January 2015 calendar

January 2015

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 2015.
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 January 2015: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2015?


  • 01 Jan 2015 Terrorism in Yemen: The death toll of the suicide bombing in Ibb, Yemen, that occurred on December 31 rises to 49 with the injury count rising to 70. (AFP via Business Standard)
  • 02 Jan 2015 Somali Civil War: Somali al-Shabaab militants attack an army base on the outskirts of Baidoa, killing seven soldiers. (Reuters via Daily Times)
  • 03 Jan 2015 Boko Haram: Fleeing villagers from a remote part of the Borno State report that Boko Haram had three days prior kidnapped around 40 boys and young men. (BBC)
  • 04 Jan 2015 War in North-West Pakistan:: A U.S. drone strike kills eight Uzbek people claimed to be linked with al-Qaeda in Pakistan. (Channel 9 News)The Pakistan Air Force strikes Pakistani Taliban positions in Khyber Agency, Pakistan, killing 31 militants. (Channel 9 News)A bomb detonates at a volleyball match in Orakzai Agency, Pakistan, killing four people and injuring eight. (AFP via The Daily Star)
  • 05 Jan 2015 Libyan Civil War (2014–present): A Libyan warplane bombs a Greek-operated oil tanker anchored offshore the city of Derna, killing two sailors, one Greek and one Romanian. The Greek government condemned what it called an "unprovoked and cowardly" attack and demanded an investigation and punishment for those responsible. (Reuters)
  • 06 Jan 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Clashes with ISIL in Anbar province kill twenty-three Iraqi Army soldiers and allied Sunni fighters. (AP via The Hindu)The Combined Joint Task Force combating ISIL conducts ten airstrikes in Syria, eight of them targeting the contested city of Kobani, with the airstrikes destroying fourteen ISIL fighting positions and a building. (Reuters)
  • 07 Jan 2015 Gunmen attack the Paris office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing twelve people and injuring ten. Some witnesses report that the gunmen identified themselves as belonging to al-Qaeda in Yemen. A 2011 issue had depicted a cartoon of the Islamic prophet Muhammed. (BBC)
  • 08 Jan 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting: One of the suspects in the killings, Hamyd Mourad, voluntarily surrenders to police in Charleville-Mézières while the other two suspects are still at large. (The New York Times) (CNN)On the night of January 7 and morning of January 8, assailants throw grenades and fire guns at three mosques throughout France. (ForeignPolicy.com)
  • 09 Jan 2015 The two suspect brothers take a hostage at a sign printing company, Création Tendance Découverte, in the French town of Dammartin-en-Goële. (AAP via SBS): The standoff ends with the two brothers dead and the hostage released. (CNBC) (BBC) (CNN)
  • 10 Jan 2015 A suicide bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, kills at least seven people. Militants linked to the Taliban and al-Qaeda have previously attacked the country's Shiite minority. (AAP via SBS News)
  • 11 Jan 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting: Thousands of police and military personnel prepare to secure a Paris unity rally with up to a million people expected to attend. (Daily Mail)An arson attack on the German newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost, which published cartoons from Charlie Hebdo, causes no injuries but leads to two arrests. (Reuters via DNA)
  • 12 Jan 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Apparent ISIL computer hackers attack the feeds for the United States Central Command for Twitter and YouTube. (Reuters)
  • 13 Jan 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting: France announces plans to deploy 10,000 troops to protect sensitive sites across the country beginning tonight. (AFP/Reuters via ABC News Australia)
  • 14 Jan 2015 A bomb destroys a transmission tower in Pagalungan leaving much of the Philippine provinces of Maguindanao and North Cotabato without power. (Rappler)
  • 15 Jan 2015 2014 Peshawar school massacre: Afghan security officials arrest five men in Kabul in relation to their suspected involvement in the Pakistan school massacre. (ABC News Australia)
  • 16 Jan 2015 Syrian Civil War: The United States Department of Defense announces that it will send 400 troops to train moderate Syrian rebels in the spring of 2015. (AP)
  • 17 Jan 2015 Terrorism in Yemen: Gunmen abduct the chief of staff to Yemen's president in the center of the capital, Sana'a. It is uncertain if Shiite Houthi rebels or al-Qaeda militants kidnapped Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak. (AP)
  • 18 Jan 2015 Israeli–Lebanese conflict: An Israeli helicopter strike near the border with Syria kills two senior IRGC figures and six members of Hezbollah. (Reuters), (Xinhua)
