 300 are missing.
- April 17 - Gabriel García Márquez dies of pneumonia in Mexico City. He was 87 years old.
- April 18 - A massive avalanche hits Mount Everest killing 16 people and injuring 9.
- April 27 - The Catholic Church canonizes Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday.
- April 29 - Golden Globe Award-winning actor, Bob Hoskins, dies of pneumonia at the age of 71.
- May 2 - A pair of massive mudslides occur in Argo District, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, burying estimated 2,500 people.
- 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 10 - Eurovision Song Contest is held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Conchita Wurst of Austria wins with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix".
- May 20 - Terrorists in Nigeria detonate bombs at Jos, killing 118 people.
- May 22 - The Royal Thai Army overthrows the caretaker government of Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan after a failure to resolve the political unrest in Thailand.
- May 22 - 25 - Elections to the European Parliament are held, with far-right parties making gains.
- May 25 - Poland's last Communist leader Wojciech Jaruzelski dies aged 90.
- May 25 - Petro Poroshenko is elected President of Ukraine.
- May 26 - Narendra Modi is sworn in as Prime Minister of India.
- May 28 - Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is elected President of Egypt.
- May 28 - Maya Angelou, civil rights activist and poet, dies at 86.
- May 30 - Jay Carney resigns as White House Press Secretary.
- May 31 - Peter Mutharika is elected President of Malawi.
- Early June - Hundreds of people are killed in a flooding disaster in Afghanistan.
- June 2 - Juan Carlos I of Spain announces that he is abdicating the throne as King of Spain in favor of his son Felipe, Prince of Asturias.
- June 2 - Telangana becomes India's 29th state.
- June 4 - 3 RCMP officers are shot and killed in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
- June 5 onwards - A Sunni extremist group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attempts to take control of Baghdad in order to overthrow the Shiite government of Nouri al-Maliki.
- June 6 - Commemorations are held to mark 70 years since the D-Day landings.
- June 7 - Petro Poroshenko is sworn in as President of Ukraine.
- June 8 - Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is sworn in as President of Egypt.
- June 10 - Reuven Rivlin is chosen as the next President of Israel.
- June 12 - The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil begins.
- June 15 - Andrej Kiska becomes President of Slovakia.
- June 15 - Legendary American disc jockey and voice of Shaggy Rogers, Casey Kasem, dies at 82.
- June 18 - The Spain national football team, defending champion, is knocked out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the group stage by the Chile national football team.
- June 19 - King Felipe VI of Spain is officially sworn in, succeeding his father, King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
- June 24 - Former President of Venezuela, Ramón José Velásquez, dies at 97.
- June 24 - Veteran character actor, Elie Wallach, dies at 98.
- June 26 - Former United States Senator of Tennessee and White House Chief of Staff, Howard Baker, dies at 86.
- July 1 - Italy assumes the six-month Presidency of the European Union.
- July 7 - Alfredo Di Stéfano, legendary FIFA soccer player, dies at 88.
- July 7 - Former President of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, dies at 86.
- July 8 - Operation Protective Edge, an offensive launched on the Palestinian Gaza Strip by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), begins, starting with numerous missile strikes, following growing tensions between Israel and Hamas following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.
- July 11 - Legendary drummer Tommy Ramone, last living member of The Ramones, dies of cancer at 65 years old.
- July 11 - American journalist and ally of John F. Kennedy, John Seigenthaler, dies at 86.
- July 13 - The final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup was held in Rio de Janeiro. Germany defeats Argentina.
- July 13 - Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize-literate and anti-apartheid writer, dies at 90.
- July 16 - Legendary American guitarist, Johnny Winter, dies at 70.
- 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 17 - Elaine Stritch, legendary Broadway actress, dies at 89.
- July 19 - Veteran American actor, James Garner, dies of a heart attack at 86.
- July 21 - The United Nations Security Council adopts Resolution 2166 in response to the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
- July 23 - The 2014 Commonwealth Games begins in Glasgow, Scotland.
- July 24 - Air Algérie Flight 5017 crashes in Mali, killing all 116 people on board.
- July 24 - Reuven Rivlin became President of Israel.
- July 30 - Julio Grondona, President of the Argentine Football Association, dies at 82.
- August 1 - Footballer and Belarusian football coach, Valyantsin Byalkevich, dies of a blood clot at 41.
- August 3 - The 2014 Commonwealth Games ends in Glasgow, Scotland.
- August 4 - James Brady, former White House Press Secretary under the Ronald Reagan administration and gun activist, survived the Attempted assassination on President Reagan, dies at 73.
