2015 In Quotes: 26 of the Most Moving, Chilling, and Hilarious Words That Defined the Year
How will we remember the year 2015? These unforgettable words are a good place to start.
January 22, 2015
From the actor’s Academy Awards introduction. In 2015, the Academy failed to nominate a single African American, Hispanic, or Asian actor or actress in its four acting categories.
March 24, 2015
In a New York Times op-ed, explaining the actress’ decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Jolie Pitt has lost eight family members to cancer.
May 14, 2015
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On Twitter, commemorating the death of blues legend B. B. King.
June 8, 2015
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To Today host Savannah Guthrie, describing the complex plan two convicts used to escape from a maximum-security prison in June.
June 18, 2015
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The presidential hopeful, at a campaign event in New Hampshire.
Also June 18, 2015
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On Twitter, in the Pope’s encyclical on the environment, suggesting that a “revolution” is needed to combat climate change.
June 19, 2015
Nadine Collier’s mother, Ethel Lance, was one of nine people killed in a shooting at an African American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Here, she was addressing suspect Dylann Roof at a bond hearing.
June 19, 2015
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Explaining why he fabricated personal stories while he was the anchor of NBC Nightly News; Williams, who was permanently replaced by Lester Holt, has taken on a new role at MSNBC.
July 26, 2015
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One of the dozens of women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault, speaking to New York magazine.
August 14, 2015
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Famed neuroscientist and author of books such as Awakenings, in an essay published in the New York Times. Sacks died about two weeks later.
August 16, 2015
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The Amazon CEO in a memo to employees, responding to a New York Times report describing the company’s corporate culture.
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The president, now 91, in a statement announcing that his melanoma had spread to his brain.
August 21, 2015
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Janowski, who completed his training with Kristen Griest and Shaye Haver, the first women to become Army Rangers, in a statement to the New York Times.
August 31, 2015
The site’s headline announcing the death of the famed director of the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises. Craven died on August 30, at 76.
September 2, 2015
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A Facebook post by Tima Kurdi, aunt of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old whose body washed up on a Turkish beach after the boat he and his family were traveling on capsized. Photos of Alan’s body sparked outrage about the Middle East refugee crisis.
September 13, 2015
Hidden Valley Lake, California, resident Maddie Ross to the New York Times. Ross and her grandparents were forced to evacuate as a wildfire bore down on their home. Long-running droughts in the West have led to a record number of wildfires in California.
September 14, 2015
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To late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel. Stone and two other men tackled a gunman on a high-speed train traveling through France, preventing a mass shooting.
October 1, 2015
In remarks from the White House, in the aftermath of the mass killing of nine students at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, the 18th college shooting of the year.
October 12, 2015
To the New York Times, regarding the magazine’s decision to stop publishing nude images.
October 20, 2015
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Mohamed, 14, was arrested after bringing a homemade clock that a teacher thought was a bomb to his Texas high school. Ahmed and his family announced their move to Qatar after visiting the White House.
October 21, 2015
During a speech at the White House, on his decision not to seek the Democratic nomination for president. Biden’s son Beau died of brain cancer in May.
October 22, 2015
To members of the select House committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.
October 23, 2015
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From the first single from her third album, 25. The album sold a record-breaking 3.38 million copies in its first week in the U.S.
October 28, 2015
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To a group of reporters, on his four-year tenure as speaker of the House. Boehner resigned effective October 30.
November 9, 2015
During a shareholders meeting. The chain of marine parks has been under pressure since the documentary Blackfish questioned its treatment of killer whales.
Post November 13, 2015
The phrase, meaning “I am Paris,” found on signs around the world after terrorists killed 130 people there on November 13, 2015. A similar phrase, “Je Suis Charlie,” emerged in the wake of the killings at the newspaper Charlie Hebdo earlier in the year.