What Happened in 2016

Significant Events

  • Mar 20 Barack Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 2 day tour
  • Apr 3 Panama Papers published - 11.5 million confidential documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca expose widespread illegal activities including fraud, kleptocracy, tax evasion and the violation of international sanctions by the world's elite in the world's largest ever data leak
  • Apr 22 Paris Agreement on climate change signed in New York binding 195 nations to an increase in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C
  • Jun 23 United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union in their "Brexit" referundum
  • Jun 26 Panama Canal's third set of locks opens for commercial traffic, doubling the Canal’s capacity at an estimated cost of $5.25 billion
  • Nov 8 Republican Donald Trump is elected President of The United States of America, defeating democrat Hillary Clinton despite Clinton receiving 2.9 million more votes
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Did You Know?

World's 62 richest people are now as wealthy as half the world's population according to a report published by Oxfam

On January 18, 2016


World Leaders in 2016

Famous People in 2016

Famous People Born in 2016

  • Feb 5 Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, heir to throne of Bhutan, born in Thimphu

Would You Believe?

First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket - 15 year-old Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade is 1009 not out

On January 5, 2016

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 8 Singer Colton Dixon (24) weds longtime love Annie Coggeshall in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 16 Actress and singer Jamie-Lynn Sigler (35) weds baseball player Cutter Dykstra (53) in Palm Springs, California
  • Jan 19 "Ghajini" actress Asin Thottumkal (30) weds Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma in India
  • Jan 30 Singer-songwriter Kimberley Walsh (34) weds Triple 8 former member Justin Scott at St James Parish Church in Barbados
  • Feb 14 Model and actress Liberty Ross (37) weds producer Jimmy Iovine (62) in Malibu, California

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 30 Comedian Rosie O'Donnell and marketing executive Kelli O'Donnell divorce after 3 years of marriage
  • May 6 Actress Kaley Cuoco and professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting divorce after 2 years of marriage
  • May 12 Actress Billie Piper and fellow actor Laurence Fox divorce after 8 years of marriage
  • May 23 Actress Amber Heard (30) files for divorce from fellow actor Johnny Depp (52)
  • Jun 7 Model Amber Rose and rapper Wiz Khalifa divorce after 2 years of marriage
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