2015 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on December 4, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2015.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2015.

Quick History Facts From 2015

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2015? For openers, the spacecraft MESSENGER crashed into the surface of Mercury, NASA scientists confirmed that liquid water existed on Mars, and the first total solar eclipse since 2013 occurred. Google rebranded itself as Alphabet, PayPal and eBay split into separate operating companies, and Google’s sophisticated digital assistant—Google Now—got even smarter.

In 2015, President Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan to cut greenhouse gases, Hillary Clinton announced that she would run for president in 2016, and Loretta Lynch became the 83rd U.S. Attorney General. The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta was observed, Queen Elizabeth II became Great Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, and British archaeologists discovered a mass grave from the Great Plague of London (1665-66).

Back in 2015, Birdman won an Academy Award for Best Picture, Veep (HBO) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Stay with Me won a Grammy for Song of the Year. The New England Patriots were the Super Bowl champs, the Kansas City Royals won the World Series, and the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup.

In 2015, unemployment dipped to 5.0%, median household income was $57,230, and the average cost of a new home was $348,300. The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate, Americans paid an average of $30,500 for a new car, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $2.40. A gallon of whole milk cost $3.42, bacon was $5.45 a pound, and a dozen eggs were $2.47.

Back in 2015, NCIS (CBS) was the most popular TV show, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the highest-grossing film, and Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman was the best-selling book. Microsoft released Windows 10, Google launched Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and also introduced the Android Pay app for all Android-based smartphones.

In 2015, Melbourne was the most livable city in the world, Costco sold over 128 million hot dogs on their food courts, and Americans did not use 658 million vacation days. Apple created Apple Music, Amazon launched Amazon Air, and Samsung introduced Samsung Pay.

What else happened in 2015? Richard III of England (1452-85) received a kingly reburial, China abolished its one-child policy, and Japan lifted the 67-year ban on dancing after midnight. Alexander Hamilton was booted from the $10 bill, and The New York Times reported that Hillary Clinton used her personal email for official business while she was Secretary of State.

Back in 2015, David Letterman hosted the Late Show with David Letterman for the last time, Jon Stewart said goodbye to The Daily Show after 16 years, and Ghostbusters (1984) was entered into the National Film Registry. Apple launched the Apple Watch, Amazon released the Amazon Echo, and popular holiday gifts were Hoverboards and smart TVs.

Famous people in the news were Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder, Jerry Brown, Queen Elizabeth II, David Cameron, Angela Merkel, David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Robert Downy Jr., Katy Perry, Misty Copeland, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Eddie Redmayne, and Julianne Moore.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, cool trivia, and history from the year 2015. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, cars, interesting foods, sports facts, fashion fads, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

Happy reminiscing, and thanks for reading!

Table of Contents

What happened in the year 2015? For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2015
  2. History Facts From the USA and World
  3. Sports Trivia
  4. Entertainment News
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Computer and Internet History
  7. Most Popular Websites
  8. Nobel Prize Winners
  9. Best-Selling Adult Fiction Books
  10. Most Popular Television Shows for 2015-2016
  11. Highest-Grossing Films
  12. Entries Into the National Film Registry
  13. Horror Movies From 2015
  14. Biggest Pop Music Artists
  15. Top 40 Songs for the Year
  16. Favorite Video Games
  17. Food and Beverage Trends
  18. Famous Weddings
  19. Famous People Who Died in 2015

  20. Best-Selling Cars and Trucks
  21. America’s 10 Largest Corporations
  22. American Companies That Were Launched

In 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the highest-grossing film.
In 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the highest-grossing film.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2015

These grocery facts have been made available courtesy of VisualCapitalist.com.

