As the year comes to a close, it's time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2015. Among the events covered in this essay (the second of a three-part photo summary of the year): Rohingya migrants fleeing Burma, the end of David Letterman’s Late Show, the demolition of Candlestick Park, the birth of the U.K.’s Princess Charlotte, wildfires in California, and much more. The series will comprise 120 images in all. Warning, some of the photos may contain graphic or objectionable content.
A Lebanese anti-government protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the ongoing trash crisis and alleged government corruption, in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 29, 2015.
Hussein Malla / AP
A group of 1,000 customers receive a facial massage at a sports center in Jinan, Shandong province, China, on May 4, 2015. The women were given a 30 minute, facial beauty treatment together that achieved a Guinness record for the largest group of people having beauty treatments in the same location, according to local media.
Stagehands carry set materials from the Late Show with David Letterman outside of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on May 21, 2015, preparing for a rebuild of the stage for new host Stephen Colbert.
Stephanie Keith / Reuters
Jean Claude Niyonzima, a suspected member of the ruling party's Imbonerakure youth militia, pleads with soldiers to protect him from a mob of demonstrators after he came out of hiding in a sewer, in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi, on May 7, 2015. Niyonzima fled from his house into the sewer under a hail of stones thrown by a mob protesting President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office.
Jerome Delay / AP
Seals dressed in military uniforms swim during a show marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, at an aquatic park in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, Russia, on May 9, 2015.
Evgeny Kozyrev / Reuters
An aerial view shows the car that was used the previous night by two gunmen, who were killed by police, being investigated by local police and the FBI in Garland, Texas, on May 4, 2015. Texas police shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire outside an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. The exhibit was organized by a group described as anti-Islamic and billed as a free-speech event.
Rex Curry / Reuters
Rohingya migrants stand and sit on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe, in the Andaman Sea, on May 14, 2015. The boat crammed with scores of Rohingya migrants—including many young children—was found drifting in Thai waters on May 14, according to an AFP reporter at the scene, with passengers saying several people had died over the last few days.
Christophe Archambault / AFP / Getty
A woman takes a selfie with a smartphone in a pistol-shaped case as she attends the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monaco street circuit in Monte-Carlo, on May 24, 2015.
Boris Horvat / AFP / Getty
An Afghan girl plays with a rope on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 18, 2015.
Mohammad Ismail / Reuters
Christian Jacobs, 4, of Hertford, North Carolina, lies on the grave of his father, Christian James Jacob, during Memorial Day celebrations at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on May 25, 2015.
Joshua Roberts / Reuters
A protester wears grass around his face to obscure his identity during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term, in Bujumbura, Burundi, on May 11. 2015.
Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
People carry the body of a dead migrant from a merchant ship as they arrive in the Sicilian harbor in Catania, Italy, on May 5, 2015. Local Save the Children spokeswoman Giovanna Di Benedetto said around forty migrants died in the Mediterranean that day, according to survivors of the journey who arrived on the southern Italian island of Sicily.
Antonio Parrinello / Reuters
Bon-chan, a 19-year-old male African spurred tortoise weighing about 70 kilograms (154 pounds), walks with his owner Hisao Mitani on a street in the town of Tsukishima in Tokyo, on June 10, 2015. Bon-chan loves fruit and vegetables and is often offered carrot and cabbage pieces by cheering neighbors when he is out.
Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP / Getty
A worker sprays water as a section of Candlestick Park is demolished on June 9, 2015, in San Francisco, California. The demolition of Candlestick Park, the former home of the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers, was in its final stages with approximately 75 percent of of the structure reduced to rubble. A development with a mall and housing is planned for the site.
Justin Sullivan / Getty
A man shoots a tranquilizer dart to put a hippopotamus to sleep in a flooded street in Tbilisi, Georgia, on June 14, 2015. At least five people died and several were missing as a result of heavy rainfall and floods in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, Georgian news agencies reported. Animals from the city's zoo including tigers, lions, bears, and wolves escaped from cages damaged by the rainfall.
Beso Gulashvili / Reuters
Tomi Tuuha of Finland competes on the vault in front of a large video screen during the Men's Artistic Gymnastics Team and All Around qualification. The photograph was taken on day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 15, 2015, in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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Brandon Risher, left, is pulled away by a friend as he cries over the casket of his grandmother, Ethel Lance, following her burial service on June 25, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina. Lance was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
David Goldman / AP
A woman grieves as she lays flowers at the beach next to the Imperial Marhaba Hotel where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack on June 27, 2015, in Souuse, Tunisia. Habib Essid, Prime Minister of Tunisia, announced a clampdown on security after the attack on a holiday resort..
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Syrians fleeing the war rush through broken-down border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale, in Sanliurfa province, on June 14, 2015. Turkey said it was taking measures to limit the flow of Syrian refugees into its territory after an influx of thousands more over the past days due to fighting between Kurds and jihadists. Under an “open-door” policy, Turkey has taken in more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees since the conflict in Syria erupted in 2011.
