2014 in History
January 1 Colorado's recreational marijuana stores open for business; voters approved the landmark law to legalize the sale of marijuana in 2012
January 1 Former President Bill Clinton swears in New York's 109th Mayor, Bill de Blasio, the city's first Democratic mayor since 1993
January 2 A 12-page letter written by Robert R. Livingston in 1775 is found by an archivist at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War; the letter explains why Livingston was chosen to help draft the Declaration of Independence
January 2 In a coma since 2006, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is reportedly in critical condition following renal failure
January 3 A measles outbreak is declared in Metro Manila; the Philippine Department of Health reports 1,724 cases as of December 14, and 71 people in one hospital alone died in 2013
January 3 According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the net worth of the 300 richest people in the world collectively increased by $524 billion; the group has an aggregate net worth of $3.7 trillion
January 4 A deteriorating security situation prompts the evacuation of Americans from its embassy in South Sudan
January 4 Record-low temperatures are expected in the U.S. due to a 'polar vortex'; forecasters anticipate this tunnel of cold air funneling all the way from the North Pole to the U.S. could bring temperatures as low as 15 degrees in Chicago and 25 below zero in Fargo, North Dakota
January 5 A day before the U.S. Senate will vote on extending emergency unemployment benefits, Gene Sperling, Director of the White House National Economic Council publicly promoted the case for extending benefits
January 5 The cryogenic engine built India's Space Research Organisation engineers powers the launch of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5), which successfully placed a 1,982-kg GSAT-14 communications satellite into orbit in 17 minutes
January 6 Janet Yellen becomes the first woman to hold the post of chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve
January 6 The Midwest experiences life threateningly low temperatures and forces over 2,500 flight cancellations; the tunnel of arctic air called the "polar vortex" should head eastward during the week
January 7 Apple announces its holiday earnings will be announced January 27; investors will care most about the company's iPhone and iPad sales
January 7 Hillary Clinton has rented out her 2008 campaign email list to a prominent group of supporters urging her to run for President in 2016
January 8 Award nominations are announced ahead of the 67th British Academy Film Awards; heading the list is Sandra Bullock for best actress in 'Gravity' by director Alfonso Cuaron
January 8 The U.S. Senate votes to renew jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans; the bill,calling for a three-month extension, will not be approved unless House Democrats agree to deal to cover $6 billion dollar cost without adding to the federal debt
January 9 After a federal judge ruled that Utah's same-sex ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, the Supreme Court had to place the lower-court ruling on hold pending an appeal by the state
January 9 New Baseball Hall of Fame inductees determined by Baseball Writers' Association of America voters include: Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox
January 10 Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupts again, with pyroclastic flows streaming down the volcanic slope; the activity has caused the evacuation of 22,000 people from the danger zone around Sinabung
January 11 After eight years in a coma following a stroke in 2006, Ariel Sharon, Israel's former Prime Minister, dies at the age of 85
January 11 U.S. NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and John Holdren, White House Science Advisor, announce that President Obama's administration approved extending the use of the International Space Station through 2024
January 12 At the 71st Golden Globe Awards, Best Motion Picture is awarded to '12 Years a Slave'; 'American Hustle is receives the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy award, with actress Amy Adams honored as Best Actress
January 12 Pope Francis announces that on February 22, he will hold a Consistory and create 19 new Cardinals from 12 countries; the names of the Cardinals were released during the Holy Father's announcement
January 13 In West Virginia, 10 people were hospitalized and 300,000 people have been unable to use tap water for four days since 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, an industrial chemical, leaked into the Elk river
January 13 The coast of Puerto Rico is hit by a 6.5-magnitude earthquake
January 14 Amidst massive security including 160,000 soldiers and over 200,000 policemen, Egyptians go to the polls to vote on a draft constitution which would strengthen the military-backed leadership of the country
January 14 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry criticizes Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, for legislation he signed last week to ban same-sex marriage and criminalize gay rights groups and their activities; the law includes penalties of up to 14 years imprisonment
January 15 It is revealed that the National Security Agency, NSA, is using software to spy on nearly 100,000 computers around the world; most of the software is implanted by accessing the Internet, but some technology enables data to be entered or altered through radio wave transmission
January 15 The World Bank global forecast predicts an increase in growth to 3.2 percent, from 2.4 percent in 2013
January 16 A report from the U.S. Senate on the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, determines that the attack was 'likely preventable'
January 16 Retailer J.C. Penney announces plans to restore profits by cutting 2,000 jobs and close 33 of its 1,100 mid-market department stores
January 17 Academics report that a pelvis bone discovered in Winchester 1999 may belong to King Alfred the Great or his son, Edward the Elder
January 17 Responding to privacy concerns raised by former spy contractor Edward Snowden's NSA disclosures, U.S. President Barack Obama announces reforms to NSA phone surveillance
January 18 A new world record is achieved by the United Kingdom's Lewis Clarke of Bristol; the 16 year-old becomes the youngest person to trek to the South Pole
January 18 Initial U.S. jobless claims remained essentially unchanged at 326,000, following 325,000 the previous week
January 19 Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic, 2008 French Open Champion and former world number one, beats Serena Williams, a five-time Australian Open champion, during the fourth round of the 2014 Australian Open
January 19 The 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are held in Los Angeles; 'American Hustle' takes top awards, actor Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett win Outstanding Performance awards
January 20 Leaders from around the world attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
January 20 Social security numbers and credit cards details of more than 20 million South Koreans are stolen by an IT contractor
January 21 Expansion plans for the Panama Canal are paused so Grupo Unidos por el Canal, the group behind the project, can seek more funding for the $3.2 billion project
January 21 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announces plans to raise the price of gas to 17 cents from 6 cents; the country's annual gas subsidy's cost $12 billion, too much to bear when facing 50 percent inflation and dwindled cash reserves
January 22 A rare, blue, 29.6-carat diamond, one of the most exceptional ever mined at the Cullinan mine, is discovered about 25 miles northeast of Pretoria, South Africa
January 22 Water vapor on the minor planet Ceres, the largest asteroid and the only dwarf planet in the inner Solar System, is detected by European Space Agency researchers
January 23 Celebrity and pop singer Justin Bieber makes headlines when he is arrested for drunk driving, street racing and resisting arrest
January 23 Western Nghe An, Vietnam, records its first snowfall
January 24 Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Opportunity rover landing on Mars; NASA announces the rover has discovered clay minerals indicating water flowed on Mars early in the planet's history
January 24 Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the Apple Macintosh; the computer had a 9-inch monochrome display, 128 KB of memory and a 3.5" slot for a floppy disk
January 25 China's slowing growth and plans for tapering by the Fed cause investors to withdraw money from emerging markets; as a result, the Dow Jones loses over 300 points, ending its worst week since 2011
January 25 National 9/11 Memorial officials announce that the 9/11 Museum will open mid-May; the long-delayed Museum, dedicated to the victims of the terror attack, plans to charge $24 for most adult tickets
January 26 Prominent Chinese legal activist, Xu Zhiyong, is sentenced to four years in prison; convicted of 'gathering a crowd to disturb public order,' the case is seen as evidence that Communist Party leaders wish to expunge any challenges to the power or leadership
January 26 Stanislas Wawrinka wins his first Grand Slam title when he beats Rafael Nadal in the 2014 Australian Open final
January 27 Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, claims that his decision to leak classified NSA documents about mining emails and telephone call logs, has resulted in several significant threats to his life
January 27 The U.S. Postal Service will soon implement a rate hike in postage, approved last December the price of first-class postage stamps to 49 cents from 46 cents
January 28 Apple releases earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013; its stock price drops eight percent because they sold 51 million iPhones, falling short of analyst expectations that they would sell 55 million iPhones
January 28 The U.S House of Representatives and Senate finalized a long-delayed farm bill designed to cut $19 billion in farm subsidies, and reduce the $8 billion spent on food stamps over the next ten years
January 29 Shanghai and Hong Kong halt live poultry sales after a third death from to the H7N9 bird flu is reported in Hong Kong; China has reported 19 deaths and 96 infections from the bird flu at the beginning of 2014
January 29 U.S. Southern states of Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina experience a mix of snow and ice, declaring emergencies as over 3,400 flights are cancelled; temperatures dip 10 to 20 degrees below normal
January 30 Google sells Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion after purchasing it three years ago for $12.5 billion, and selling off it's cable-box division for $2.4 billion
January 30 Royal Caribbean's cruise liner, Explorer of the Seas, returns to port after 700 of its 3,050 passengers become ill with gastroenteritis; the illness is suspected to be the Novovirus, a variant strain of the species Norwalk virus
January 31 Strong quarterly earnings cause Facebook stock to rise 16 percent; the company boasts 755 million active users, and its ad revenue increased by 76 percent year over year to $2.34 billion
January 31 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder authorizes federal prosecutors to pursue the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
February 1 A long-delayed review of the Keystone XL Pipeline is completed by the U.S. State Department; it concluded the pipeline would not significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions
February 1 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appoints former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg as a U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change
February 2 Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung erupts on Sumatra Island, shooting toxic clouds of ash into the air; 15 people die, and the search continues for more victims and survivors
February 2 The Superbowl takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8, a historic win for the Seahawks, who haven't won a major championship in 30 years
February 3 Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, wins a record fifth Associated Press MVP award; the award has never been won more than three times by a single NFL player
February 3 The 2011 abortion rate reportedly is at its lowest in 30 years; the rate of 16.9 abortions per thousand women of childbearing age was 19.4 per thousand in 2008, and 29.3 per thousand in 1981
February 4 Google and Microsoft report that the National Security Agency ordered them to provide information on 10,000 accounts over a six-month period in 2012 and 2013, and Yahoo reported they complied with government request for information on more than 40,000 accounts
February 4 U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urges Congress to increase the debt ceiling because the U.S government debt is expected to hit $17.2 trillion soon
February 5 Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines, considers the territorial claims China has made in the South China Sea comparable to the Nazi Germany invasion of Czechoslovakia
February 5 New York Governor, Mario Cuomo, plans to announce executive action to loosen marijuana laws, allowing use of the drug for medical purposes
February 6 Action-movie star Steven Segal, age 61, considers a run for Arizona governor
February 6 Apple purchases SnappyLabs, a small company that makes a popular photography app; the $1 app enables smartphone users to modify how the built-in camera takes photos and how quickly the photos are taken
February 7 A bill to restore jobless benefits for the unemployed fails in the U.S. Senate; the benefits, a 3-month extension for 1.3 million unemployed will cost $6 billion; Democrats did not satisfy Republican request for a solid plan on how to pay for it
February 7 Jay Leno, entertainer and host of 'The Tonight Show', says goodbye after 22 years of hosting the show; he will be replaced with Jimmy Fallon beginning February 17
February 8 A report on the U.S. economy shows 113,000 jobs were added in January, well below the expected 180,000 new jobs
February 8 The U.S. Congress will as for $4.5 billion for additional missile defense spending over the next five years; the funds would partially pay for new radar in Alaska, indicating safety concerns regarding missiles from Iran and North Korea
February 9 Scientists from Australian National University observe the oldest star in the universe for the first time. The star, located 6,000 light years from Earth, serves as a fingerprint of the first stars in the universe; it is believed to be 13.7 billion years old
February 9 Switzerland votes to put a quota on the number of immigrants to the country from the European Union; 50.4% of voters approved of the measure
February 10 As part of a political transition, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and representatives from the country's main political parties agree to transform Yemen into a six-region federation
February 10 For the first time in history, millionaires made up the majority of Congress in 2012; The Center for Responsive Politics study reveals that of the 534 members, 268 had a net worth of $1 million or more
February 11 After restricting its ties with Cuba since 1996, the European Union agrees to launch negotiations; the talks aim to increase the dialogue on human rights and increase trade and investment between Cuba and the EU
February 11 Indian athletes are granted permission to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics under their nation's flag; the Indian Olympic Association had been suspended when Indian officials were accused of corruption in 2012
February 12 At Sochi, Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov win the gold medal in pairs figure skating; the couple is the first to win on home ice since Ernst Baier and Maxi Herber won in 1936
February 12 Twenty-eight years after Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was ousted, the Philippine government recovers $29 million from Swiss accounts, bringing the total Marcos' secret accounts now recovered and in government hands to $712 million
February 13 Italy's Democratic leader Matteo Renzi calls for a new government and for the country's Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, to resign
February 13 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrests more anti-government protestors and now holds 19 people suspected of attempting to undermine him
February 14 Italy's Prime Minister, Enrico Letta resigns following friction within his own Democratic party
February 14 The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, now the world's largest solar energy plant, opens in the Mojave Desert; the $2.2 billion plant, owned by Google, NRG Energy, and BrightSource energy, spans five square miles and can provide power to 140,000 homes
February 15 Lebanon's new Prime Minister Tammam Salam declares that he has been able to form a new cabinet, breaking the 10-month impasse between Hezbollah and Sunni rival parties; Salam intends to hold presidential elections on time
February 15 Renaud Lavillenie, French champion pole vaulter, breaks the previous height record, held by athlete Sergey Bubka, at the Pole Vault Stars meet in Donetsk, Ukraine; Lavillenie reached 6.16 meters indoors, exceeding Bubka's world record of 6.15 m indoors achieved in 1993
February 16 '12 Years a Slave' and 'Gravity' dominate wins at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards ceremony; Chiwetel Ejiofor ('12 Years') and Cate Blanchett ('Blue Jasmine') receive leading actor and actress awards, respectively
February 16 Eleven illegal gold miners are rescued from a collapsed shaft; the remaining men refuse to surface upon learning that the rescued men have been immediately arrested; over 200 miners may still remain in the shaft