  1. All-purpose flour (one pound): 52 cents

  2. White rice (one pound): 69 cents

  3. Sugar (one pound): 65 cents

  4. Pasta (one pound): $1.32

  5. White bread (one pound): $1.44

  6. Wheat bread (one pound): $1.99

  7. Whole milk (one gallon): $3.42

  8. Salted butter (one pound): $3.12

  9. American cheese (one pound): $4.46

  10. Eggs (one dozen): $2.47

  11. Red Delicious apples (one pound): $1.36

  12. Bananas (one pound): 58 cents

  13. Navel oranges (one pound): $1.30

  14. Seedless grapes (one pound): $2.59

  15. Strawberries (12 ounces): $2.22

  16. Lemons (one pound): $1.98

  17. Tomatoes (one pound): $1.84

  18. Broccoli (one pound): $1.79

  19. Dried beans (one pound): $1.49

  20. Potatoes (one pound): 65 cents

  21. Ground beef (one pound): $4.63

  22. Top round steak (one pound): $6.15

  23. Sirloin steak (one pound): $8.57

  24. Boneless pork chops (one pound): $4.33

  25. Boneless chicken breasts (one pound): $3.41

  26. Frozen turkey (one pound): $1.51

  27. Sliced bacon (one pound): $5.45

  28. Creamy peanut butter (one pound): $2.68

  29. Chocolate chip cookies (one pound): $3.35

  30. Ice cream (½ gallon): $4.74

In 2015, avocado toast was a popular food trend.
In 2015, avocado toast was a popular food trend.

2. History Facts From the USA and World

  1. In 2015, Barack Obama was President of the United States, and Joe Biden was Vice-President.

  2. The U.S. unemployment rate dipped to 5.0%. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tells us that “Unemployment continued to trend downward and employment expanded in 2015; long-term joblessness and involuntary part-time employment both declined over the year but remained high by historical standards.”

  3. Consumer expenses and the average pre-tax household income both increased in 2015. According to the BLS, “The average annual expenditures by consumer units (CUs) increased from $53,495 in 2014 to $55,978 in 2015. Accompanying the 2015 increase in expenditures was an increase of 4.1 percent in average income before taxes from 2014 ($66,877) to 2015 ($69,627).”

  4. About two-thirds of Americans owned their own home. ValuePeguin.com reveals that “In 2015, the average American homeowner spent about $1,800 on paying down the principal on their loans and nearly $8,000 on mortgage interest and related charges, a combined monthly average of about $820.”

  5. In 2015, one pound of potatoes cost 65 cents, wheat bread was $1.99 for a 16-ounce loaf, and chocolate chip cookies were $3.35 for a 16-ounce package. One pound of sugar cost 65 cents, a gallon of whole milk was $3.42, and a dozen eggs were $2.47.

  6. The average price for a gallon of gas was $2.40, which was the second-lowest annual average in ten years.

  7. A first-class stamp cost 49 cents.

  8. Median household income in the U.S. was $57,230.

  9. After incentives, Americans paid an average of $30,500 for a new car.

  10. In January 2015, the median price for a new house was $292,000, while the average cost was $348,300.

  11. The average monthly rent was $1,050.

  12. The federal minimum wage was $7.25.

  13. In January, the price of gold ranged from a low of $1,189.51 per ounce to a high of $1,302.26, and closed the month at $1,283.15 per ounce.

  14. On December 17, the prime rate was 3.5%.

  15. Back in 2015, the average American household owed $15,675 in credit card debt, $172,341 on a mortgage, $27,865 in auto loans, and $48,591 in student loans.

  16. On January 1, Lithuania adopted the Euro as its currency.

  17. On January 1, the Eurasian Economic Union was established, and created a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

  18. On January 21, hoping to reverse a prolonged sales slump, Gucci and its parent company Kering appointed Alessandro Michele as the fashion house’s new creative director.

  19. On January 26, Libby Lane became the first woman to serve as a British Anglican bishop.

  20. On March 26, Richard III of England (1452-85) received a kingly reburial at Leicester Cathedral. (In September 2012, the king’s remains were discovered in a crude grave at the former Greyfriars Friary Church.)

  21. On April 12, Hillary Clinton—the former First Lady and U.S. senator—announced that she would run for U.S. president for a second time.

  22. On April 23, Loretta Lynch became the first African-American woman to serve as a U.S. Attorney General. She succeeded Eric Holder, who had resigned as the 82nd United States Attorney General on September 25, 2014.

  23. On April 30, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders announced that he would run for U.S. president on the Democratic ticket.

  24. On April 30, the NASA MESSENGER mission ended after the spacecraft crashed into the surface of Mercury. (Since March 18, 2011, MESSENGER had orbited around Mercury 4,105 times.)

  25. On May 7, David Cameron won a second five-year term as British prime minister.

  26. On May 15, business magnate Carl Icahn invested $100 million in Lyft, a ride-sharing service.

  27. On June 15, Jeb Bush—the Governor of Florida—announced that he would run for U.S. president on the Republican ticket.

