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2015 Review

ESPY's Arthur Ashe Courage Award Caitlyn Jenner
2014-2015 NFL Super Bowl 49 Champions New England Patriots over Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady (Patriots)
2015 MLB World Series Champions Kansas City Royals over New York Mets (4 games to 1) World Series MVP Salvador Perez
2015 NBA Champions Golden State Warriors over the Cleveland Cavaliers (4 games to 2) NBA Champions MVP Andre Iguodala
2015 NHL Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks over the Tampa Bay Lightning (4 games to 2) Stanley Cup MVP Duncan Keith
2014-2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions Duke Blue Devils over Wisconsin Badgers 68-63 NCAA Most Outstanding Player Tyus Jones (Duke)
2014-2015 College Football Champions Ohio State over Oregon 42-20 MVP Ezekiel Elliott (offense), Tyvis Powell (defense)
2014-2015 NCAA Women's Basketball Champions Connecticut Huskies over Notre Dame Fighting Irish NCAA Most Outstanding Player Breanna Steward (Connecticut)
This actor most famous for portraying Star Trek's Spock died February 2015 Leonard Nimoy
Author of The Girl on the Train; The most popular book of the year on the New York Times Bestsellers List for Fiction; spent 16 weeks at the top of the list. Paula Hawkins
Author of The Martian; later turned into the Ridley Scott movie starring Matt Damon Andy Weir
2nd novel by Harper Lee. There was controversy about the book and some felt Lee was being taken advantage in her old age; because for years, she said she's never write another book Go Set A Watchmen (an earlier draft of To Kill a Mockingbird)
The most popular book on the New York Time Best Seller's Non-Fiction list by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice American Sniper
2015 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
2015 Academy Award Winner for Best Actor Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking
2015 Academy Award Winner for Best Actress Julianne Moore for Still Alice
2015 Academy Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor J. K. Simmons for Whiplash
2015 Academy Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
2015 Grammy Song of the Year and Record of the Year Stay with Me by Sam Smith
2015 Grammy Album of the Year Morning Phase by Beck
2015 Grammy Best Pop Vocal Album In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
2015 Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Game of Thrones
2015 Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Veep
2015 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Jon Hamm for Mad Men
2015 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Viola Davis, "How to Get Away With Murder"
2015 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent
2015 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Julia-Louis Dreyfus for Veep
2015 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones
2015 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"
2015 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Allison Janney, "Mom"
2015 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Tony Hale for Veep
Breakout Broadway Musical based on the life of America's 1st Secretary of the Treasury Hamilton (based on Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton)
The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman died in his sleep in early December 2015 Scott Weiland
The famed maestro of horror died in September at age 76 after a battle with brain cancer. He wrote and directed the first Nightmare on Elm Street and helmed the first four Scream movies. Wes Craven
The consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, died June 22 in a plane crash. He was 61. James Horner
The mystical British actor whose haunting, intimidating performances as Count Dracula, the Frankenstein monster and Fu Manchu made him an icon of horror films and the cinematic embodiment of villainy, died June 7. He was 93. Saruman in LOTR Christopher Lee
A Nobel Prize-winning mathematician and inspiration for the film A Beautiful Mind, he and his wife, died on May 23, when their taxi crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86. John Nash
The prosecutor in the Charles Manson trial and best-selling author of Helter Skelter, died of cancer on June 6. He was 80. Vincent Bugliosi
Attorney General of Delaware and son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, died on May 30 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 46. Beau Biden
Blues Legend that died May 14 at the age of 89. “The Thrill is Gone” is the song for which he is most known. Guitar nicknamed "Lucille" B.B. King
Hall of Fame catcher known for his record 10 World Series Championships with the New York Yankees, died on Sept. 22 of natural causes. He was 90. Yogi Berra
Former New York Giants player and Monday Night Football host, died on Aug. 9 of natural causes at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was 84. Frank Gifford
Daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown died on July 26 after she was found unconscious in a bathtub in late January. She was 22. Bobbi Kristina Brown
Heavy metal icon and Motorhead frontman died from cancer on Dec. 28. He was 70. Lemmy Kilmister
Newspaper in Paris that was attacked in January 2015 by a faction of al-Qaeda. They had previously drawn images of the prophet Muhammad Charlie Hebdo
Baltimore man who was picked up by police without being properly strapped in. He suffered spinal injuries during the ride, which led to his death Freddie Gray
This man was fatally shot in South Carolina following a traffic stop. The man was unarmed and ran away from the officer who shot him. Walter Scott
One of the year's deadliest shooting at a predominantly African-American church by 21 year old Dylann Roof. A big debate emerged afterward over the Confederate Flag; a symbol Roof had embraced. The flag was eventually taken down in South Carolina Charleston Church Shootings
An influx of refugees from this nation fled into Europe seeking asylum Syria
City that suffered a terror attack on the evening of November 13 claimed by ISIS/ISIL Paris
Syrian President fighting a civil war and ISIS Bashar al-Assad
Current Secretary of State and 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry
Former Obama Secretary of State who declared her presidential candidacy April 2015 Hillary Clinton
