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Yearend 2015

Top Google searches
The most searched topics in the U.S. this year, according to Google.
USA-COURT/GAYMARRIAGE
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June 27, 2015
The historic Supreme Court ruling recognizing gay marriage at both the state and federal level was among...
Washington, UNITED STATES
The White House is illuminated in rainbow colors after today's historic Supreme Court ruling legalizing...
The historic Supreme Court ruling recognizing gay marriage at both the state and federal level was among the most searched news events on Google this year, with over 180 million searches.


REUTERS/Gary Cameron
FRANCE-SHOOTING/
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November 16, 2015
Searches on the Paris attacks spread quickly around the world as news spread of the incidents with over...
Paris, France
People observe a minute of silence at the Trocadero in front the Eiffel Tower to pay tribute to the victims...
Searches on the Paris attacks spread quickly around the world as news spread of the incidents with over 897 million searches. The day ended with the highest search interest in Paris in the history of Google.


REUTERS/Philippe Wojaze
USA-ENTERTAINMENT/
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November 10, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, re-introduced herself to the world on the cover of Vanity...
New York, UNITED STATES
Former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner speaks on stage at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards where she receives...
Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, re-introduced herself to the world on the cover of Vanity Fair, leading to 366 million searches. "Who is Caitlyn Jenner?" the world asked. Jenner's announcement sparked more interest than ever before about the transgender community, with search terms such as "What is transgender?" and "Am I transgender?"

REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
MINNESOTA-SHOOTING/
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November 18, 2015
Black Lives Matter was a social justice movement everyone was talking about in 2015, as evidenced by...
Minneapolis, UNITED STATES
A member of Black Lives Matter tries to keep protesters back from the police line in front of a north...
Black Lives Matter was a social justice movement everyone was talking about in 2015, as evidenced by 189 million queries. A year after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, other names became popular search topics: Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald. Two slogans central to the protest movement became part of the national conversation, and popular search terms as well: "Hands up don't shoot" and "I can't breathe".

REUTERS/Craig Lassig
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE
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October 30, 2015
The plight of the migrants and Europe's refugee crisis resulted in over 23 million searches on Google....
LESBOS, Greece
A refugee prepares to hand over a toddler to a volunteer lifeguard as a half-sunken catamaran carrying...
The plight of the migrants and Europe's refugee crisis resulted in over 23 million searches on Google. The top searched question on the crisis in the U.S. was 'What is a refugee?', while in Britain it was 'Why do immigrants come to Europe?'. In Hungary the top question was 'How should Christians respond to the migrant crisis?'

REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis
POPE-USA/
RTX1S2DI
September 23, 2015
The first visit by Pope Francis to the United States resulted in 14 million searches. Among the top questions...
Washington, UNITED STATES
U.S. President Obama stands with Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington...
The first visit by Pope Francis to the United States resulted in 14 million searches. Among the top questions during the Pope's visit were 'Where is the Pope staying in New York?' and 'What roads will be closed for the Pope?'

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
CALIFORNIA-SHOOTING/
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December 03, 2015
Mass shootings in Charleston, Chattanooga, Oregon, Colorado Springs, San Bernardino and elsewhere resulted...
San Bernardino, UNITED STATES
A law enforcement officer looks over the remains of a SUV involved in the Wednesdays attack is shown...
Mass shootings in Charleston, Chattanooga, Oregon, Colorado Springs, San Bernardino and elsewhere resulted in over 160 million Google searches this year. Following the shootings in San Bernardino, searches for gun control outpaced searches for gun shops, which normally lead across the U.S.



REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
MUSIC-GRAMMYS/
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February 11, 2013
In just a few short days, Adele's song "Hello" became one of the most popular music videos of the year....
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
Singer Adele poses as she arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
In just a few short days, Adele's song "Hello" became one of the most popular music videos of the year. Adele also became the fastest-trending musician on search with the release of her new album "25", with over 439 million searches on Google.



REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
FILM-STAR WARS/
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December 16, 2015
Anticipation for the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", the latest instalment of the rebooted...
London, United Kingdom
Characters in costume pose for photographers at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens...
Anticipation for the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", the latest instalment of the rebooted franchise, resulted in over 155 million Google searches. The first official trailer, released in October, is one of the most-viewed movie trailers of all time.

REUTERS/Paul Hackett
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June 16, 2010
The passing of well-known personalities, such as actor Leonard Nimoy, author Oliver Sacks, civil rights...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
Retired actor Leonard Nimoy participates in a demonstration of Yoostar 2 on XBOX Kinect at the E3 Media...
The passing of well-known personalities, such as actor Leonard Nimoy, author Oliver Sacks, civil rights leader Julian Bond and Yankees great Yogi Berra combined to garner for over 123 million searches on Google this year.



REUTERS/Phil McCarten
USA-ELECTION/TRUMP
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October 08, 2015
The primary race towards the 2016 presidential election has garnered over 338 million searches on Google,...
Las Vegas, UNITED STATES
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada...
The primary race towards the 2016 presidential election has garnered over 338 million searches on Google, with Ben Carson and Donald Trump leading searches on the Republican side, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders lead on the Democratic end.


REUTERS/David Becker
ZIMBABWE-WILDLIFE/LION
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July 29, 2015
The killing of Cecil the Lion by Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer resulted in over 32 million searches....
Bloomington, UNITED STATES
Girl holds sign at the doorway of Bloomington's River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing...
The killing of Cecil the Lion by Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer resulted in over 32 million searches.



REUTERS/Eric Miller
IRAN-NUCLEAR/
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July 14, 2015
The historic Iran nuclear deal announced in July resulted in over 20 million searches. "Why is the Iran...
Vienna, Austria
A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and...
The historic Iran nuclear deal announced in July resulted in over 20 million searches. "Why is the Iran deal bad?" and "Why is the Iran deal good?" were among the most popular search questions.

REUTERS/Carlos Barria
BRITAIN-ROYALS/CHARLOTTE
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July 05, 2015
The pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge, speculation of baby names, and the May 2 birth of Charlotte...
Sandringham, United Kingdom
Britain's Prince George looks into the pram of his sister Princess Charlotte after her christening at...
The pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge, speculation of baby names, and the May 2 birth of Charlotte Elizabeth Diana resulted in 105 million searches.



REUTERS/Matt Dunham/Pool
QUAKE-NEPAL/
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May 11, 2015
The earthquake in Nepal, which killed approximately 9,000 people, resulted in over 85 million searches....
LALITPUR, Nepal
A woman walks out from a collapsed house after the April 25 earthquake at Bungamati village in Lalitpur...
The earthquake in Nepal, which killed approximately 9,000 people, resulted in over 85 million searches. "How can I help Nepal?" was the most popular question on Google the day of the quake.


REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
VOLKSWAGEN-EMISSIONS/
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November 20, 2015
Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, admitted to installing a software program in its diesel engines...
Wolfsburg, Germany
Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller makes a statement at the VW factory in Wolfsburg
Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, admitted to installing a software program in its diesel engines intended to defeat regulatory emissions tests, leading to 13 million searches on the topic. The world wanted to know if the resulting recall would affect them, with search terms such as "Is my VW recalled?" and "How does the VW defeat device work?"

REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
TELEVISION-DAVIDLETTERMAN/
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May 21, 2015
The changing of the late-night thrones, with both David Letterman and Jon Stewart leaving their respective...
New York, UNITED STATES
Stagehands carry set materials from the "Late Show" with David Letterman outside of the Ed Sullivan Theater...
The changing of the late-night thrones, with both David Letterman and Jon Stewart leaving their respective shows, accounted for over 141 million searches. "Who will replace Jon Stewart?", "When is David Letterman's last night?" and "Who is Trevor Noah?" were among the most popular search terms on the subject.



REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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