  28. On June 15, the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta was observed. Origins.OSU.edu points out that this “medieval English historic legal document” is often seen as “the origin of many modern-day legal rights and constitutional principles.”

  29. On June 15, real estate magnate Donald Trump announced that he would run for U.S. President on the Republican ticket.

  30. On June 17, the U.S. Treasury announced that it was booting Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill and replacing him with a woman.

  31. On July 8, the NYSE stopped trading for four hours because of a technical glitch.

  32. On July 18, PayPal and eBay split into separate operating companies.

  33. On August 3, President Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan to cut greenhouse gases. ObamaWhiteHouse.Archives.org tells us that “The Clean Power Plan establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants. We already set limits that protect public health by reducing soot and other toxic emissions, but until now, existing power plants, the largest source of carbon emissions in the United States, could release as much carbon pollution as they wanted.”

  34. On August 10, Google announced that it would “rebrand itself as Alphabet–a new holding company whose largest wholly owned subsidiary will be Google.” TheGuardian.com confirms that “All shares of Google will automatically convert into corresponding shares of Alphabet, which will continue to trade under the stock ticker symbols GOOG and GOOGL. The new structure is said to be similar to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which wholly owns a number of diverse holdings and has stakes in several others.”

  35. On August 12, British archaeologists discovered a mass grave of 30 bodies from the Great Plague of London (1665-66).

  36. On September 1, Google changed its logo for the first time since 1999.

  37. On September 9, Queen Elizabeth II became Great Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

  38. On September 13, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency after wildfires devastated Lake and Napa counties.

  39. On September 28, NASA scientists confirmed that liquid water existed on Mars. CNN.com reports that “While the discovery doesn't by itself offer evidence of life on Mars, either past or present, it does boost hopes that the harsh landscape still offers some refuge for microbes to cling to existence.”

  40. On October 29, China abolished its one-child policy after 35 years, and allowed all families to have two children. TheGuardian.com reveals that “Some celebrated the move as a positive step towards greater personal freedom in China. But human rights activists and critics said the loosening – which means the Communist party continues to control the size of Chinese families – did not go far enough.”

  41. On December 16, the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate “from a range of 0% to 0.25% to a range of 0.25% to 0.5%.” Money.CNN.com explains that “The rate hike is a small one, but it will affect millions of Americans, including investors, home buyers and savers. Savers should eventually see a little more interest on their deposits at the bank. Mortgage rates will gradually rise.”

In 2015, the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl by defeating the Seattle Seahawks.
In 2015, the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl by defeating the Seattle Seahawks.

3. Sports Trivia

Generally suitable for all age groups, sports questions are a welcome addition to any trivia night quiz.

  1. On December 31, 2014, Georgia Tech defeated Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl.

  2. On January 1, Oregon beat Florida State in the Rose Bowl.

  3. On January 1, Ohio State defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

  4. On February 1, the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl by defeating the Seattle Seahawks.

  5. In June, the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  6. In May, Juan Pablo Montoya won the 99th Indianapolis 500.

