Photographs marking the biggest events of the year...
In January, the world was shocked to its core with the news of shootings
in the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The
attackers killed 11 people and injured 11 more. On January 11th, around 2
million people met in Paris for a rally of national unity, and the
phrase ‘Je Suis Charlie’ become a common slogan for the support of
victims and their families.
This year's Academy Awards saw Eddie Redmayne take the golden statue for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The prize for Best Actress went to Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Best Supporting Actor to JK Simmons (Whiplash), and Best Supporting Actress to Patricia Arquette (Boyhood).
On March 12th, fantasy author Terry Pratchett died at the age of 66 due to his early onset Alzheimer's disease. He was best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels, and has sold more than 85 million books worldwide.
On March 20th, a solar eclipse was visible all over Europe. Whilst they occur once or twice a year, it is rare that we can see them on our continent. The next visible eclipse in Europe will be on August 12th, 2026
On April 25th, an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude devastated the country of Nepal, killing over 9,000 people and injuring more than 23,000. Hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless as their villages were shaken to the ground. The aftershocks continued to kill, including a particularly violent shock of 6.7 magnitude on May 12th.
On May 2nd, the world welcomed the birth of Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, the first daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
In May, the nation was gripped in political furore as the General Election took place. Despite opinion poll predictions, the Conservative party won majority vote on May 7th, and David Cameron remained Prime Minister. The Scottish National Party became the third largest party in the Commons, led by Nicola Sturgeon.
As the headlining act for Sunday, Lionel Richie performed to an estimated 100,000 people at Glastonbury Festival. Fans turned up to the Pyramid Stage with flags and t-shirts to hear him sing hits such as 'All Night Long', 'Three Times A Lady' and 'Hello'.
After five years of economic problems, Greeks voted against austerity proposals of Greece's European lenders in July. The Greek banks began to run out of money, leaving many impoverished and the country in a state of economic disrepair.
The New Horizons probe, launched in 2006, arrived on the Pluto this July, making it the first spacecraft to explore the dwarf planet,
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Decades after it was written, Go Set A Watchman, the sequel to Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill A Mockingbird, was published this July, . The news of the book's release drove the world into a frenzy, and it became the most preordered book since Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.
In July, Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, graced the iconic cover of Vanity Fair for her first magazine cover as a woman. The former US Olympic athlete and step-father to the Kardashian clan confirmed plans to transition into a woman in an interview earlier this year.
Celebrated entertainer Cilla Black died on August 1st from a traumatic head injury caused by a fall at her holiday home in the Costa del Sol, Spain. Cilla rose to fame in the 1960s, becoming the first woman to host a primetime chat show on BBC1 and releasing two number one hits in 1964, 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' and 'You're My World'.
In August, Mo Farah became the first man in history to achieve the 'triple double', winning three successive 5,000m titles and gold in both long distance events at the Olympics and World Championships. That's a lot of medals, Mo!
A harrowing photograph of a drowned Syrian child shook the world as the refugee crisis reached new heights. European borders struggled to accommodate some 380,000 people fleeing from various nations including Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia this year compared to 216,000 last year.
In September, Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn was elected the new head of the Labour party, winning a huge 59.5% of the vote.
Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond franchise, was unveiled to the world at a glamorous premiere in London's Royal Albert Hall on October 26th. Leading actor Daniel Craig was joined by Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci in the blockbuster, which broke box office records upon release.
After years of waiting, the world went into a frenzy upon the release of Adele's first single in three years, 'Hello'. The ballad went number one in 28 countries, and broke Vevo viewing records previously held by Miley Cyrus.
At the end of October, New Zealand's rugby team make history by beating Australia and retaining their Rugby World Cup title.
The royals were in attendance at the annual Silence in the Square event, held by the Royal British Legion, to show their support for the brave men and women in the armed forces.
On November 13th, heinous acts of terrorism on the streets of Paris shook the world to its core. 130 people at various locations in the French capital were massacred at the hands of ISIS terrorists. A number of monuments around the world lit up blue, white and red to show solidarity.
On November 30th, the Duchess of Cambridge thrilled the world by releasing two photos of a 6-month old Princess Charlotte, shot by Mario Testino.
We all took a collective sigh as the Cambridge's released their Christmas family portrait to the world in December.