The Year That Was…

Potato salad raises $50,000

Crowdfunding is a fickle beast, so when Zach ‘Danger’ Brown posted a project to raise $10 for a potato salad it was as a bit of a joke.
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NSW breaks eight-year league drought

Two games in the 2014 State of Origin rugby league series between NSW and QLD brought a historic winning streak to an end.
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When Parky met Thorpy

Following years of scrutiny, teen years as a swimming superstar and an early retirement, Ian Thorpe bared his soul to beloved talk show host Sir Michael Parkinson.
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Germany claims FIFA World Cup

After a month of the world’s best football in Brazil, Germany emerged victorious over Argentina 1-0 to win the world game’s premier award for the fourth time.
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Flight MH17 shot down

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down near the Ukraine - Russia border, killing all 283 passengers and crew on board, including 27 Australians.
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Archibald Prize winner Fiona Lowry

The Archibald portraits of often iconic Australians bring a huge audience and at times controversy to our most famous painting prize.
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Queen photobombs Hockeyroos

The Commonwealth Games are where Australia shines but it was an accidental photobomb by the Queen that stole the show.
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Ice Bucket Challenge

It became the biggest surprise fundraiser of the year, taking in $115 million after twists and turns on social media brought it to the attention of people like Bill Gates, Kim Kardashian and LeBron James.
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Robin Williams passes away

He was a comedic genius with the special gift of delivering side-splitting, improvised routines or heart-felt monologues.
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Joan Rivers dies at 81

She was the ‘Queen of Mean’ and laid the foundations for this generation of women in comedy.
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Scotland votes No

The final result was 55% ‘No’ to 44% ‘Yes’ after the Scottish referendum for independence.
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iPhone 6 and #bendgate

Seven years after Steve Jobs unveiled the very first iPhone, Apple enthusiasts once again lined up to get their hands on the latest model.
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Hawthorn owns AFL Grand Final

Hawthorn almost doubled the Sydney Swans’ score on its way to claim a back-to-back premiership.
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Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafza win Nobel Peace Prize

Bravery and courage know no age or borders.
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Friend to the arts, champion of the people

He was Australia’s 21st Prime Minister and remained a well-respected public voice for years after he was in office.
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Philae lands on a comet

After a ten-year journey through our solar system and 6.4 billion kilometres, robotic space probe Rosetta made history when its lander, Philae, successfully landed on a comet.
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Sony Pictures cyber attack

In what could have been a Hollywood script, Sony Pictures went into crisis mode when suspected North Korean hackers leaked private company files.
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#PutYourBatsOut

Hearts broke across Australia and the international cricketing community when an extremely rare, on-ground injury led to the death of Australian test and one day cricketer, Phillip Hughes.
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Live long and prosper

Trekkies everywhere supressed their emotions in honour of Mr Spock – Star Trek’s original resident Vulcan – passing away at age 83.
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Banking bad turns gold

Journalists Adele Ferguson (Fairfax), Deb Masters and Mario Christodoulou (ABC) won 2014’s Gold Walkley for their Four Corners program, Banking Bad.
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Sydney tragedy sparks social movement

When a lone gunman took 18 people hostage at the Lindt Cafe, it was wrongly reported in some quarters to be a terrorist attack.
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Je suis Charlie

In an act of extreme barbarity, terrorists stormed the headquarters of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
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Hello Stan

Australian television came of age, with online streaming service Stan launching on Australia Day.
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Australian of the Year: Rosie Batty

It took one woman’s personal tragedy and her courageous response for Australia’s domestic violence problem to be put on the national agenda.
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Australia wins Asian Cup

Thirty-two matches over 23 days in five Australian cities, with 16 teams competing from around the world.
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Peter Greste released

After more than 400 days of being detained, Australian journalist Peter Greste was finally released from a Cairo jail, having his conviction overturned.
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Go Set a Watchman to be released

Harper Lee's debut novel sold more than 40 million copies and became an instant American classic.
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Live baiting bust

After sickening videos of live baiting in greyhound training emerged on ABC program Four Corners, it almost ended the industry.
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30 years in Ramsay Street

Neighbours, the show that launched the careers of many iconic Australians, has celebrated 30 years on our television screens.
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Malcolm Fraser dies at 84

He was Australia’s 22nd Prime Minister and a key influencer on foreign policy and international relations.
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Zayn Malik leaves One Direction

Bewildered parents watched as their tweens broke down into hysterical tears on hearing Zayn Malik was leaving One Direction.
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Big Brother is watching

While the USA loosens its grip on the monitoring of citizen data, major Australian parties voted to increase data retention powers, with legislation passing in the Senate.
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Fighting modern day pirates

Putting the fear into torrent swarms everywhere, Voltage Pictures gave chase in Australian courtrooms to those who had illegally downloaded Dallas Buyers Club.
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Hillary Clinton tries again

‘Everyday Americans needs a champion and I want to be that champion’.
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100 years since the ANZACs landed in Gallipoli

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the landing in Gallipoli.
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Nepal devastated

More than 9,000 people died and 23,000 were hurt when a magnitude eight earthquake tore through central Nepal.
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Bali nine duo lose their final appeal

After 10 years in prison, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran were executed in Indonesia on 29 April for drug trafficking following a lengthy court battle to avoid the death penalty.
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#SOSBlakAustralia

Thousands turned out in rallies across Australia, protesting the possible forced closure of up to 150 remote indigenous communities in WA.
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To the Duke and Duchess, a Princess

Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Windsor claimed fourth place in line for the British monarchy.
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Gold Logie winner dons a beanie

The Project presenter Carrie Bickmore won this year’s Gold Logie and donned a beanie during an emotional acceptance speech.
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Feel the fury

It was a long time coming but George Miller’s remake of his own cult classic Mad Max did not disappoint.
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Guy storms Eurovision

Australia’s controversial invitation to perform at Eurovision – the annual celebration of tack, tat and saccharine pop tunes – paid off.
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Rainbow over Ireland

Ireland became the first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote.
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Decathlete man becomes a woman

With a lavish photo-spread in Vanity Fair entitled ‘Call me Caitlyn’, US Olympic gold medallist Bruce Jenner revealed he had become a transgender woman named Caitlyn.
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World art destination

Our year was book-ended once again by the challenging art and music offered by Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
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Matildas rise, then fall

Australian women’s soccer team, the Matildas, finally vanquished a FIFA Women’s World Cup hoodoo in Canada when they beat Brazil 1-0.
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Laguna wins literary award

In her first attempt, Sofie Laguna has won the $60,000 Miles Franklin Literary Award with her novel, The Eye Of The Sheep.
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