February 17 American ice dancing pair Charlie White and Meryl Davis win the Olympic gold medal - the first gold won by the U.S. in this sport
February 17 Jimmy Fallon officially replaces Jay Leno in his first broadcast as host of 'The Tonight Show'
February 18 Coca Cola Company announces that it plans to reduce its costs by $1 billion over the next few years in an effort to counteract slowing demand
February 18 Stock shares of automaker Tesla rise above $200 after reports that Apple, Inc. executives met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2013 to potentially discuss an acquisition
February 19 As part of its increasing move into mobile presence, Facebook announces that it will purchase WhatsApp for $19 billion; younger users seem to prefer communicating with mobile apps, which allow them to avoid cell phone texting charges
February 19 Chinese automaker Dongfeng and the French government have each invested in PSA Peugeot Citroen, which ranked as the European car company with the lowest sales of new vehicles last year
February 20 German design company Art+Com sues Google, claiming the Internet company infringed on its patented spatial mapping technology by incorporating its features into Google Earth; Art+Com offered to sell the patent to Google in 2006 but wasn't satisfied with Google's offer
February 20 The banking industry is losing ground as non-banking companies such as Apple, Google and TMobile develop their own payment methods and financial products that circumvent the need for banking services
February 21 G-20 nations discuss ending stimulus efforts in economically advanced nations while planning ways to increase global trade and employment opportunities to achieve global GDP growth
February 21 President Obama meets with the Dalai Lama for the third time despite protests from China and warnings that the meeting could threaten diplomatic relations
February 22 39-year-old Former Florentine mayor Matteo Renzi has been inaugurated as Prime Minister of Italy
February 22 Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen set a new record for the highest number of Olympic medals awarded to a female Winter Olympics athlete after her gold medal at Sochi; Bjoergen has won ten Olympic medals over to date, including six golds
February 23 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins his second Daytona 500 race, 10 years after his first win, in a race postponed for hours by heavy rain
February 23 The Sochi Winter Olympics ends; on this last day of the competitions, Canada beats Sweden in men's hockey, keeping Canada as the reigning gold winner in two consecutive Winter Games
February 24 29-term U.S. Rep. John Dingell announces that he will retire at the end of his current term; the 87-year-old congressman says that his health is fine, but the hostile climate in Congress means that he can no longer do his job effectively
February 24 Researchers report that taking acetaminophen during pregnancy can increase the risk of ADHD diagnoses as the babies mature; taking acetaminophen in the first trimester has the lowest risk at 9%, but there is a 63% likelihood of the condition in babies if the drug is taken in the last two trimesters
February 25 Debbie Dingell, wife of U.S. Representative John Dingell, announces her plans to run for her husband's seat after he retires; Rep. Dingell announced his retirement yesterday
February 25 The Brazilian government plans to cut its spending by almost $19 billion this year in an effort to reduce the country's debt and inflation growth; economists have revised current year GDP and next year's growth forecast downward in recent weeks
February 26 NASA announces that its Kepler space telescope has discovered 715 planets in other solar systems, bringing the instrument's new-planet tally to 961; four of the latest discoveries are thought to have an orbit favorable to habitation, but the distance of these planets makes exploration impossible with current technology
February 26 Over 300 books related to Anne Frank are donated to Tokyo libraries by the embassy of Israel after a mass vandalism incident earlier this month that destroyed hundreds of the library system's existing copies; police are still investigating
February 27 GE is focusing on development of wind power in Japan, seeing an opportunity for the nation to expand its renewable energy portfolio after Fukushima; GE has designed a wind turbine capable of weathering the country's distinct weather challenges
February 27 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing to revise food labels by providing realistic serving sizes, emphasizing calories and sugar amounts, and breaking down fat listings into 'good' and 'bad' fats
February 28 Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra will begin selling the e2o, an electric car, in Bhutan for about $11,300; vehicle exhaust is causing air pollution problems in Bhutan that threaten the country's tourist-dependent economy
February 28 New Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announces plans to cut government spending and use the funds to decrease taxes on individuals and regional businesses; Italy's unemployment rate increased 0.2 percent in January to 12.9 percent
March 1 A Mt. Gox security breach that enabled hackers to defraud customers of over 700,000 in Bitcoins causes the Bitcoin exchange to file for bankruptcy
March 1 Penang, Malaysia officially opens the Penang Second Bridge, the longest bridge over water in Southeast Asia; it stretches for 15 miles, with 10.5 miles over the water
March 2 Kevin Harvick wins The Profit on CNBC 500 in Arizona, placing him in 4th position in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
March 2 The 86th Academy Awards is hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. 'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave,' and 'Dallas Buyers Club' win the most awards. The broadcast received the highest views of any Oscars ceremony since the year 2000
March 3 Bill Gates is named the world's richest person in the 'Forbes' annual ranking, with a total net worth of $76 billion; he outranked last year's wealthiest person, Carlos Slim, by $4 billion
March 3 The world's largest virus to date is discovered in 30,000-year-old Siberian ice; the ancient virus is still able to infect amoebae, its target hosts
March 4 President Obama sends his 2015 budget to Congress, announcing that it is a 'roadmap for creating jobs with good wages and expanding opportunity for all Americans'
March 4 The Italian government sets aside 2 million euros for repairs to the ancient city of Pompeii after damage caused by heavy rains highlights the general decay of this World Heritage site
March 5 Andrus Ansip resigns as Prime Minister of Estonia; Ansip presided over the entry of Estonia into the eurozone and has served the longest to date among the prime ministers of the European Union
March 5 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act extends to private employees working for public companies under contract
March 6 Major photo agency Getty Images is now allowing free embedding of millions of its images, many of famous figures
March 6 Prince Harry initiates The Invictus Games, a sporting competition for wounded members of the military
March 7 A study announced today that high levels of vitamin D in the blood may increase the probability of survival for breast cancer patients
March 7 The opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics is held in Sochi; the celebration includes a variety of performing artists in music and dance
March 8 The U.N. celebrates International Women's Day with the theme 'Equality for women is progress for all'
March 8 U.S. payrolls show growth, with 129,000 jobs added in January and 175,000 jobs added in February in spite of difficult winter weather
March 9 NCAA basketball team Wichita State Shockers wins the Missouri Valley Conference championship undefeated
March 9 The Barbie doll celebrates its 55th anniversary
March 10 Kim Jong Un is re-elected as leader of North Korea with 100% of the vote; the election was the first since the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in 2011
March 10 The world's largest banana company is created as the Irish fruit company Fyffes merges with U.S. company Chiquita; the new company, ChiquitaFyffes, will trade on the New York Stock Exchange
March 11 The menswear industry consolidates as Men's Wearhouse announces a merger with JoS. A. Bank Clothiers
March 11 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves an electric nerve stimulating device for treatment of migraine headaches
March 12 China releases satellite images of debris possibly linked to the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines flight on March 8th
March 12 President Obama meets with Ukrainian acting Prime Minster Yatsenyuk and vows to 'stand with Ukraine' in its conflict with Russia
March 13 The European Central Bank announces its readiness to ensure that interest rates will remain steady or decrease as inflation rises
March 13 The government of the U.K. has announced that it will put 11 million pounds into the funding of the Square Kilometer Array project, a radio telescope that will collect massive amounts of data from space, requiring immense computing resources
March 14 Five cities have submitted bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics: Oslo, Norway; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing, China; Krakow, Poland and Lviv, Ukraine; the winner will be selected in July 2015
March 14 The U.S. plans to let its contract with ICANN expire next year; this would end U.S. authority over the Internet
March 15 The Chip Ganassi racing team wins the 12 Hours of Sebring, with individual victories for Marino Franchitti, Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett
March 15 The People's Bank of China widens its trading band for the yuan against the U.S. dollar to within 2% of the determined daily midpoint, moving the currency toward market-based valuation
March 16 An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale strikes approximately 40 miles northwest of Iquique, Chile
March 16 Crimean voters support seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia in a referendum deemed illegal by the E.U. and the U.S.
March 17 L'Wren Scott, the 49-year-old model, designer and longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, is found dead in her apartment
March 17 Scientists using the BICEP2 telescope identify evidence for cosmic inflation; if confirmed, this evidence will provide support for the Big Bang Theory of the origin of the universe
March 18 In the U.S., today's Mega Millions multistate lottery drawing has two winning tickets; the $400 million jackpot is the third largest in the game's history
March 18 President Obama awards 24 Medals of Honor to veterans originally overlooked due to ethnic or racial bias
March 19 Dong Nguyen, creator of the 'Flappy Bird' app, announces that he will reintroduce the app sometime in the future; he removed the app in February after fearing that it was too addictive
March 19 President Obama promises that the U.S. will not take military action in Ukraine in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea
March 20 Bulgarian sumo wrestler Kotooshu announces his retirement today; he won the Emperor's Cup in 2008 and achieved the second-highest rank of ozeki during his career
March 20 Rising Asian demand for Champagne will represent increasing export growth, with Japan currently the fourth-largest export market after the U.K., the U.S. and Germany
March 21 Exxon Mobil takes the initiative among energy companies to disclose its plans for dealing with climate change in response to a 2013 shareholder resolution; the company's move may set a standard for other energy companies to follow
March 21 Vladimir Putin ratifies laws today annexing Crimea, defying sanction threats by the U.S. and the E.U.
March 22 Mt. Gox, the Bitcoin exchange that filed for bankruptcy, announces that it has found 200,000 of the 800,000 missing bitcoins belonging to customers; the missing bitcoins were overlooked because they had been stored in an older format in a 'wallet' presumed to be empty
March 22 The Brazilian government is auctioning part of the nation's television bandwidth spectrum to mobile phone companies, providing much-needed capacity to meet wireless demand
March 23 French satellite images confirm Chinese detection of potential debris from missing Malaysian Air Flight 370, which disappeared March 8th
March 23 Kentucky beat undefeated Wichita State in the NCAA basketball tournament, ending Wichita's historic 35-0 record
March 24 A lawsuit against Lance Armstrong is dismissed; after he admitted to doping, the plaintiffs sued, claiming that they bought energy-drink maker FRS Co. believing that the drinks endorsed by Armstrong had been the key reason for his cycling success
March 24 Disney announces that it will buy Maker Studios for $500 million with an additional payout of $450 million if certain performance targets are met; purchase of the online video producer may help Disney expand marketing outlets for its media
March 25 Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announce their intention to divorce after 11 years of marriage; the announcement on Paltrow's website was titled 'Conscious Uncoupling'
March 25 U.S. Girl Scout Katie Francis breaks the record for selling cookies for the organization's annual fundraiser, selling 18,107 boxes over a seven-week period
March 26 A second dwarf planet is discovered between the Oort cloud and the Kuiper belt, an area previously considered a no-man's land; the planet, 2012 VP-113, measures about 280 miles across; the first, Sedna, about 600 miles across, was discovered in 2003
March 26 Beijing issues air pollution warnings, advising limited outdoor activity as particulate concentration (PM 2.5) measures 309, over 12 times the World Health Organization standard
March 27 Doctors announce that a 3D-printed plastic skull was successfully used to replace part of a woman's real skull in an operation three months ago in the Dutch city of Utrecht
March 27 President Obama pays his respects in a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican; Obama has stated that he is 'a great admirer' of the new pope
March 28 Southern California is hit by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale; the quake originated about 22 miles southeast of Los Angeles near La Habra
March 28 Third baseman Miguel Cabrera signs a 10-year contract with the Detroit Tigers for $292 million, exceeding the 10-year contract signed by Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees in 2007 for $275 million
March 29 African Story wins the Dubai World Cup with 12-1 odds, overtaking favored Mukhadram with 14-1 odds; both horses are owned by members of Dubai's Al Maktoum family
March 29 Russia makes assurances that the country will not invade Ukraine in its efforts to resolve the dispute over its annexation of Crimea
March 30 Oscar-winning film 'Frozen' beats 'Toy Story 3' over the weekend to become the highest-earning animated movie in history
March 30 Slovakia sets a new precedent by electing Andrej Kiska, a millionaire, as president; Mr. Kiska is the first president without ties to the Communist party to be elected since 1993, when the country was formed out of the breakup of Czechoslovakia
March 31 The International Court of Justice at the U.N. agrees that Japanese whaling is conducted for commercial purposes, not scientific research; Japan accepts the order to cease all whaling activities in the Antarctic
March 31 The U.S. announces that it is on track to enroll 7 million people in government-mandated health insurance programs by the deadline at midnight
April 1 An earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale strikes 58 miles northwest of Iquique, Chile; though larger than the 6.7 quake on March 16th, scientists expect an even stronger quake in this region in the future
April 1 Tiger Woods will miss the Masters Tournament for the first time in 20 years as he recovers from surgery for a pinched nerve
April 2 Greenpeace releases its annual energy efficiency report praising several Internet companies, including Apple, which scored poorly a couple of years ago; Amazon was noted as lagging behind in use of renewable energy for its data centers
April 2 The U.S. National Security Agency confirms that it has been using a legal loophole to search phone calls and emails of Americans without a warrant
April 3 David Letterman announces that he will retire from the 'Late Show' in 2015
April 3 The mall-building company owned by Filipino billionaire Henry Sy is set to accelerate mall development in China
April 4 Holcim Ltd of Switzerland and Lafarge SA of France, the two largest cement companies, are making plans to merge
April 4 The 16,480-foot Tungurahua volcano erupts twice; the volcano is located about 90 miles south of Quito in Ecuador
April 5 Afghans show up at the polls in spite of potential violence to vote for their next president; this is the third such election since the 2001 removal of the Taliban from power
April 5 Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar winner for best supporting actress in '12 Years a Slave', will join Lancome as its newest brand ambassador
April 6 Nigeria rebases its GDP calculations, making its economy the largest in Africa on a total GDP basis; however, South Africa leads on a GDP per capita basis
April 6 Storied American actor Mickey Rooney dies at age 93 of natural causes
April 7 Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, makes the first visit to the U.K. as Irish head of state; his visit reciprocates that of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland in 2011
April 7 The UConn Huskies beat the University of Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 for the NCAA Men's Basketball Division I championship title
