New Year, fresh start! In January Lyn Paul signs with MR Management, a theatrical, television and film agency established in 2000. Lyn's son Ryan also joins the agency.
On 18th February Lyn and Ryan fly to Los Angeles.
While waiting for their plane, Lyn Tweets: "Sitting in Terminal 5 with a glass of champagne waiting to get on the Airbus. Thoughts of an 11-hour flight might mean another glass!!" (18th February, 2.21pm). On 20th February Lyn and Ryan spend an evening with Eileen Bradley. The next day Lyn Tweets: "41 years since we last met. We haven't stopped talking and Ry, poor thing, is in the middle of it - must be going mad!" (21st February, 3.40pm)
Lyn Paul, her son Ryan Young and Eileen Bradley
in Los Angeles.
While she is in LA Lyn meets the New Seekers' former record producer Michael Lloyd; on a visit to Hollywood's Walk of Fame she also manages to get her hands on Clint Eastwood!
"You made my day"
Lyn Paul 'hand in hand' with Clint Eastwood
outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
At the end of March Intrada announce the release on CD of a "newly re-mixed and re-mastered" version of The Dove soundtrack (Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 313), including Lyn Paul's Sail The Summer Winds. In addition to the contents of original 1974 ABC label album, the CD includes additional previously unreleased score cues from the film and the complete version of the track Alone On The Wide, Wide Sea.
On 11th May Ryan has laser eye surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital. When they get home from the hospital, Lyn Tweets: "So proud of him. He has such an inner strength... Not at all like his Mum!!!"
Then on 24th May Lyn shares some sad news: "My Aunty Joyce has passed away. So many wonderful memories of her and my Uncle Ron with my mum and especially my dad."
On 16th June Lyn, her husband Alan and son Ryan fly to Alicante. "BA.... Bloody Awful!" Lyn Tweets. "Just tried to check in and this awful airline have given our legroom seats, booked in March, to someone else! ... They said they had given our EXIT seats to someone who needed the room. Ryan 6'4, Alan 6'2. Then they hung up! ... Terrible treatment at the airport! Contradictions all round, patronising and condescending." The flight to Alicante isn't any better: "Flight was awful, service was dreadful and a cap came off eating a roll that was hard in the middle!! Fed up!!" And... "To add insult to injury @British_Airways also changed our return flight seats!"
In July Lyn does some modelling. Posting two photos of the 'new look' Lyn on Twitter, she writes: "Stop laughing everyone... Yes I'm doing some modelling! I didn't recognise myself!! ... the cockatoo look isn't me but I got paid!!"
The 'new look' Lyn Paul:
hair by Tyler Johnston; make up by Alex Byrne; styling by Clare Frith.
"Well, if you all really want a shock, look at this! ...
Marge Simpson is alive and well!!!"
On 11th September Lyn, Alan and Ryan fly off for a week in the sun on the Greek island of Skiathos. Shortly after they return Alan comes down with a bad dose of the flu. Lyn Tweets: "Husband in bed with flu. I'm hoping it stays with him, I have a busy busy week!" (25th September, 9.24am). Meanwhile, Ryan enrols for an acting for film course. Lyn Tweets: "My son Ryan Young is having a ball @themetschool @EalingStudios so proud of you Ry! xxx" (13th October, 10.09am).
In November Lyn returns to her former agent: "So thrilled to be back with Barry and Lizanne at Burnett Crowther Agency. I'm home and it feels fantastic!!" (Facebook, 13th November 2015). Shortly after this comes the news that Lyn is to return to Blood Brothers: "It is with so much pride that I can say I am back with 'Blood Brothers' from January 11th. I am home with my wonderful agents Barry and Lizanne and now I've come home to Bill and BKL....Full circle! This is going to be a wonderful Christmas. I am very happy and excited!" (Facebook, 2nd December 2015).
On 7th January The One Show (BBC1, 7.00pm) features an item on litter louts, which includes a clip from the New Seekers' 1973 'Keep Britain Tidy' ad (We've Got To Do It Now). Reporter Anita Rani introduces the clip: "For the last 60 years the whole nation has been urged to Keep Britain Tidy. It's been the subject of visually arresting campaigns, and campaigns that now look dated."
In an episode of Alex Polizzi - The Fixer screened on 27th January (BBC2, 8.00pm) Alex helps a seaside business look beyond a bygone era to find a new target market. The programme's closing credits are played out to I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing by the New Seekers.
The last episode of the AMC drama Mad Men (Season 7, Episode 14) is broadcast in the USA on Sunday, 17th May. The New Seekers' recording of I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke features in the final scene, in which McCann Erickson copywriter Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm) is seen meditating on a hillside, as though dreaming up the idea for Coca-Cola's most famous TV commercial. The last episode is broadcast in Australia on Showcase on Monday, 18 May at 3.35pm and 8.35pm and in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Thursday, 21 May at 10.00pm. The programme generated lots of news coverage, with articles appearing on the websites of Billboard, Newsweek, Time and Variety, among many others.
On 15th December The Seekers' musical Georgy Girl previews at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne. The show stars Pippa Grandison in the pivotal role of Judith Durham, with Glaston Toft as Athol Guy, Phillip Lowe as Keith Potger and Mike McLeish as Bruce Woodley. The opening night is on 22nd December. A review on the Noise11 website heralds it as "a story every Australian needs to hear". The Sydney Morning Herald describes it as "sweet-as-pie" while the Herald Sun concludes: "Even with its shortcomings, this production is an entertaining flashback to the music of The Seekers and the progressive 60s that we now view with increasing nostalgia."
|In the News - 2015
New Year's Day festivities in Shanghai are cancelled after 36 people are killed and 47 injured in a crush at the city's New Year's Eve celebrations.
