2015

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2015 was the 144th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.

Events

Business

Establishments

Disestablishments

Education

Government

See also 2015 Birmingham budget

Sports

WIlder vs Molina title bout, June 13, 2015 at Bartow Arena.

Individuals

Awards

Marriages

Retirements

Deaths

Doug Layton died July 15, 2015
See also List of Birmingham homicides in 2015 and List of homicides in 2015

Works

Grandview Medical Center opened in 2015

Books

Buildings

Demolitions

See Also

Context

In 2015, the Eurasian Economic Union came into effect. Islamist terrorists attacked the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. NASA's Dawn probe entered orbit around dwarf planet Ceres. A 7.8 earthquake originating in Nepal killed over 9,000. Ireland legalized same-sex marriage by popular vote. American Pharoah became the first American Triple Crown winner since 1978.

A Minnesota dentist and hunter killed Cecil, a lion in Zimbabwe. NASA's New Horizons probe visited Pluto. Cuba and the United States reestablished full diplomatic relations. Europe experienced a refugee crisis. Train passengers, including three Americans, foiled a terrorist attack on a train in France. A stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 2,200 people. Volkswagen admitted rigging emissions software on some cars. Hurricane Patricia became the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. American Pharoah became the first horse in history to complete the "Grand Slam" of American horse racing—the Triple Crown plus the Breeders' Cup Classic. A series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris killed 130 people. SpaceX landed a Falcon 9 rocket, the first reusable rocket to successfully enter orbital space and return. Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke several box office records.

The top-grossing films of 2015 were Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Minions. Spotlight took the Academy Award for Best Picture. The Revenant received both Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu) and Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio). Best Actress went to Brie Larson (Room). Inside Out won Best Animated Feature Film.

Notable births in 2015 included Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

Notable deaths included politician Mario Cuomo, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, physicist Charles H. Townes, singer Lesley Gore, actor Leonard Nimoy, writer Terry Prachett, comedian and advertising creative director Stan Freberg, singer Percy Sledge, singer-songwriter B. B. King, mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr, actor Christopher Lee, actor Dick Van Patten, professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, film director Wes Craven, football player & commentator Frank Gifford, actor Dean Jones, romance novelist Jackie Collins, baseball player & manager Yogi Berra, actress Maureen O'Hara, West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon, musician Lemmy, and singer Natalie Cole.

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