Bulent Kilic / AFP / Getty
A thunderstorm passes northwest of the Las Vegas Strip on July 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The monsoon storm dropped heavy rain and hail in parts of the valley, causing street flooding and power outages.
Ethan Miller / Getty
Police stand over fugitive David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Constable, New York. Sweat is the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities.
Indonesian Muslim men play a game of bola api, or fire football, ahead of Eid Al-Fitr celebrations on July 16, 2015, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall react as Zephyr (a bald eagle), the mascot of the Army Air Corps flaps his wings at the Sandringham Flower Show on July 29, 2015, in King's Lynn, England.
Chris Jackson / Getty
The United States Women's National Team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on July 5, 2015.
Elaine Thompson / AP
Ukrainian artist Dariya Marchenko works on a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin named “The Face of War,” which is made of 5,000 cartridges brought from the front line in eastern Ukraine, in Kiev on July 23, 2015. The portrait was presented along with a novel that tells the personal stories of six people involved in this project, including Daria's own story and the stories of people who helped her to collect shells from the front line.
Gleb Garanich / Reuters
From left, Sisters Margaret Kerry, Mary Thecla, and Kathleen Lang of the Order of the Daughters of St. Paul pray outside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 19, 2015. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the death penalty for Dylann Storm Roof, age 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, if he is found guilty of murdering nine people during a prayer meeting at the church. Among the dead was the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the church which, according to the National Park Service, is the oldest black congregation in America south of Baltimore.
Chip Somodevilla / Getty
The shock wave of a T-38C supersonic jet flying over the Mojave Desert in California is seen in this NASA schlieren image released on August 25, 2015. Researchers used NASA-developed image processing software to remove the desert background, then combined and averaged multiple frames to produce a clear picture of the shock waves. Schlieren imaging reveals shock waves due to air-density gradient and the accompanying change in refractive index, according to a NASA news release.
NASA / Reuters
Buffaloes escape a fire, which is spreading on a patch of land by the Yamuna river, on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, on June 9, 2015.
Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters
Britain's Prince George looks into the pram of his sister Princess Charlotte after her christening at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Britain, on July 5, 2015.
Matt Dunham / Reuters
This pair of photos shows Syrian former rebel commander Laith Al Saleh, age 30. On the left, he poses with his assault rifle near his ravaged home city of Aleppo, Syria, in January of 2015. On the right, he waits to board an Athens-bound ferry on the Greek island of Kos on August 15, 2015. Al Saleh is one of the tens of thousands of Syrian men, women, and children who, due to Europe’s asylum policy, risk drowning to be smuggled into Greece by sea on frail, crammed rafts, paying a small fortune for the service. He hopes to gain asylum in the Netherlands, and, this time legally, fly his wife and son over to join him.
Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP
An Asian elephant swims in a 65-meter-long pool at Fuji Safari Park in Susono, at the foot of Mount Fuji, southwest of Tokyo, on July 13, 2015.
Koji Ueda / AP
A policeman detains a gay rights activist as anti-gay protesters attack him during an LGBT community rally in central Moscow, Russia, on May 30, 2015.
Maxim Shemetov / Reuters
A man fires a weapon as he dances during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif, on August 8, 2015.
Mohamed Hwaity / Reuters
People watch a shadow-play performance at Changgyeonggung Palace in Seoul, South Korea, on May 6, 2015.
Thomas Peter / Reuters
A wounded woman, left, holds the hand of another woman who is about to die just after an explosion rocked the Turkish city of Suruc, near the Syrian border on July 20, 2015, killing 28 people and wounding nearly 100 others in what Turkish authorities said appeared to be an Islamic State-inspired suicide bombing. The mid-day explosion took place at a cultural center in Suruc as a political group, the Federation of Socialist Youths, was wrapping up a news conference on plans to rebuild the Syrian city of Kobani, a witness said.
Zeki Yavuzak / AP
Cleaners spray the 37-meter-tall tourism icon of the Merlion, on the resort island of Sentosa ahead of the city-state's 50th anniversary celebrations in Singapore on July 8, 2015.
Edgar Su / Reuters
Flames from the Rocky Fire approach a house on July 31, 2015, in Lower Lake, California. The fire, now contained, burned nearly 70,000 acres and destroyed 43 residences.
Justin Sullivan / Getty
An aerial picture of the site of a series of massive explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianjin, China, on August 16, 2015. The explosions the previous week in the world's 10th-busiest port in China's industrial northeast forced the evacuation of thousands of people after toxic chemicals were detected in the air. More than 170 people were killed, and nearly 800 people were injured. The blasts devastated a large industrial site and nearby residential areas.
Ashton Eaton of the U.S. rests with a cooling face mask as he competes in the pole vault event of the men's decathlon, during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, on August 29, 2015.
Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters
Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy Sophie Berman crouches over a small owl, taking a brief video before the bird flew away, near Rainbow Lakes, outside Nederland, Colorado, on July 21, 2015. Berman came across the raptor on a dirt road as she patrolled the area.
Dan Walter / Boulder County Sheriff’s Office via AP