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How much do you know about the year 2015?

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What West African terror organization perpetrated a series of massacres in Nigeria resulting in over 2,000 deaths? 
What Islamic nation began bombing ISIL targets in Syria in February? 
A failed ceasefire was attempted in the ongoing crisis between what two Eastern European nations? 
Name one of the three ancient Syrian cities demolished by ISIL in 2015. 
NASA's Dawn space probe becomes the first spacecraft to visit this dwarf planet in the asteroid belt? 
A Saudi-led coalition of Arab states intervened militarily in what Arabic state to preserve it's government? 
The World Health Organization declared the eradication of what virus from the Americas? 
What nation became the first in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote? 
This FIFA President resigned in disgrace following a corruption scandal. 
On July 14, this NASA space probe flew by the dwarf planet Pluto after a nine-year journey from Earth. 
A major treaty was signed between the United Nations and what Middle Eastern nation, curbing its efforts to expand its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief? 
What automobile company was accused of rigging diesel emissions tests worldwide, affecting over 11 million vehicles? 
ISIL-affiliated terrorists launched an onslaught in what major Western city, killing over 130 people? 
LIGO, a large-scale physics observatory, first observed what natural phenomena in September? 
What NATO-member state shot down a Russian plane over Syria, the first time this has happened since the 1950s? 
Deaths
King of Saudi Arabia (de facto from 1995) 2005-2015. Granted Saudi women the right to vote in municipal elections and maintained status quo during the Arab Spring. (b. 1924) 
American actor, director, and singer/songwriter, widely known for his role as Mr. Spock in many Star Trek films and shows. (b. 1931) 
British author of fantasy novels, best-selling author of the 1990s, most famous for his Discworld series of 41 novels. (b. 1948) 
American blues singer/guitarist/songwriter; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, he was known as 'The King of Blues' (b. 1925) 
English actor, singer, author; famous for his roles in The Lord of the Rings films as Saruman, and the Star Wars franchise as Count Dooku; he also appeared in The Wicker Man and the Bond film Man With the Golden Gun (b. 1922) 
Egyptian-born actor famous for roles in American and British films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Funny Girl (1968). (b. 1932) 
American baseball player from 1946-1965; he played all but one season of his career for the New York Yankees, and won 10 World Series' (b.1925) 
Irish actress and singer, most famous for her numerous roles opposite John Wayne, in films such as The Quiet Man, Rio Grande, and The Wings of Eagles. (b. 1920) 
English singer/songwriter/guitarist, famous as the frontman of metal group Motorhead, and for his distinctive muttonchops. (b.1945) 
Accolades
Academy Award for Best Picture 
Academy Award for Best Actor/Actress 
Grammy Award for Best Album (Artist) 
Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series 
Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series 
Tony Award for Best Musical 
Tony Award for Best Play 
NHL Champion 
NFL Champion 
MLB Champion 
NBA Champion 
FIFA Women's World Cup Champion 

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