On Wednesday, 7th January two gunmen attack the Paris office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people and wounding seven. The hunt for the gunmen (brothers Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi) ends in a siege on 9th January in which both are killed.
On the same day anti-terrorist forces storm a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes, Paris, where hostages were being held by a gunman with links to the brothers. The gunman (Amedy Coulibali) and four of the hostages die.
On Sunday, 11th January more than a million people take part in a unity march through the streets of Paris, the largest march in the country's history.
Anita Ekberg, star of the 1960 film La Dolce Vita, dies in Rome on Sunday, 11th January, aged 83.
Trevor Ward-Davies, better known as Dozy from the 1960s pop group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, dies on 13th January at the age of 70.
Belgian counter-terrorist police kill two suspects and wound a third when they come under fire during a pre-emptive raid in the eastern town of Verviers on 15th January.
On the same day Pope Francis arrives in Manila for a five-day visit to the Philippines. The highlight of his trip is a huge open air Mass in Manila on Sunday, 19th January, attended by an estimated six million people.
Anne Kirkbride, best known for her long-running role as Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street, dies of breast cancer on 19th January, aged 60.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz dies on Thursday, 22nd January. His 79-year-old half-brother, Salman, is confirmed as the new king.
The Reverend Libby Lane is consecrated as the eighth bishop of Stockport at a ceremony at York Minster on 26th January, becoming the first female bishop for the Church of England.
Greek singer Demis Roussos, who had Top 5 hits in the UK with Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun, Forever And Ever and When Forever Has Gone, dies on 25th January, aged 68.
A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashes after takeoff at a NATO military base in Spain on 26th January, killing both pilots and nine French military personnel.
On 27th January Apple posts a record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and a record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, the biggest ever quarterly profit for a public company.
The militant group Sinai Province launches attacks against Egyptian military and police targets in North Sinai late on Thursday, 29th January, leaving at least 30 dead and many more wounded.
The actress Geraldine McEwan, known for her TV roles in Miss Marple, Mapp & Lucia and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, dies on 30th January, aged 82.
On the same day a video is released online by Islamic State showing the beheading of Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist and film-maker from Japan who went to Syria in October 2014, reportedly to try to secure the release of another Japanese man, Haruna Yukawa.
An Al-Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, who had been arrested in December 2013 and tried on charges that included spreading false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, is freed and deported from Egypt on 1st February. Two other Al-Jazeera journalists, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, are freed on bail on 12th February.
On 3rd February UK MPs vote by 382 to 128 in favour of the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man, a technique developed to prevent genetic diseases being passed from mother to child.
On the same day Jordan confirms the death of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh after a video is published online by Islamic State (IS) showing him being burned alive. In retaliation Jordan executes two convicted jihadists, Ziyad Karboli and Sajida al-Rishawi.
On 4th February the Home Secretary Theresa May announces that New Zealand High Court judge Lowell Goddard will lead a new inquiry into historical child sex abuse in England and Wales.
On the same day TransAsia Airways Flight 235 crashes into the Keelung River, shortly after takeoff from Taipei Songshan Airport. Of the 58 people on board, only 15 survive.
On 5th February Gary Glitter is convicted at Southwark Crown Court of attempted rape, sex with a girl under 13 and four counts of indecent assault. On 27th February he is sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Steve Strange, lead singer with Visage, dies of a heart attack on 12th February, aged 55.
Louis Jourdan, the French film star known for his roles in Gigi (1958) and Octopussy (1983), dies at his home in Los Angeles on 14th February, aged 93.
On 15th February Danish police shoot dead Omar El-Hussein, a gunman who, the previous day, had killed one person and wounded three others at a free speech debate at the Krudttonden café in Copenhagen, before killing another man and wounding two policemen outside a synagogue.
On the same day a video is posted online by Libyan jihadists
depicting the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. Egypt responds by bombing Islamic State targets in Libya.
Lesley Gore, who had a US number 1 in 1963 with her single It's My Party, dies of lung cancer on 16th February, aged 68.
Following an undercover investigation by the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4's Dispatches the former Home Secretaries Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind refer themselves to Parliament's standards watchdog. On 22nd February Jack Straw is suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party at his own request; on 24th February Sir Malcolm Rifkind announces his resignation as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee and as MP for Kensington.
Madonna falls backwards down some steps while performing at the BRIT Awards on 25th February.
Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock in the cult sci-fi series Star Trek, dies in Los Angeles on 27th February, aged 83.
On the same day Boris Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, is shot dead as he crosses a bridge less than 200 metres from the Kremlin.
Harrison Ford is injured when crash landing his plane on to a golf course in Los Angeles on Thursday, 5th March.
On the same day Islamic State militants begin bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud.
Three French sports stars are among 10 people killed in a helicopter crash in Argentina on 9th March, during the filming of a TV survival show Dropped - yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine.
Apple launches its smartwatch collection at a press event in San Francisco on the same day. The watches go on sale in nine countries on 24th April.
On 10th March a US jury awards $7.4 million in profits and damages to Marvin Gaye's family, reaching the unanimous verdict that the 2013 single Blurred Lines by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke breached the copyright of Gaye's 1977 hit Got To Give It Up.
