Google compiled a list of the top trending stories of 2015. Here’s what people searched for the most in 2015:
1. Paris Attack
On 13 November 2015, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks occurred in Paris, France leaving hundreds of people either dead or injured. The day saw the highest search internet for Paris in the history of Google.
2. Oscars 2015
Hollywood’s biggest event of the year continues to bring millions of searches to Google about winners, nominees and attendees.
3. Cricket World Cup
Jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, the event became one of the most searched on the internet.
4. Rugby World Cup
Starting in September, 20 of the world’s best Rugby Union teams competed for the cup in the tournament, in one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
5. Star Wars
The seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series, The Force Awakens, announced its release scheduled in December 2015 to a mass of fans raving for its premier.
6. Farewell to the brightest stars
From Leonard Nimoy, Oliver Sacks to Bess Myerson, Google paid its tributes to some of the brightest stars who passed away in 2015.
7. Women’s World Cup
Incredible skill and perseverance, drama, athletes at the peak of performance: the seventh Women’s World Cup had it all.
8. Queen Elizabeth’s Reign
On September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth Windsor became the longest-reigning British monarch and longest-serving Queen in history.
9. Nepal Earthquake
The Nepal earthquake is second only to the Japan earthquake in 2011 as the top searched earthquake of all time. An 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, destroying thousands of homes, triggering a massive landslide on Mount Everest and killing approximately 9,000 people.
10. The black and blue dress
The curious case of black and blue dress made is to the top trending stories of Google with more than 73M searches.
11. FIFA Scandal
In May, officials at football’s world governing body were indicted over corruption allegations, throwing the world of international football and world cup bidding into the limelight.
12. Greece’s Economic Crisis
The Greek GDP suffered its worst decline in 2011 when it clocked growth of −6.9%, becoming the first developed nation to fail to make an IMF loan repayment.
13. Cecil, the lion
A recreational hunter shot and killed Cecil on July 1, 2015, drawing international media attention.
14. Migrant Crisis
Europe’s refugee crisis arose through the rising number of refugees and migrants coming to the European Union from war-torn Syria.
15. Iran’s Nuclear Deal
The US, UK, Russia, France, China, Germany and Iran held negotiations in Switzerland for a framework deal about Iran’s nuclear program, which has now been agreed to be revised.
16. Volkswagen’s Emission Testing Scandal
17. China crisis
China’s stock markets crashed, creating widespread panic and impeding investments toward the market. Search interest in the Shanghai Stock Exchange was higher this year than ever before.
18. Water on Mars
As NASA confirmed the discovery of water on Mars, mainly in the form of ice caps and small amounts of vapour, it sparked off speculation on potential consequences of this discovery.