  7. On May 2, American Pharaoh won the 141th running of the Kentucky Derby.

  8. In July, Chris Froome won the 102nd edition of the Tour de France.

  9. In October, the Kansas City Royals won the World Series by defeating the New York Mets in five games.

  10. NBA Champions: Golden State Warriors

  11. NCAA Basketball Champions: Duke

  12. NCAA Football Champs: Alabama

  13. U.S. Open Golf: Jordan Spieth

  14. U.S. Open Tennis (men/women): Novak Djokovic/Flavia Pennetta

  15. Wimbledon (men/women): Novak Djokovic/Serena Williams

4. Entertainment News

  1. Heartthrobs and fashion icons for 2015 included Elizabeth Banks, Ashley Benson, Emilia Clarke, Lauren Cohan, Brooklyn Decker, Natalie Dormer, Hilary Duff, Katie Holmes, Dakota Johnson, Victoria Justice, Ellie Kemper, Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Munn, Michelle Obama, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Shakira, Ivanka Trump, Melania Trump, Sophie Turner, Kate Upton, Alicia Vikander, and Emma Watson.
  2. Kira Kazantsev (New York) won the Miss America crown.
  3. Olivia Jordan (Oklahoma) became Miss USA.
  4. Top-grossing Broadway shows were The Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, and Beautiful.
  5. Broadway shows that opened in 2015 included A View from the Bridge, An Act of God, An American in Paris, China Doll, and Dames at Sea.
  6. At the 87th Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 2014, Birdman won an Oscar for Best Picture, and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) won an Oscar for Best Director. Likewise, Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Julianne Moore (Still Alice) won an Oscar for Best Actress.
  7. At the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, Veep (HBO) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and the fantasy drama Game of Thrones (HBO) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
  8. On February 8, Stay with Me (Sam Smith) won a Grammy for Best Song, and Morning Phase (Beck) won a Grammy for Best Album.
  9. Here are some of the TV shows that aired during the 2015-16 season, but weren’t back for the 2016-17 season: American Gothic (CBS), American Idol (FOX), Aquarius (NBC), Billy & Billie (DirecTV), BrainDead (CBS), The Briefcase (CBS), Brothers in Atlanta (HBO), Castle (ABC), CSI: Cyber (CBS), Game of Silence (NBC), The Good Wife (CBS), Inspector Lewis (PBS), Lucas Bros. Moving Company (FOX), Mike & Molly (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS), Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), Thirteen (BBC America), Truth Be Told (NBC), Vinyl (HBO), Wicked City (ABC), and You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC).
  10. On February 10, comedian Jon Stewart announced that he would be leaving The Daily Show (Comedy Central) at the end of the season. On August 6, he hosted the show for the last time.
  11. On May 20, after 33 years, David Letterman hosted the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) for the final time.
  12. On June 30, Misty Copeland became the first African-American principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT).
  13. On August 4, Robert Downey Jr. was named the world’s highest-paid actor by Forbes Magazine.

  14. On September 8, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert premiered on CBS.
  15. On September 28, Trevor Noah became the new host of The Daily Show (Comedy Central).
  16. On November 4, Katy Perry was named the highest-paid musician of 2015 by Forbes Magazine.
  17. On December 14, Star Wars: The Force Awakens—directed by J. J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Harrison Ford—premiered in Los Angeles.

In 2015, The Big Bang Theory was a popular TV show.
In 2015, The Big Bang Theory was a popular TV show.

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 2015, the most popular baby names were Noah, Mason, Jacob, Emma, Olivia, and Sophia.
  2. The average life expectancy in the United States decreased. According to the Los Angeles Times, “A person born in the U.S. in 2015 could expect to live 78.8 years. That’s 0.1 years—or 36.5 days—fewer than in 2014.”
  3. The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad was $4,500,000.
  4. Favorite holiday gifts included Hoverboards, smart TVs, and the Guitar Hero Live video game.
  5. Popular adult Halloween costumes were witches, animals, Star Wars characters, Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, doctors and nurses, zombies, pirates, vampires, and political personalities such as Barack Obama.
  6. Fashion trends in 2015 were button-front skirts, lace-up fronts, off-the-shoulder tops, early Internet graphics, white sneakers, folk embroidered dresses, furry key chains, lace-up pumps, piled-on neutrals, raw hems, stacked rings, and slip-on sneakers.
  7. Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany.
  8. In 2015, Japan lifted a 67-year ban on dancing after midnight.
  9. Melbourne was the most liveable city in the world, followed by Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, and Adelaide/Calgary.
  10. Oklahoma City was once known as the “Cafeteria Capital of the World,” because it had more cafeterias per capita than any other city in America. The Oklahoman confirms that Oklahoma City “supported 37 independently owned cafeterias at the height of their popularity in the 1950s and '60s.” On December 11, 2015, the Boulevard Cafeteria—Oklahoma City’s last-remaining cafeteria—served its last meal. KFOR-TV reports that the Boulevard had been in business since 1948, and had about 500 customers who ate there every day.
  11. In 2015, over 600,000 Americans slept in abandoned buildings or makeshift campsites, at motels and bus stops, inside parked cars, or in public spaces such as parks.
  12. About 10% of the world population lived in extreme poverty.
  13. Costco sold over 128 million hot dogs on their food courts.
  14. The average U.S. household threw away $2,200 worth of food.
  15. Americans did not use 658 million vacation days, and 222 million of them could not be rolled over into 2016.
  16. In 2015, the Twister and Super Soaker were both inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

