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 is in Yemen: The death count from the suicide bombing at Ibb (Yemen) on December 31 rose to 49, with the injury count climbing to 70.
  • 02 Jan 2015 Somali Civil War: Seven soldiers are killed when Somali al-Shabaab militants attacked an army base near Baidoa.
  • 03 Jan 2015 Boko Haram: A group of fleeing villagers in a remote area of Borno State reported that Boko Haram had just three days earlier kidnapped approximately 40 young men and boys.
  • 04 Jan 2015 War in North-West Pakistan: Eight Uzbeks are killed in a drone strike by the United States. They were believed to have been linked with al-Qaeda in Pakistan. (Channel 9 News). The Pakistan Air Force struck the Taliban positions in Khyber Agency of Pakistan, killing 31 militants. (Channel 9 News). A bomb explodes at a volleyball match in Orakzai Agency in Pakistan, killing four and injuring eight.
  • 05 Jan 2015 Libyan Civil War (2014-2018): A Libyan warplane attacks an oil tanker operated by Greece off the coast of Derna. It kills two sailors, one Greek, and one Romanian. The Greek government condemned the "unprovoked, cowardly" attack and demanded that those responsible be punished.
  • 06 Jan 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - Twenty-three Iraqi Army soldiers and Sunni fighters were killed in clashes with ISIL in Anbar Province. (AP via The Hindu). The Combined Joint Task Force fighting ISIL conducts ten strikes in Syria. Eight of these airstrikes target the contested city Kobani. The airstrikes destroy fourteen ISIL fighting positions as well as a building.
  • 07 Jan 2015 Twelve people were killed and ten others injured when gunmen attacked the Paris office for the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Witnesses claim that the gunmen claimed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda in Yemen. An issue from 2011 featured a cartoon depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammed.
  • 08 Jan 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting: Hamyd Mourad is one of the suspects in the murders. The other two suspects remain at large. (The New York Times) (CNN). On the night of January 7, and morning of January 8, three mosques in France were attacked by assailants who fire guns and throw grenades at them.
  • 09 Jan 2015 Two suspect brothers hold a hostage at Creation Tendance Decouverte's sign printing business in Dammartin-en-Goele, France. (AAP via SBS: The standoff ends with both the brothers being killed and the hostage being released.
  • 10 Jan 2015 At least seven people were killed in a suicide bombing attack on a Shiite mosque, Rawalpindi (Pakistan). Al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked militants have attacked the country's Shiite population before.
  • 11 Jan 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting: Police and military personnel gather thousands of troops and police to ensure a Paris unity rally, which could attract up to one million people. (Daily Mail). An arson attack on Hamburger Morgenpost in Germany, which published cartoons by Charlie Hebdo's cartoons, results in two arrests.
  • 12 Jan 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - Apparent ISIL computer hackers attack the United States Central Command's Twitter and YouTube feeds
  • 13 Jan 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting, France announces plans for 10,000 troops to guard sensitive sites in the country starting tonight.
  • 14 Jan 2015 A bomb detonates a transmission tower at Pagalungan, leaving most of the Philippine provinces (Maguindanao and North Cotabato) without power.
  • 15 Jan 2015 2014 Peshawar school massacre: Five Afghan security officers arrest five men in Kabul for their involvement in the massacre of Pakistani schoolchildren.
  • 16 Jan 2015 Syrian Civil War: The United States Department of Defense announced that 400 troops will be sent to Syria to train moderate rebels in the spring 2015.
  • 17 Jan 2015 Terrorism in Yemen - Gunmen kidnap the chief of staff of Yemen's president in Sana'a, the capital. It is not clear if Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak was kidnapped by Shiite Houthi rebels, or al-Qaeda militants.
  • 18 Jan 2015 Conflict between Israel and Lebanon: Two senior IRGC officials were killed in a helicopter attack near Syria's border. Six Hezbollah members were also killed. (Reuters),
  • 19 Jan 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Kurdish fighters fighting Islamic State militants in the Syrian town of Kobani on the Syria-Turkey border, capture the strategic Mishtenur Hill killing eleven.
