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2014 was a big year for Australia and the
world. It was officially a decade since the
launch of Facebook, 20 years since the
death of Kurt Cobain, 25 years since the
Tiananmen Square Massacre and the fall
of the Berlin Wall, 50 years since Martin
Luther King was awarded the Nobel
Peace Prize and 100 years since the start
of World War I.
On a local scale, Canberra's CBD
experienced a shock in February when a
fire in the iconic Sydney Building caused
damage to numerous businesses and
shut down access to East Row and the
Civic bus interchange.
In April the city was overcome with
royal fever as Prince William, Catherine,
Duchess of Cambridge and their son
Prince George visited, meeting with locals
and attending the dawn service at the
Australian War Memorial on Anzac Day.
In July the National Disability Insurance
scheme was launched in Canberra, and
tennis star Nick Kyrgios became a local
hero after beating world number one
Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.
The territory experienced some big
changes in December when Chief
Minister Katy Gallagher resigned her
position to run for the Senate.
Andrew Barr was then sworn in as Chief
Minister, becoming the first openly gay
head of government in Australia.
On a national level, Australia hosted the
G20 Summit in Brisbane, won 137 medals
at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games,
and local author Richard Flanagan won
the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his novel
The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
In politics, the Abbott-led
Coalition government continued to lead
the country with immigration reform and
a harsh budget, and Governor-General
Quentin Bryce was replaced by General
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