2014 had a lot of unfortunate things happen around the world. In Africa, the most widespread outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history happened, and in northern Iraq and eastern Syria, ISIS took over.
While that was going on, somewhere over the South China Sea, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared with 239 people on board, which generated the wildest conspiracy theories of the year (maybe even the decade), including wild claims relating to alien abduction.
On top of all that, beloved movie star Robin Williams died at the age of 63.
But 2014 wasn’t all negative, it had its fair share of good things! Millions of people, including celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Bill Gates & Mark Zuckerberg, participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, raising millions of dollars for charities associated with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).
It was also the year when Guardians of the Galaxy premiered, introducing one of the most adorable characters in the Marvel Universe, Baby Groot.
Oh, and Kim and Kanye got married in Italy, holding no expenses whatsoever and spending an impressive $12 million on their special day!
Continue reading to immerse yourself in the events, news highlights, music sensations, memorable quotes, and the lives we mourned in the year 2014.
Join us as we rewind to 2014 and relive the exhilarating moments that made it a year to remember.
A bus plunged 400ft from a cliff in Malshej Ghat, India, killing thirty people.
The bus collided with a lorry resulting in the driver losing control. The bus then fell into a 400 ft deep gorge and split open on the rocky ground.
The Thaicom 6 satellite was launched into Earth’s orbit atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
The satellite, owned and operated by Thaicom Public Company Limited, is a geostationary communications satellite with an expected mission duration of fifteen years. The $160 million satellite provides coverage for a wide area, which includes Africa, Madagascar, and Southeast Asia.
NASA revealed water vapor had been discovered on dwarf planet Ceres.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first non-Spanish player to captain Real Madrid.
The vice president of Google, Susan Wojcicki, became the CEO of YouTube.
Ellen Page received a standing ovation after her emotional coming out speech at the Human Rights Campaign “Time to Thrive.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to college students in Jakarta, Indonesia, about the looming threat of Climate Change.
He talked of the urgency needed to address the issue and the dangers of interest groups who willfully deny the dangers it poses.
The oldest piece of Earth was found at a sheep ranch in Western Australia.
The fragment is an ancient crystal, and scientists date it back to around 4.4 billion years ago.
Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared with 239 people on board.
The flight was from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and the last contact they had with air traffic control was around 38 minutes after takeoff. The plane was never found.
Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” premiered in Los Angeles.
Pop singer-songwriter Sia released her hit single “Chandelier.”
The single reached the top 5 on record charts in 20 countries, including France, Poland, Norway, Australia & New Zealand.
Manny Pacquiao reclaimed WBO welterweight boxing title after defeating Timothy Bradley.
Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West” was released to theaters.
It was MacFarlane’s first live-action role on the big screen.
The video for Psy’s Gangnam Style reached two billion views on YouTube.
The Supreme Court of the United States decided on the rule that police cannot examine the contents of a cell phone without a search warrant.
Marvel’s superhero movie “Guardians of the Galaxy” premiered in Hollywood, Los Angeles, US.
The World Health Organization announced the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Protesting and riots began in Missouri following the death of African American man, Michael Brown.
Brown was shot down dead by police on August 9, which sparked riots the following day. As a result, 321 protestors were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri.
Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani became the world’s first woman to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics.
Burger King agreed to buy out the donut chain Tim Hortons for $11 billion.
Asteroid 2014 RC passed safely by Earth at a distance of 24,800 miles away.
The 72 feet (22 meters) wide asteroid was one of the closest asteroids to pass by earth.
Barbra Streisand’s album “Partners” was released, featuring duets with many hugely famous male artists.
The all-male line-up included artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Billy Joel, John Legend, Andrea Bocelli, and Lionel Richie.
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson received a standing ovation for her gender inequality speech at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, US.
The Indian Space Research Organization’s Mars Orbiter Mission probe reached Mars’ orbit after 298 days.
This event was even more extraordinary as it was not just the first time an Asian nation’s spacecraft reached Mars’ orbit but the first time any space agency reached Mars’ orbit on its first attempt.
A data breach at JP Morgan Chase and six other institutions caused 83 million accounts to be compromised.
A Spanish nurse became the first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa.
