2015 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Milk~ $3.75 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~ $2.11 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Loaf of bread~ $1.48 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 49 cents
New Car Price~ $ 32,495 (Kelley Blue Book kbb.com)
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $2.89 (Statista.com)
Movie Ticket~ $8.34 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house~ $294,300 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $56,516 (Census.gov)
Minimum Wage~ Lowest $7.25 in multiple states. Highest is $10.50 in Washington D.C.
Living Wage for a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children)~ $15.12 per hour
2015 Top Technology:
(Wikipedia.com, Google.com, & Techradar.com)
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Plus
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
HTC One M9
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Tablets & Readers:
Apple Ipad Air2
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
iPad Mini 2 and 3
Samsung Galaxy Tab S
LG 98UB9800 98-inch 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV
Samsung UN65HU8550 65-inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV
Online Social Communities:
Playstation 4, 3, and 2
Nintendo Wii and Wii U
3D Printing gains momentum.
Supergrids make DC power grids practical.
Hover boards are a popular Christmas gift, but trouble with them catching fire becomes an issue.
2015 Top Celebrities:
(People.com and TMZ.com)
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
Kendall & Kylie Jenner
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
Beyonce’ and JayZ
2015 Top Athletes:
American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza
2015 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl: New England Patriots won 28-24 against Seattle Seahawks
Daytona 500: Joey Logano
The Kentucky Derby: American Pharoah and goes on to win the Triple Crown
The Masters: Jordan Spieth
NBA Championship: The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 6, 4-2.
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Novak Djokovic
Women’s singles: Serena Williams
Women’s World Cup: USA defeats Japan 5-2
World Series: Kansas City Royals defeat the New York Mets 4-1 in the series
2015 Top Songs:
Uptown Funk~ Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Thinking Outloud~ Ed Sheeran
See You Again~ Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
Trap Queen~ Fetty Wap
Sugar~ Maroon 5
Shut Up and Dance~ Walk the Moon
Blank Space~ Taylor Swift
Watch Me~ Silento
Love Me Like You Do~ Ellie Goulding
FourFiveSeconds~ Rihanna & Kayne West & Paul McCartney
Style~ Taylor Swift
Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)~ The Weeknd
The Hills~ The Weeknd
Can’t Feel My Face~ The Weeknd
Take Me to Church~ Hozier
Fight Song~ Rachel Platten
Time of Our Lives~ Pitbull & Ne-Yo
2015 Top Television Shows:
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
Master of None
Jane the Virgin
You’re the Worst
Orange is the New Black
The Good Wife
2015 Top Movies:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2
Mission: Impossible –Rogue Nation
Pitch Perfect 2
Hotel Transylvania 2
Straight Outta Compton
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
2015 Top Books:
All the Light We Cannot See~ Anthony Doerr
The Girl on the Train~ Paula Hawkins
The Nightingale~ Kristin Hannah
The Fault in Our Stars~ John Green
Gone Girl~ Gillian Flynn
Dead Wake~ Erik Larson
Endangered~ C.J. Box
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban~ Malala Yousafzai
American Sniper~ Chris Kylewith Scott McEwen and DeFelice
Last One Home~ Debbie Macomber
The Boys in the Boat~ Daniel James Brown
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate~ Naomi Klein
Wild~ Cheryl Strayed
Yes Please~ Amy Poehler
A Spool of Blue Thread~ Anne Tyler
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption~ Laura Hillenbrand
The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision~ Fritjof Capra
2015 Top Fashion and Trends:
Beachy long hair on women
Shoulder-length bob hair on women
Pastel-colored hair and highlights
Skinny jeans with heels or ankle boots
Acid washed or Splashed pattern pants and jeans
Boho skirts and dresses
Leggings with tall boots and oversized sweaters
Fitted and skinny jeans on men paired with converse or dress shoes
2015 World Population:
7,394,358,500 and counting…
2015 World Leaders:
Barack Obama, President of the United States
John Kerry, United States Secretary of State
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Xi Jinping, President of China
Akihito, Emporer of Japan
Joachim Gauck, President of Germany
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Francis of Vatican City
Francois Hollande, President of France
Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
Reuven Rivlin, President of Isreal
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
2015 Major Events and Headlines:
January 1 – The Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
January 15 – The Swiss National Bank abandons the cap on the franc’s value relative to the euro, causing turmoil in international financial markets.