On 13th March the former TV weatherman Fred Talbot is jailed for five years for sex attacks on two boys while he was a teacher.
Cyclone Pam strikes the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu on 13th March, killing 16 people and leaving thousands homeless.
Bassist Andy Fraser, who co-wrote Free's 1970 hit All Right Now, dies in California on 16th March, aged 62.
The Likud Party led by the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wins a surprise victory in Israel's election, held on 17th March.
Islamic State (IS) gunmen attack the Bardo Museum in Tunis on Wednesday, 18th March, killing 25 people.
Singer-songwriter Jackie Trent dies on 21st March, aged 74.
Former tennis player and coach Bob Hewitt, who won men's and mixed doubles titles at all the Grand Slams, is found guilty of rape and sexual assault on 23rd March and subsequently jailed for six years on 18th May.
Lee Kuan Yew, the prime minister of Singapore for 31 years, dies on 23rd March, aged 91. A state funeral is held on 29th March.
A Germanwings Airbus A320 with 144 passengers and six crew on board crashes in the French Alps near Digne on 24th March. Data recovered from the plane’s black box recorder supports the suspicion that the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally destroyed the plane.
A coalition of nine Arab states led by Saudi Arabia launches air strikes against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen on 25th March.
Following an investigation into a "fracas" involving producer Oisin Tymon and Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the BBC's director general Tony Hall announces on 25th March that Jeremy Clarkson will not have his contract renewed. On 16th June the BBC announces that Chris Evans will take over as the lead presenter of Top Gear.
On 25th March it is announced that Zayn Malik had left One Direction.
The group continues its world tour as a four piece.
The body of King Richard III, found beneath a car park in Leicester in 2012, is laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral on 26th March at a service presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
On 27th March Italy's Supreme Court overturns the guilty verdicts of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, acquitting them of the murder of Meredith Kercher in the final ruling on the case.
At 10.36am on 31st March several cities in Turkey, including Istanbul and Ankara, are affected by a huge power cut.
Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, dies from cancer at her home in Spain on 1st April, aged 75.
On 2nd April, after eight days of negotiations in Lausanne, a framework agreement on the future shape of Iran's nuclear programme is announced in a joint statement by the European Union and Iran.
On the same day four gunmen from the al-Shabab Islamist group attack the Garissa University College in Kenya, killing 148 people, most of them students, and injuring 79 more.
On Wednesday, 8th April Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is found guilty of carrying out the 2013 bombing at the finish line of the Boston marathon. He is sentenced to death on 15th May.
Cricketer Richie Benaud, who captained Australia in 28 Tests and went on to become a highly regarded commentator on the game, dies on 10th April, aged 84.
Thieves disguised as workmen break into the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit in London's "jewelry quarter" over the Easter weekend, in full view of CCTV cameras. 72 safe deposit boxes are opened and the contents of 56 boxes taken.
On 12th April 400 migrants are feared drowned after their vessel capsizes off Libya; on 19th April another 800 migrants lose their lives as another boat capsizes in Libyan waters south of Lampedusa.
Günter Grass, author of The Tin Drum and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature, dies on 13th April, aged 87.
Percy Sledge, best known for his 1966 hit When A Man Loves A Woman, dies at his home in Baton Rouge on 14th April, aged 74.
On 20th April a 13-year-old pupil armed with a home-made crossbow and a knife kills a school teacher at the Instituto Joan Fuster in Barcelona. Two other teachers and two teenagers are injured in the attack.
On 21st April Mohammed Morsi is sentenced to 20 years in jail for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during his rule as President of Egypt.
On 22nd April Tesco reports an annual loss of £6.4 billion, the worst results in its history.
Sawyer Sweeten, who starred in the long-running US comedy series Everybody Loves Raymond, commits suicide at his family home in Texas on 23rd April, aged 19.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hits Nepal on 25th April. The quake causes dozens of buildings in Kathmandu to collapse, including the historic Dharahara Tower. More than 8,000 people are killed, with further casualties in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest, where avalanches were triggered. A second 7.3 magnitude earthquake occurs on 12th May.
Rioting breaks out in Baltimore on 27th April, following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man fatally injured while in police custody.
Ventriloquist Keith Harris, best known for his puppets Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey, dies on 28th April, aged 67.
Eight people, including two Australians, all of whom had been convicted of drug trafficking, are executed on the prison island of Nusakambangan on 29th April. Australia recalls its ambassador from Indonesia in protest.
Two men are jailed for life by a Pakistani court on 30th April for their role in the 2012 shooting of education activist Malala Yousafzai. Eight others are acquitted due to a lack of evidence.
Ben E. King, once a member of The Drifters but best known for his solo hit Stand By Me, dies on Thursday, 30th April, aged 76.
Author Ruth Rendell dies on Saturday, 2nd May, aged 85.
The Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a girl on the same day. The Royal Princess - fourth in line to the throne - is born at 8.34am at St. Mary's Hospital in London and named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. She is christened on 5th July.
Errol Brown, lead singer with Hot Chocolate, dies on 6th May, aged 71.
The Conservatives win a 12-seat majority in the UK general election held on 7th May. Ed Miliband resigns as leader of the Labour Party; Nick Clegg resigns as leader of the Liberal Democrats.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declares Liberia free of the Ebola virus on 9th May.
On 11th May Picasso's Women of Algiers becomes the most expensive painting to sell at auction, going for $179.3m at Christie's in New York.
sent by Prince Charles to government ministers between September 2004 and April 2005 are published on 13th May, following a 10-year Freedom Of Information campaign by The Guardian.