  • 20 Jan 2015 Shia insurgency: Houthi rebels seize the Presidential residence amid calls from the rebel leader to negotiate changes in the country's power structures.
  • 21 Jan 2015 Hamza Muhammad Hassan Matrouk (a Palestinian man from West Bank) illegally crosses into Israel to attack over a dozen Israelis riding on a bus in Tel Aviv. As he continued to stab people on the streets, security forces captured the attacker.
  • 22 Jan 2015 War in Donbass : An explosion close to a civilian trolleybus in Donetsk causes the deaths of at least 13 people. The incident was blamed by both pro-government and separatist forces.
  • 23 Jan 2015 Glendive, Montana officials declare that tap water is safe after the oil spillage in the Yellowstone River on January 17.
  • 24 Jan 2015 War in Donbass - A rocket attack on a Mariupol open-air market, Ukraine, has left at least 27 dead and more than 90 others injured. Alexander Zakharchenko (pro-Russian rebel leader) announces an offensive against Mariupol.
  • 25 Jan 2015 Insurgency Moro in the Philippines: Approximately 30-50 people are killed in clashes between Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Moro Islamic Liberty Front (MOLF). These clashes threaten a peace deal between the Philippines government, the rebels and the government.
  • 26 Jan 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - Kurdish fighters retake at least 90% of Kobani in Syria
  • 27 Jan 2015 Libyan Civil War (2014-present). Five gunmen attacked the Libyan Corinthia Hotel, Tripoli. At least ten people were killed. In 2013, a former prime Minister was taken hostage at the hotel.
  • 28 Jan 2015 Conflict between Israel and Lebanon: Hezbollah attacks an Israeli military convoy at the Shebaa farm area. The attack was launched following a January 18 airstrike on a Hezbollah convoy. Two people were killed and seven others were injured in the airstrike. The Israeli military responds by firing artillery on several villages along the South Lebanon border and Shebaa Farms Farms. Hezbollah then responds with mortar shells. A Spanish UN peacekeeper killed in cross fire fighting in Ghajar.
  • 29 Jan 2015 2014 Sydney hostage crisis: Coronial inquiry into the siege of the Lindt Cafe in central Sydney begins. According to the inquest, one hostage was shot and killed by Man Haron Monis, while another was injured by bullets fired from New South Wales Police Force officers. (The Australian),
  • 30 Jan 2015 Sectarianism and violence in Pakistan: Sunni militants affiliated to the Pakistani Taliban killed at least 40 people, injure 50 others in a bombing attack on a Shiite mosque in Shikarpur District in Pakistan's Sindh Province.
  • 31 Jan 2015 2014-15 Russian military intervention into Ukraine: Separatists backed by Russia and Ukraine hold peace talks, as fighting rages across eastern Ukraine.
  • 03 Jan 2015 Boko Haram militants destroy the entire town of Baga in north-east Nigeria, starting the Baga massacre and killing as many as 2,000 people.
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  3. - Take Me To Church
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Which were the most popular books released in January 2015?

American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice

American Sniper


From the #1 New York Times bestseller memoir of U.S Navy Seal Chris Kyle.

The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell

The Empty Throne


Bernard Cornwell, New York Times bestselling author, brings to life this eighth installment in his epic Saxon Tales series. It tells the story of a nation that was torn apart from sectarian and religious forces.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Would you like to spend time with the woman who made you laugh on Saturday Night Live and in films such as Baby Mama, Blades of Glory and They Came Together? Are you daydreaming about …

Flesh And Blood by Patricia Cornwell

Flesh And Blood


Dr. Kay Scarpetta is celebrating her birthday and is about to leave for Miami with Benton Wesley, their FBI profiler husband. She notices seven pennies stuck to a wall behind their Cambridge home.

Don'T Give Up, Don'T Give In by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin

Don'T Give Up, Don'T Give In


New York Times Bestseller. More than 100,000 copies printed. Completed only two days before Louis Zamperini died at the age of ninety-seven years old, Don’t Give Up, don’t Give in shares wisdom, insight, and a lifetime of experience.