April 8 Eight-month-old Prince George begins his first overseas royal tour with his parents, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
April 8 Microsoft ends support for its Windows XP operating system; the system was first released in 2001
April 9 A flaw in OpenSSL, the encryption method for many websites, has been identified, potentially compromising user security data across the Internet; web users are urged to change login names and passwords immediately
April 9 The University of Connecticut achieves a second championship as the women's basketball team takes home the NCAA championship title after a 79-58 victory over Notre Dame; the men's basketball team won the NCAA title this season
April 10 Elon Musk, head of Tesla Motors, Inc., announces that the company will begin selling its luxury electric cars in China this month
April 10 Greece returns to the bond market today with 5-year bonds at a coupon rate of 4.75 percent; international sales of 3 billion euros exceeded the nation's expectations
April 11 Budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell is nominated to replace Kathleen Sebelius as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
April 11 Papua New Guinea is shaken by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake with an aftershock registering at 6.1 on the Richter scale; the quakes were centered off the island of Bougainville
April 12 Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp. is ranked the highest-paid U.S. executive for the second year in a row; Ellison's 2013 compensation of $78.4 million is more than twice that of runner-up Robert Iger of Walt Disney Corp, with $34.3 million
April 12 Researchers announce a new orally-administered drug that may cure Hepatitis C; 90 percent of patients in trials were declared free of the virus after 12 weeks
April 13 Bubba Watson, American golfer, wins the Masters Tournament for the second year in a row
April 13 Flight recorder signals from the missing Malaysia Air jet are no longer detectable; the flight, which disappeared on March 8th, may be located in a zone of over 57,000 square km of water about 2,200 km to the northwest of Perth, Australia
April 14 Colombian coffee company Juan Valdez announces plans to go public in a couple of years; in the meantime, the company plans to expand its higher-end coffee shops around the globe in direct competition with Starbucks
April 14 'The Washington Post' and 'The Guardian' win the Pulitzer Prize for reporting of surveillance programs by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA); the investigations relied on thousands of documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor
April 15 A total lunar eclipse takes place tonight; the eclipse will be visible in North and South America, New Zealand, Australia and nearby regions; the next total lunar eclipse will take place on October 8, 2014
April 15 Google publicly offers Google Glass for the first time in a one-day online sale at $1,500 apiece
April 16 174 people have been rescued from a South Korean ferry that capsized off the coast; the ferry was carrying 476 people, mainly students; rescue efforts are ongoing
April 16 AT&T adds an unnamed automaker to its list of car manufacturers using the company's wireless service for mobile connectivity on the road; current customers include Volvo, Tesla and General Motors
April 17 Chelsea Clinton has announced that she and her husband Marc are expecting their first child in the fall; Chelsea is the only child of Bill and Hillary Clinton
April 17 Scientists announce the successful creation of stem cells from adult human cells; previous stem cell lines have been derived from fetuses and infants
April 18 A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Mexico about 80 miles to the northwest of Acapulco; only minor damage has been reported to date
April 18 Michaels Stores, Inc. states that data for 2.6 million payment cards at its Michaels stores and 400,000 cards at its Aaron Brothers stores may have been compromised in a security breach; the breaches occurred between May 8, 2013 and February 27, 2014
April 19 Chinese auto manufacturer FAW Group begins taking orders for its luxury Red Flag L5 custom-made auto; the vehicle is priced similarly to a Ferrari at approximately $803,000
April 19 HealthCare.gov, the ObamaCare registration website is taking precautions in light of the Heartbleed security bug; all user passwords have been reset
April 20 Pope Francis gives Easter Mass in St. Peter's square; his message included prayer for peace in Syria and Ukraine, a halt to Boko Haram attacks against Nigerian Christians, and for all to care for the hungry and the needy
April 20 Space station astronauts received an Easter Day delivery in the form of the SpaceX Dragon cargo spaceship filled with food, supplies, equipment and care packages; the space station delivery was the fourth for the commercial space technology company
April 21 Atlanta-based Birch Communications, Inc. and Cbeyond announce their merger; Birch will pay approximately $323 million, with Cbeyond stockholders receiving up to $10 per share
April 21 The New York Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson after a season in which the Knicks began as champions and ended with elimination
April 22 Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels joins an elite group of only 26 major league baseball players to have hit 500 home runs; Pujols achieved this feat during today's game against the Washington Nationals
April 22 An American, Meb Keflezighi, wins the men's Boston Marathon, one year after the race was targeted by bombings; an American last won the men's race in 1983
April 23 Facebook announces first-quarter profits of $642 million, an increase of nearly a factor of 3 over first-quarter profits in 2013, resulting in earnings of 25 cents per share versus the 17 cents per share expected by Wall Street
April 23 Google is partnering with solar manufacturer SunPower to form a financing program to help families afford solar power for their homes
April 24 The Federal Communications Commission moves away from the idea of net neutrality, in which all Internet users are able to equally access and view content; the agency instead proposes to allow large companies to pay Internet service providers for access to faster-streaming 'lanes'
April 24 The U.K. recognizes people of Cornish heritage as minorities in accordance with the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities; people of Scottish, Welsh and Irish heritage already have minority standing
April 25 A fossil unearthed in China has been identified as a new pterosaur species; named Kryptodrakon progenitor, the fossil is the first of its kind to show traits of pterodactyls, giant flying reptiles
April 25 China updates its environmental laws, providing more legal framework for addressing violations; the laws were last changed in 1989, prior to the nation's accelerated growth and rate of environmental degradation
April 26 Football players at Northwestern University cast votes on whether to form a union; the players were ruled last month to be university employees by the National Labor Relations Board, giving the students the right to organize
April 26 The U.S. and Japan have made progress in their joint efforts on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement; though an agreement has not been reached, both nations are interested in continuing negotiations
April 27 George Clooney and his girlfriend, British attorney Amal Alamuddin, are reportedly engaged
April 27 Pope Francis canonizes John XXIII and John Paul II; this is the first time that the Catholic Church has elected two former popes to sainthood in the same ceremony
April 28 Dubai International Airport beat London Heathrow Airport in the first quarter of this year as the world's busiest international airport; Dubai Airport hopes to retain this position after a series of expansion projects are completed
April 28 Microsoft identifies a security issue in Internet Explorer that can allow hackers to take control of personal computers using the browser; the flaw affects versions 6 to 11 of the software
April 29 A partial solar eclipse takes place, only viewable from certain regions of Australia and Antarctica; the annular eclipse was formed as the moon blocked out the center of the sun, leaving a ring of solar rays
April 29 The cast has been announced for the next film in the "Star Wars" series, due out in 2015; the cast includes some original cast members as well as actors new to the franchise
April 30 An Australian geophysical company has identified a large aluminum deposit that appeared around the time of the Malaysian Air Flight 370 disappearance on March 8th, suggesting that the plane may have crashed in the Bay of Bengal and not the Indian Ocean
April 30 The World Bank reports that India is now the third-largest economy behind the U.S. and China on the basis of purchasing power parity; India replaces Japan, though Japan remains in third place when GDPs are compared on an exchange-rated basis
May 1 Drug maker Pfizer, Inc. has raised its offer to buy AstraZeneca Plc; the current offer of over 63 billion pounds was made after AstraZeneca rejected Pfizer's offer of 58.8 billion pounds in January
May 1 Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally, will retire in July and be replaced by Mark Fields; Mulally restored profitability and distinguished the company as the only Big Three automaker to refuse government bailouts during the 2008-2009 recession
May 2 Apple and Samsung achieved mixed victory in a patent suit settlement; Samsung will owe Apple about $120 million, and Apple will owe Samsung about $158,000; Both parties were found to have infringed on each other's patents
May 2 The average monthly world CO2 concentration exceeded 400 ppm in April; the U.N. has set a 450 ppm limit for all greenhouse gases to reduce climate impact; concentrations for CO2 and all greenhouse gases averaged 391 and 430 ppm, respectively, in 2011
May 3 Donald Sterling, L.A. Clippers owner, is banned for life after reports of his racist comments; a new CEO will be appointed, and other team owners are encouraged to pressure Sterling into selling; many parties have already expressed interest
May 3 The death toll from a landslide covering Hobo Barik, Afghanistan is estimated to be at least 2,000; though only 350 are confirmed deceased, authorities lack the equipment needed to attempt a full rescue
May 4 Online business networking site LinkedIn will be expanding its presence in Singapore's central business district; the company established headquarters in Singapore in 2011 and sees the prime location as a means to attract the best talent
May 4 Union backers and California legislators are seeking to raise the state's minimum wage to $13 per hour; Governor Jerry Brown ratified a law only 8 months ago to raise the wage to $10 an hour by 2016
May 5 Polio is on the rise as unvaccinated refugees travel across borders; though most prevalent in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, infections are now appearing in other parts of Asia and Africa; young children are the most vulnerable
May 5 Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel has resigned in the wake of security breaches late last year in which customer data was stolen; the company will be run by John Mulligan, the company's Chief Financial Officer, until a new president is identified
May 6 Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce company, files plans for a U.S. IPO; the offering is expected to be one of the largest in the U.S. and may raise more funding than the Facebook IPO in 2012
May 6 Bayer strengthens its position in consumer healthcare after winning Merck's consumer-focused business unit at auction for $14.2 billion
May 7 Russian president Vladimir Putin bans cursing in creative works and media outlets, with fines on individuals and companies for using bad language; the stated purpose of the law is to protect Russian language and culture
May 7 The London police force begins a pilot program using body cameras to record behavior and document evidence during responses to incidents
May 8 Mobile photo sharing app Snapchat settles with the Federal Trade Commission after acknowledging that it falsely claimed that data sent through the app would disappear rather than form a permanent record, creating user privacy violations
May 8 Researchers have developed synthetic nucleobases, the molecules that form the backbone of DNA; organisms successfully replicated the synthetic bases, implying that creation of new life forms with these additional bases may be possible in the future
May 9 The NBA names business executive Dick Parsons as acting CEO of the L.A. Clippers; owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from contact with the Clippers or the NBA after he made racist remarks; the NBA plans to attempt a forced sale of the team
May 9 Vladimir Putin visits Crimea today for the first time since annexing the region; the visit coincides with a holiday celebrating the U.S.S.R. victory in the Second World War
May 10 Brazilian police distribute pamphlets to World Cup visitors with instructions on how to behave in the event of a robbery; the advice is meant to protect victims from injury or death during crime
May 10 Unidentified remains of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack are put to rest in a private depository next to the museum at the World Trade Center Memorial site; the remains will not be accessible or viewable to the public
May 11 Electronics manufacturer Samsung is diversifying into the pharmaceutical industry; after besting Apple in the smartphone market, Samsung has now set a goal to become the leader in the growing biotechnology sector
May 11 Regions of eastern Ukraine announce that their self-organized elections show most voters to be in favor of secession; the election results aren't recognized by the Ukrainian government or its allies
May 12 21st Century Fox, Inc. is seeking to sell its European pay TV assets to its BSkyB unit; this will enhance BSkyB's standing as a pay TV company while divesting Fox of its non-core business; such a deal must still receive regulatory approval
May 12 The markets show confidence in the U.S. economy as the stock market rises and the yield gap increases between two-year and 30-year Treasuries
May 13 A shipwreck off of Haiti may be that of the Santa Maria, one of the three ships led by Christopher Columbus; the wreck was discovered about 10 years ago, but has only now been tentatively identified in light of Columbus' writings and other evidence
May 13 Frustrated with the lack of progress in resolving the Syrian conflict, Lakhdar Brahimi resigns from his post as United Nations mediator
May 14 Japanese banks are promoting women to upper management levels for the first time in history; four women in the nation's top three banks have been promoted in the last year
May 14 The 'New York Times' fires its first female executive editor Jill Abramson after three years in the position; Abramson has been replaced by Dean Baquet, the newspaper's first African-American executive editor
May 15 eBay, Inc. will be introducing local, customized e-commerce sites and services throughout Latin America; the company will identify local demand in each market to provide targeted search results and offerings
May 15 German company Linde begins constructing a facility to convert wind power to hydrogen; the plant will help Germany in its efforts to increase reliance on renewable energy sources
May 16 Archaeologists in Patagonia, Argentina, unearth a set of bones that appear to belong to the largest dinosaur yet discovered; the new creature is thought to have weighed 77 tonnes and to have stood around 20 meters tall
May 16 The Bharatiya Janata Party wins India's general election, defeating the Indian National Congress; the results appear to signal a desire for greater economic progress
May 17 African leaders meet in Paris to discuss ways to fight Boko Haram, the Islamist group that kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls over a month ago in Nigeria; the country's president, Goodluck Jonathan, has been seen as slow to respond to the situation
May 17 Google, Inc. and Apple, Inc. have agreed to drop certain patent lawsuits against each other; the lawsuits revolve around Google's Motorola Mobility technology
May 18 Italian officials announce that many of the country's public assets will be sold in an effort to reduce the country's debt; plans to sell part of the nation's air traffic control and postal services have already been approved
May 18 Voters in Switzerland reject a proposal to raise the minimum wage to about $25 per hour; if passed, the rate would have been the highest minimum wage in Europe
May 19 The United Nations and the European Union have sent workers, equipment and supplies to Serbia and Bosnia in the wake of massive floods that have resulted in at least 36 deaths and a large number homeless after destruction of homes and farms
May 20 Credit Suisse has pled guilty to criminal charges of assisting U.S. customers in tax fraud and evasion; however, the Swiss government will not allow the bank to cooperate with the U.S. government's request for the names of those customers
May 20 General Motors announces an additional recall of 2.4 million vehicles as a proactive measure against discovery of further safety defects; in 2014 to date, the company has recalled over 13 million vehicles for safety issues
May 21 eBay announces that its databases were accessed by hackers in February and March of this year; despite no reports to date of illicit activity arising from the cyberattack, the company is requiring all users to change their passwords
May 21 The Chinese and Russian state energy companies, Gazprom and CPNC, respectively, have entered a deal for Russia to supply China with natural gas; the deal provides a market for Russian gas as European countries seek to reduce their dependence due to Russia's actions