February 12 – Leaders from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France reach an agreement on the conflict in eastern Ukraine that includes a ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons. However, several days later, the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels claim that, within its first day, the ceasefire was broken 139 times, as both sides failed to withdraw their heavy weapons and fighting had continued.
February 16 – The Egyptian military begins conducting airstrikes against a branch of the Islamic militant group ISIL in Libya in retaliation for the group’s beheading of over a dozen Egyptian Christians.
March 20 – The Congressional committee investigating the Benghazi attacks formally requested that Hillary Rodham Clinton turn over the email server that housed the personal account she exclusively used when she was secretary of state.
March 24 – An Airbus A320-211 operated by Germanwings crashes in the French Alps, killing all 150 on board.
April 2 – 148 people are killed, the majority students, in a mass shooting at the Garissa University College in Kenya, perpetrated by the militant terrorist organization Al-Shabaab.
April 25 – A magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes Nepal and causes 8,857 deaths in Nepal, 130 in India, 27 in China and 4 in Bangladesh with a total of 9,018 deaths.
May 23 – Ireland votes to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.
June 2 – FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces his intention to resign amidst an FBI-led corruption investigation, and calls for an extraordinary congress to elect a new president as soon as possible.
July 1 – Greek government-debt crisis: Greece becomes the first advanced economy to miss a payment to the International Monetary Fund in the 71-year history of the IMF.
July 14 – Iran agrees to long-term limits of its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
July 20 – Cuba and the United States reestablish full diplomatic relations, ending a 54-year stretch of hostility between the nations.
July 24 – Turkey begins a series of airstrikes against PKK and ISIL targets after the 2015 Suruç bombing.
August 5 – Debris found on Réunion Island is confirmed to be that of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, missing since March 2014.
September 30 – Russia begins air strikes against ISIL and anti-government forces in Syria in support of the Syrian government.
October 31 – Flight KGL9268, an Airbus A321 airliner en route to Saint Petersburg from Sharm el-Sheikh, crashes near Al-Hasana in Sinai, killing all 217 passengers and 7 crew members on board.
November 12 – Several suicide bombings occur in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 43 and injuring 239. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant claim responsibility.
November 13 – Multiple attacks claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Paris, France, resulting in 130 fatalities.
November 30 – The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) is held in Paris, attended by leaders from 147 nations.
December 12 – A global climate change pact is agreed at the COP 21 summit, committing all countries to reduce carbon emissions for the first time.
2015 Pop Culture:
(Wikipedia.com & USMagazine.com)
January 8 – The US Olympic Committee chooses the city of Boston as the American bid city to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
January 16 – Nick Cannon files for divorce from wife Mariah Carey.
January 31 – Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel announce first pregnancy on Instagram.
January 31- Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston and 90’s R&B singer Bobby Brown, was found face down in a bathtub and unresponsive. Brown was placed in a medically induced coma and her condition hasn’t improved as of March 2015.
February – Former Disney Star Zendaya was the subject of some nasty remarks by Giuliana Rancic on E!’s Fashion Police Red Carpet Oscar edition. Zendaya’s dread locks were under scrutiny. Rancic’s career took a hit and she went on a months-long hiatus from Fashion Police.
February 3 – Johnny Depp marries Amber Heard.
February 7 – Bruce Jenner was involved in a multi-car crash that resulted in the death of a 70-year-old woman. His car did not cause the accident.
February 8 – At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sam Smith wins Best New Artist and Song of the Year with ‘Stay with Me’. Album of the Year went to Beck for ‘Morning Phase’.
February 10 – NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is suspended for six months for repeating a false claim from 2013 that he was in a helicopter brought down by enemy fire while embedded during the war in Iraq in 2003.
February 14 – Lady Gaga gets engaged to ‘Chicago Fire’ actor Taylor Kinney.
February 27 – Beloved American actor Leonard Nimoy dies at the age of 83 from COPD complications. He was best known for his role as ‘Spock’ on Star Trek.
February 27 – Country Singer Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher welcome first child, son Isaiah Michael Fisher.