The 'King of the Blues' B.B. King dies in Las Vegas on 14th May, aged 89.
Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and Red Bull Formula 1 Team Principal Christian Horner get married at St. Mary's Church in Woburn, Bedfordshire on 15th May.
Egypt's former and first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi, and more than 100 other men are provisionally sentenced to death on Saturday, 16th May for allegedly escaping prison during the 2011 uprising that toppled Morsi’s predecessor, Hosni Mubarak.
A shootout between rival biker gangs at the Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in Waco, Texas, on 17th May leaves nine bikers dead and 18 injured.
Victorino Chua, a nurse at Stepping Hill Hospital in Greater Manchester, is found guilty on 18th May of murdering two patients and poisoning others while working on two acute wards at the hospital in June and July 2011. The following day he receives 25 life sentences and is jailed for a minimum of 35 years.
The Republic of Ireland votes to legalise same-sex marriage in a referendum held on 22nd May.
Swedish singer Måns Zelmerlöw wins the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna on 23rd May with the song Heroes. The UK entry, Still In Love With You by Electro Velvet, finishes in 24th place.
Seven officials attending the FIFA Congress in Zurich are arrested on Wednesday, 27th May as part of a US prosecution that indicts 14 people. The FIFA President Sepp Blatter is re-elected for a fifth term on Friday, 29th but on 2nd June he acknowledges that "while I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football." He therefore announces his intention to "lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective congress."
The former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy, dies on 1st June, aged 55.
The Eastern Star, a cruise ship carrying 456 people, capsizes on the Yangtze River on 1st June. There are only 14 survivors, among them the ship's captain.
16 people are injured in a rollercoaster accident at Alton Towers on Tuesday, 2nd June. Vicky Balch, 20, and Leah Washington, 17, both have a leg amputated following the accident. On 24th November the report of the accident investigation reveals that the safety control system on the Smiler ride had been manually overridden without the proper protocols being followed.
On Friday, 5th June two murderers, Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34. escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in New York. Matt is shot and killed by police on 26th June; Sweat is shot and captured on 28th June.
The AKP, which had been seeking a two-thirds majority to turn Turkey into a presidential republic, loses its majority in parliament in the general election held on Sunday, 7th June. The pro-Kurdish HDP wins seats in parliament for the first time.
Actor Sir Christopher Lee, who played Count Dracula and starred in The Lord Of The Rings, dies on 7th June, aged 93.
The German-born band leader James Last dies at his home in Florida on Tuesday, 9th June, aged 86.
Actor Ron Moody, who played Fagin in the film version of Oliver!, dies on 11th June, aged 91.
Lenny Henry, Van Morrison and Kevin Spacey are given knighthoods in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
On Friday, 12th June four tourists who posed naked on Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia - Briton Eleanor Hawkins, Canadians Danielle Peterson and Lindsey Peterson, and Dutchman Dylan Snel - are jailed for three days and fined RM5,000. Their sentences are backdated to 9th June, the time of their arrest.
On Wednesday, 17th June nine people are shot dead at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina.
A Taliban suicide bomber and six gunmen attack the Afghan parliament on Monday, 22nd June. Two civilians and all six of the gunmen are killed in the attack and around 40 other people wounded.
On Friday, 26th June the US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States.
On the same day, during Friday prayers, 27 people die in an attack on a Shia mosque in Kuwait City. Another 227 are injured.
The attack on the Imam Sadiq Mosque comes on the same day as two other atrocities. In France a man is decapitated at the Air Products gas and chemicals factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavierm, near Lyon; in Tunisia 39 people are killed and 39 injured in a shooting at the beach resort of Sousse.
Irish singer and TV entertainer Val Doonican dies on 1st July, aged 88.
In a referendum held on 5th July, voters in Greece reject the terms of an international bailout: 38.7% vote "Yes" and 61.3% "No".
Omar Sharif, best known for his roles in the films Lawrence Of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, dies on 10th July, aged 83.
Harper Lee's novel Go Set A Watchman, described by the author as the "parent" of her classic To Kill A Mockingbird, goes on sale on 14th July.
Tim Farron is elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats on 16th July.
On the same day police shoot dead a gunman, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, who had killed four marines and injured three other people in attacks on a military recruitment centre and a naval reserve centre in Chattanooga.
Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi dies on Friday, 17th July, nine months after suffering severe head injuries in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
On the same day a woman and three men are killed in an explosion at Bosley Mill, Macclesfield.
On 18th July The Sun newspaper publishes photos from 1933 showing The Queen as a young girl performing what appears to be a Nazi salute.
On the same day the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi re-opens, nearly two years after a terrorist attack by al-Shabab militants in which 67 people were killed.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, dies on Sunday, 26th July, aged 22. On 31st January she had been discovered face down and unresponsive in a bathtub and was placed in a medically induced coma. She never regained consciousness.
On 28th July Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the second son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and eight others are sentenced to death by a court in Libya over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution.
On the same day Lord Sewel, the deputy speaker and chairman of the Lords privileges and conduct committee, resigns from the House of Lords following an exposé in The Sun on Sunday.
Lynn Anderson, famous for her hit Rose Garden, dies of a heart attack on Thursday, 30th July, aged 67.
Cilla Black dies of a stroke on 1st August, aged 72, after falling at her villa in Estepona, Spain.
George Cole, who played Flash Harry in the St. Trinian's films and Arthur Daley in Minder, dies on 5th August, aged 90.