- August 5 - American general, Harold J. Greene, is killed by an Afghan soldier while traveling to a facility. He becomes the first high ranking general to be killed since the September 11 attacks.
- August 8 - The United States Military begins a series of air strikes in northern Iraq to stem the flow of ISIS militants.
- August 11 - Comedian and Academy Award-winning actor, Robin Williams, commits suicide at his home in Tiburon, California. He was 63 years old.
- August 12 - Legendary Hollywood actress, Lauren Bacall, dies from a massive stroke in New York City. She was 89 years old.
- August 19 - American photojournalist, James Foley, is beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as revenge for the U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.
- August 20 - Yoga guru, B. K. S. Iyengar, dies at 95.
- August 24 - British Academy Award-winning director, Richard Attenborough, dies at the age of 90 in London.
- August 25 - The New Horizons probe arrives at Neptune after nearly 9 years of travelling in space. Coincidentally, this is also 25 years since Voyager 2 arrived at Neptune. This will be the last milestone before it reaches Pluto on July 14th 2015.
- September 2 - It is presumed that American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff is beheaded by the militant group Islamic State.
- September 4 - Legendary comedienne and actress, Joan Rivers, dies in New York City from heart failure at the age of 81.
- September 9 - Apple announces three new products: the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch.
- September 18 - The Scottish independence referendum is held. The majority of people vote no (55.3%) and 44.7% vote yes.
- September 26 - September 28 - The Ryder Cup golf tournament is held at Gleneagles, Scotland.
- October 16 - Apple announces the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3.
- October 19 - The Roman Catholic Church makes Pope Paul VI a saint.
- October 23 - Some parts of the world experience a partial solar eclipse.
- November 2 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases the last part of the Fifth Assessment Report.
- November 12 - The Rosetta spacecraft's Philae space probe lands on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Predicted and scheduled events
- Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers will be delivered to the Royal Navy.
- The United States Open Championship golf tournament will be held in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
- The Masdar City is scheduled to be completed. Its goal is to be the world's first fully sustainable, zero-carbon, and zero-waste city.
- The International Cometary Explorer, a NASA solar probe that was re-tooled for a mission to explore comets, will approach Earth 31 years after leaving its gravitational influence. Unless it is again reactivated for a new mission, it has enough propellant to be re-captured in the Earth system and potentially recovered. It has already been donated to the Smithsonian Institution if it is ever recovered.
- The United States Government ban on incandescent lightbulbs to take effect.
- The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report is scheduled to appear.
- The earliest date at which the Evergreen Line could be completed. The planned Skytrain line would link Lougheed Town Centre Station to Coquitlam Centre.
- The second theatrical installment of SpongeBob SquarePants will roll out in theatres.
Major holidays and dates
- January 6 - Epiphany Christian celebration
- January 7 - Orthodox Christmas
- February 1 – Imbolc (Celebrated on February 2 in some places)
- March 4 – Shrove Tuesday
- March 5 – Ash Wednesday
- March 17 – St. Patrick's Day
- March 20 – Spring Equinox
- April 13 - Palm Sunday
- April 18 - Good Friday
- April 20 – Easter Sunday
- April 21 - Easter Monday
- May 1 – May Day
- June 21 – Summer solstice, also known as Midsummer
- August 1 – Lammas
- September 23 – Fall Equinox
- October 4 – Eid al-Adha
- October 23 - Diwali (Hinduism)
- November 1 – All Saints Day and Samhain
- November 30 - First Sunday of Advent
- December 21 – Winter solstice
- December 25 – Christmas
- In the Supernatural episode "The End", the angel Zachariah sends Dean Winchester to this year to convince him to be a host for Michael. In this future, the Croatoan virus has spread across the world, Sarah Palin is president, and Sam Winchester is the host for Lucifer.
- In Desperate Housewives, Edie Britt dies and her ashes scattered across Wisteria Lane.
Computer and video games
- Mega Man VI and Mega Man VII are set in this year, and Mega Man: The Power Battle are set in the end of 2014.[source?]
- Soldiers of Anarchy (2002)
- Shattered Union: The Second American Civil War begins in this year.
- North American Conflict: The "Can-Am War" starts on June 12, with a U.S. invasion of Canada.
- Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (2007)
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008)
Anime and manga
- Neon Genesis Evangelion some events in this series take place.
- Alien Nine (2001)
- One of the time arcs in 20th Century Boys takes place in 2014.