  17. On March 16, Google commemorated the 216th birthday of the botanist and photographer Anna Atkins with a Google Doodle.
  18. Donald Featherstone—an American artist who designed the original plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament—passed away.
  19. Here are some words that were added to the Oxford English Dictionary in June 2015: autotune, autotuned, backronym, baon, barkada, batchmate, birdhouse, blue star, bluff charge, Blu-ray, boiler room, brûlée, buko, carnapping, chiffonade, choss, chossy, cisgender, coasteering, comedy of errors, comigrate, colourism, coreferential, crowdfunded, and cyclosportive.
  20. Because of a retail apocalypse, many prominent retailers have either closed stores, filed for bankruptcy, or gone out of business entirely since 2015. FoxBusiness.com explains that “The rise of ecommerce outlets like Amazon has made it harder for traditional retailers to attract customers to their stores and forced companies to change their sales strategies. Many companies have turned to sales promotions and increased digital efforts to lure shoppers while shutting down brick-and-mortar locations."

    Here is a partial list of 2015 retail store closings: A&P, Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Anna’s Linens, Barnes & Noble, Children’s Place, Claire’s, Dots, Dunkin’ Donuts, Family Dollar, JCPenney, McDonald’s, Office Depot, Pier One, Radio Shack, Simply Fashion, Staples, Walgreens, and Wet Seal.

In 2015, Apple Music—a music and video streaming service—was founded.
In 2015, Apple Music—a music and video streaming service—was founded.

6. Computer and Internet History

These fun facts and trivia have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com and SocialMediaWeek.org.

  1. The U.S. Census Bureau tells us that among all U.S. households in 2015, “78 percent had a desktop or laptop, 75 percent had a handheld computer such as a smartphone or other handheld wireless computer, and 77 percent had a broadband Internet subscription. The USCB adds that “Households with an Asian householder were most likely to own or use a desktop or laptop, own or use a handheld device, and have a broadband Internet subscription.”
  2. In 2015, 94% of children ages 3 to 18 had a computer at home, and 61% of children ages 3 to 18 had Internet access at home. In addition, children who were white (66%) or Asian (63%) were more likely to have Internet access at home than children who were Black (53%) or Hispanic (52%).

  3. In January 2015, Chrome (40.06%) was the most popular browser, followed by Internet Explorer (32.68%), Firefox (16.5%), Safari (9.06%), and Opera (0.48%). By December, the market share had shifted to Chrome (43.18%), Internet Explorer (26.41%), Firefox (13.3%) Safari (11.71%), Edge (2.33%), and Opera (1.56%).
  4. On March 31, Amazon introduced the Dash button, a device that acts “as a shortcut to buy commonly purchased items from the website.”
  5. On April 24, Apple launched the Apple Watch, a traditional wrist watch that also has features of the iPhone and iPod.
  6. In June, Amazon released the Amazon Echo, a personal assistant and speaker in one. TomsGuide.com describes the Echo as a “voice-activated personal assistant that listens and responds to your queries,” and can do things like add items to your shopping list, order an Uber ride, read the news, wake you up, and relay traffic information.
  7. On July 25, China ended its ban on gaming consoles after 15 years.
  8. On July 29, Microsoft released Windows 10.
  9. On September 11, Google introduced the Android Pay app for all Android-based smartphones. Android Pay allows users “to add funds, as well as credit/debit cards, to a digital wallet that they can use to make purchases through various means, including tap-to-pay and online stores.” (For your information, Apple Pay—Apple’s mobile payment service—was launched on October 20, 2014.)
  10. On September 28, Samsung launched Samsung Pay for all of its smartphones. The app works in a similar fashion to Google’s Android Pay.
  11. On October 5, Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
  12. On October 31, YouTube Red—a monthly subscription service that allows you to stream YouTube videos without ads—was introduced. The service is now available in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and Mexico.
  13. On November 12, YouTube Music was launched.
  14. In 2015, mobile Internet use grew faster than desktop usage. There were 2.8 billion Internet users, up 8% from 2014, and 2.1 billion mobile Internet users, an increase of 23% over the previous year.
  15. Mobile data usage rose 69%, and 55% of mobile data traffic came from video streaming.
  16. Facebook’s revenue per user was $9.36, and Twitter’s RPU was $5.14.
  17. In 2015, the mobile ad industry grew by 34%, while desktop digital advertising only grew by 11%.
  18. The five most popular social networks for teens were Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Tumblr.

7. Most Popular Websites

This Internet trivia has been made available courtesy of Technobezz.com.

  1. Google

  2. YouTube

  3. Facebook

  4. Yahoo! (Although Yahoo was no longer a popular search engine, people still used it to read news, check out the weather, and use Yahoo! Mail.)