May 22 Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has become interim leader of Thailand in a military coup today; the military has thrown out part of the constitution, imposed a curfew and placed media and Internet communication under its control
May 22 Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman announces reduction of at least 45,000 jobs, expanding the original plan for 34,000 cuts; Whitman seeks to refocus and align HP with changing computing habits such as use of cloud services rather than servers
May 23 Russian president Vladimir Putin says that he will respect the outcome of the upcoming Ukrainian elections, despite the fact that Viktor Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president, has not had his position terminated by legal means
May 23 The World Trade Organization upheld its November decision to continue banning European imports of seal products on the grounds of concern for the suffering of the hunted animals; the WTO is also reexamining its exception for indigenous hunters
May 24 Reality star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West are married in Florence, Italy, about 7 months after the birth of their daughter, North West; the celebrities have been together since early 2012
May 24 South African President Jacob Zuma is sworn into office for his second 5-year term
May 25 Businessman Petro Poroshenko wins the Ukraine's presidential election; election turnout was strong despite the nation's internal conflicts with separatist groups, who kept many voting locations closed in the eastern part of the country
May 25 Pope Francis invites Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to pray with him for peace; both leaders accept the invitation
May 26 The Malaysian government has released the last transmission from Malaysian Air Flight 370; the data confirm that the plane was last located over the eastern Indian Ocean; over a year of mapping and search may be needed before remnants might be found
May 26 The Nigerian government announces that it has located the 270-plus girls abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram, but it cannot rescue the girls yet due to fears that the abductors will kill them if the military attempts a direct confrontation
May 27 Google reveals its self-driving car today; the prototype can drive 25 miles per hour and safely respond to a variety of situations; it should be road-ready sometime after 2016; Ford, Tesla and other firms are also working on self-driving technology
May 27 President Barack Obama plans to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 and then reduce this number over the following two years to a small force; the troops will train Afghan forces and conduct counterterrorism operations
May 28 Maya Angelou, American author of 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' and many other works, dies of natural causes at age 86
May 28 Music curator and headphone maker Beats Electronics will become the latest acquisition of Apple, Inc.; Apple will pay $3 billion for the music company, started by music producer Jimmy Iovine and rap artist Dr. Dre
May 29 Early election tallies show that Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be the next president of Egypt; el-Sisi, the military commander who removed former president Mohamed Morsi from office due to mass protests, resigned his military position to run for president
May 29 The CEO of BlackBerry Ltd. will be refocusing its business on software and services in an effort to turn around the company; once a leader in the smartphone market, the company's products now account for less than 1% of global market share
May 30 Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, reveals the latest Dragon space capsule; the craft is reusable and will allow astronauts to control re-entry and landing; the development suggests that full commercialization of the space industry will soon be a reality
May 30 Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling's wife and co-owner of the L.A. Clippers, plans to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion; the sale depends on approval from the NBA and Donald
May 31 President Barack Obama proposes a plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants up to 25% over 15 years in order to address climate change; the legislation would give states the freedom to determine how to implement the emission reductions
May 31 Spain will increase spending in an $8.2 billion program aimed to stimulate economic growth; the country has been working to overcome an unemployment rate of 25%, but recent reports have shown an encouraging decline in jobless claims
June 1 Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's Prime Minister, advises other nations to be cautious in recognizing the new Palestinian government, formed by agreement between Islamist rival groups Fatah and Hamas; Hamas plans to maintain its anti-Zionist stance
June 1 India has officially divided the state of Andhra Pradesh to create the nation's 29th state, Telangana; Hyderabad will act as joint capital for both states for the next decade; K. Chandrasekhara Rao will serve as Telangana prime minister
June 2 After nearly 40 years on the throne, King Juan Carlos of Spain is abdicating and installing his son Felipe; unfavorable opinion, health issues and investigation of daughter Cristina in a public funds theft scandal have taken their toll on the king
June 2 Hospitals are beginning to use genetic profiling of tumors in order to identify the most effective treatments for various cancers; tumor genetics is thought to be of greater significance than the place of origin in the body
June 3 The U.S. government will recognize and provide finances to the new Palestinian government, formed by a coalition of Islamist groups Fatah and Hamas; the U.S. considers Hamas a terrorist group, but officials plan to monitor the new government's actions to ensure neutrality and commitment to achieving peace with Israel
June 3 The U.S. will accept and provide finances to the new Palestinian government, formed jointly by Fatah and Hamas; the U.S. labels Hamas a terrorist group but will monitor the new government's actions to ensure commitment to achieving peace with Israel
June 4 A memorial event was held in Hong Kong in remembrance of lives lost in Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing in 1989; authorities on the mainland tightened security and may be detaining many in order to avoid commemorative protests at the square itself
June 4 President Barack Obama exchanges 5 Guantanamo Bay prisoners for the lone U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl; some lawmakers protest that the secret exchange was illegal because Congress was not notified in advance
June 5 Donald Sterling, the L.A. Clippers owner banned from the NBA after making racist remarks, has dropped a lawsuit fighting the forced sale of the team; the pending sale to former Microsoft exec Steve Ballmer must now be approved by the NBA
June 5 U.S. telecom company Sprint is in talks to purchase T-Mobile U.S.; the combined company will be better able to compete against market leaders Verizon and AT&T
June 6 Telecom company Vodafone reports that certain nations allow authorities direct access to citizen communications data without a warrant; the company is prohibited from revealing the names of these nations
June 6 World leaders gather in France to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day; Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko and others concerning the need to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine
June 7 Comedian Tracy Morgan is hospitalized in critical condition after his bus is hit by a speeding semi trailer; fellow comedian James McNair, known as Jimmy Mack, did not survive the collision
June 7 Petro Poroshenko is inaugurated as the new Ukrainian president; Poroshenko took a firm stand on keeping Ukraine united and suggested plans to ease tensions in the eastern part of the country, including an offer of amnesty for separatists
June 8 Maria Sharapova wins the French Open, beating Simona Halep; Sharapova has now won two French Open titles
June 8 The world's oldest man, Alexander Imich, passes away at age 111 in New York; the oldest living woman is currently 116 years old and lives in Japan
June 9 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin targeting assets stored overseas in an effort to avoid taxes; the Indian government estimates that up to $2 trillion may be in hiding; the nation follows China and Russia in magnitude of offshored wealth
June 9 Russia seeks to intimidate Finland out of thoughts of joining NATO; a representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that any moves by Finland to do so could potentially trigger World War III
June 10 Donald Sterling, the owner of the L.A. Clippers who was banned from the NBA after racist remarks, has changed his mind on allowing sale of the team to Microsoft ex-CEO Steve Balmer; instead, Sterling has revived his $1 billion lawsuit agains the NBA
June 10 Reports of delays at U.S. Veterans Administration facilities has created temporary unity in Congress as lawmakers seek to address the scandal; thousands of veterans have waited at least three months to see a doctor; many have never been seen at all
June 11 Eric Cantor, majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, will step down from his leadership position at the end of July following a surprising primary election defeat by Tea Party candidate David Brat
June 11 The European Commission (EC) is examining the tax status of Fiat in Luxembourg; Starbucks in the Netherlands; and Apple in Ireland to identify potential unfair tax advantages; the companies say they are in compliance with financial laws
June 12 Tesla Motors announces that it will make hundreds of patents for its Model S electric cars open source; the company's founder, Elon Musk, seeks to encourage development of the electric car market
June 12 The World Cup opens in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with Brazil matched against Croatia; Brazil wins the opening game 3 - 1
June 13 A water-embedded rock layer is found deep inside the earth; the layer stores three times the water found in all the earth's oceans, suggesting that oceans developed through seepage of this water and not from striking comets as previously believed
June 13 Online travel reservation company Priceline has purchased online restaurant reservation company OpenTable, offering market expansion opportunities for both companies; Priceline paid $2.6 billion for the acquisition
June 14 A U.S. aircraft carrier is being repositioned in the Persian Gulf in the event that President Barack Obama decides to authorize military aid in the current internal Iraqi conflict; the president has stated that he will not send in ground troops
June 14 Costa Rica shocks World Cup fans by beating Uruguay 3-1; The Uruguay team is considered one of the strongest and the Costa Rica team one of the weakest in the competition
June 15 Incumbent Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is re-elected; the leader plans to continue peace talks with rebels in an effort to bring ongoing violence in the country to an end
June 15 The San Antonio Spurs beats the Miami Heat, depriving the Heat of a three-time consecutive NBA title win; the final score was 104 - 87
June 16 General Motors announces the recall of almost 3.4 additional vehicles for safety issues, bringing the current year recall total to almost 6 million; GM CEO Mary Barra has been keeping the U.S. Congress informed of the company's corrective actions
June 16 The U.S. may cooperate with Iran in identifying options to address the violence in Iraq, though such options would not include military aid; President Barack Obama has sent 257 troops to Baghdad to provide additional security for the U.S. embassy
June 17 Mexico matches Brazil in today's World Cup game, resulting in a 0 - 0 score
June 17 U.S. President Barack Obama proposes vast expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine Reserve, increasing the protected ocean area to over 780,000 square miles within nautical boundaries of U.S. Pacific territories
June 18 Internet retailer Amazon, Inc. releases its own 'Fire' smart phone; the phone will allow users to connect directly to Amazon.com to shop for items they scan or identify in video and audio clips on the device
June 18 Last year's World Cup victor Spain is defeated by Chile in the tournament today, eliminating the champion team's chances for a second title
June 19 Prince Felipe of Spain is coronated as King Felipe VI, following his father's abdication over two weeks ago; the simple ceremony sought to avoid displays of extravagance in a nation suffering high unemployment and growing disinterest in the monarchy
June 19 The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has canceled trademarks of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name and trademarks are 'offensive to Native Americans'; the team has been under pressure for years to change its name
June 20 Iran balks at the terms for peaceful nuclear development suggested by Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States; the nations hope to reach a deal by July 20th; in exchange, sanctions against Iran will be removed
June 20 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko initiates a 7-day cease-fire, allowing troops to defend themselves but not to attack; during the cease-fire, separatists can turn in weapons and receive amnesty; so far, rebels have rejected the offer
June 21 The U.S. is pressing Iraq to put a new government into place as soon as possible in order to keep the nation from being torn apart by sectarian violence; the U.S. plans to send military advisors but not direct military assistance at this time
June 21 Tiger Woods has announced that he will begin golfing again after a three-month hiatus he took to recover from back surgery; he will play in the Quicken Loans National in Maryland next week
June 22 The Pyu Ancient Cities in Myanmar and the Shahr-i-Sokhta (Burnt City) in Iran have been named World Heritage sites; the Myanmar cities were active from 200 B.C. to 900 A.D.; the Iranian city was active primarily from 3200 B.C. to about 1800 B.C.
June 22 The week-long cease-fire in the Ukraine has been endorsed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who urged separatist fighters to stop fighting and instead hold discussions with the Ukrainian government
June 23 'Nympheas', a painting in Claude Monet's 'Water Lilies' series, is auctioned today for a price of $54 million; this is only the second-highest price paid for a Monet - another painting in the series sold in 2008 for $80.3 million at auction
June 23 Ukrainian rebels honor the government's week-long cease-fire; peace talks were also initiated between the separatists, the ambassador to Russia and an ex-president of the Ukraine standing in for the current administration
June 24 Rebekah Brooks has been declared not guilty, and Editor Andy Coulson has been pronounced guilty in the 'News of the World' phone hacking case
June 24 The original lyrics to 'Like a Rolling Stone', handwritten by Bob Dylan on hotel stationery, sells for $2 million at auction
June 25 Facebook reports that over 90% of its tech employees are Asian or white, while women make up only 15% of tech employees and 31% of all employees; COO Cheryl Sandberg notes that more women are also needed in leadership roles at the company
June 25 Lesotho has received funding from the World Bank to continue improving its water supply by enhancing the Metalong Dam and providing water to more areas; the project benefits around 30,000 residents
June 26 Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine enter into free-trade pacts with the European Union, a decision counter to that of Kazakhstan and Belarus, who partnered with Russia in creation of the Eurasian Union
June 26 Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is thrown out of the World Cup for biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder; Suarez has also been banned from nine international matches and a four-month suspension from playing
June 27 Bobby Womack, renowned singer and the writer of many chart-toppers, dies at age 70
June 27 Former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker is nominated for the position of President of the European Commission in a 26-2 vote over U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who strongly objected to the decision
June 28 French tennis player Alize Cornet beats top-ranked Serena Williams at Wimbledon
June 28 U.S. President Barack Obama requests $2 billion for emergency measures to address illegal immigration and enhance security at the border with Mexico; thousands of children have been caught in the last 8 months crossing the border without adults
June 29 Russia supplies Iraq with military aircraft to help the government fight insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq; the U.S. has readied military assistance, but it has not yet been delivered
June 29 Two Americans, Jeffrey Edward Fowle and Matthew Todd Miller, are to be charged in North Korea with unspecified crimes; Fowle is accused of leaving a Bible in his hotel room, and Miller allegedly asked for asylum after destroying his visa
June 30 The U.S. Supreme Court agrees with a lower court ruling that Google's Street View data collection violated anti-wiretapping laws by capturing personal data from wi-fi networks
June 30 Toyota is seeking to sell fuel-cell vehicles in the U.S. but must receive an exemption from certain safety requirements to do so; Toyota states that its car meets safety requirements through a different mechanism than that specified in the rules
July 1 Japan updates its constitution to allow self-defense forces to assist in defending allied nations that come under attack. The change does not extend to assisting in other external military conflicts.