- No Predjudice - Pollaponk
- El Perdedor - Enrique Iglesias and Marco Antonio Solis
- Step By Step - Mayday
- #Selfie - The Chainsmokers
- Can't Remember To Forget You - Shakira and Rihanna
- Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson
- Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
- The Days - Avicii
- Bound 2 - Kanye West
- Trophies - Young Money and Drake
- Pills N Potions - Nicki Minaj
- Fancy - Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX
- Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz
- Drunk In Love - Beyonce and Jay-Z
- Problem - Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea
- Waves - Mr Probz
- Baby Don't Lie - Gwen Stefani
- Steal My Girl - One Direction
- Adore You - Miley Cyrus
- Perfume - Britney Spears
- Rise Like a Phoenix - Conchita Wurst
- Maybe - Valentina Monetta
- Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
- This Is How We Do - Katy Perry
- I Will Never Let You Down - Rita Ora
- Break Free - Ariana Grande and Zedd
- All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
- Boom Clap - Charli XCX
- Riptide - Vance Joy
- Hello Kitty - Avril Lavigne
- Fever - The Black Keys
- Dragonaut - Judas Priest
- Cupid Carries A Gun - Marilyn Manson
- House of the Rising Sun - Five Finger Death Punch
- Guilty All the Same - Linkin Park and Rakim
- The Devil in I - Slipknot
- Calm After the Storm - The Common Linnets
- Burnin' It Down - Jason Aldean
- Day Drinking - Little Big Town
- Automatic - Miranda Lambert
- It'z Just What We Do - Florida Georgia Line
- Give Me Back My Hometown - Eric Church
- Songs About Trucks - Wade Bowen
- Clockwork - Easton Corbin
- Drunk on a Plane - Dierks Bentley
- Until I Met You - Sundy Best
- Traveling Alone - Jason Isbell
- Pray for Peace - Reba McEntire
- Home Sweet Home - Justin Moore and Vince Neil
- Something in the Water - Carrie Underwood
- Gallagher, James (January 29, 2014). "Stem cell 'major discovery' claimed". BBC News. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25917270. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
- "Belgium's parliament votes through child euthanasia". BBC News. 2014-02-13. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26181615. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
- Watkins, Tom; Carter, Chelsea J. (March 8, 2014). "Search intensifies for Malaysian airliner and 239 people, rescue ships head to sea". CNN. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/07/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane-missing. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
- "Ukraine crisis: EU ponders Russia sanctions over Crimea vote". BBC News. March 17, 2014. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26607466. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- "Russia officially annexes Crimea away from Ukraine with signature from Vladimir Putin". AP via CBS News. March 21, 2014. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-annexes-crimea-away-from-ukraine-with-signature-from-vladimir-putin/. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
- "PACE Deprives Russia Of Voting Rights". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. April 10, 2014. http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-ukraine-pace-/25327665.html. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- Smith-Spark, Laura; Gallagher, Delia; Wedeman, Ben (April 27, 2014). "Sainthood for John Paul II and John XXIII, as crowds pack St. Peter's Square". CNN. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/27/world/pope-canonization/?hpt=hp_t2. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
- "Afghanistan landslide: Rescuers end search for survivors". BBC News. 2014-05-03. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27268860. Retrieved 2014-05-03.
- Maria Cheng (2014-05-05). "UN: Spread of Polio is a World Health Emergency". The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/05/polio-spread-un_n_5266849.html. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
- "Boko Haram Attack Kills Hundreds In Border Town". The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/07/boko-haram-attack_n_5279662.html. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- "Military 'takes control' in Thailand". BBC. 22 May 2014. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27517591. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- "IDF starts Gaza ground offensive". The Jerusalem Post. 2014-07-17. http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/IDF-intensifies-Gaza-attacks-with-artillery-fire-air-strikes-363289. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
- "Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Officials say plane shot down over Ukraine". http://www.cbsnews.com/news/reports-malaysian-passenger-plane-crashes-in-ukraine/.
- "Resolution 2166 (2014)". United Nations. http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/RES/2166%282014%29. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- "'Disintegrated' Air Algerie plane found with no survivors; 'black box' recovered". CNN. July 26, 2014. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/25/world/africa/air-algerie-crash/. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
- "Energy Savers Blog | A Bright Idea: New Efficiency Standards for Incandescent and Fluorescent Lights". Eereblogs.energy.gov. 2009-07-21. http://www.eereblogs.energy.gov/energysavers/post/A-Bright-Idea-New-Efficiency-Standards-for-Incandescent-and-Fluorescent-Lights.aspx. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
- "Energy for America's Future". Georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov. http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/infocus/energy/. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
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- IPCC website