Self-described democratic-socialist; he is an Independent Vermont Senator running for the Democratic Presidential Nomination Bernie Sanders
1st African-American women to become Attorney General when she replaced Eric Holder on April 27th, 2015. Loretta Lynch
Nicknamed Concerned Student 1950. He went on a hunger strike over racism at the University of Missouri. Eventually, a group formed in favor of him; presenting a list of demands to the University Jonathan Butler
President of the University of Missouri who resigned over the controversy over racism and the Concerned Student 1950 movement Tim Wolfe
Singer who released her first album, titled 25, in over 4 years. Featuring hit song, "Hello." Adele
Top 2nd movie of 2015. Blockbuster summer movie featuring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and dinosaurs Jurassic World
Biggest movie of 2015. Newcomers include Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Drive. Returning actors include Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The series fourth installment; it is credited as being one of the greatest action films of all time. Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. Mad Max: Fury Road
Movie about the creation of an AI female robot who seeks to become human. Ex Machina
Top 4th movie of 2015; the latest installment from Pixar Inside Out
Top 3rd movie of 2015; this comic book movie features Tony Stark/Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye The Avengers: Age of Ultron
This critical-acclaimed AMC series featuring Jon Hamm as Don Draper aired its' final episode in May of 2015 Mad Men
TV series starring Amy Poehler about a parks department in Pawnee, Indiana that ended in February 2015 Parks and Recreation
Retirement of this CBS Late Show host led to Stephen Colbert leaving the Colbert Report and becoming its' new host David Lettermen
This popular host of the Daily Show stepped down in 2015; leading to Trevor Noah becoming its new host Jon Stewart
The video previously held the 24-Hour Vevo Record with 20.1 million views, before being surpassed by Adele's "Hello". It won Video of the Year and Best Collaboration at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Bad Blood by Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar
Title of the popular Taylor Swift album that dominated in 2015 1989
March 3 - This Israeli Prime Minister, re-elected in 2015, addresses Congress at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner. Benjamin Netanyahu
After meeting with Pope Francis, this Republican Speaker of the House resigned John Boehner
This House member and 2012 Republican Vice-Presidential candidate replaced John Boehner as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
May 2 - Name given to this boxing match where Floyd Mayweather claims a unanimous points victory against Manny Pacquiao takes place, remaining undefeated. The Fight of the Century
This pope became the 4th pope to visit the United States Pope Francis
June 26 - The Supreme Court rules 5-4 in favor of same sex marriage, making it legal in all 50 states. Name the case Obergefell v Hodges
Name of Kentucky government official who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Kim Davis
October 23 the most powerful hurricane ever recorded, makes landfall as a Category 5 storm over southwestern Mexico. Hurricane Patricia
European nation receives the 1st portion of its 3rd bailout. All of the countries that use the euro have agreed in principle to the bailout; however, the IMF did not contribute direct financial support This package is worth up to 86 billion euros Greece
Thie Chinese capital was chosen to host of the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This is the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics in the 120-year history of the modern games. Beijing
The United States officially re-establish diplomatic relations, led by Raul Castro, after 54 years in July 2015 Cuba
Mexican drug lord escapes from the Altiplano Federal Prison in Mexico. He escapes through a subterranean tunnel that ran to the shower area of his cell. Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman
The Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to her second child, a daughter, with Prince William. Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes this country, near capital Kathmandu, killing more than 8,000 people and injuring 17,866. Just weeks later on May 12 a second 7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes the country. Nepal
This plane crashed into the French Alps after taking off from Barcelona en route to Germany. All board are killed. The Co-pilot deliberately crashed the plane after locking the pilot out of the cockpit. He had suffered from depression in the past. Germanwings Flight 9525
May 9 - The World Health Organization declares the outbreak of this epidemic in Liberia over, after more than a year. Ebola
A deal is reached to substantially limit this country's nuclear weapons program. In exchange, various international sanctions on them will be loosened. Iran
US regulators say that this car company has programmed some 500,000 vehicles to emit lower levels of harmful emissions in official tests than on the roads. Volkswagen
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2015 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2015 Winner of the Kentucky Derby American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, won the 141st Kentucky Derby with a time of 2:03:02.
2015 Tony Award for Best Musical Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori (music) and Lisa Kron (lyrics)
2015 Tony Award for Best Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
2015 Wimbledon, 2015 Australian and 2015 US Open Men's Single Winner (Tennis) Novak Djokovic (pronounced joke-uh-vich)
2015 Wimbledon, 2015 Australian & 2015 French Open Women's Single Winner (Tennis) Serena Williams
2015 US Open Women's Single Winner (Tennis) Flavia Pennetta
2015 Tour de France Winner Chris Froome
2015 British Open (Golf) Winner Zach Johnson
2015 US Open (Golf) and 2015 Master's Winner Jordan Spieth
2015 Indianapolis 500 Winner Juan Pablo Montoya
2015 French Open Men's Single Winner (Tennis) Stan Wawrinka
Longtime King of Saudi Arabia died on January 23, 2015 King Abdullah
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