2014

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The Dalai Lama with William Bell during his 2014 visit

2014 was the 143rd year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.

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A placard opposing the planned termination of the UAB Blazers football team.

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See also List of Birmingham homicides in 2014 and List of homicides in 2014

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In 2014, the Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 airliner en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared with 239 people on board. Russia formally annexed Crimea over international objections. An Ebola virus epidemic began in West Africa. An estimated 276 girls and women were abducted and held hostage from a school in Nigeria. The Catholic Church simultaneously canonized Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine after being shot down by a missile, killing all 298 people on board. The Rosetta spacecraft's Philae probe successfully landed on Comet 67P, the first time in history that a spacecraft has landed on such an object. Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed in the Java Sea off the coast of Borneo, killing all 162 aboard.

The top-grossing films of 2014 were Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) took both Best Picture and Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu). Best Actor went to Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Best Actress to Julianne Moore (Still Alice). Big Hero 6 won Best Animated Feature Film.

Notable deaths in 2014 included former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, musician Pete Seeger, actress and diplomat Shirley Temple, actor Sid Caesar, pastor Fred Phelps, actor Mickey Rooney (ex-husband of B. J. Baker), wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, artist H. R. Giger, actor James Garner, actor and comedian Robin Williams, actress Lauren Bacall, comedian and actress Joan Rivers, video game pioneer Ralph H. Baer, and singer Joe Cocker.

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