Kids Company, a charity founded in south London in 1996 by Camila Batmanghelidjh, closes on 5th August amid a row over funding.
On 12th August
139 people are killed and more than 700 injured by massive explosions at a warehouse storing toxic chemicals in Tianjin, northern China.
Stephen Lewis, best known for his role as officious inspector "Blakey" in the 1970s sitcom On The Buses, dies on 12th August, aged 88.
The USA re-opens its embassy in Cuba on Friday, 14th August, more than 54 years after it was closed.
On 15th August Kezia Dugdale is announced as the new leader of the Scottish Labour party.
In an interview with the Sunday Mirror (16th August) Keegan Hirst becomes the first British rugby league player to come out as gay.
On 17th August a bomb explodes close to the Erawan Shrine in the centre of Bangkok, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 80.
Three Americans (Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone) and a Briton (Chris Norman), overpower a heavily-armed gunman (Ayoub El-Khazzani) on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, 21st August. On 24th August President François Hollande presents them with the Legion d'honneur at the Elysee Palace.
11 people die when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashes into traffic on the A27 in West Sussex on Saturday, 22nd August.
WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward are shot dead live on air in Virginia on Wednesday, 26th August by Vester Flanagan, a former employee of the TV station. Known professionally as Bryce Williams, Flanigan later shoots himself and dies in hospital.
The founder of the Ashley Madison extramarital affairs website, Noel Biderman, resigns as chief executive on 28th August, following the publication online of customers' hacked personal data, including names, addresses, sexual fantasies and credit card information.
Kim Davis, the county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, is jailed on 3rd September for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She is released on 8th September on condition that she would not block the issuing of licenses by her deputies.
On 9th September Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest-reigning UK monarch. At 17:30 BST her reign reaches a mark of 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes - surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
On the same day a British Airways Boeing 777 (flight BA2276) catches fire while preparing for take-off on the runway at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The 159 passengers and 13 crew on board all survive.
Typhoon Etau makes landfall in eastern Japan on 9th September, devastating the Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures. The next day the Kinugawa River bursts its banks, causing severe flooding in the city of Joso and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.
On 11th September 118 worshippers are killed and 394 injured when a crane crashes into the Grand Mosque in Mecca at the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
The results of the ballot to elect a new leader of the Labour Party are announced on 12th September. Jeremy Corbyn, the MP for Islington North, wins on the first round of voting, taking 251,417 of the 422,664 votes cast.
The ABBA musical Mamma Mia! closes on Broadway on 12th September after 5,758 performances.
On 15th September Hungary declares a state of emergency in two southern counties and introduces new laws to prevent migrants and refugees from illegally entering the country.
More than 1 million people are evacuated after an 8.3-magnitude earthquake strikes just off the coast of Chile on 16th September.
Novelist Jackie Collins dies of breast cancer on 19th September, aged 77.
Yogi Berra, who won a record ten World Series championships with the New York Yankees between 1949 and 1965, dies on 22nd September.
Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn resigns on 23rd September, taking full responsibility for the diesel emissions scandal, in which the company admitted that 11 million of its cars had been fitted with a defeat device that reduced emissions under test conditions only.
On 24th September at least 717 people are killed and 863 injured in a stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.
Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner is banned from football for life on 29th September, having been found guilty of misconduct by the governing body's ethics committee. On 8th October FIFA suspends its president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and UEFA chief Michel Platini for 90 days. On 21st December Blatter and Platini are banned from football for eight years.
Russia launches airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, 30th September.
Nine people are killed on 1st October when a gunman, later named as Chris Harper Mercer, opens fire inside a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Mercer is shot and killed in a gun battle with police.
The playwright Brian Friel dies after a long illness on 2nd October, aged 86.
On Saturday, 3rd October violent storms hit south-eastern France, causing the river Brague to burst its banks.
Dennis Healey, who served as Secretary of State for Defence from 1964 to 1970 and as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1974 to 1979, dies on 3rd October, aged 98.
On the same day a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan is struck by the US military. 23 staff and patients are killed.
Singer-songwriter Jim Diamond, whose hits included I Won't Let You Down, I Should Have Known Better and Hi-Ho Silver, dies on 8th October, aged 64.
Geoffrey Howe, Margaret Thatcher's longest-serving Cabinet minister, who started as Chancellor of the Exchequer (1979-1983), and then served as Foreign Secretary, Leader of the House of Commons and Deputy Prime Minister, dies on 9th October, aged 88.
At least 102 people are killed and 400 injured by two explosions at a peace rally in Ankara on 10th October.
The Iranian parliament passes a bill on 13th October approving the deal on its nuclear programme agreed in July with the so-called P5+1 - the US, UK, China, France and Russia, plus Germany.
On 16th October a High Court Judge, Mr. Justice Ouseley, rules that the smartphone app used by the US taxi firm Uber is not a taximeter, which in London is the exclusive right of black-cab drivers.
Justin Trudeau, son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, leads Canada's Liberal Party to victory in the general election held on 19th October.
On the same day, almost a year after he was jailed for killing his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius is released to spend the remainder of his five-year prison sentence under house arrest at his uncle's home in Pretoria.
Peter Baldwin, best known for playing the role of Derek Wilton in Coronation Street, dies on 21st October, aged 82.
On Thursday, 22nd October news breaks of a cyber-attack on the website and customer database of the phone and broadband provider TalkTalk.
Maureen O'Hara, who starred in films such as How Green Was My Valley, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and Miracle On 34th Street, dies on 24th October, aged 95.