  5. Amazon

  6. Baidu (a Chinese search engine)

  7. Wikipedia

  8. Twitter

  9. Taobao (a Chinese website for online shopping)

  10. Tencent QQ (According to Technobezz.com, Tencent QQ is “the instant messaging software service which was developed by Tencent Holdings Limited from China. It offers a wide range of services such as shopping, group and voice chat, microblogging, online games, music, and movies.”)

In 2015, Ghostbusters (1984) was entered into the National Film Registry.
In 2015, Ghostbusters (1984) was entered into the National Film Registry.

8. Nobel Prize Winners

Beth Rowen tells us that winning a Nobel Prize is a life-changing honor. Whether the laureate is an internationally known figure (such as Mother Teresa) or a scientist from obscurity (like Richard R. Ernst), the award brings worldwide recognition that highlights one's life work and provides the funds to continue the mission.

This Nobel Prize information from 2015 has been made available courtesy of NobelPrize.com.

  1. Chemistry: Paul L. Modrich, Tomas Lindahl, and Aziz Sancar

  2. Economics: Angus Deaton

  3. Literature: Svetlana Alexievich

  4. Peace: Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

  5. Physics: Arthur B. McDonald and Takaaki Kajita

  6. Physiology or medicine: William C. Campbell, Tu Youyou, and Satoshi Ōmura

9. Best-Selling Adult Fiction Books

This book data has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

  1. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

  2. Grey by E. L. James

  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

  5. The Martian (trade paperback) by Andy Weir

  6. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  8. See Me by Nicholas Sparks

  9. Gray Mountain by John Grisham

  10. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

10. Most Popular Television Shows for 2015-2016

These TV facts have been made available courtesy of Nielsen Media Research.

  1. NCIS (CBS)

  2. Sunday Night Football (NBC)

  3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

  4. Thursday Night Football (CBS)

  5. Empire (FOX)

  6. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)

  7. Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

  8. Blue Bloods (CBS)

  9. The Voice (NBC)

  10. The X-Files (FOX)

On September 11, 2015, Google launched the Android Pay app for all Android-based smartphones. On September 28, Samsung followed suit and introduced Samsung Pay for all of its smartphones. These two mobile payment methods were preceded by Apple Pay.
On September 11, 2015, Google launched the Android Pay app for all Android-based smartphones. On September 28, Samsung followed suit and introduced Samsung Pay for all of its smartphones. These two mobile payment methods were preceded by Apple Pay.

11. Highest-Grossing Films

This film trivia has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  2. Jurassic World

  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron

  4. Inside Out

  5. Furious 7

  6. Minions

  7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

  8. The Martian

  9. Cinderella

  10. Spectre

12. Entries Into the National Film Registry

According to CBSNews.com, the National Film Registry is a “compendium of motion pictures that have been judged to be culturally, aesthetically[,] or historically important and worthy of preservation for future generations. In addition to Hollywood studio classics and box office hits, the Registry also protects independent films, documentaries, experimental works, cartoons, music videos, educational and training films, ads, and even home movies.” Courtesy of the Library of Congress, here are the 2015 additions to the National Film Registry:

  1. A Fool There Was (1915)

  2. Being There (1979)

  3. Black and Tan (1929)

  4. Dracula (Spanish language version) (1931)

  5. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

  6. Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1974)

  7. Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)

  8. Ghostbusters (1984)

  9. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

  10. Humoresque (1920)

  11. Imitation of Life (1959)

  12. John Henry and the Inky-Poo (1946)

  13. L.A. Confidential (1997)

  14. Our Daily Bread (1934)

  15. Portrait of Jason (1967)

  16. Seconds (1966)

  17. Sink or Swim (1990)

  18. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

  19. The Inner World of Aphasia (1968)

  20. The Mark of Zorro (1920)

  21. The Old Mill (1937)

  22. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

  23. The Story of Menstruation (1946)

  24. Top Gun (1986)

  25. Winchester ’73 (1950)

13. Horror Movies From 2015

Horror films for the year included Hashtag Horror, The Visit, We Are Still Here, Crimson Peak, The Final Girls, The Witch, Krampus, The Hallow, Deathgasm, Bone Tomahawk, Insidious: Chapter 3, The Lazarus Effect, The Invitation, Maggie, Sinister 2, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Southbound, Tales of Halloween, The Atticus Institute, A Christmas Horror Story, The Gallows, The Devil’s Candy, The Blackcoat's Daughter, Demonic, Hellions, The Nightmare, Baskin, Stung, Poltergeist, I Spit on Your Grave 3, Muck, The Boy, Howl, Harbinger Down, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Intruders, Goosebumps, and Green Room.

