It's officially here. Are you ready for 2015? You may have had a New Year's Eve party and written down resolutions, but part of preparing is knowing what's ahead. For example, did you know that Adele, Kanye West and Madonna are all expected to release new albums? And that it's the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta? Didn't think so.
Grab a Sharpie and your calendar. Here's a partial list of sports, political, international and entertainment events coming this year:
- Thursday, Jan. 1: Lithuania adopts the euro.
- Saturday, Jan. 3: Newly elected U.S. senators and representatives will be sworn in, making Congress officially Republican-run, CBC News reported.
- Sunday, Jan. 11: Golden Globes
- Saturday, Jan. 17: Africa Cup of Nations begins
- Monday, Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day
- Sunday, Feb. 1: Super Bowl
- Monday, Feb. 8: Africa Cup of Nations ends
- Friday, Feb. 13: "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie release
- Saturday, Feb. 14: Valentine's Day
- Monday, Feb. 16: Presidents' Day
- Thursday, Feb. 19: Chinese New Year
- Sunday, Feb. 22: Daytona 500, Academy Awards
- Friday, March 6: NASA spacecraft Dawn is expected to arrive at Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest object in the asteroid belt. Dawn will take high-quality pictures of the surface.
- Sunday, March 8: Daylight Saving Time starts
- Tuesday, March 17: St. Patrick's Day
- sometime: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to have their second child, a brother to Prince George. He or she will be fourth in line to the throne.
- Saturday, April 4: Passover begins
- Sunday, April 5: Easter
- Saturday, April 11: Passover ends
- Wednesday, April 15: Tax Day
- Friday, April 24: Arbor Day
- Saturday, May 2: Kentucky Derby
- Tuesday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo
- Sunday, May 10: Mothers' Day
- Friday, May 15: "Pitch Perfect 2" release
- Monday, May 25: Memorial Day
- Saturday, June 6: FIFA Women's World Cup begins
- Friday, June 12: "Jurassic World" release
- Sunday, June 14: Flag Day
- Friday, June 19: "Inside Out" Pixar release
- Sunday, June 21: Father's Day, Summer Solstice
- Saturday, July 4: Independence Day, Tour de France begins
- Sunday, July 5: FIFA Women's World Cup ends
- Saturday, July 18: Eid al-Fitr
- Sunday, July 26: Tour de France ends
- sometime: David Letterman is likely to retire. Stephen Colbert will take over "The Late Show" once his contract ends.
- Monday, Sept. 7: Labor Day
- Thursday, Sept. 10: Queen Elizabeth II will officially be the longest-reigning monarch in United Kingdom history, The Guardian reported.
- Friday, Sept. 11: Patriot Day
- Monday, Sept. 14: Rosh Hashana
- Wednesday, Sept. 23: Yom Kippur
- Monday, Oct. 12: Columbus Day
- Saturday, Oct. 31: Halloween
- Sunday, Nov. 1: Daylight Saving Time ends
- Wednesday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day, Diwali
- Friday, Nov. 20: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2" release
- Thursday, Nov. 26: Thanksgiving
- Monday, Dec. 7: Hanukkah begins
- Monday, Dec. 14: Hanukkah ends
- Friday, Dec. 18: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" release
- Tuesday, Dec. 22: Winter Solstice
- Thursday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve
- Friday, Dec. 25: Christmas
- Thursday, Dec. 31: New Year's Eve