A whale-watching boat capsizes 9 miles (14 kilometers) off Tofino
on Sunday, 25th October. Twenty-one of the 27 people on board are rescued.
A magnitude-7.5 earthquake hits remote areas Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday, 26th October. At least 376 people are killed and at least 2,000 injured.
On 29th October China's state news agency, Xinhua, announces that the one-child policy introduced between 1978 and 1980 is to be scrapped.
Thirty-two people are killed after a fire breaks out at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest on Friday, 30th October.
A Kogalymavia Airbus A-321 (Flight KGL9268) from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashes in the Sinai peninsula on 31st October, killing all 224 people on board. On 6th November, following indications that the crash was caused by a bomb, Russia suspends all flights to Egypt. UK flights to Sharm el-Sheikh had been suspended two days earlier.
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) regains its parliamentary majority in the general election held on 1st November.
On 4th November, following protests on the streets of Bucharest the day before, the Prime Minister Victor Ponta announces his resignation. The Education Minister Klaus Iohannis is appointed as interim Prime Minister.
The National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi wins the national election in Myanmar (formerly Burma) held on 8th November. It is the first openly contested national election in 25 years.
A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission report published on 9th November recommends that Russia should be banned from athletics competition and that five athletes and five coaches should be given lifetime doping bans. On 13th November the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) provisionally suspends the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) as an IAAF Member.
Former champion jockey Pat Eddery dies on 10th November, aged 63.
Helmut Schmidt, who served as West German Chancellor from 1974 to 1982, dies on the same day, aged 96.
Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare are jailed on 13th November for kidnapping and killing Matthews' stepsister Becky Watts. Becky went missing on 19th February; her dismembered body was found on 2nd March.
Terrorists attack multiple sites in Paris on Friday, 13th October, among them the Bataclan concert hall where gunmen open fire on concert-goers watching the US rock group Eagles of Death Metal, and the Stade de France, where the French President François Hollande and 80,000 other spectators were watching a 'friendly' football match between France and Germany. The suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is among those killed in a French police raid on 18th November.
Warren Mitchell, who played Alf Garnett in the TV series Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness And In Health, dies on 14th November, aged 89.
Cynthia Payne, whose life was depicted in the film Personal Services, dies on 15th November, aged 82.
Bollywood actor Saeed Jaffrey, who also starred in films such as A Passage To India, My Beautiful Laundrette and Gandhi, dies from a brain hemorrhage on the same day, aged 86.
Former All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu, who played in 63 Tests for New Zealand, dies on 18th November, aged 40.
On 20th November Malian special forces storm the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, where gunmen were holding hostage guests and staff. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita declares a 10-day state of emergency and three days of national mourning for the 19 people killed.
On 21st November Brussels is put on the highest level alert as a precaution against terrorist attacks. Troops are deployed on the streets and the Metro system is closed.
The mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, wins the presidential election held in Argentina on 22nd November.
On 24th November Turkish F-16s shoot down a Russian military plane after repeatedly warning its two pilots they were violating Turkish airspace.
On 2nd December a husband and wife, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, open fire at a Christmas party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 more. The pair are killed later in a shoot-out with police.
On the same day, after a 10-hour Commons debate, UK MPs vote by 397 votes to 223 to authorise military action in Syria.
The Forth Road Bridge is closed at midnight on Thursday, 3rd December after a defect is found in the steelwork. It reopens on Wednesday, 23rd December to all traffic except HGVs.
Storm Desmond hits southern Scotland, the north of England, Wales and Northern Ireland on 5th and 6th December, bringing severe gales and heavy rainfall. Thousands of people in Cumbria and Lancashire are flooded out of their homes or left without power. Storm Eva and Storm Frank bring more flooding and fresh misery during the festive season.
Women are allowed to vote for the first time and to stand as candidates in municipal elections held in Saudi Arabia on 12th December.
On the same day, after two weeks of intense negotiations, the COP21 climate change summit reaches an agreement to keep global warming "well below" 2C (3.6F). The Paris Agreement commits the 195 countries represented at the conference to cutting their carbon emissions.
Tim Peake makes history on 15th December by becoming first British astronaut to go to the International Space Station.
Former Match Of The Day presenter Jimmy Hill dies on 19th December, aged 87.
The general election held in Spain on 20th December results in a hung parliament, with the conservative Popular Party (PP), led by PM Mariano Rajoy, losing its majority.
On 22nd December the International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirms that the number of migrants and refugees crossing into Europe by land and sea illegally in 2015 had exceeded one million.
Lemmy, lead singer with Motörhead, dies on 28th December, aged 70.
A new domestic violence law comes into effect in the UK on 29th December, which makes coercive control a criminal offence.
Natalie Cole, whose hit songs included This Will Be (1975), a cover of Bruce Springsteen's Pink Cadillac (1988) and the duet Unforgettable with her father Nat King Cole (1991), dies in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve, aged 65.
|In the Charts
|UK Chart débuts
- Fleur East
- Philip George
- Louisa Johnson
- Zara Larsson
- Stevie McCrorie
- Måns Zelmerlöw
|UK Best-selling Singles
- James Bay
Hold Back The River
- Justin Bieber
- Justin Bieber
- Justin Bieber
- Justin Bieber
What Do You Mean?