In 2015, fried chicken was all the rage.
In 2015, fried chicken was all the rage.

14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

This information has been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Popular music artists in 2015 included Adele, Chris Stapleton, DJ Snake, Ellie Goulding, Fall Out Boy, Hozier, Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, Mumford & Sons, Muse, OMI, One Direction, Pitbull, Rachel Platten, Sam Smith, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Walk The Moon, The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa, and the Zac Brown Band.

15. Top 40 Songs for the Year

This pop music trivia has been made available courtesy of MusicOutfitters.com. How many of these songs do you remember?

1. Uptown Funk: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

2. Thinking Out Loud: Ed Sheeran

3. See You Again: Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

4. Trap Queen: Fetty Wap

5. Sugar: Maroon 5

6. Shut Up and Dance: WALK THE MOON

7. Blank Space: Taylor Swift

8. Watch Me: Silento

9. Earned It: The Weeknd

10. The Hills: The Weeknd

11. Cheerleader: OMI

12. Can't Feel My Face: The Weeknd

13. Love Me Like You Do: Ellie Goulding

14. Take Me to Church: Hozier

15. Bad Blood: Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar

16. Lean On: Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring M0

17. Want to Want Me: Jason Derulo

18. Shake It Off: Taylor Swift

19. Where Are U Now: Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber

20. Fight Song: Rachel Platten

21. 679: Fetty Wap featuring Remy Boyz

22. Lips Are Movin: Meghan Trainor

23. Worth It: Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink

24. Post To Be: Omarion featuring Chris Brown and Jhene Aiko

25.Honey: I'm Good: Andy Grammer

26. I'm Not the Only One: Sam Smith

27. Good for You: Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky

28. All About That Bass: Meghan Trainor

29. Style: Taylor Swift

30. Hotline Bling: Drake

31. Hey Mama: David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj: Bebe Rexha and Afrojack

32. GDFR: Flo Rida featuring Sage The Gemini and Lookas

33. What Do You Mean?: Justin Bieber

34. Photograph: Ed Sheeran

35. Hello: Adele

36. Stitches: Shawn Mendes

37. Talking Body: Tove Lo

38. Jealous: Nick Jonas

39. Time of Our Lives: Pitbull and Ne-Yo

40. Locked Away: R. City featuring Adam Levine

In 2015, the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning.
In 2015, the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning.

16. Favorite Video Games

Popular video games in 2015 included The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Bloodborne, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Fallout 4, Batman: Arkham Knight, Splatoon, Super Mario Maker, Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Her Story, Undertale, Star Wars Battlefront, Rocket League, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Evolve, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Until Dawn, Destiny: The Taken King, Life Is Strange, Guitar Hero Live, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Soma, Downwell, Dying Light, The Beginner's Guide, Battlefield Hardline, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Mortal Kombat X, Ori and the Blind Forest, Just Cause 3, Legacy of the Void, and Just Cause 3.

17. Food and Beverage Trends

These food facts from 2015 have been made available courtesy of the BusinessInsider.com and TheFiscalTimes.com.

  1. Avocado toast

  2. Bone broth

  3. Coconut sugar

  4. Cold brews

  5. Fermented foods

  6. Filipino cuisine

  7. Flavored salts

  8. Fried chicken

  9. Iced lattes (with and without alcohol)

  10. Japanese matcha tea

  11. Kalettes

  12. Kaniwa and teff

  13. Mexican food

  14. Pimm's Cup

  15. Pistachios

  16. Same-day grocery delivery

  17. Savory ice creams and yogurts

  18. Shaved ice desserts

  19. Smoky flavors

  20. Spicy ramen

Although Yahoo was no longer a popular search engine in 2015, people still used it to read news, check out the weather, and use Yahoo! Mail.
Although Yahoo was no longer a popular search engine in 2015, people still used it to read news, check out the weather, and use Yahoo! Mail.

18. Famous Weddings

This information has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. On January 5, actress Cameron Diaz wed guitarist Benji Madden.

