Ahhh, the year in review. 2014 was a great year, but the world is still full of astonishing violence… But through it all we manage… Here’ s to a great 2015, with hopefully less violence.
January 1 – The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act goes into effect, making our country one step closer to having the same health care as almost every other country on the planet, yet divides us even further as a nation.
January 4th- 51% of Union Approves worst Boeing deal ever.
Yeah. Further proof that the American workforce has no plans for the future, Boeing employees fearing for the future decide to go with the company offer.
February 2 – The Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII, destroying the Manning led Broncos. This was a major event here and in my life–especially after seeing the Bills lose so many to our arch rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. I hope the Seahawks get the chance to destroy the Cowboys on their way to their 2nd straight Super Bowl. #whynotus
March 8 – Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappears from radar in airspace over the Gulf of Thailand. We were reminded of this tragedy this week when another small airline lost one of its planes in the same region– only this time Air Asia luckily had its bodies floating to the surface hours after the crash, thus quashing any debate about where the plane might be.
March 18 – In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin signs an annexation pact with the Prime Minister of Crimea and the mayor of the city of Sevastopol.
March 22 – A mudslide near Oso, Washington, kills 43 people. This one is about 25 miles from our house. #osostrong
March 25 – The CDC issues its initial announcement on an Ebola outbreak in Guinea.
April 14 – Boko Haram militants kidnap more than 270 teenage girls from a boarding school in Chibok in Northeastern Nigeria. Officials there say some of the girls were able to escape.
April 29 – The NBA bans Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life in response to a leaked recording in which Sterling made racist remarks. Little did we know this would turn out to be such a small blip on the overall American race topic for the year.
May 23rd – One year with AT&T Mobility
June 2 – The city council in Seattle, Washington, votes to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.
June 12-July 13 – The World Cup takes place in Brazil. Germany is the winner. The US stops caring about the World Cup when they fail to clear the sweet 16 in a dreadful loss to Belgium. We celebrated mightily in our house tho, knowing all along that zeee germans would take it all.
July 9th – Washington States First “Legal” Pot Shop (or Bud Hut as my Dad calls them) opens and everyone is happy.
July 17 – Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashes in eastern Ukraine after being shot down by a surface-to-air missile, according to the United States. All 298 people aboard are killed.
July 17, 2014 – Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, dies after a white police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, puts him in a chokehold. Garner’s death is later ruled a homicide by the New York medical examiner.
July 31st – Close on our first house in Kirkland/Bothell
August 2 – A specially equipped medical plane carrying Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly lands at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia. He is then driven by ambulance to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
August 19 – In a video posted on YouTube, U.S. journalist James Foley, missing in Syria since 2012, is decapitated by ISIS militants. The militants then threaten the life of another captured U.S. journalist, believed to be Steven Sotloff.
September 2 – ISIS releases a video showing the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff.
September 13 – ISIS releases a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.
September 23 – A coalition of military forces from the United States, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan launch air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria. The U.S. , on its own, also launches airstrikes against a terrorist organization known as the Khorasan Group, saying that the al Qaeda affiliated group was planning attacks in the United States.
October 3 – ISIS releases a video showing the beheading of hostage Alan Henning
October 14 – Liam Hogg is born at Overlake Hospital.
October 16 – In a show in Philadelphia, comedian Hannibal Buress criticizes Bill Cosby and his “smuggest old black man persona,” and says, “Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.” Over the next two months, more than 20 women come forward, claiming that they were sexually assaulted by Cosby. Cosby has not been charged with a crime.
October 17th – The Foo Fighters premier Sonic Highways.
This makes the list because of how great of a job they did on this. From the first episode to the last, I really enjoyed this series immensely. Several cities featured all have major musical connections to me, from Seattle to New Orleans to Chicago.
October 24th – Marysville-Pilchuck High School Shooting
At the same time its on the November ballot for stricter gun purchasing laws, a popular high school kid shoots people in his own family over a girl. This is particularly shocking because he is a popular kid and usually only kids wearing trenchcoats and social outcasts commit school shootings.
November 16 – ISIS militants claim to have beheaded American hostage Peter Kassig in a video published to the Internet. Peter Kassig, also known as Abdul-Rahman Kassig, is the fifth Westerner whom ISIS claims to have beheaded via video messages.
November 24 – A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decides not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
December 28 – Air Asia Flight 8501 disappears while flying from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore.