December 2014 calendar

December 2014

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2014?


  • 01 Dec 2014 Iraqi insurgency. Haidar al-Abadi, the Prime Minister of Iraq, promises to crack down on corruption. An audit revealed that there were 50,000 ghost soldiers within the Army. (AFP via ABC News Australia). The Iraq Prime Minister dismisses 24 Interior Ministry officials, while the Islamic State kills at most 15 police officers close to the border with Syria.
  • 02 Dec 2014 War in Somalia: According to the Red Cross, at least 36 people could have been killed in an attack on Mandera County, northeastern Kenya. Al-Shabaab militants may be to blame. (Bloomberg via Business Week).
  • 03 Dec 2014 Somali Civil War: Six people are killed when a suicide bomber targets a United Nations convoy close to Aden Adde International Airport.
  • 04 Dec 2014 2014 Grozny clashes - Three state police officers are killed at a traffic circle by Islamic insurgents. They then take over a school and "press house" in Grozny. Gun battles end with 10 insurgents being killed and ten state forces dying.
  • 05 Dec 2014 Insurgency in Kashmir: A terrorist attack on a military camp near Uri leaves 11 Indian soldiers and police officers dead. In that attack, eight militants and two civilians were killed.
  • 06 Dec 2014 Hostage rescue operation in Yemen 2014: A South African civilian and an American civilian were killed in an attempt by U.S. Navy Seals to rescue them. They were held hostage in the Arabian Peninsula by al-Qaeda.
  • 07 Dec 2014 Syrian Civil War: According to Russian and Syrian sources, the Israeli Air Force bombed two bases of the Syrian Armed Forces near Damascus as well as Dimas.
  • 08 Dec 2014 Merck buys Cubist Pharmaceuticals, a "superbug"-fighter, for $9.5 billion
  • 09 Dec 2014 Seven soldiers are killed in a suicide bombing attack by Ansar al-Sharia at a southern Yemeni army base.
  • 10 Dec 2014 Ziad Abu Ein dies as the Palestinian Authority's settlement minister after an encounter with Israeli soldiers at a West Bank protest.
  • 11 Dec 2014 Taliban insurgency: At least six soldiers of the Afghan National Army are killed by a suicide bomber in Tangi Tarakhil, on the outskirts Kabul. (AFP via France 24,) A suicide bomber attacked a cultural center that was staging a play about terrorist attacks. One German national was killed and 16 others were injured. (Reuters/AFP via ABC News Australia: The Obama Administration orders closing the Bagram Airfield, the last US-run Afghan detention facility.
  • 12 Dec 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment hack: Sony Pictures Entertainment shuts down production of several sets due to computer network problems regarding employee pay disbursement. This follows a huge computer hack.
  • 13 Dec 2014 Taliban insurgency. Gunmen assassinate Atiqullah Rohoofi, head of the Secretariat of Afghanistan's Supreme Court, in the outskirts of Kabul. (AP) Twenty-one people are killed in terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, including two American soldiers.
  • 14 Dec 2014 Syrian Civil War: 34 rebels were killed and three loyalist fighters were captured in a battle between Bashar Al-Assad loyalist forces, and Islamist rebels at Aleppo Governorate.
  • 15 Dec 2014 At least 11 people are killed in a fire at a karaoke venue in China's Henan Province.
  • 16 Dec 2014 War in North-West Pakistan: 2014 Peshawar school massacre: Taliban gunmen stormed one of the military-run Army Public Schools of Peshawar in Pakistan, killing at most 141 people, including 132 children, and nine employees. Most of the five hundred students were evacuated. All six gunmen are killed in the shooting.
  • 17 Dec 2014 After the Taliban's attack on Peshawar school on Tuesday, which killed 141 people including 132 children, the Pakistani moratorium on death penalty in terror-related cases is lifted.
  • 18 Dec 2014 Gumsuri kidnapping news: After survivors reach Maiduguri, it is reported that Boko Haram militants attacked the remote village Gumsuri in northwestern Nigeria on December 14, killing at most 33 and kidnapping around 200.
  • 19 Dec 2014 War in North-West Pakistan: Seventy-seven militants were killed by the Pakistan Armed Forces during operations in Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
  • 20 Dec 2014 War in North-West Pakistan: Five militants are killed when the Pakistan Armed Forces attack two Taliban positions near Peshawar.
  • 21 Dec 2014 Elton John, a British singer-songwriter, marries David Furnish, a filmmaker.
  • 22 Dec 2014 War in North-West Pakistan: School attack in Peshawar, 2014.
  • 23 Dec 2014 Insurgency in Northeast India: December 2014 Assam violence. Hundreds of Assam residents were killed in attacks on their villages. The insurgents of National Democratic Front of Bodoland are suspected. (NDTV),(Euronews) (Al Jazeera). As a result, India imposes curfew in parts of Assam.
  • 24 Dec 2014 At least 33 people were killed and 55 more injured in a suicide bombing by Sunni militiamen who were pro-government in Madaen.
  • 25 Dec 2014 Libyan Civil War (2014-2018): At least 19 soldiers were killed in a militia attack on a power station in Sirte.
  • 26 Dec 2014 War in Donbass: Ukraine-Russian rebels trade nearly 370 prisoners in the largest exchange of hostilities since April, this year.
  • 27 Dec 2014 Somali Civil War: Zakariya Ahmed Hersi, a top Somali al-Shabab militant, surrenders under arrest.
  • 28 Dec 2014 Boko Haram: A militant group called Boko Haram attacked a village in Northern Cameroon. It left an estimated 30 people dead.
  • 29 Dec 2014 War in Somalia: The latest advance in Operation Indian Ocean saw the Somali government forces, assisted by AMISOM troops, capture seven towns from Al-Shabaab's central Hiran province.
  • 30 Dec 2014 Iraqi insurgency. The Iraqi government forces and allied Shia militia retook Dhuluiya, Saladin Province, north of Baghdad from the Islamic State of Iraq.
  • 31 Dec 2014 Terrorism in Yemen: At least 26 people are killed in a suicide bombing at Ibb (Yemen).
  • 03 Dec 2014 The Japanese space agency, JAXA, launches the space explorer Hayabusa2 from the Tanegashima Space Center on a six-year round trip mission to an asteroid to collect rock samples.
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