- Jason Derulo
Want To Want Me
- Fleur East
- Philip George
Wish You Were Mine
- Jess Glynne
Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
- Jess Glynne
Hold My Hand
- Ellie Goulding
Love Me Like You Do
- Grace featuring G-Easy
You Don't Own Me
- Calvin Harris & Disciples
How Deep Is Your Love
- Louisa Johnson
- Nick Jonas
- Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
See You Again
- Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell
- Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir
A Bridge Over You
- Little Mix
- Lost Frequencies
Are You With Me
- Major Lazer featuring MØ & DJ Snake
- Maroon 5
- Stevie McCrorie
- Minek and Zara Larsson
Never Forget You
- One Direction
Drag Me Down
- One Direction
- Rachel Platten
- Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor
- Flo Rida
- Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney
- Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
- Ed Sheeran and Rudimental
- Skrillex & Diplo / Justin Bieber
Where Are U Now
- Sam Smith featuring John Legend
Lay Me Down
- Sam Smith
Writing's On The Wall
- Walk The Moon
Shut Up & Dance
- Years & Years
- Måns Zelmerlöw
Heroes [Eurovision Song Contest winner]
- Bryan Adams
- All Time Low
- James Bay
Chaos And The Calm
- Justin Bieber
The Magic Whip
- Andrea Bocelli
- Leon Bridges
- The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes
Every Open Eye
A Head Full Of Dreams
- The Corrs
- Lana Del Ray
- Duran Duran
- Bob Dylan
Shadow In The Night
Dark Sky Island
- Florence & The Machine
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
- Brandon Flowers
The Desired Effect
- Ezra Furman
Perpetual Motion People
- Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
- David Gilmour
Rattle That Lock
- Jess Glynne
I Cry When I Laugh
- Ellie Goulding
- Josh Groban
- Natalie Imbruglia
- Tame Impala
- Iron And Wine & Ben Bridwell
Sing Into My Mouth
- Janet Jackson
- Jean Michel Jarre
Electronica 1: The Time Machine
- Rickie Lee Jones
The Other Side Of Desire
- Tom Jones
Long Lost Suitcase
- R Kelly
- Legends Of Country
Talk About Country
- Leona Lewis
- The Libertines
Anthems For Doomed Youth
- Little Boots
- Little Mix
- Darlene Love
Introducing Darlene Love
- Jeff Lynne's ELO
Alone In The Universe
- Laura Marling
- Mercury Rev
The Light In You
No Place In Heaven
- Kylie Minogue
- Giorgio Moroder
- Mumford & Sons
- New Order
- John Newman
- One Direction
Made In The A.M.
- Gretchen Peters
- Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
If I Can Dream
Hit 'n' Run
Hit 'n' Run Phase Two
- The Proclaimers
Let's Hear It For The Dogs
- The Prodigy
The Day Is My Enemy
- Cliff Richard
75 At 75 - 75 Career Spanning Hits
- Keith Richards
- Marc Ronson
- Lucy Rose
Work It Out
We The Generation
Cradle To The Grave
- Rod Stewart
- James Taylor
Before This World
Beauty Behind The Madness
- Paul Weller
- Years & Years
- Will Young
|At the Movies
- American Sniper
- The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
- Best Of Enemies
- Bridge Of Spies
- Dior And I
- Far From The Madding Crowd
- Fifty Shades Of Grey
- 45 Years
- The Good Lie
- He Named Me Malala
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
- Inside Out
- Into The Woods
- Irrational Man (Woody Allen)
- Jurassic World
- Kingsman: The Secret Service
- The Lady In The Van
- Last Days In The Desert
- The Legend Of Barney Thomson
- Lila And Eve
- The Lobster
- London Road
- Love And Mercy
- Love Is Strange
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- Magic Mike XXL
- The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
- Miss You Already
- Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
- Mississippi Grind
- Mistress America
- Mr. Holmes
- Ricki And The Flash
- The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Shaun The Sheep Movie
- She's Funny That Way
- Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie
- Son Of A Gun
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Steve Jobs
- Still Alice
- Testament Of Youth
- The Theory Of Everything
- Woman In Gold
Tony Award for Best Musical:
Olivier Award for
Best New Musical:
- Benidorm (Series 7)
- Bob The Builder (Channel 5)
- The Boy In The Dress
- Boy Meets Girl
- Britain's Got Talent (Series 9)
- The C Word
- Call The Midwife (Series 4)
- Chewing Gum
- Cucumber / Banana / Tofu
- Death In Paradise (Series 4)
- Doctor Foster (Series 1)
- Don't Take My Baby
- Downton Abbey (Series 6)
- The Dresser
- Grace And Frankie (Series 1)
- The Great British Bake Off (Series 6)
- Indian Summers
- Inside The Commons
- Jekyll And Hyde
- Midsomer Murders (Series 17)
- Miranda (final episode)
- Nature Nuts with Julian Clary
- Peter Kay's Car Share (Series 1)
- Roald Dahl's Esio Trot
- Shaun The Sheep: The Farmers Llamas
- Silent Witness (Series 18)
- Strictly Come Dancing (Series 13)
- TFI Friday
- The Voice UK (Series 4 - Rita Ora)
- This Is England '90
- W1A (Series 2)
- Wolf Hall
- The X Factor (Series 12)
of the Year:
Darts: Gary Anderson beats the 16-time champion Phil Taylor 7-6 in the final to win the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace.
Scott Mitchell wins the BDO World Championship at Frimley Green, beating the three-time champion Martin Adams in the final by the same score (7-6).
Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan breaks Stephen Hendry's all-time centuries record of 775 at The Masters at Alexandra Palace in a quarter-final match against Marco Fu. World number one Neil Robertson beats O'Sullivan in the semi-final but loses to Shaun Murphy in the final (10-2), Adding this to his victories in the 2005 World Championship and the 2008 UK Championship, Murphy becomes only the 10th player to complete snooker's 'triple crown'. He has an opportunity to add another World Championship to his list of titles but loses in the final to Stuart Bingham (18-15).
Neil Robertson wins the UK Championship, beating Liang Wenbo in the final (10-5).
Tennis: on 11th January Roger Federer wins the 1,000th match of his career (and his 83rd ATP title) by beating Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 in the men's singles final at the Brisbane International. He is only the third man, after Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl, to reach that milestone.
Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the women's singles final to win the Australian Open for the sixth time.
Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-0 to win his fifth Australian Open and eighth Grand Slam singles title.
At the French Open Serena Williams wins the women's singles title for the third time, beating Lucie Safarova in the final, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2.
Stanislas Wawrinka beats Novak Djokovic in men's singles final, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
Serena Williams is victorious again at Wimbledon, beating Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 to win the women's singles title for the sixth time. Novak Djokovic wins his third Wimbledon men's singles title, beating Roger Federer in the final, 7-6, 6-7, 6.4, 6-3.
Roberta Vinci causes a huge upset at the US Open when she beats Serena Williams in their women's singles semi final (2-6, 6-4, 6-4), so ending the world number 1's bid to win all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year. Vinci is beaten in the first all-Italian final of the Open era by her 33-year-old compatriot Flavia Pennetta, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Pennetta, only the second Italian woman to win one of the tennis majors, then announces her "goodbye to tennis".
Novak Djokovic had already missed his chance of achieving the calendar slam at the French Open but he makes it three out of four with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer in the men's singles final.
Great Britain win the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936, beating Belgium in the final at the Flanders Expo, Ghent. Andy Murray beats Belgium's David Goffin (6-3, 7-5, 6-3) to give the British team an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie.
Athletics: Mo Farah breaks the two-mile indoor world record at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix, setting a new fastest time of 8 minutes, 3.40 seconds.
Paula Radcliffe runs her last London Marathon, finishing with a time of 2:36.55. Ethiopia's Tigist Tufa wins the women's marathon; Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge wins men's marathon.
At the World Championships in Beijing Mo Farah wins the gold medal in both the 5,000m and 10,000m. Usain Bolt wins the gold medal in the men's 100m and 200m and leads Jamaica to gold in the men's 4x100m relay. Greg Rutherford wins long jump gold and Jessica Ennis-Hill wins the gold medal in the heptathlon.
Cricket: Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets to win the World Cup for the fifth time. Chris Gayle scores 215 runs for the West Indies in a World Cup match against Zimbabwe - the first double century in the history of the World Cup.
England regain The Ashes after sealing victory over Australia in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge. In the shortest first innings in Test history England dismiss Australia for 60 runs in 18.3 overs.
Despite impressive performances from England's Alastair Cook and Joe Root, Pakistan win the Test series in the UAE, 2-0.
Rugby: Ireland retain the Six Nations title with a 40-10 victory over Scotland. England beat France by 55-35 in the final match of the Championship to finish in second place.
New Zealand win the World Cup, beating Australia in the final by 34-17.
Horse Racing: Leighton Aspell wins the 168th Grand National riding Many Clouds, having won the race the year before on Pineau De Re. He is the first jockey to win back-to-back Grand Nationals since Brian Fletcher with Red Rum in 1973 and 1974. Champion jockey A.P. McCoy finishes fifth on Shutthefrontdoor.
Michelle Payne, riding Prince of Penzance, becomes the first woman jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.
Rowing: for the first time both the men's and women's Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Races take place on the same course (The Tideway) and on the same day. Both Oxford crews beat their Cambridge rivals by 19 seconds.
Golf: Jordan Spieth wins The Masters, equalling the record 18-under total set by Tiger Woods when he won his first Green Jacket in 1997. On 21st June Spieth adds the US Open title to his Masters victory, carding a final round of 69 to win by 1 shot. World no. 1 Rory McIlroy finishes fourth in the Masters and ninth at the US Open.
Zach Johnson wins the Open Championship at St. Andrews, beating Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole play-off.
Jason Day wins the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits with a record score of 20 under par.
Football: Chelsea win the Premier League title, bringing José Mourinho his third title as Chelsea manager.
Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-0 in the FA Cup final, winning the trophy for the second year in a row and the 12th time in total.
Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 to become European champions for the fifth time.
José Mourinho Is sacked as manager of Chelsea on Thursday, 17th December. The Chelsea captain, John Terry, writes on Instagram: "The very best I have ever worked with, unbelievable memories together. Thank you doesn't seem enough."
Boxing: Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao on points at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, to maintain his unbeaten record and win the richest fight in boxing history.
Tyson Fury beats Wladimir Klitschko to become world heavyweight boxing champion, bringing Klitschko's nine-year reign as champion to an end. He is awarded the fight 115-112, 115-112, 116-111 on the judges' scorecards.
Cycling: Chris Froome wins the Tour de France for the second time.
Swimming; Adam Peaty wins three gold medals at the World Championships - individual gold medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and a mixed 4x100m medley relay gold in a world record time of three minutes, 41.71 seconds.
Motor Racing: ex-Formula 1 driver Justin Wilson dies after suffering a head injury during the Pocono IndyCar 500 race.
Lewis Hamilton wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the third time; Mercedes win the Constructors' Championship.
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