The cause was blamed on substandard PPE.
The Serbia v Albania qualifying match for the UEFA Euro soccer cup was canceled mid-game.
The match was canceled 42 minutes into the game after fans from both sides repeatedly burst onto the playing field and started fights. However, Serbia was awarded the win, as Albania refused to continue playing after fans attacked their players. Both teams were fined €100,000.
Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album, “1989.”
1989 won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammy Awards in 2016. This made Swift the first female solo artist to win Album of the Year twice.
The One World Trade Center opened on the original World Trade Center site.
The epic science fiction film Interstellar was released.
With a runtime of 169 minutes, Interstellar is one of Christopher Nolan’s most memorable movies.
The Rosetta Philae became the first-ever probe to land on a moving comet.
The European Space Agency developed the space probe and landed on the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet after traveling for over a decade.
The legislation was passed, allowing females to be appointed as bishops of The Church of England.
NASA successfully launched Exploration Flight Test 1 to test the Orion crew module.
The flight was completed without a crew to test the various systems aboard the module to ensure safe passage for future astronauts. The Orion spacecraft is set to return humans to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo mission at some point in the 2030s.
A ban on diesel cars was called for in France.
In order to reduce pollution, the Mayor of Paris called for a ban on diesel cars in Paris by 2020, in addition to creating pedestrian-only neighborhoods.
The CIA Torture Report was released.
This report detailed the CIA’s use of torture on detainees between 2001 and 2006. This report was over 6,700 pages long, describing the history of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.
A civil rights protest march in Washington, D.C., took place.
As a call to attention to unarmed black citizens being wrongfully killed by police, thousands protested for the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement in D.C.
Here’s a glimpse at a few famous people who bid us farewell in 2014.
Here’s a roundup of the most memorable quotes people said in 2014.
I can control my destiny, but not my fate. Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street. I believe we all have the choice as to whether we fulfil our destiny, but our fate is sealed.
I have from the very beginning listened to my instinct. All of my best decisions in life have come because I was attuned to what really felt like the next right move for me.
American TV Host
2014 In Music
2014 brought us a diverse range of musical gems that had us tapping our feet and singing along from the very first note!
From the catchy beats of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams to the heartfelt ballad “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith, these songs tugged at our heartstrings and had us grooving to the rhythm all year long.
Here are some music highlights from 2014 that are worth remembering.
Album of the Year
Daft Punk’s electrifying and genre-blending album “Random Access Memories” left a lasting impression in 2014, winning them the Grammy for Album of the Year.
Song of the Year
Lorde’s mesmerizing hit “Royals” took the world by storm in 2014, winning her the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
Best New Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ unique blend of hip-hop and pop won them the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2014, leaving a lasting impact on mainstream music.
Eurovision Song Contest Winner
In 2014, the 59th Eurovision Song Contest unfolded in Copenhagen, Denmark, bringing together an impressive lineup of talented performers.
Conchita Wurst, a captivating artist from Austria, stole the show with her unforgettable song “Rise Like a Phoenix,” showcasing her unique style and vocal prowess.
2014 in Numbers
Let’s dive into some interesting number facts! In Roman numerals, 2014 is MMXIV, and in binary, it’s 11111011110.
Chinese Zodiac 2014
There are twelve Chinese zodiac signs, which cycle through and change every year, and for 2014, it was the Year of the Horse.
The Chinese zodiac isn’t just animals though, they also include five elements, Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water. This makes 2014 the Year of the Wood Horse, which only comes along once every sixty years.
In the Chinese zodiac system, the Year of the Horse in 2014 actually began on January 31st, marking the unique lunar-based New Year celebration.
People born in the Year of the Horse are energetic, outgoing, and adventurous. They have a strong desire for freedom and love exploring new horizons, embracing life with enthusiasm and spontaneity.
Among the famous people born in the Years of the Horse, we find Emma Watson, Finn Wolfhard and Machine Gun Kelly.
In 2014, a photo on Facebook received 100 million likes, the first time this milestone was achieved since the platform’s creation.
The photo itself was of legendary singer and songwriter Shakira posing at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio, Brazil, where the FIFA World Cup was held that year.