Year in Review, 2014

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Top events for the nation and the world

News and Analysis

  • News of the Nation

    Take a look back at the major national news stories of 2014. Stories include the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, midterm elections, bad calls by the National Football League, the VA medical scandal, net neutrality, massive General Motors recalls, the White House intruder, Washington state mudslide and more.

  • News of the World

    The Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, Russia's annexation of Crimea, the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine between Russian separatists and government troops, and the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) dominated the headlines in 2014. However, 2014 wasn't all doom and gloom on the diplomatic front, and there were some positive steps toward democracy in 2014. The U.S. and Cuba restored diplomatic relations, and elections were held in Afghanistan, Brazil, Egypt, Iraq, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, and Ukraine. Some of the elections were considered largely free and fair, while others were less so. In addition, 86% of voters in Scotland turned out to decide if Scotland should remain independent. Here's an overview and analysis of some of the biggest international stories of 2014.

  • Science News 2014

    On the science front, 2014 was certainly not dull. We suffered outbreaks of ebola and enterovirus, unseasonably cold weather, plus a mudslide and chemical spill. But the field of science also gave us some pleasant surprises including our first close-up encounter with a comet, and the discovery of the largest dinosaur to date.

  • News: Month by Month
    Detailed chronology of the news each month, covering national and international events


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