July 1 Vice Admiral Michelle Janine Howard is promoted to 4-star admiral, becoming the first woman to achieve the highest rank in the U.S. Navy
July 2 A survey by Consumer Reports reveals that diners prefer restaurants that use higher quality ingredients and allow for customization of the meal; Chipotle Mexican Grill led the survey in the fast-casual category
July 2 Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has accepted a role as economic advisor to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in order to help Egypt reform its economy and develop new business opportunities
July 3 North Carolina is hit by Category 2 Hurricane Arthur, causing some flooding and the risk of storm surges
July 3 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 17,000 for the first time
July 4 After advancing to the World Cup semifinals, Brazil loses star player Neymar, who suffered a broken vertebra after a knee to the back during the Colombia match
July 4 The European Banking Authority cautions banks against accepting or trading in virtual currencies such as Bitcoin until such transactions can be regulated by the European Commission; regulators cited the risk of fraud and money laundering
July 5 Argentina and the Netherlands join Brazil and Germany as World Cup semifinalists
July 5 Petra Kvitova beats Eugenie Bouchard to win the women's Wimbledon final; Novak Djokovic wins the men's final after defeating Roger Federer
July 6 The state of Washington legalizes recreational marijuana, becoming the second U.S. state to do so after Colorado
July 6 While the world economy is growing, forecasts have been reduced due to weak global investment spending and risks to U.S. growth stemming from potential Federal Reserve attempts to end stimulus efforts
July 7 Fossils of prehistoric bird species Pelagornis sandersi have been uncovered at the Charleston, S.C. airport; the species is the largest-known bird discovered to date, with a wingspan of approximately 24 feet
July 7 The Obama administration requests $3.7 billion to address a flood of children crossing the U.S. border unaccompanied by adults; the children are to be returned to their home countries
July 8 Germany beats Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals; the defeat is considered a possible explanation for ensuing incidents of bus burning around Sao Paulo
July 8 The U.S. Federal Reserve announces that it will end its current monetary policy of quantitative easing by ceasing bond purchases after October of this year
July 9 Argentina beats The Netherlands in the World Cup semifinals with a score of 4-2; the team will play Germany in the final match
July 9 Ray Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, is found guilty of bribery and corruption charges; Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison
July 10 Labor unions of workers in the public sector went on strike across the U.K. to protest wage increases below the rate of inflation; unions claim that over one million workers participated
July 10 Mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is now one of the top three downloads in the free app category of the Apple App store in the U.S.; the game was released a little over two weeks ago
July 11 LeBron James, former player for the Miami Heat, will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers
July 12 Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani agree to an election vote recount to settle allegations of fraud after Ghani was declared the winner; the process could take weeks, requiring the inauguration ceremony to be postponed
July 12 The Netherlands wins over Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup game for third place
July 13 Orbital Sciences Corp. launches its second cargo rocket to the International Space Station; Orbital and competitor Space X each have contracts for space supply delivery
July 13 The U.S. House Judiciary Committee finds that there are no grounds for impeachment of President Barack Obama, despite calls for such action from political opponents
July 14 Hamas rejects a peace deal brokered by Egypt and agreed to by Israel; Israel warned that the rejection could result in military action to stop rocket attacks from Palestinian militants
July 14 Samsung temporarily suspends operations with supplier Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co after allegations of child labor; Samsung is conducting an investigation
July 15 Apple and IBM join forces to develop apps for business users; the agreement will give Apple a greater share of the business market, which is increasingly catering to a mobile workforce; IBM will benefit from the software integration on its cloud computing platform
July 15 Mohammed Zakari, a leader of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, has been arrested by Nigerian police; Boko Haram is implicated in hundreds of deaths and kidnappings, and Zakari is wanted for the recent killings of seven people
July 16 The U.S. adds new sanctions against Russia, prohibiting certain Russian international businesses from accessing U.S. capital markets; the move extends previous sanctions targeting specific individuals and their companies
July 16 Time Warner, Inc. may be offered $75 billion by Twenty-First Century Fox in a proposed merger deal that would create the world's largest media company; Time Warner rejected an earlier proposal by Fox
July 17 Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 is hit by a missile while flying over eastern Ukraine, the location of heavy fighting by pro-Russian separatists; the origin of the missile is not yet known; all 298 people aboard the plane were killed in the attack
July 17 Microsoft announces that it will lay off 14% of its workforce, equalling approximately 18,000 employees; many of the cuts are expected to come from recently-acquired Nokia
July 18 Amazon announces its new Kindle Unlimited program, a subscription service providing borrowing rights to a large selection of books for a monthly fee; the service is drawing comparisons to movie rental company Netflix
July 18 Forbes Media, controlled by the Forbes family, is selling a majority interest in the business to Integrated Whale Media Investments, based in Hong Kong; the deal is expected to provide Forbes with greater international exposure
July 19 Russia retaliates against U.S. sanctions against certain individuals by denying visas to 13 Americans
July 19 Tobacco company R. J. Reynolds must pay over $23 billion in resolution of a lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who died from lung cancer at age 36; the suit accused the company of hiding the health risks and habit-forming nature of cigarettes
July 20 25-year-old Rory McIlroy wins the British Open, making history with his third championship win
July 20 The U.S. states that evidence suggests a Russian-made missile was fired at Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17; the missile strike killed all 298 people aboard
July 21 In an effort to address the flood of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the Texas border, Governor Rick Perry sends 1,000 National Guard troops to provide border security
July 21 Multiple U.S. food chains in China drop meat supplier Shanghai Husi after reports that the company used expired meat and unsanitary processing conditions; companies include McDonald's, Taco Bell, Burger King and Starbucks
July 22 A case of bubonic plague in the Chinese province of Gansu prompts quarantines in parts of the city of Yumen; while outbreaks are rare, the disease can be contracted by contact with fleas from wild rodents
July 22 Apple Inc. forecasts greater demand for its new iPhone6 models than for the iPhone 5S and 5C; in response to consumer demand, the new phones will have larger screens
July 23 Obamacare renders confusion as two appeals courts issue conflicting rulings regarding the legality of subsidies offered through federal versus state-run insurance exchanges; the ruling will likely to to the U.S. Supreme Court
July 23 The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration removes its ban on air travel to Israel after concluding that Israel will be able to prevent risks to aircraft during the conflict with Hamas
July 24 Amazon Inc. reports a $126 million loss for the second quarter, its second-highest loss on record; the company has been investing in new services to attract and retain more customers
July 24 Arseny Yatseniuk, prime minister of Ukraine, submits his resignation in frustration over inaction of the parliament to address energy needs and military funding
July 25 Bose has filed a lawsuit against Beats Electronics for violating various patents related to noise-cancellation technology
July 25 Dutch and Australian police are headed to eastern Ukraine in the continuing search for bodies and evidence in the missile strike of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17; separatists have been accused of tampering with evidence and hindering investigations
July 26 29-year-old Italian cyclist Vincenzo Nibali wins the Tour de France, becoming the first winner from Italy in 16 years; the victory makes Nibali one of only six cyclists to have won the Grand Tours of Italy, Spain and France
July 26 U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Central American leaders, asking their assistance in curbing the flood of children attempting to immigrate; Obama asserted that children without proper documentation would be returned to their home countries
July 27 Discount store Dollar Tree will buy rival Family Dollar for $8.5 billion; the merged company is expected to generate revenue in line with competitor Dollar General
July 27 Real estate website company Zillow will buy rival Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock; the company will dominate the market for online searches of real estate
July 28 The U.S. and the European Union impose additional sanctions on Russia, focusing on restrictions related to the nation's military, energy, and financial sectors
July 28 U.S. officials state that Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by test-firing a type of cruise missile; Russian officials argue against the charge
July 29 Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, the key Sierra Leone doctor fighting the Ebola virus, dies after succumbing to the disease
July 29 The NCAA settles a lawsuit regarding concussions, paying $70 million to assess head injuries for current and past players of college sports; The fund does not cover treatment, forcing injured players to sue their colleges for compensation
July 30 Bank of America must pay $1.3 billion in a civil lawsuit over fraud committed by lending unit Countrywide Financial, which operated a scheme nicknamed 'Hustle' that resulted in large numbers of unsubstantiated mortgages during 2007-2008
July 30 U.S. Congress votes to sue the Obama administration, claiming that the president overstepped his authority by independently delaying a provision of the Obamacare law without seeking required congressional approval
July 31 Tennis champion Serena Williams beats Karolina Pliskova in her first game since leaving the Wimbledon games on July 1st due to illness; Williams will undergo future medical tests to confirm whether the illness was caused by a virus
July 31 U.S. President Barack Obama authorizes air strikes against Islamic State militants for situations in which the forces appear to threaten U.S. personnel; food drops were also carried out along the Syrian border to civilians trapped by the violence
August 1 Apple Inc. will be required to pay $450 million in settlements if found guilty of antitrust violations concerning e-book price fixing; the outcome of an appeal by Apple is pending
August 1 Days after imposing additional sanctions against Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama contacts Russian President Vladimir Putin to express concern about Russia's continuing support of Ukrainian separatists
August 2 China's Yunnan Province is hit by a 6.1-magnitude earthquake; 367 people perished, and over 1,880 were injured
August 2 Dr. Kent Brantly, one of two American medical workers who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, arrives in the U.S. for treatment in isolation at Emory University Hospital; the virus has already claimed hundreds of lives in West Africa
August 3 Portuguese officials move to rescue Banco Espirito Santo from collapse by offering $6.6 billion ($4.9 billion euros) in funding
August 3 The Islamic State captures the Iraqi town of Sinjar, home to the country's Yazidi religious minority population; residents fled in advance of the extremists, who have demanded that non-Muslim residents convert to Islam or face death
August 4 Medical worker Nancy Writebol, the second of two Americans to contract the Ebola virus in Liberia, joins Dr. Kent Brantly at Emory University Hospital for treatment; both patients are receiving an experimental drug that has not been tested on humans
August 4 Twenty-First Century Fox, headed by Rupert Murdoch, rescinds its offer to buy Time Warner Inc. after the latter's resistance to the proposal
August 5 Over 1.2 billion security credentials have been stolen in a Russian-led hacking ring; data was stolen from over 420,000 websites, but the websites and victim names have not yet been disclosed
August 5 Russia counters sanctions by the U.S. and the European Union by banning all imports of dairy, fish, meat, fruit and vegetables; Ukrainian flights have also been prohibited from Russian air space
August 6 Two former Khmer Rouge leaders, Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea, have been convicted of war crimes during the period of Cambodian genocide in the 1970s; a U.N.-supported war crimes tribunal sentenced the two men to life in prison; both men are in their 80s
August 6 U.S. President Barack Obama will allow the Pentagon to perform a limited number of air strikes in Iraq to thwart the advance of the Islamic State
August 7 By court order, student athletes can now profit from commercial use of their names and images; NCAA had previously retained all revenues from such deals, but students will now have profits placed in trust funds to be received upon leaving school
August 7 Former Press Secretary James S. Brady dies at age 73; Brady's death has been ruled a homicide due to a gunshot wound made 33 years earlier by John W. Hinckley, Jr.; Hinckley was found to be insane and was not charged with the original crime
August 8 In an effort to diversify into home systems automation, Samsung Electronics is buying SmartThings, a manufacturer of remote control applications for home appliances and other devices
August 8 Race car driver Tony Stewart hits fellow driver Kevin Ward, Jr. with a vehicle on a sprint car track; Ward was walking on the track and did not survive the incident
August 9 GM recalls 269,000 additional vehicles; the company has issued 66 recalls this year to date
August 9 Residents of Ferguson, MO call for FBI investigation of the shooting death of a teenager by a police officer; the reason for the confrontation has not been disclosed
August 10 Fossils of a new species of giant penguin, named Palaeeudyptes klekowskii, have been found on Seymour Island in Antarctica; the penguins lived about 40 million years ago and likely weighed about 250 pounds
August 10 Rory McIlroy wins the PGA Championship, marking his fourth major championship; McIlroy is now one of only four players in golf history to reach this achievement by age 25
August 11 Drug manufacturer Mapp Biopharmaceutical states that it has run out of its experimental Ebola treatment drug; the company has been shipping all available stock without charge to West Africa in an attempt to treat victims of the current epidemic
August 11 Sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Microsoft ex-CEO Steve Ballmer has gone through, despite attempts by former owner Donald Sterling to stop the transaction; Sterling was forced to sell after being banned from the NBA for his racist remarks
August 12 705 military troops will be sent to Iraq by the U.S. to assist in planning assistance to groups affected by the advance of Islamist State militants; President Barack Obama states that the troops will not be involved in combat
August 12 A home-based colon cancer screening test by Exact Sciences Corp. has received approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; patients must receive a doctor's prescription in order to purchase the test
August 13 Celine Dion announces that she will not be performing for the indefinite future; the singer will be focusing on taking care of her husband as he recovers from throat cancer surgery; she is also recovering from an illness affecting her vocal cords
August 13 U.S. air strikes, in combination with Kurdish forces, pushed back an assault by Islamic State militants upon Yazidi minorities trapped on Mt. Sinjar in Iraq; the action allowed thousands to escape
August 14 Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has agreed to stop challenging Haider al-Abadi as the new Prime Minister; President Fuad Masum selected al-Abadi for the position earlier this week
August 14 Rob Manfred has been elected as the new commissioner of Major League Baseball; Manfred will take the position after current commissioner Bud Selig retires early next year
August 15 Texas Governor Rick Perry has been convicted of felony for threatening to block state funds from the office of District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she resigned; the threat stemmed from Lehmberg's arrest for drunk driving
August 15 The European Union will assist Iraq in fighting Islamic State militants; European nations and the Union are sending arms in addition to humanitarian aid
August 16 Continued riots in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by a police officer have resulted in the announcement of a state of emergency and a curfew by Governor Jay Nixon
August 16 India has put the INS Kolkata into service; the battleship, built locally, is the second to be commissioned this year and signals the nation's intent to update its military in response to concern regarding China's growth
August 17 Kurdish peshmerga fighters are able to recapture part of the Mosul Dam after U.S. airstrikes push back Islamic State militants
August 17 Residents of the West Point shantytown in Monrovia, Nigeria loot an Ebola quarantine center, stealing items that include contaminated bedsheets; patients flee during the raid, raising the risk of spreading the virus among the 50,000 slum inhabitants
August 18 A meeting between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan has been canceled following a Pakistani official's meeting with separatists in Kashmir province, a disputed territory claimed by both nations
August 18 Rafael Nadal, title winner of the 2013 U.S. Open, will not participate in the 2014 championship due to a wrist injury
August 19 Community Health Systems Inc., a private hospital company, reveals that Social Security numbers and other personal data were stolen for 4.5 million patients in April and June; the company believes the attack is the work of Chinese hackers
August 19 Google will be launching a paid subscription-based music service featuring YouTube music video content; the service will be separate from the company's existing subscription music service on Google Play
August 20 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder flies to Ferguson, MO to inform residents that the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown will be investigated by the federal government; a separate county-appointed grand jury has already begun reviewing the case
August 20 U.S. officials have validated claims by the Islamic State (IS) that journalist James Foley, held in captivity for two years, has been killed; President Obama vows to continue airstrikes in Iraq against IS militants
August 21 Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, American aid workers who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia and returned to the U.S. for treatment, have been released and declared fully recovered
August 21 Over 250 Russian trucks enter embattled eastern Ukraine without permission to deliver humanitarian aid; NATO questions the true intent of the convoy, claiming that Russia has used deceptive 'aid' convoys in other conflicts
August 22 17-year-old Katie Ledecky, the current world record holder for fastest 400-meter freestyle, breaks her own record at the Pan Pacific championships
August 22 The Washington, D.C. zoo is holding a Chinese first-birthday ceremony for celebrity giant panda baby Bao Bao; the cub will be sent to China when she turns 4
August 23 Continued rain in the Hiroshima province of Japan poses a risk of additional landslides, which have caused the death of at least 42 people to date
August 23 India's central bank states that domestic credit cards must complete extra validation when used to buy local goods or services; some businesses have avoided the rule by using foreign payment systems, resulting in cash flows out of the country
August 24 A magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes near the California Bay Area city of Napa; 87 have been injured, but no fatalities have been reported
August 24 U.S. pharmaceutical company InterMune has been bought by Roche, the Swiss drug manufacturer, for $8.6 million; Roche will pay cash, offering a 38% premium on InterMune's current stock price of approximately $54/share
August 25 Seth Meyers hosts the 66th Annual Emmy Awards; winning series include 'Modern Family' for best comedy and 'Breaking Bad' for best drama; winning actors include Julianna Margulies ('The Good Wife') and Bryan Cranston ('Breaking Bad')
August 25 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko dissolves the country's Supreme Council, which has been stymied by pro-separatist members; new elections will be held on October 26th
August 26 Burger King Worldwide Inc. will purchase Canadian restaurant chain Tim Hortons Inc. and move its headquarters to Canada; Burger King will pay a little over $11 billion in U.S. dollars, and the merger will create the third-largest global fast food company
August 26 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet during a conference in Minsk to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine; Putin agreed to support peace, while Poroshenko promised to develop cease-fire plans
August 27 A new front has opened along the Russian- Ukrainian border, with thousands of Russians assisting rebels in Ukraine; Russia claims that it is neither sending nor supporting these forces, but that the troops are fighting with the rebels voluntarily
August 27 French judicial officials are investigating IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde for her alleged role in fraudulent payments during her time as France's finance minister; LaGarde believe that the charges are unfounded
