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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 2014.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was David Cameron (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 2014: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2014?


Events

  • 01 Dec 2014 Iraqi insurgency: The Prime Minister of Iraq Haidar al-Abadi promises a crackdown on corruption after an audit shows that there were 50,000 ghost soldiers in the Army. (AFP via ABC News Australia)The Iraq Prime Minister fires 24 Interior Ministry officials while the Islamic State kills at least 15 police officers near the border with Syria. (AP via Daily Mail)
  • 02 Dec 2014 War in Somalia: The Red Cross says that at least 36 people may be dead following an attack in Mandera County in northeastern Kenya. Al-Shabaab militants are believed to be responsible. (Bloomberg via Business Week), (Reuters via New York Times)
  • 03 Dec 2014 Somali Civil War: A suicide bomber attacks a United Nations convoy near Aden Adde International Airport killing six people. (AP) (BBC)
  • 04 Dec 2014 2014 Grozny clashes:: Islamic insurgents kill three state police at a traffic circle before taking an empty school and a "press house" in Grozny. Ten state forces die with 28 injured in gun battles ending with ten insurgents killed. (RT)
  • 05 Dec 2014 Kashmir insurgency:: An attack on a military camp leaves 11 Indian soldiers and police dead near Uri. Eight militants and two civilians are killed in that and concurrent attacks in the state capital, Srinagar, and a part of southern Kashmir. (Reuters)
  • 06 Dec 2014 2014 hostage rescue operations in Yemen: An American civilian and a South African civilian die during an attempt to rescue them by U.S. Navy SEALs in Yemen. They were being held hostage by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. (CNN)
  • 07 Dec 2014 Syrian Civil War: The Israeli Air Force bombs two Syrian Armed Forces bases near Damascus and the town of Dimas, according to Russian and Syrian sources. (BBC News)
  • 08 Dec 2014 Merck agrees to buy "superbug"-fighter Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $9.5 billion. (FOX Business)
  • 09 Dec 2014 An Ansar al-Sharia suicide bomb attack kills seven soldiers at an army base in southern Yemen. (CNN)
  • 10 Dec 2014 The settlement minister of the Palestinian Authority, Ziad Abu Ein, dies after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers during a West Bank protest. (CNN)
  • 11 Dec 2014 Taliban insurgency: A Taliban suicide bomber kills at least six Afghan National Army soldiers in Tangi Tarakhil on the outskirts of Kabul. (AFP via France 24)A suicide bomber attacks a cultural center putting on a play critical of terrorist attacks, killing a German national and wounding 16 others. (Reuters/AFP via ABC News Australia)The Obama Administration orders the closing of the last US-run detention facility in Afghanistan at the Bagram Airfield. (New York Daily News)
  • 12 Dec 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment hack: Sony Pictures Entertainment reportedly shuts production on several sets because of computer network issues regarding employee disbursement of pay following a massive computer hack. (FOX News)
  • 13 Dec 2014 Taliban insurgency: Gunmen assassinate Atiqullah Rawoofi, the head of the Secretariat of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan, in the outskirts of Kabul. (AP)Twenty-one people die in attacks across Afghanistan including two American soldiers. (AP via Washington Post)
  • 14 Dec 2014 Syrian Civil War:: A battle between Bashar al-Assad loyalist forces and Islamist rebels in Aleppo Governorate leave 34 rebels dead and 3 loyalist fighters captured. (EFE via Fox News)
  • 15 Dec 2014 A fire at a karaoke bar in China's Henan province kills at least 11 people. (IANS via The Hindu)
  • 16 Dec 2014 War in North-West Pakistan: 2014 Peshawar school attack: Taliban gunmen storm one of the military-run Army Public Schools in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least 141, including 132 children and nine employees, with most of five hundred students evacuated. (Reuters)(BBC)(The New York Times)The shooting ends with all six gunmen dead. (International Business Times)
  • 17 Dec 2014 War in North-West Pakistan: 2014 Peshawar school attack: Pakistan lifts the moratorium on the death penalty for terror-related cases following the Taliban's assault on a school in Peshawar on Tuesday that killed 141, including 132 children. (The Guardian)
  • 18 Dec 2014 Gumsuri kidnapping: News emerges, after survivors reach the city of Maiduguri, that suspected Boko Haram militants stormed the remote village of Gumsuri in north-eastern Nigeria on December 14, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200. (BBC)