  2. On January 17, actor and comedian Stephen Fry married stand-up comedian Elliott Spencer.

  3. On February 3, actor Johnny Depp wed model Amber Heard.

  4. On April 11, professional tennis player Andy Murray married Kim Sears.

  5. On May 15, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell wed Christian Horner, who is the Team Principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team.

  6. On July 4, singer and songwriter Billy Joel married equestrian Alexis Roderick.

  7. On August 5, actress Jennifer Aniston wed actor and producer Justin Theroux.

  8. On August 17, Irish singer Ronan Keating married model Storm Uechtritz.

  9. On September 5, actress Jessica Raine wed actor Tom Goodman-Hill.

  10. On November 29, actress and designer Mary-Kate Olsen married banker Oliver Sarkozy.

19. Famous People Who Died in 2015

  1. January 3: Edward W. Brooke (first African American to be elected to the U.S. Senate)

  2. January 7: Stéphane Charbonnier (French cartoonist)

  3. January 23: Ernie Banks (MLB player)

  4. January 30: Carl Djerassi (Austrian-born American chemist who developed the contraceptive pill)

  5. February 9: Ed Sabol (American filmmaker)

  6. March 12: Terry Pratchett (English author of fantasy novels)

  7. March 12: Michael Graves (American architect and designer)

  8. April 13: Günter Grass (German writer and playwright)

  9. May 14: B. B. King (American blues guitarist and singer)

  10. May 23: John Nash (American mathematician)

  11. June 7: Christopher Lee (English actor)

  12. September 16: Bob Cleary (American ice hockey player)

  13. September 22: Yogi Berra (MLB legend)

  14. December 10: Dolph Schayes (American basketball Hall of Famer)

  15. December 31: Natalie Cole (American singer and songwriter)

In 2015, the U.S. Treasury announced that it was booting Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill and replacing him with a woman.
In 2015, the U.S. Treasury announced that it was booting Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill and replacing him with a woman.

20. Best-Selling Cars and Trucks

AutomobileMag.org tells us that “2015 was a huge year for new vehicle sales, with the 17.4 million cars and trucks sold setting an all-time record in the U.S. Trucks and SUVs were a big part of the success story, making big gains across the board, and nearly every major automaker was up compared to 2014.” Here were the ten best-selling cars and trucks in the U.S. for 2015:

  1. Ford F-Series

  2. Chevrolet Silverado

  3. Ram Pickup

  4. Toyota Camry

  5. Toyota Corolla

  6. Honda Accord

  7. Honda CR-V

  8. Honda Civic

  9. Nissan Altima

  10. Toyota RAV-4

21. America’s 10 Largest Corporations

This corporate trivia has been made available courtesy of Fortune.com.

  1. Walmart

  2. Exxon Mobil

  3. Apple

  4. Berkshire Hathaway

  5. McKesson

  6. UnitedHealth Group

  7. CVS

  8. General Motors

  9. Ford Motor

  10. AT&T

22. American Companies That Were Launched

  1. 740 Project (music marketing firm)

  2. Amazon Air (cargo airline that transports Amazon packages)

  3. Amazon Books (retail bookstore chain)

  4. Apple Music (music and video streaming service)

  5. Chemours (chemical company)

  6. Digital Currency Group (venture capital firm)

  7. Edgewell Personal Care (consumer products company)

  8. Fathom (cruise line)

  9. Great Big Story (cinematic storytelling service)

  10. Karma Automotive (a company that "designs, engineers, and markets" luxury electric vehicles)

  11. Kinda Funny (online entertainment firm)

  12. LeagueSide (technology platform)

  13. Lemonade (property and casualty insurance company)

  14. Limited Run Games (video game distributor)

  15. MGM Growth Properties (real estate investment company)

  16. Nomad Health (placement firm for medical professionals)

  17. Oakland Coffee Works (According to Wikipedia, “the first coffee company in the world to offer only 100% fully organic and compostable-packaged products.”)

  18. OKO Group (real estate development firm)

  19. Post Consumer Brands (cereal manufacturer)

  20. Qordoba (artificial intelligence company)

  21. StackPath (content delivery network)

  22. Talen Energy (power producer)

  23. TripActions (travel management company)

  24. Upwork (freelancing platform)

  25. Zerodium (security company)

In 2015, the Kansas City Royals won the World Series by defeating the New York Mets in five games.
In 2015, the Kansas City Royals won the World Series by defeating the New York Mets in five games.

© 2019 Gregory DeVictor

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