August 28 A U.S. lawsuit against IBM and Ford Motor Company, seeking damages for the companies' transactions with the former apartheid government, has been dismissed; the transactions were conducted by foreign units and are not under jurisdiction of U.S. law
August 28 Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba announces second-quarter earnings of over $1.1 billion , more than twice the combined income of U.S e-commerce giants Amazon and Ebay; Alibaba will issue its U.S. IPO in mid-September
August 29 A 21-year-old man is the first reported case of Ebola in Senegal; the man had recent contact with Ebola victims from Guinea
August 29 The British government raises its terror threat level to 'severe' due to concern over the number of participants in Middle Eastern conflicts who have been traveling to and from the U.K. and who may seek to instigate terrorist actions inside the country
August 30 In the face of signs that Russian troops and equipment are aiding rebels in eastern Ukraine, the E.U. proposes further sanctions against Russia; President Vladimir Putin denies the charges while calling for independent statehood of the region
August 30 Legislators in California pass a ban on disposable plastic grocery bags; if approved by Governor Jerry Brown, the ban will be the first implemented across a state, though many cities across the U.S. already have such bans in place
August 31 Iraqi troops and Shiite militia members, aided by U.S. air strikes, free the town of Amerli from Islamic State control; the rebel group seized the town two months ago, blocking access to food and supplies; rations were air-dropped after the victory
August 31 Protests erupt after China issues a decision to not allow free elections in Hong Kong, instead requiring government approval of any candidate running for office
September 1 Apple's new iPhone will include a near-field communication chip, making mobile payments easier; the phone will be released for sale later this September
September 1 Pakistani protesters seeking the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif briefly take over the state television station and shut it down; soldiers and paramilitary forces later regained control and restored operation
September 2 Home Depot may be the source of a new data breach, resulting in theft of thousands of customer credit card numbers; the company was indicated as the source by various banks after the data appeared for sale online
September 2 Thomas Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cautions that the Ebola epidemic will soon be uncontrollable unless more workers are found to aid in treatment of victims and burial of contagious bodies
September 3 Iran is strengthening gender segregation policies, forbidding women to work in public areas of restaurants and seeking separation from men in office settings; the move will increase the 18.9% female jobless rate
September 3 Russian President Vladimir Putin says that he and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have agreed to a peace plan that would retain rebel control of parts of eastern Ukraine; the two presidents hope to continue negotiations on Friday
September 4 Joan Rivers dies at age 81; the outspoken comedienne passed after complications from surgery on her vocal cords
September 4 Movie studio Warner Brothers announces plans to lay off employees and reduce costs in order to improve efficiency; parent company Time Warner Inc. is seeking improvements across its divisions after rejecting a buyout offer by Rupert Murdoch earlier this year
September 5 Apple Inc. is putting new security notifications in place after hackers gained access to celebrity iCloud accounts; the company denies any iCloud security compromises, stating that hackers used other methods to gain entry to the accounts
September 5 Ukrainian troops and separatist forces have halted fighting in eastern Ukraine in accordance with a cease-fire agreement between Ukraine, Russia and the rebel forces
September 6 Former Egyptian President President Mohamed Mursi and nine others have been charged with giving confidential state security information to the government of Qatar; if convicted of treason, Mursi could face the death penalty
September 6 Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten is seeking to buy U.S. online rebate service Ebates Shopping.com Inc. for $950 million; in recent years, Rakuten has been making acquisitions to expand its interests outside of Japan
September 7 Bruce Levenson will sell his stake in the Atlanta Hawks after stating earlier this week that he sent a racially biased email two years ago; Levenson is freely following the path of Don Sterling, who was forced to sell the Clippers for similar reasons
September 7 Serena Williams beats Caroline Wozniacki in the U.S. Open final, joining Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert in having won 18 Grand Slam singles victories
September 8 A large number of children across ten U.S. states are being hospitalized due to Enterovirus, EV-D68; children with asthma are particularly at risk for complications
September 8 Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, announce that they are expecting their second child; baby Prince George celebrated his first birthday two months ago
September 9 Apple announced the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus; the phones will be larger than previous models and have an improved camera; all three devices use Near Field Communication (NFC) to allow instant payments in stores without credit cards
September 9 Six people are arrested in Taiwan for selling contaminated lard products to restaurants, manufacturers and food suppliers; the 'lard' included discarded kitchen oil and leather manufacturing grease
September 10 Microsoft Corp. is planning to buy Mojang, the company that created the video game Minecraft; the purchase price would likely exceed $2 billion
September 10 President Barack Obama announces that the U.S. will increase its support for forces fighting the advances of the Islamic State militant group; air power, military training and other aid will be provided, but U.S. troops will not be sent to battle
September 11 Court documents have been unsealed for rulings in 2008 requiring companies to give customers' online data to the U.S. government with no warrant; the papers show that Yahoo! sued but lost, resulting in compliance by Yahoo!, Google, Apple, and others
September 11 With help from Qatar officials, 45 U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji have been freed by their Syrian rebel captors; the troops were taken hostage two weeks ago after the rebels overtook the Syrian-controlled part of Golan Heights from government troops
September 12 Solar storms will reach Earth today and tomorrow, possibly disrupting electric grids and increasing radiation exposure to airline travelers
September 12 Walt Disney Co. is replacing attractions at some of its parks with rides and features from its hit movie 'Frozen'; in one such change, the Maelstrom ride in the Norway section of Epcot will be replaced by a 'Frozen' attraction to open in 2016
September 13 Muslim Brotherhood followers have been asked to leave Qatar; other Arab states are unhappy with Qatar's support of the group, highlighted by recent charges that the nation received state secrets from member and former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi
September 13 Russia sends roughly 215 trucks of humanitarian supplies into Ukraine without permission from Kiev; the truck contents were inspected by neither Ukrainian officials nor Red Cross members as agreed to by Ukraine and Russia, but Kiev did not protest
September 14 19-year-old golfer Hyo-Joo Kim wins the title round of the Evian Championship, becoming the third-youngest female golfer to win a major
September 14 24-year-old Matthew Miller, one of three Americans currently held in North Korea, has been convicted of unlawful entry into the country for the purpose of spying; he has been sentenced to six years of hard labor
September 15 Category 3-strength Hurricane Odile makes landfall near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, destroying property and leaving many residents without electricity or potable water; the storm is expected to weaken to a tropical storm overnight as it continues north
September 15 The U.N. will remove peacekeepers from the Syrian side of Golan Heights after the recent capture and release of 45 U.N. troops from Fiji by Syrian rebel forces; the U.N. has worked in the area for 40 years to keep peace between Syria and Israel
September 16 In addition to financial support and medical expertise, the U.S. is sending engineers to West Africa to build Ebola treatment clinics, will provide training for hundreds of healthcare workers, and will offer Ebola education packets to the public
September 16 NASA outsources its role in space travel by awarding a $4.2 billion contract to Boeing and a $2.6 billion contract to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to shuttle astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station
September 17 President Xi Jinping of China begins a visit to India today to discuss strengthening economic relations and potentially resolving disputes regarding segments of the border between the two nations
September 17 The Federal Reserve will continue its current program of slow withdrawal of economic stimulus measures, as U.S. unemployment and underemployment numbers have not improved quickly enough to warrant a change in policy
September 18 Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange; its pre-IPO market valuation of almost $168 billion exceeds that of American e-commerce giant Amazon by over $17 billion
September 18 Scottish citizens reject independence of Scotland from the U.K.; 45 percent voted for and 55 percent voted against independence in a national referendum
September 19 A man is apprehended inside the White House after scaling the fence and running into the building; U.S. President Barack Obama and his family were not there at the time of the incident
September 19 Crowds line up at retailers across the U.S. as the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are offered for sale; buyers are seeking to be some of the first to own the devices, which may be shipped as late as November for those who pre-ordered online
September 20 16-year-old Cole Custer wins the NASCAR Truck Series, becoming the youngest winner of the race
September 20 49 hostages of the Islamic State are freed and returned to Turkey after an operation enacted by the Turkish government after the June kidnapping in Mosul, Iraq; Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not give information regarding its actions
September 21 Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have agreed to share power in a unity government, with Ghani as president and Abdullah as chief executive officer of Afghanistan; both men claimed fraud after the election, prompting a U.N.-monitored recount
September 21 NASA Mars probe MAVEN is on track to enter the planet's orbit after a 10-month journey; the probe will collect data for a year on the upper Martian atmosphere to potentially answer questions about climate change on the planet
September 22 Demonstrators block Wall Street as they demand action on climate change in advance of a U.N. climate change forum tomorrow
September 22 The U.S. Treasury is issuing rules to hinder companies from moving their headquarters outside the country to save on taxes; the rules may impact pending deals, such as Burger King's plan to move to Canada after merging with Tim Horton's
September 23 Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, is sentenced in the U.S. to life in prison for providing support to al-Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks; Abu Ghayth commented that hundreds of young Muslims would rise up as a result of his imprisonment
September 23 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) project that Ebola cases could reach between 550,000 and 1.4 million by January if more isn't done to control spread of the disease; infections are doubling about every 3 weeks in Liberia and Sierra Leone
September 24 India has successfully launched a space probe into orbit around Mars on its first attempt, making it the first Asian country to orbit the planet; at $74 million, the spacecraft cost about 11% of the U.S. Maven, which reached Mars orbit two days prior
September 24 United Nation member states agree to a resolution aiming to prevent their citizens from joining or supporting militant groups, particularly the Islamic State, in Iraq and Syria
September 25 Derek Jeter bats the winning ball in his last home game for the New York Yankees, resulting in a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles
September 25 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announces his resignation after six years of service in the Obama Administration; Holder's resignation will take effect upon selection and confirmation of a successor
September 26 As the Ebola epidemic spreads, the World Health Organization (WHO) has requested Ebola vaccine doses from GlaxoSmithKline (Glaxo); the company offered the vaccine to WHO in March, but the offer was rejected because the vaccine had not been tested on humans
September 26 Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, announce the birth of their first child, Charlotte, making grandparents of former U.S. presidential couple Bill and Hillary Clinton
September 27 Hong Kong government offices remain closed as protesters continue to demand resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and an end to selection of Hong Kong candidates by the Chinese government
September 27 The Spanish region of Catalonia plans to hold a referendum on independence; the Spanish government is moving to challenge the legality of such a move in the nation's Constitutional Court
September 28 Ashraf Ghani is sworn in as Afghanistan's new president; Ghani will share power with runner-up candidate Abdullah Abdullah, who has taken the position of chief executive
September 28 Flight schedules will return to normal at Air France by September 30th after the pilots' union agreed to end a strike that began on September 15th; negotiations to settle contested issues are still ongoing
September 29 Afghan officials have signed a pact with the U.S. to maintain troops in the country beyond the end of 2014 and provide Afghanistan with funding; former Afghan President Hamid Karzai would not sign the agreement due to his opposition to U.S. presence
September 29 EBay Inc. announces that it will split its PayPal unit into a separate company, raising the possibility of a PayPal buyout by mobile payment operators such as Google
September 30 A Liberian man has been identified as the first U.S. case of Ebola; the man was initially misdiagnosed at a hospital in Dallas, Texas, but the virus was found after he was hospitalized for his worsening condition
September 30 Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies in a congressional hearing to investigate the recent intrusion of the White House as well as other security breaches under her leadership; Pierson stated that such incidents will not happen again
October 1 Julia Pierson, the first female director of the U.S. Secret Service, resigns after an 18-month tenure during which several security breaches occurred, including the recent daytime intrusion of the White House by a man armed with a knife
October 1 The Mexican government captures Hector Beltran Leyva, head of a family-run crime organization primarily involved in drug trafficking
October 2 American freelance videographer Ashoka Mukpo tests positive for Ebola while working in Liberia; the cameraman has been working in the country for the past three years but became symptomatic the day after beginning an assignment for NBC News
October 2 JPMorgan Chase discloses that a July data breach resulted in exposure of contact information for 83 million households; the bank states that security information, such as passwords and birth dates, did not appear to have been compromised
October 3 General Motors (GM) issues its 71st recall this year, affecting over 500,000 Cadillac SUVs, Saab SUVs and Chevy Spark cars that may have defective or loose parts; GM is also halting sales of GMC Canyons and Chevy Colorados due to air bag concerns
October 3 Palestine will be officially recognized as a sovereign state by the new government of Sweden; though the U.N. General Assembly supported such recognition two years ago, few nations have officially extended this recognition
October 4 Former Haitian leader Jean Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier dies of a heart attack at age 63; known for an oppressive regime, he fled the country in 1986 but returned in 2011, pleading not guilty to charges of corruption and human rights violations
October 4 Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient hospitalized for Ebola in the U.S., slips from serious to critical condition in a Dallas hospital; 10 people who had been in close contact with the patient have been placed in isolation
October 5 Hewlett-Packard (HP) plans to split into two companies: HP Enterprise, focused on enterprise products and services, and HP Inc., focused on printing and personal computing; the move will be completed in 2015
October 5 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Edvard Moser, May-Britt Moser and John O'Keefe, neuroscientists who discovered the brain cells responsible for positioning and navigation memory
October 6 The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Hiroshi Amano, Isamu Akasaki and Shuji Nakamura for developing the blue light-emitting diode (LED), which emits low-energy white light that can replace incandescents and mercury-containing fluorescents
October 6 U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been suspended for six months from sponsor organization USA Swimming due to a recent drunk driving charge; Phelps plans to enter a treatment program
October 7 Scientists Stefan Hell of Germany and Eric Betzig and William Moerner of the U.S. share the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing 'super-resolved fluorescence microscopy'; the technology can be used to observe molecular activity in living cells
October 7 Wal Mart announces that, due to the Affordable Care Act, it will increase health benefit costs for all employees and end health benefits for its 30,000 or so workers with fewer than 30 hours per week; the changes will take place in January 2015
October 8 The Buffalo Bills are being sold to businessman Terry Pegula for $1.4 billion, the highest price paid in history for an NFL team; previously owner Ralph Wilson, now deceased, paid $25,000 in 1959
October 8 Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to develop Ebola in the U.S., dies after 11 days in a Dallas hospital; he was sent home after an initial hospital visit despite stating he had been in West Africa, but he was admitted upon his return two days later
October 9 French author Patrick Modiano receives the Nobel Prize in Literature, winning the award over noted poet Adonis and writers Haruki Murakami, Svetlana Alexievich, and Ngugi wa Thiong'o
October 9 The U.S. stock market decreases sharply, with the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average each sinking by about 2 percent
October 10 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not attend festivities for today's North Korean Workers' Party holiday; Kim has not made any public appearances since early September, raising questions regarding his whereabouts and his health
October 10 The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for their work in advocating children's rights; 17-year-old Yousafzai, who was shot by Taliban in retaliation for her activism, is the youngest recipient in history
October 11 27 hostages have been freed in Cameroon, including the wife of vice prime minister Amadou Ali and a group of Chinese workers; Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected to be responsible
October 11 A Dallas hospital worker who treated deceased Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has herself contracted the virus despite wearing protective gear; the Centers for Disease Control states that her infection results from a breach in protocol
October 12 Russian troops along the Ukrainian border have been ordered to withdraw to their home bases by President Vladimir Putin; the move comes ahead of meetings between Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
October 12 Several nations have pledged financial support to rebuild Gaza after destruction resulting from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the summer; commitments include an immediate $212 million U.S. donation and a $1 billion pledge from Qatar
October 13 An independence referendum for the Spanish region of Catalonia has been cancelled after the nation's constitutional court accepted the case for legal decision, effectively suspending the move until a ruling is given
October 13 The Vatican issues a document indicating that the Catholic Church is taking a softer stance on relationships outside of traditional marriage, upholding the church's views but advocating respect for unmarried couples and homosexual unions
October 14 A second Dallas nurse, Amber Vinson, is diagnosed with Ebola a day after flying from Cleveland to Dallas; the Centers for Disease Control gave her approval to fly despite her symptoms
October 14 Facebook and Apple are offering to pay the costs of freezing the eggs of female employees covered by the companies' insurance plans; the companies see the offering as a way to help women focus on their careers if they wish to delay motherhood
October 15 A study on a leukemia treatment by Novartis shows that the treatment led to remission in 90 percent of patients; the treatment is still in trial but will be submitted for U.S. FDA approval in 2016
October 15 The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffers its second largest dip since September 2011, dropping 458 points before regaining much of the loss to close down 173 points at just above 16,141
October 16 Hong Kong protesters continue to clash with police a day after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying offers to engage in discussion; Leung said that he will not concede to demands for greater independence from central control, a key reason for the protest
October 16 U.S. President Barack Obama provides authorization for military reserves to be sent to West Africa if needed to help respond to the Ebola epidemic; the president also does not see the need to ban travelers from West Africa from entering the U.S.
