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Top Google searches of 2015
By Reuters -
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 
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 
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 
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 
The plight of the migrants and Europe's refugee crisis resulted in over 23 million searches on Google. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis
The first visit by Pope Francis to the United States resulted in 14 million searches. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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
The killing of Cecil the Lion by Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer resulted in over 32 million searches. REUTERS/Eric Miller 
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 
NASA announced it had discovered briny water flowing on Mars, prompting over 10 million searches. Among popular questions about the Red Planet, which was previously considered to be arid and incapable of supporting life: "How long does it take to get to Mars?" and "What is the temperature on Mars?" REUTERS/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/Handout 
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 
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 
The restoration of relations between Cuba and the United States amassed more than 27 million searches. The thawing of diplomatic relations meant searches for travel to the island spiked, with Googlers interested in Cuban destinations, "When can Americans begin flying to Cuba?" and "What museums or landmarks should you visit in Cuba?" REUTERS/Stringer 
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 
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