2015 is now over and we have entered a brand new and hopefully prosperous year. This is a great time to look back at the old year and remember its most important events and moments. Undoubtedly, 2015 was one of the most turbulent, violent and intense years, but it also brought some nice and pleasing things. Unfortunately, 2015 witnessed some devastating natural disasters and an alarmingly high number of terrorist attacks that occurred in many parts of the world. It was also the year when the migrant crisis escalated in Europe as hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq and other war-torn countries were desperately trying to get to safer and more prosperous places to start a new life. On the other hand, 2015 also saw some positive events and achievements such as the successful mission of the New Horizons space probe that managed to take ground-breaking, detailed photos of Pluto or the revolutionary global climate change pact that was agreed on in Paris. To see what 2015 looked like from the world´s point of view, check out these 25 Events Of 2015 That Defined An Iconic Year.
In 2015, numerous bloody terrorist attacks occurred. The first one took place between January 3 and January 7 when Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group based in Nigeria killed more than 2,000 people in the Nigerian town of Baga.
Despite having been overshadowed by the migrant crisis and the war against terrorism later on, the Ukrainian Crisis was deepening in 2015. Taken on January 22, this picture shows a totally demolished kindergarten in war-stricken Debaltseve, Donestk Area.
Youngsters taking shelter from big sea waves due to Tropical Cyclone Marcia on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Marcia was a category 5 severe tropical cyclone that made landfall at its peak strength over central Queensland on February 20.
World Wildlife Day
On March 3, the World Wildlife Day, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to a giant, 15-ton pile of illegally-hunted ivory to discourage poaching and ivory trade. In Kenya, ivory trade poses a major threat to local elephant population.
Dawn´s visit to Ceres
On March 6, NASA’s Dawn probe entered orbit around Ceres, becoming the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet. Since its discovery in 1801, Ceres was known as a planet, then an asteroid and later a dwarf planet.