October 17 A recent study of over 11,000 people suggests that exercising three times per week can reduce depression risk by 19%, with an added risk reduction of 6% for every additional round of exercise
October 17 Lawyer Ron Klain has been appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama as Ebola Response Coordinator to organize government response to Ebola cases; though not medically trained, Klain has been selected for his managerial and problem-solving experience
October 18 A male of the rare northern white rhino species has been found dead at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya; only six animals remain in the world, of which only one is a breeding male
October 18 Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, has been suspended for a year and fined $25,000 by the Women's Tennis Association Tour for making derogatory gender-based remarks about tennis champion sisters Serena and Venus Williams
October 19 Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, who was known for changes in the Catholic Church that came out of Vatican II
October 19 Sweden is searching for a potential Russian submarine intrusion in its waters after detecting a Russian-language emergency communication; Russian officials deny knowledge of any distressed submarines operating in Sweden's territory
October 20 Dominican fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at age 82 at his home in Kent, Connecticut, after battling cancer for 8 years
October 20 The Turkish government has reversed its stance and is now allowing Kurds to cross into Syria in order to fight Islamic State forces
October 21 Fast food giant McDonald's announces that its third-quarter profit fell by 30 percent from the third quarter of last year; analysts attribute the trouble to greater competition and customer dissatisfaction with price increases
October 21 Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans held in North Korea for crimes against the state, has been released; Fowle was accused of leaving a Bible in a club for mariners
October 22 A mentally ill man is apprehended after jumping the White House fence and injuring the two police dogs that stopped him; the man had been previously arrested near the White House on a misdemeanor
October 22 Four former guards of security company Blackwater have been convicted of manslaughter and murder charges in the shooting of 31 unarmed Iraqi civilians seven years ago in Baghdad; the incident resulted in 14 deaths and 17 injuries
October 23 American doctor Craig Spencer has been diagnosed with Ebola after recently returning to New York from Sierra Leone; Spencer rode the subway, went bowling, and took a taxi the day before he began displaying symptoms
October 23 The International Olympic Committee will recognize the Olympic committee of Kosovo despite the country's lack of U.N. membership, setting an unusual precedent and raising protests from Serbia; Kosovo broke away from Serbia in 2008
October 24 A 2-year-old girl is the first case of Ebola in Mali; the girl was brought to the country from Guinea after her mother's death
October 24 The E.U. plans to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels and increase renewables to 27 percent of all energy sources; environmentalists claim larger targets are needed
October 25 A planned demonstration in Iran against recent acid attacks on women has been prevented by a show of police forces; protesters believe the women were attacked due to improper covering in accordance with the nation's dress code
October 25 Three U.S. states have now established quarantine rules for travelers arriving from West Africa who have had contact with Ebola victims; Illinois is the latest to implement the policy, following the lead of New York and New Jersey
October 26 Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been elected to her second term, winning with 51.6% of the vote over Aecio Neves
October 26 Kaci Hickox, the first person held under New Jersey's new quarantine provisions for those who have worked with Ebola patients, speaks out to protest the conditions of her confinement at a local hospital; Hickox has tested negative for the virus
October 27 A total of 111 people have been identified as having had contact with an Ebola-infected 2-year-old girl before her death in Mali, raising concerns of a potential new epidemic; the girl was the first confirmed Ebola case in the nation
October 27 Discount retailer Wal-Mart says that it is sorry for labeling women's plus-sized Halloween costumes as 'Fat Girl Costumes' on its website; the company retitled the shopping category and has sent individual apologies to offended customers on Twitter
October 28 Australia bans all visas from the Ebola-hit nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone; the nation's officials state that this is required to preserve public health, but health experts have criticized the policy
October 28 Pahoa, a town of about 1,000 people on Hawaii's Big Island, must evacuate due to a stream of lava flowing at 20 yards per hour from the Kilauea volcano; Red Cross Hawaii is assisting residents with temporary shelter
October 29 The San Francisco Giants are this year's World Champions of Baseball after winning the World Series over the Kansas City Royals with a score of 3-2; this marks the third title by the Giants in the last 5 years
October 29 The World Health Organization reports that the rate of Ebola infection is slowing in Liberia, with hospitals now at less than full capacity; the slowdown is attributed to a campaign to educate citizens on safe burial practices
October 30 Israel closes visitation to Jerusalem's Temple Mount, citing security concerns after the shooting of Israeli activist Yehudah Glick; Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claims that the action is a 'declaration of war'
October 30 Microsoft Corp today begins selling a fitness tracking armband called Microsoft Band that links to a free web-based tracking app; the software will work across iOS and Android platforms in addition to Windows
October 31 A court has ruled that Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who has fought against requirements to quarantine herself due to her contact in West Africa with Ebola patients, will not have to restrict her movements; Hickox has shown no signs of the virus
October 31 Israel reopens Jerusalem's Temple Mount a day after closing it to visitors in the wake of the shooting of activist Yehudah Glick; however, security restrictions have been applied to Muslim men seeking to pray at the site
November 1 CEO Richard Branson says that Virgin Galactic will first determine the cause of a recent test space flight crash before deciding whether to continue developing commercial space travel
November 1 Craig Spencer, a U.S. doctor who served with Doctors Without Borders, is now in stable condition after contracting Ebola; Spencer began showing symptoms of the virus a day after commuting to various locations around New York City
November 2 Separatists in Eastern Ukraine hold elections in Donetsk and Luhansk; Russia will recognize the elected leaders, but Ukraine and Western nations declare the elections illegitimate
November 2 The U.N. issues a report concluding that immediate global actions are needed to prevent runaway impacts of climate change; the report claims failure to act now will result in extensive future damage which will be prohibitively expensive to control
November 3 Automakers Kia and Hyundai are fined $100 million by the U.S. for claiming that emissions of greenhouse gases from its vehicles were lower than actual emissions, allowing the companies to fraudulently receive pollution credits
November 3 One World Trade Center opens today, 13 years after terrorists destroyed the twin towers of the original World Trade Center; the tower is one of 5 to be built on the same site and, at 1,773 feet high, is now the tallest building in the United States
November 4 In light of recent separatist elections, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko seeks to nullify a law that gave greater autonomy to rebel regions; Ukraine does not recognize the election results and will hold national elections as planned in December
November 4 In U.S. elections, Republicans retain dominance of the Senate and succeed in gaining control of the House of Representatives
November 5 A Van Gogh painting, 'Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppies', sells for $61.8 million, exceeding its estimated worth of $50 million; the artist painted the work at his doctor's home shortly before his death
November 5 Botswana doctor Matshidiso Moeti will serve as new director of the World Health Organization office in Africa; Moeti will be instrumental in prevention of additional Ebola outbreaks and in restoration of health care facilities in Ebola-hit nations
November 6 Broadcasting company CBS is moving to web-based programming by starting a 24-hour news streaming site, offering web access to its network for a monthly fee, and partnering with Sony to provide programs for a web-based TV service
November 6 Two security threats to Apple operating systems have been identified; the 'rootpipe' malware impacts OS X, including the new Yosemite version, while 'wirelurker' currently affects iOS users who have downloaded pirated apps
November 7 A series of hidden online markets are taken down after raids by U.S. and European authorities and the arrest of 17 people; the markets were used to secretly trade illegal goods
November 7 Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for Eastern New York, is nominated U.S. Attorney General to replace Eric Holder; Lynch must be confirmed before taking the position
November 8 Actor Matt Damon announces that he will return to the 'Bourne' movie franchise, starring in the next film to be released in 2016; interim star Jeremy Renner will also continue his role as Aaron Cross
November 8 North Korea releases Americans Matthew Todd Miller and Kenneth Bae; Bae was imprisoned for two years after arrest for missionary actions, while Miller was detained in April for 'hostile acts' after tearing up his visa and requesting asylum
November 9 Germany commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall with a balloon-release ceremony and celebrations throughout the country; the wall had been built through Berlin to separate communist East Germany from West Germany
November 9 The Spanish region of Catalonia holds a referendum on independence, despite the ruling by the Spanish court that the vote is unconstitutional; though the government did not interfere with the vote, it will not recognize the results
November 10 After two years of hostility between Japan and China over control of certain islands in the East China Sea, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Linping shake hands during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit
November 10 U.S. President Barack Obama states his support for 'net neutrality', urging federal lawmakers to regulate internet service providers in a manner similar to utility companies in order to ensure open access to all internet users
November 11 Dr. Craig Spencer, diagnosed with Ebola on October 23rd, is healed and has been discharged from the hospital; Spencer raised fears of a U.S. epidemic after reporting that he had traveled to various public places the day before showing symptoms
November 11 Ford Motor Company begins using aluminum instead of steel in the body of its most popular truck, the F-150; the change has cost the company time and money in conversion of production lines but will make the vehicle more fuel efficient
November 12 The European Space Agency makes history by landing a probe named Philae on the surface of a comet; scientists report that the probe anchors did not fire and that the vessel appears to have made two landings
November 12 The U.S. and China have agreed to cut greenhouse gases, with U.S. President Barack Obama setting a goal of at least a 26 percent reduction over 2005 levels by 2025; China's Xi Jinping is making the nationŐs first commitment
November 13 Representatives for the Islamic State announce that the group will begin minting its own currency in order to remove itself from the world financial system, which it considers 'satanic'
November 13 The Vatican will install showers for the homeless in public restrooms on the grounds of St. Peter's Square; Archbishop Konrad Krajewski has also requested several local parishes around Rome to do the same
November 14 Martin Salia, a U.S. doctor working in Sierra Leone, is being stabilized for transport to a Nebraska hospital after contracting the Ebola virus; Salia was not working in a hospital treating the virus, and the source of his infection is not clear
November 14 Swedish officials release a photo of U-boat tracks along the sea floor as proof that a foreign submarine breached the nationŐs waters; the search began after the military detected Russian-language distress calls and spotted an unidentified vessel
November 15 Leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement have been denied permission to travel to the mainland; the men sought to fly to Beijing to present their grievances to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
November 15 The G-20 summit in Australia ends with a commitment by leaders of the 20 nations to take steps to raise their collective GDP by $2 trillion over the next four years; critics say that proposed measures are not specific enough to achieve this goal
November 16 A bird flu outbreak has been identified on three poultry farms in the Netherlands; though current tests show the virus strain to pose a low risk to humans, infected birds will be slaughtered
November 16 Chocolate manufacturers state that a cocoa-pod fungus and dry weather in cocoa-growing regions has created a shortage of cocoa that may increase in the future; world chocolate demand already exceeds production capacity
November 17 Martin Salia, a U.S. doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, dies today in a Nebraska hospital; Salia was already in critical condition upon his arrival after medical transport from West Africa
November 17 The Church of England announces that it has changed its rules to allow female bishops; the church has allowed female priests for the last 20 years but has not allowed women to serve in higher positions until now
November 18 Hong Kong pro-democracy protest sites are being cleared on a court order; demonstrations have been held since September in an effort to attain greater political freedom for Hong Kong
November 18 The foundation set up by Bill and Melinda Gates will provide funding to research and test various treatments for the Ebola virus, including vaccines and blood plasma therapy
November 19 A second round of heavy snow hits the northeastern U.S., with the Buffalo, New York region accumulating over five feet of snow; seven related deaths have been reported and at least 20 travelers have been stranded
November 19 Mike Nichols, director of a long list of successful productions in TV, film and theater, dies at age 83 of a heart attack; Nichols was one of very few directors to earn all four major industry awards: the Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar and Tony
November 20 North Korea threatens nuclear tests, and activity has been detected at one of the nation's nuclear facilities; the threat was made after the U.N. recommended trying North Korean officials in the International Criminal Court for human rights crimes
November 20 U.S. President Barack Obama announces plans to delay deportation of about 4 million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the country for at least 5 years and have children who are legal residents or U.S. citizens
November 21 A U.S. House Intelligence Committee investigation into the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, agrees with the Obama administration that U.S. response to the attack was appropriate; miscommunication caused critics to suspect a coverup
November 21 Snow storms are ending in the Buffalo, New York region, leaving behind up to 7 feet of snow and placing the region at risk for floods as temperatures rise over the next few days; the storms resulted in 13 deaths and hundreds of stranded motorists
November 22 An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale hits Nagano, Japan; no deaths were reported, but dozens of people were injured or trapped in their homes, and over 80 people evacuated to a shelter
November 22 Russian President Vladimir Putin says that he will step down when he has reached constitutional term limits; Putin has served as either president or prime minister continually since the year 2000 and may run for a final presidential term in 2018
November 23 In a potential attempt to claim sovereignty, China is building an island in the South China Sea in an area claimed by several nations; sources speculate that the island may be used to support an airstrip and military activities
November 23 The cabinet of Israel approves a bill stating that the nation is both a democratic state and the Jewish homeland; the bill is meant to address political pressure from groups that deny or ignore IsraelŐs Jewish identity
November 24 A grand jury in St. Louis County reaches the decision that police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the shooting death of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown; the decision sparked protests, looting and businesses being burned to the ground in St. Louis, as well as protests across the U.S.