March 2 – The Sound of Music classic movie celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
March 25 – An official announcement was made that Zayn Malik is leaving the music group ‘One Direction’. The group says they will continue without him.
April – In an interview with Diane Sawyer, Bruce Jenner confirmed that he is transitioning into the woman we now know as Caitlin Jenner. Jenner went on to debut her new look on the July issue of Vanity Fair, land a reality show on E!, and accept the Arthur Ashe Courage award at the ESPY awards.
April 11 – Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel welcome son, Silas Randall Timberlake.
May 2 – Prince William and Duchess Kate welcome daughter, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
May 11- ‘Deflategate’ or ‘Ballghazi’; The NFL suspends Tom Brady of the New England Patriots for 4 games of the upcoming season, for possibly tampering with footballs during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18, 2015. On September 3, 2015 Judge Berman vacates this suspension claiming absence of ‘requisites of fairness and due process.’
May – Josh Duggar of the television series ’19 Kids and Counting’ was publicly shamed after documents of his molesting young women were made public. This lead to the suspension of the show.
May 14 – American Blues icon, singer, song-writer, and guitarist, B.B. King dies at 89.
May 20 – David Letterman’s last night on the ‘Late Show’ after hosting the popular late-night talk show for 33 years.
June – It was revealed that former NAACP chapter president, Rachel Dolezal, was born to white parents even though she ‘identifies’ as being black.
June 16 – U.S. Businessman Donald Trump announces his controversial presidential candidacy.
June 29 – Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announce their divorce.
July – Paparazzi photos reveal Scott Disick getting close with an ex-girlfriend on a yacht and lead to Kourtney Kardashian ending their long-term relationship.
July – Ariana Grande and a male friend were caught on a security camera in a California Donut shop licking donuts, meant for customer’s consumption, and saying ‘I hate America’. Grande released many apologies afterward and avoided criminal charges.
July – Bill Cosby’s defense of 2014 sexual abuse allegations take a turn for the worse when The New York Times uncovered a past deposition that included an admission from Cosby to using drugs and fame to get them to have sex with him.
July 20 – Country superstars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announce their divorce.
July 26 – Bobby Kristina Brown passes away at the age of 22 after months of hospice care. She was initially found face-down in a bathtub unresponsive.
August – Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green announce their divorce.
August 5 – Jennifer Anniston and Justin Theroux get married.
August 29 – American author and motivational speaker, Wayne Dyer, dies at 79.
September 22 – American baseball legend, Yogi Berra, dies at 90.
October 12 – John Legend and wife, Chrissy Teigen announce that they are expecting their first child.
October 13 – Former NBA Basketball player Lamar Odom is found unresponsive at a brothel in Nevada. He is rushed to the hospital and spends many months recovering. Khloe Kardashian postpones divorce during his recovery.
November – Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s reps confirm that they are dating.
November 17- Charlie Sheen sits down with Matt Lauer on the ‘Today’ show to officially announce that he is HIV positive and was diagnosed four years ago.
November 17 – Soccer star David Beckham is named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by People magazine.
November 22 – Sophia Vergara and Joe Manganiello get married.
December 5 – Kim Kardashian-West and husband, Kanye West welcome a son named Saint.
December 18 – Fans show up in record numbers for the opening night of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Many are in full costume.
2015 Top Science Breakthroughs:
January 6 – NASA’s Kepler space observatory announces the discovery of three new planets in the Goldilocks zone capable of supporting life.
– Scientists at Oxford University begin a new Ebola vaccine trial on 72 healthy volunteers.
January 7 – Nature publishes the findings of Northeastern University scientists that a new class of drug can kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
February 12 – A large meteorite falls in northern New Zealand.
March 20 – Solar Eclipse over Europe.
April 29 – The World Health Organization (WHO) declares that rubella has been eradicated from the Americas.
July 14 – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft performs a close flyby of Pluto, becoming the first spacecraft in history to visit the distant world.
September 10 – Scientists announce the discovery of Homo naledi, a previously unknown species of early human in South Africa.
September 28 – NASA announces that liquid water has been found on Mars.
October 23 – Hurricane Patricia becomes the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, with winds of 200 mph and a pressure of 879 mbar.
December 22 – SpaceX lands a Falcon 9 rocket, the first reusable rocket to successfully enter orbital space and return.
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