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Many individuals have expressed their dissatisfaction with the year 2016, but the truth is, that every year consists of both challenges and blessings. Perfection is elusive, and there will always be a blend of ups and downs in every year.

things that changed the world in 2016

Throughout this year, I’ve experienced moments of joy and challenges that brought sadness. Amidst it all, the power of support and assistance has been an undeniable force in navigating through life’s ups and downs. I hold immense gratitude for one particular blessing in these past months: my family and friends.

At the age of 26, I’ve come to recognize the true allies I can rely on, a realization that I value above all else. But let’s shift the focus from my journey for a moment. Here’s a glimpse into the events and occurrences that shaped the year 2016.


January 1

  • After floods along the Mississippi River killed 31, Exxon Mobil Corp decided to close a plant in flood-threatened Memphis.
red boat on body of water

January 6

  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breaks the North American box office record, passing the $760.5m taken by “Avatar.”
Top Things that Changed the World 2016 (The GOOD & BAD)

January 8

  • Joaquín Guzmán, widely regarded as the world’s most powerful drug trafficker, is recaptured following his escape from a maximum-security prison.

January 10

  • David Bowie, English singer, songwriter, and actor, Dies.
Top Things that Changed the World 2016 (The GOOD & BAD)

Jan 14

  • The death of Alan Rickman.

Jan 18

  • Oxfam publishes a report stating world’s 62 richest people are as wealthy as half the world’s population.

Jan 23

  • Blizzard delivers record snow to 80 US states, New York had 30 inches of snow. Washington 28 inches at least 15 killed.​

Jan 25

  • British rowing team becomes the first female crew and the first crew of four to cross the Pacific, from San Francisco to Cairns in 257 days.

Jan 28

  • The World Health Organization announces an outbreak of the Zika virus.

Jan 30

  • 104th Women’s Australian Open: Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams (6-4 3-6 6-4).


Feb. 1,

  • WHO declares a global public health emergency over the rapid spread of like-linked conditions.

Feb 5

  • Computer hackers try to steal 1 billion from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York using Bangladesh banking codes, steal 81 million before a typo alerts authorities​.

Feb 10

  • Venezuelan government ordered more than 100 malls to close early to save electricity due to drought caused by El Niño.

​Feb 12

  • Using NASA data, Britain’s Ordnance Survey posts a Mars map on Flickr.
Top Things that Changed the World 2016 (The GOOD & BAD)

Feb 15

  • 58th Grammy Awards: Best Song “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, Best Album “1989” by Taylor Swift.

Feb 17

  • Nike ends the endorsement deal with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao after making TV comments that gay people are “worse than animals.”

Feb 17

  • Chief executive Tim Cook confirms Apple will contest an FBI order to unlock the phone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook.

Feb 21

  • A lock of John Lennon’s hair sells for $35,000 at an auction in Dallas, Texas.


Mar 14,

  • President Putin orders Russian troops out of Syria.

Mar 20

  • Barak Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 2-day tour.
Top Things that Changed the World 2016 (The GOOD & BAD)

Mar 22

  • Suicide bombings at Brussel’s Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station leave around 28 victims dead and 260 injured, ISIS claimed responsibility.

​Mar 23

  • GPR investigation of Shakespeare’s tomb at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford concludes that Bard’s skull probably has been stolen.


Apr 5

  • San Francisco became the first US city to mandate paid parental leave.
  • PayPal cancels a $3.6 million investment in North Carolina after the state passes anti-gay legislation.
Top Things that Changed the World 2016 (The GOOD & BAD)

​Apr 6

  • The first baby born with DNA from 3 parents through mitochondrial transfer in Mexico ​Apr 7 –Longest-ever captured python found on Penang in Malaysia (26ft/8m).

Apr 12

  • Breakthrough Starshot: scientists and internet entrepreneurs, including Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking, and Mark Zuckerburg, announce an interstellar project to send robot spacecraft to Alpha Centauri.


May 2

  • Leicester City wins the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds.
Top Things that Changed the World 2016 (The GOOD & BAD)

​May 10

  • Indian fertility clinic announces that a 70-year-old woman has successfully given birth to a baby boy.

​May 21

  • EgyptAir flight MS804 goes missing over the Mediterranean on the route Paris to Cairo.
Top Things that Changed the World 2016 (The GOOD & BAD)

May 27

  • Three ships in 3 days sink, carrying immigrants across the Mediterranean, drowning over 700 people.

​May 28

  • Harambe, a gorilla from Cincinnati Zoo, is shot after dragging about a boy who slipped into the enclosure.​


June 12

  • Cristiano Ronaldo became the first footballer to top Forbes’ Highest-Paid Athletes List, earning $88 million.
  • Orlando nightclub shooting

June 3

  • Muhammad Ali, American boxer dies.

June 14

  • The first mammal made extinct by human-induced climate change was announced – the Bramble Cay melomys from Torres Strait.

June 23

  • The United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union in their “Brexit” referendum
Top Things that Changed the World 2016 (The GOOD & BAD)

June 24

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron resigns after the UK votes to leave the EU

​June 28

  • The hole in the ozone layer has shown signs of healing for the first time.


July 2

  • A large lorry bomb in Baghdad kills at least 125 people and wounds 150; Islamic State claims responsibility.

July 6

  • South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to 6 years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

July 14

  • Bastille Day Terrorist Attack In Nice, France

July 21

  • Boy killed by an alligator in Disneyland Florida

July 28

  • The earliest evidence of cancer was found in a 1.7 million-year-old toe fossil from Swartkrans Cave, South Africa, published in “South African Journal of Science.

July 31

  • “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a play by Jack Thorne, with contributions by J. K. Rowling, is published worldwide at midnight.
Top Things that Changed the World 2016 (The GOOD & BAD)


Aug 12

  • Cannes becomes the first French resort to ban the burkini.

Aug 16

  • Wildfire breaks out in San Bernardino County, California, engulfing 15,000 acres, prompting the evacuation of 82,000 people.
Top Things that Changed the World 2016 (The GOOD & BAD)

Aug 24

  • 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy, northeast of Rome, killing 268, injuring 400.


Sept 21

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledge $3 billion to medical research to “cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century”

Sept 22

  • One of the world’s most endangered birds, the hilarious kakapo, is now far less endangered.

Sept 26

  • First US Presidential debate: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton vs. Republican Donald Trump at Hofstra University.


Oct 13

  • American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Top Things that Changed the World 2016 (The GOOD & BAD)

Oct 25

  • Paul Beatty becomes the 1st American to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel “The Sellout.”

Oct 25


Dec 2

  • Sammy Lee, an American Olympic diver, dies.

Dec 4

  • New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after eight years in office.

Dec 13

  • Alan Thicke, Canadian actor and songwriter, dies.

Dec 22

  • Franca Sozzani, 66, Italian journalist and editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia (since 1988) dies.
Franca Sozzani, 66, Italian journalist, Editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia (since 1988) dies.

Dec 24

  • Rick Parfitt, 68, British singer, songwriter, and guitarist (Status Quo), infection.

Dec 25

  • George Michael, 53, British singer (Wham!) and songwriter (“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Careless Whisper,” “Last Christmas”), was suspected of heart failure.

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