  • 19 Dec 2014 War in North-West Pakistan: The Pakistan Armed Forces conduct operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, killing seventy-seven militants. (AP via Houston Chronicle)
  • 20 Dec 2014 War in North-West Pakistan: The Pakistan Armed Forces attacks two Pakistani Taliban positions near Peshawar, killing 5 militants. (BBC)
  • 21 Dec 2014 British singer-songwriter Elton John converts his domestic partnership with filmmaker David Furnish to marriage. (FOX News)
  • 22 Dec 2014 War in North-West Pakistan: 2014 Peshawar school attack: Following the December 17 announcement that it would lift its moratorium on terror-related death penalty cases, Pakistan announces that it will execute 500 militants in the coming weeks. (AFP)
  • 23 Dec 2014 Insurgency in Northeast India:: December 2014 Assam violence: Attacks on villages in the Indian state of Assam kill dozens of people. Suspicion falls on the insurgents of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland. (NDTV)(Euronews)(Al Jazeera)As a result, India imposes curfew on parts of Assam. (NBC News)
  • 24 Dec 2014 Iraqi insurgency:: A suicide bombing in Madaen among a group of pro-government Sunni militiamen kills at least 33 people and leaves 55 others wounded. (Reuters)
  • 25 Dec 2014 Libyan Civil War (2014–present): A militia attack on a power plant in Sirte leaves at least 19 soldiers dead. (BBC)
  • 26 Dec 2014 War in Donbass: Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels exchange nearly 370 prisoners in the largest such exchange since hostilities began in April this year. (AP via ABC News)
  • 27 Dec 2014 Somali Civil War: A top level Somali al-Shabab militant with a $3m US bounty, Zakariya Ahmed Ismail Hersi, surrenders to police. (BBC)
  • 28 Dec 2014 Boko Haram: The militant organisation Boko Haram attacks a village in Northern Cameroon, leaving an estimated 30 dead. (News24)
  • 29 Dec 2014 War in Somalia: In the latest advance in Operation Indian Ocean, Somali government forces assisted by AMISOM troops capture seven towns in the central Hiran province from Al-Shabaab. (Garowe Online)
  • 30 Dec 2014 Iraqi insurgency: Iraqi government forces and allied Shia militia recapture the town of Dhuluiya in Saladin Province, north of Baghdad, from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (BBC)
  • 31 Dec 2014 Terrorism in Yemen: A suicide bombing in Ibb, Yemen, kills at least 26 people. (Reuters)

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3 Idiots

3 Idiots

Directed by: Rajkumar Hirani

Starring: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi

Country: United States of America

Swades

Swades

Directed by: Ashutosh Gowariker

Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal, Smit Sheth

The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

Directed by: F.W. Murnau

Starring: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz

Country: United States of America

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Starring: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle

Country: United States of America

Being There

Being There

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

Country: United States of America

Books

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The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen

The Andy Cohen Diaries

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A year in the whirlwind life of the beloved pop icon Andy Cohen, in his own cheeky, candid, and irreverent wordsAs a TV Producer and host of the smash late night

Edge Of Eternity by Ken Follett

Edge Of Eternity

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Ken Follett's extraordinary historical epic, the Century Trilogy, reaches its sweeping, passionate conclusion.In Fall of Giants and Winter of the World, Ken Follett followed the fortunes of five international families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they made their way through …

The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

The Cinderella Murder

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In this collaboration between “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and bestselling author Alafair Burke, “the snappy pace, layered characters, and many plot surprises will keep readers guessing in this fascinating

The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Job

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHe’s a charming con man and she’s a dedicated FBI agent, and they’re about to drive each other crazy .

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

The Mistletoe Promise

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A love story for Christmas from the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk.Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season.