How time flies.
Technically 2015 was longer than usual. Remember that whole leap-second thing? But it certainly doesn’t feel that way. In fact, a quick look back at the things that had us talking this time last year reminds us how quickly time seems to pass.
So what had us talking at this time in 2014?
Sydney Siege: December 15th 2014.
Australians were stopped in their tracks on the morning of December 15.
It was a busy cafe, on a busy street, during a busy weekday morning. Self-described cleric, Man Haron Monis, 50, walked into the busy Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, in Sydney’s CBD and took 18 customers and staff hostage.
Over the course of the 17 hour siege in which Monis hung flag in the window of the cafe to show his support for ISIS , a number of hostages managed to escape. Police eventually stormed the cafe in the early hours of the morning in an attempt to free the remaining hostages and after hearing gunfire from inside.
Tragically, two hostages were killed during the siege. Cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, and Sydney lawyer and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson, 38, were killed along with the gunman himself. Three other hostages were injured.
Sydney was broken but not defeated. A memorial sea of flowers built up in Martin Place outside the cafe as people from all walks of life came to pay tribute to those who had died.