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Major Events of 2014

2014 (Roman Numerals: MMXIV) was the 14th year of the 21st century. 2014 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Friday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 2014.
News Events of 2014

Latvia adopts the Euro.


Major Ebola outbreak, starting in West Africa.

Ebola virus

Belgium is the first country to legalize euthanasia for patients of any age.

Change of government in Ukraine after civil unrest.

Russia occupies and annexes Crimea from Ukraine after pro-Russian unrest in the province.

Pro-Russian civil unrest in eastern provinces of Ukraine.

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappears over the Indian Ocean.

276 girls and women are abducted from a school in Nigeria by Jihadists.

Korean ferry MV Sewol capsizes and sinks with the loss of 290 lives.

King Juan Carlos I of Spain abdicates.

Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashes over eastern Ukraine after being shot-down by a missile.

Former Khmer Rouge leaders from Cambodia are found guilty of crimes against humanity.

The United States and allies begin an air campaign against "Islamic State" militants in Iraq and Syria.

Pope Paul VI is beatified by the Roman Catholic church.

Sports in 2014
  • Olympic Games:

    • 2014 Winter Olympics (XXII Olympic Winter Games): Sochi, Russia

    • 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games (II Summer Youth Olympic Games): Nanjing, China

  • American Football:

    2014 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLVIII):

    • Winning Team: Seattle Seahawks

    • Losing Team: Denver Broncos

  • Baseball:

    2014 World Series

    • Winning Team: San Francisco Giants

    • Losing Team: Kansas City Royals

  • Soccer:

    2014 FIFA World Cup:

    • Host Nation for World Cup Finals: for World Cup Finals: Brazil

    • Winners: Germany

    • Runners-Up: Argentina

    • First World Cup Final in which a European team won in the Americas

    2014 Champions League:

    • Winners: Real Madrid

    • Runners-Up: Atlético Madrid

2014 Was Designated As
  • International Year of Family Farming and Crystallography.[1]

  • International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.[2]

Fiction set in 2014

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