Well, it’s almost in the history books, and 2015 has been a very memorable year in terms of news, politics and popular culture. As the clock ticks down to 2016, we feel it only appropriate to look back at some of the most memorable events, personalities and unexpected occurrences that have defined the past 12 months. As with most calendar years, 2015 included its share of triumphs, tragedies and weirdness. Here are the 10 biggest stories for the past year—for better or worse.
11. Bill Cosby’s Sex Scandal
He’s never been charged or convicted of a crime, but the growing number of allegations concerning sexual misconduct levelled at comedian Bill Cosby in the first half of 2015 were enough to derail his career and make him a social pariah. To date, more than 40 different women have come forward to say that Cosby drugged them and then sexually assaulted them. Most damning, a transcript from a deposition in a 2005 case was released this past year, wherein Bill Cosby admitted to giving women he wanted to sleep with Quaaludes. And while Bill Cosby tried to continue with his comedy shows and other appearances, he found that venues would not book him and protesters greeted him everywhere he went. Several universities that had given the Cos honorary degrees also retracted them. It was a steep fall for the man who was known as “America’s Dad” in the 1980s when his popular TV series The Cosby Show was number one in the Nielsen ratings.