November 24 U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigns; the resignation may be due to disagreements over current U.S. strategy concerning Islamic State militants and the conflict in Syria
November 25 Investigators will conduct a deep-sea sonar scan in the Indian Ocean for the remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370; satellite communication attempts have provided clues to the plane's likely trajectory before it disappeared eight months ago
November 25 Negotiators have extended until next June the deadline for agreements regarding Iran's nuclear program; despite failure to meet the deadline, both Iran and the six-nation group claim that progress has been made
November 26 Police arrest over 140 people and continue clearing away camps formed by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong; the protesters seek autonomy in selection of Hong Kong candidates rather than selection of election choices by the Chinese government
November 26 The International Space Station announces that it has successfully installed and operated a 3D printer; the printer will be used to reduce costs by manufacturing parts at the station rather than transporting them from Earth
November 27 Oil prices fall to $69/barrel after an OPEC decision to continue current oil production levels despite pressure from non-OPEC oil producing countries seeking higher prices
November 27 Two boys in a New York town are rescued early this morning after being inadvertently buried in snow by a snow plow; the plow operator did not see the children as he cleared snow from a parking lot in which they were building a snow fort
November 28 A gunman attempts to set fire to the Mexican consulate and shoots at police headquarters, the federal court building, and other structures in Austin, Texas before being shot by police; the attack may have been motivated by anti-immigration sentiments
November 28 NFL player Ray Rice will be allowed to resume playing in the league; Rice was suspended in July after video surfaced in which he knocked out his fiancee (now wife) by punching her in an elevator
November 29 Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and several former government officials have been cleared of murder charges stemming from the killing of over 200 protesters during uprisings in 2011 that resulted in Mubarak's resignation
November 29 Nicolas Sarkozy, former French President, is re-elected as head of the Union for a Popular Movement; Sarkozy intends to pursue the presidency again in 2017
November 30 Protests have erupted in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in other Egyptian cities after former President Hosni Mubarak was cleared of charges stemming from deaths during the 2011 demonstrations against him that led to his resignation
November 30 Swiss voters decide against a proposal to limit annual immigration to 0.2% of the population, or to approximately 16,000 people; the current immigration rate is about 80,000 people per year
December 1 Former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk replaces Herman Van Rompuy as president of the European Council
December 1 The U.N. World Food Program stops assistance to over 1.7 million Syrian refugees in the nations adjoining Syria; the program has provided over $800 million in aid but lacks funds to continue this support
December 2 Sierra Leone has expanded the regions of the country subject to quarantine as the Ebola virus continues to spread; over 7,000 people in the nation have been infected and over 1,500 have died to date
December 2 Taxi service company Uber expands its presence in Latin America by partnering with Carlos Slim's cell phone company America Movil to place the Uber app on mobil phones throughout Mexico
December 3 Japan launches an explorer that will take samples and collect data from the surface of an asteroid; the six-year trip will include eighteen months of study and data collection
December 3 Somalia and North Korea tie for the most corrupt country in the world according to this year's ranking on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index
December 4 Protests erupt in New York and other U.S. cities after a grand jury does not indict a white police officer for choking to death an unarmed man, Eric Garner; New York Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to retrain the police force in conflict resolution
December 4 Texas and 16 other U.S. states are suing the Obama administration regarding an executive order that will postpone deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants; the states claim the order is illegal
December 5 NASA successfully tests its unmanned Orion spaceship for potential human flight over 3,500 miles from Earth; several years and more tests will be needed before the vessel is ready for human travel, potentially paving the way for manned trips to Mars
December 5 Zhou Yongkang, China's former security chief, has been arrested on corruption charges and ousted from the Communist Party; Zhou is the highest-ranking official to be arrested in Chinese leader Xi Jinxing's campaign to reduce government corruption
December 6 NASA awakens its New Horizons craft from hibernation for the last time; the vessel was launched 9 years ago to travel over 3 billion miles to Pluto and will be within range to begin data collection on the planet in January 2015
December 6 The U.S. Obama administration will keep over 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, delaying fulfillment of Obama's pledge to withdraw all but 9,800 troops; the plan is to reduce troops to around 5,500 by the end of next year
December 7 Six men being detained in the U.S. Guantanamo Bay facility have been released to Uruguay; the men are considered refugees and will not have restrictions on their travel
December 7 U.S.-Iranian citizen Jason Rezaian, the head of the 'Washington Post' bureau in Iran, has been accused of unknown charges and is being held without bail; Iran has denied requests from Switzerland to check on Rezaian's condition on behalf of the U.S.
December 8 Private car scheduling service Uber has been meeting with opposition as it rapidly expands into cities around the world; complaints range from insufficient driver background checks to violation of rules protecting existing transportation services
December 8 The White House supports release of a report detailing CIA interrogation methods while acknowledging that the report details will likely spur violence by parties and nations hostile to the U.S.
December 9 The NASA Mars rover Curiosity has returned images from the red planet's Gale Crater showing evidence of sediment deposits, suggesting that lakes and rivers potentially existed across the planet millions of years ago
December 9 The U.S. Senate intelligence committee releases its report on CIA interrogation methods after 9/11; the report found that the CIA hid many of its actions from Congress and former President George W. Bush and claims that little useful intelligence resulted
December 10 Google Inc. announces that it will be closing down its Google News site in Spain next week, ahead of rules taking effect in January that will force news aggregators to pay each publisher for using its content
December 10 James Watson, one of three scientists to co-discover DNA structure, has auctioned off the 1962 Nobel Prize medal he received for the achievement; Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov paid $4.8 million for the medal but then returned it to Watson
December 11 A 219-year-old time capsule is being excavated from beneath the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House in Boston; the capsule, first found in 1855 and reburied, is likely the oldest in the U.S.
December 11 Photo-sharing application Instagram has overtaken short-messaging application Twitter with over 300 million monthly users to Twitter's 284 million
December 12 French President Francois Hollande proposes that terminally ill patients should have the right to be sedated until death; the proposal does not suggest assisted termination of the patient's life
December 12 The U.S. House of Representatives passes a $1.1 trillion budget within hours of the deadline, avoiding a government shutdown when current funding expires
December 13 Negotiations have stalled at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Peru due to disagreement over how to distribute responsibilities for battling climate change across developed and developing nations
December 13 Thousands of protesters march in Washington, D.C., to protest recent killings of unarmed black men by policemen; the marchers called for an end to police brutality and racial injustice in the U.S. legal system
December 14 Almost 200 nations at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Peru join an emissions reduction accord requiring each nation to post its plan online in 2015; the public can then pressure noncompliant nations to keep and strengthen their commitments
December 14 American pet supply retailer PetSmart agrees to be purchased by private equity firm BC Partners for $8.7 billion
December 15 In the recent Japan elections, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gains victory, and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party wins the majority of lower house elections
December 15 The last protest camp has been removed in Hong Kong; activists staged several camps to demand the right to free elections rather than control of candidates and elections by the Chinese government
December 16 Apple Inc. wins an antitrust lawsuit accusing it of blocking competing music providers in its iTunes 7.0 update; the company proved that its upgrades were product improvements and that consumers were still able to access music purchased elsewhere
December 16 Astronauts at the International Space Station have created a specialized wrench in their 3D printer using a custom-designed blueprint emailed to the station from engineers on Earth; previously, objects have been printed from pre-loaded design files
December 17 Sony Pictures cancels release of its movie "The Interview" after hacking attacks and threats thought to be ordered by the North Korean government; the movie is reportedly a comedy depicting an attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
December 17 The U.S. will end its 1960 embargo and reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba; the agreement took place after an exchange of three Cuban spies for aid worker Alan Gross and an unnamed American spy
December 18 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a ban of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking; the technique, used to extract natural gas and oil, requires injection of chemicals, sand and water at high pressure underground, posing environmental concerns
December 18 The E.U. extends sanctions against Russia by banning oil and gas exploration, cruise ship activity, and investment in Russian-annexed Crimea, the annexation is considered illegitimate by E.U. member nations
December 19 Office supply company Staples announces that up to 1.16 million cards may have been affected by a data breach in October; the company is offering free identity theft protection for shoppers at the affected stores and advises all customers to monitor their credit records
December 19 Studies on advice given by talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz show that only about 46 percent of his suggestions are supported by medical evidence; critics accuse him of giving vague or inaccurate advice in order to provide entertainment value
December 20 Peshmerga fighters have occupied part of Sinjar Mountain, retaking the territory from ISIS militants; around 1,500 Yazidi families, trapped on the mountain, have been liberated
December 20 U.S. officials return four Afghan prisoners to Afghanistan after more than ten years of detention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; the Obama administration is working to clear and release remaining prisoners in order to close the facility
December 21 South Korea bans poultry from the U.S. due to potential bird flu concerns; South Korea is working to contain the spread of the virus among its own avian population
December 21 'The Battle of the Five Armies', the last film in 'The Hobbit' series, grosses over $90 million in its first five days of release, exceeding box office expectations of $75 million
December 22 Pakistani officials have arrested suspects in the Taliban's military school attack that killed 148 people; the government has lifted a death penalty moratorium and has bombed militant strongholds along the Afghan border to address terrorist violence
December 22 Tension increases for New York City police after a man kills two officers to avenge the killing of two unarmed black men by police in recent weeks; police have been ordered to work in pairs and to consider their own safety first while on patrol
December 23 Sony Pictures will release its controversial comedy, 'The Interview', about an attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un; the film was canceled after hacking attacks and threats, but Sony now seeks a wide audience for the movie
December 23 The Dow Jones Industrial Average sets a record at 18,024.17; the Dow has taken less than six months to climb from a value of 17,000 points
December 24 A live Ebola sample is mistakenly sent to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control laboratory that does not meet safety and security standards for handling the virus; a laboratory worker is being monitored for 21 days due to potential exposure
December 25 Pope Francis gives his annual Christmas address from the Vatican, praying for groups that included refugees and exiles, persecuted Christian communities, and workers fighting the Ebola epidemic
December 25 Sony Pictures releases its comedy 'The Interview' today in over 300 theaters and through online channels; the film depicts an attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and was initially canceled due to threats and hacking attacks
December 26 Ukraine exchanges 222 rebel prisoners for 150 Ukrainian soldiers held by separatist forces; for security reasons, the nation also blockades Crimea, the region annexed by Russia, by stopping bus and train service to and from the area
December 26 Zakariya Ahmed Ismail Hersi, a key member of the military arm of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group al-Shabab, surrenders to police; the group seeks to take over the U.N.-supported Somali government
December 27 Japan passes a $29 million fiscal stimulus package to improve the economy; the funds will be allocated to supporting small businesses, stimulating local economic activity, and strengthening areas damaged by destructive natural forces
December 27 Sony Corporation's gaming service is back online after a hacking attack disrupted its PlayStation Network; the company is probing whether this incident is related to the attack on its Sony Pictures Division earlier this month
December 28 Flooding in Malaysia has caused evacuations of over 100,000 people and has resulted in at least 10 deaths
December 28 The United States and allied forces end the combat mission in Afghanistan, which began in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.; about 13,000 troops will stay to train Afghan police and military forces in their fight against the Taliban
December 29 Rescuers continue searching for missing AirAsia Flight 8501, which disappeared en route to Singapore from Indonesia on December 28th; the plane carried 162 people
December 29 Scottish health officials report the nation's first case of Ebola after diagnosing a health care worker returning from Sierra Leone; the worker did not manifest symptoms until her arrival in Scotland and is currently in stable condition
December 30 Indonesia's search team finds plane wreckage and the remains of three people who were aboard AirAsia Flight 8501, which disappeared on December 28th; the findings confirm that the flight crashed in the waters between Indonesia and Singapore
December 30 Walt Disney Company will be marketing the next Star Wars movie through a series of YouTube videos produced by its subsidiary, Maker; the videos will connect younger audiences to the characters and stories from earlier movies in the franchise
December 31 A ship carrying 900 Syrians is intercepted and safely brought to shore by the Italian coast guard; the ship had been manned by human traffickers who abandoned the vessel after setting the navigation system on a collision course with the Italian coast
December 31 Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has announced his resignation; the 89-year-old president indicated after reelection in 2013 that he would retire before the end of the 7-year term