Year 2015 is almost over and we’re going to remember it by some good things and bad things as well. This is usually the time of the year when we take a look back and summarize all events, news etc. that took over the internet by storm. Throughout this article, we’ll mention 10 good things that happened this year. Let’s start.
After breaking records, winning awards, and showing everyone what a real talent is, Adele took a long break to concentrate on the most important thing in her life – motherhood. But, after about 4 years, this talented singer is back, which is without a doubt, the best thing that happened this year. The comeback of the decade was announced unexpectedly, during the commercial break of UK’s X-Factor show. Then, Adele released Hello, which all of us have on repeat and announced her new album with a simple title 25.
Unlike many artists today, she didn’t need scandals or even social media to promote her album – she let her voice do it instead. Her new album was released on November 18 and it shattered countless sales records. For example, the album recorded the biggest first-week sales EVER when it sold in 3.38 million copies in the United States alone. It’s going to be highly interesting to see what Adele can do in 2016. Are there any other records she can break?
Same-sex marriage legalized nationwide
As of this year, same-sex couples are free to marry across the country. Same-sex marriages were legalized on June 26, 2015 when the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell vs. Hodges that state-levels ban on homosexual marriages are unconstitutional.
U.S. women national soccer team wins World Cup
Carli Lloyd celebrates hat-trick that ensured the World Cup Victory for US (Photo credit: nydailynews.com)
If you ever thought women aren’t good in sports, especially soccer, these ladies proved you wrong. World Cup 2015 was held in Canada. We’ve had the opportunity to see all nice moves and awesome goals. Before the World Cup began, the US team was a big favorite to win it and they did. The last time women from the US won World Cup was in 1999.
It’s also important to mention that the 2015 title match on Fox became the largest TV audience for soccer, for both men and women, in the entire US history. More than 22 million Americans tuned in to support the ladies over the course of the game.
Angela Merkel becomes 4th woman EVER to be named POTY
Each year TIME magazine announces their Person of The Year and usually it’s always a man. It has been 29 years since a woman was named Person of The Year by TIME magazine. This year, the famous magazine surprised everyone (in a good way) by giving this prestigious title to German chancellor and the most powerful woman in politics, Angela Merkel.
Other women who were named POTY were:
- Cynthia Cooper of Worldcom
- Coleen Rowley of the FBI
- Sherron Watkins from Enron.
Naming Angela Merkon as Person of The Year represents a victory for all women and encourages them to pursue their dreams and achieve great things in their career. It’s important to mention that TIME opened up the contest to women in 1936.
Hit show “Game of Thrones” makes Emmy history
The hit show Game of Thrones has millions of fans worldwide. Before the Season 5 began, Kit Harrington who plays Jon Snow said people look forward to see Game of Thrones more than they want to see blockbuster movies. With this statement we can definitely agree. Looks like Jon Snow knows at least something.
It would be impossible to come up with 10 good things that happened in 2015 list without mentioning the fact that Game of Thrones conquered Emmy’s this year. The show won 12 Emmy awards thus beating the “humble” 8-win record set by the popular show West Wing back in 2000.
For the Season 5, Game of Thrones won: Outstanding Drama Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage aka Tyrion Lannister).
Apple releases iPhone 6s
We already got used to the fact that smartphone makers release new devices constantly. For example, Apple always strives to offer new and improved gadgets whose primary aim is to improve your overall experience and make using phone, apps etc. easier than ever.
This September, the company released iPhone 6s, which contrary to the popular belief isn’t as same as iPhone 6. Here, Apple took a winning formula and decided to build on it. iPhone 6s is faster than its predecessor and it has Apple’s new 3D Touch with revolutionizes the way you use your apps. The phone also comes with the new 12-megapixel camera.
Instagram changes photo resolution
All Instagram users were annoyed by the same thing – cropping photo. You upload a photo and when you have to crop it, it just doesn’t seem nice anymore. Well, this year Instagram decided to listen to its users comments and suggestions so they changed the photo resolution.
In July, Instagram has confirmed that with new photo resolution we don’t have to crop photos anymore, and they will have a higher quality as well. Furthermore, these new changes have a minimal impact on file size and data usage.
Photo credit: nydailynews.com – We have another comeback on the list and it’s none other than A-Rod. Alex Rodriguez played his first game after a year-long PED suspension on opening day of the season against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. At 40 years of age, A-Rod can still show us he’s definitely one of the greats. His brilliant comeback even earned him a spot among 3 finalists for the Comeback of the Year.
Pope Francis visits the United States
One of the best news this year was the arrival of Pope Francis to the US. Pope Francis visited:
Washington, DC – September 22 New York City – September 25 Philadelphia – September 26.
While in Washington, Pope canonized someone for the very first time on American soil, lifting Spanish missionary Junipero Serra into sainthood. Also, Pope Francis visited 9/11 memorial in NYC and he, also, held a mass at the Philadelphia church.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens shatters records
Photo credit: screenrant.com – We’ve witness a lot of great movies in 2015, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens could be the best movie in last ten years. We can safely compare the movie to Adele’s big return, although the movie’s premiere was just a few days ago, it still managed to completely shatter numerous records, including the opening day records set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.
Variety also reports that new Star Wars movie surpassed Jurassic World for the biggest global debut. If we take into consideration the fact that the movie has just been released, we can safely conclude Star Wars: The Force Awakens will shatter many records in 2016 as well.
Bruce Jenner had a year full of ups and downs. After coming out as trans woman, Bruce Jenner transformed himself into Caitlyn Jenner. The father of six said he was tired of living a lie and in a fashion only reserved for the rich and famous, revealed she is a trans woman in April 2015 and publicly announced her name change from Bruce to Caitlyn in a July 2015 Vanity Fair cover story.
She later officially changed her name in September 2015 to officially Caitlyn Marie Jenner. After being named as the winner of the 2015 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the Espy’s but it was Glalour’s Woman of the Year Award that ignited the most controversy, but she has remained poised in her commitment to shed light on the LGBT community.
Although most people will remember 2015 as the year when terrible things happened in the world, the truth is – it also offered us some great things as well. Throughout this article, we remembered some positive things that marked this year with hope the next year brings us even more positive events.