  • 19 Jan 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants in the town of Kobanî, Syria on the Syria-Turkey border capture the strategic Mishtenur hill killing eleven fighters. (BBC)
  • 20 Jan 2015 Shia insurgency in Yemen: Houthi rebels take over the residence of the President amidst calls by the rebel leader for negotiations to adjust the country's power structure. (The Washington Post)
  • 21 Jan 2015 A Palestinian man from the West Bank, Hamza Muhammad Hassan Matrouk, illegally crosses into Israel for the express purpose to stab people attacking over a dozen Israelis on a bus in central Tel Aviv. Security forces capture the assailant as he continued to indiscriminately stab people in the street. (The New York Times)
  • 22 Jan 2015 War in Donbass:: An explosion near a civilian trolleybus in the city of Donetsk kills at least thirteen people. Separatists and pro-government forces blame each other for the incident. (BBC)
  • 23 Jan 2015 City officials of Glendive, Montana declare that the tap water is safe to consume following the January 17 oil spill in the Yellowstone River. (Mohave Daily News)
  • 24 Jan 2015 War in Donbass:: A rocket attack on an open-air market in Mariupol, Ukraine, leaves at least 27 people killed and more than 90 injured. The pro-Russian rebel leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, announces an offensive on Mariupol. (AP via ABC News) (Al Jazeera) (Reuters)
  • 25 Jan 2015 Moro insurgency in the Philippines: Around 30-50 people die in clashes between the Philippine National Police and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front threatening a peace agreement between the Philippines government and the rebels. (Reuters)
  • 26 Jan 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Kurdish fighters recapture at least 90% of Kobanî, Syria. (CNN)
  • 27 Jan 2015 Libyan Civil War (2014–present): Five gunmen at the Libyan Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli attack with at least ten dead. The hotel was previously the location in 2013 where a former prime minister was abducted. (AP)
  • 28 Jan 2015 Israeli–Lebanese conflict: Following a January 18 airstrike against a Hezbollah convoy, Hezbollah targets an Israeli military convoy near the Lebanon border at the Shebaa farms area, killing two and wounding another seven. While the Israeli military responds with artillery fire upon several South Lebanon border villages and Shebaa Farms, Hezbollah responds with mortar shells. Cross fire fighting kills a Spanish UN peacekeeper in the town of Ghajar. (CNN)(BBC)(Reuters)
  • 29 Jan 2015 2014 Sydney hostage crisis: A coronial inquest into the siege at the Lindt Cafe in the center of Sydney begins. The inquest hears that one hostage was killed by gunman Man Haron Monis while another was killed by fragments of a bullet or bullets fired by New South Wales Police Force officers. (The Australian), (BBC)
  • 30 Jan 2015 Sectarianism in Pakistan: Sunni militants linked to the Pakistani Taliban kill at least 40 people and injure 50 in a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the Shikarpur District of Pakistan's Sindh province. (BBC)
  • 31 Jan 2015 2014–15 Russian military intervention in Ukraine: Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists conduct peace talks as fighting rages in eastern Ukraine. (Reuters)

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Release year: 2015

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Starring: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman



Release year: 2015

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Directed by: John Crowley

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent

Spare Parts

Spare Parts

Release year: 2015

Directed by: Sean McNamara

Starring: George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carlos PenaVega, Marisa Tomei


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Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Being Mortal


Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, NPR, and Chicago Tribune, now in paperback with a new reading group guideMedicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, …

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl


THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROn a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand



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Humans Of New York by Brandon Stanton

Humans Of New York


Based on the blog with more than four million loyal fans, a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs and stories capturing the spirit of a cityNow an instant #1

Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good by Jan Karon

Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good


From the author of the Mitford books including Come Rain or Come Shine:Welcome back home to Mitford. We’ve been waiting for you…After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from the …