What Happened in December 2016

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is crowned King of Thailand, succeeding his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • Dec 1 UN admits its peacekeepers were responsible for the cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010 that killed 30,000

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Dec 1 French President Francois Hollande announces he will not seek a 2nd term - 1st modern French leader to do so

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • Dec 1 Former NFL player Joe McKnight is shot and killed during a road rage incident in Terrytown, Louisiana
  • Dec 2 Fire during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse kills 36

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Dec 2 Donald Trump takes a call with Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen, in a break from America's long standing "One China" policy

Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President Donald Trump
Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President
Donald Trump
  • Dec 3 US army decides it will not allow an oil pipeline to be built in North Dakota, after months of protests by The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
  • Dec 4 Austria elects liberal independent Alexander Van der Bellen as President, after original vote in May annulled
  • Dec 4 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years in office
  • Dec 4 Tens of thousands march throughout Brazil against a vote to undermine anti-corruption investigations
  • Dec 4 Venezuela issues new higher-value notes after currency falls 60% in 1 months against the US dollar
  • Dec 5 Malta becomes the 1st country in Europe to outlaw conversion therapy
  • Dec 7 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigns 3 days after losing a referendum to reform the constitution
  • Dec 7 Pakistan International Airways plane crashes north of Islamabad, killing all 48 on board, including singer turned preacher Junaid Jamshed
  • Dec 7 6.5 earthquake in Aceh province, Indonesia kills at least 97 people
  • Dec 9 South Korean MPs vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye
  • Dec 10 Terrorist bomb attacks outside a stadium in Istanbul kill 38 and injure 166
  • Dec 10 82nd Heisman Trophy Award: Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals (QB), youngest player to win at 19

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Dec 10 Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony he does not attend in Stockholm

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Dec 10 "Rogue One", 1st of the Star Wars Anthology films, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, premieres in Los Angeles
  • Dec 11 Bombing at a chapel in Cairo, Egypt, kills 25 and wounds 45
  • Dec 11 Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh says he will contest his election defeat in court, after his 1st election loss in 22 years
  • Dec 11 Kyrgyzstan votes in a referendum to change the constitution to give the government more power

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Dec 12 Cristiano Ronaldo wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the 4th time

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Dec 12 Bill English is sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister, succeeding John Key
  • Dec 12 Paolo Gentiloni is sworn in as Prime Minister of Italy, succeeding Matteo Renzi
  • Dec 12 Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte boasts he killed susected criminals personally when mayor of Davao City
  • Dec 13 UN claims 82 civilians have been summary executed in Aleppo by pro-government forces
  • Dec 14 University of Toronto scientists present findings of the world's oldest water - 2 billion years old from a mine in Canada
  • Dec 14 Amazon announces its 1st delivery by drone 2 km from their warehouse in the UK
  • Dec 15 Ceasefire declared in Aleppo to allow hundreds to be evacutated from last rebel held area
  • Dec 15 White supremacist Dylann Roof is found guilty of the Charleston Church Massacre which killed 9
  • Dec 16 5 day pollution red alert declared in Beijing and 21 other Chinese cities, classified by officials as a “meteorological disaster”
  • Dec 19 At least 48 people die after drinking bath lotion in Irkutsk, Siberia, thinking it contained alcohol
  • Dec 19 Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead at an art gallery in Ankara by Turkish gunman
  • Dec 19 Truck driven into a Christmas market in Berlin kills 12, injures 48
  • Dec 19 US electoral collage votes 304 to 227 to nominate Donald Trump for President over the objections of seven faithless electors
  • Dec 22 Ebola vaccine VSV-EBOV is found to be 70-100% effective in a study published in The Lancet, becoming the world's first proven vaccine against Ebola
  • Dec 23 United Nations Security Council adopts a landmark resolution demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967. Resolution 2334 was moved by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela and passed 14-0 with a US abstention .
  • Dec 25 Russian military defence plane crashes into the Black Sea after takeoff from Sochi airport, killing all 92 on board

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Dec 29 US President Barack Obama retaliates against Russia for hacking American computer systems and trying to influence the 2016 presidential election by ejecting 35 Russian spies and imposing sanctions

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Dec 30 A ceasefire organised by Russia, Iran and Turkey between Syria's government and opposition groups takes effect
  • Dec 30 Last day Indians are able to deposit in banks 500 and 1,000 rupee notes which were scrapped only 50 days earlier in an anti-corruption measure
  • Dec 30 Ray Davies of The Kinks is awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Ousmane Sow, Senegalese sculptor, dies at 81
  • Dec 2 Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 1952), dies at 96
  • Dec 3 S. Newman Darby, American inventor of the sailboard, dies at 88
  • Dec 4 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), dies of cancer at 67
  • Dec 5 Jayaram Jayalalitha, Indian actress and politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Dec 5 Rashaan Salaam, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), dies at 42
  • Dec 5 E. R. Braithwaite, Guyanese diplomat and writer (To Sir with Love), dies at 104
  • Dec 5 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), dies at 85
  • Dec 6 Peter Vaughan, British actor (Porridge, Game of Thrones), dies at 92
  • Dec 7 Greg Lake, English rock vocalist and bassist (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer), dies of cancer at 69

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Dec 8 John Glenn, American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D-Ohio), dies at 95

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn
  • Dec 10 A. A. [Adrian Anthony] Gill, British critic (The Sunday Times), dies of cancer at 62
  • Dec 13 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), dies at 69
  • Dec 13 Thomas Schelling, American economist, (Nobel Prize 2005 - game-theory analysis), dies at 95
  • Dec 17 Henry Heimlich, American surgeon and inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, dies at 96
  • Dec 18 Zsa Zsa Gabor [Sari Gabor], Hungarian-born actress (Queen of Outer Space), dies at 99
  • Dec 18 China Machado, Chinese-born model, 1st non-Caucasian super model, dies at 86
  • Dec 20 Michèle Morgan, French actress (Passage to Marseille), dies at 96
  • Dec 22 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), dies at 72
  • Dec 22 Margaret Pereira, English forensic scientist (Nicholls and Pereira method), dies at 88
  • Dec 23 Piers J Sellers, English astronaut and climate scientist, dies of cancer at 61
  • Dec 24 Richard Adams, English author (Watership Down), dies at 96
  • Dec 24 Vera Rubin, American astronomer who discovered dark matter, dies at 88
  • Dec 24 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer, dies at 87

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Dec 25 George Michael [Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou], English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham!, I Want Your Sex), dies of suspected heart failure at 53

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael

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Dec 27 Carrie Fisher, American actress (Princess Leia in Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally...) and writer (Postcards from the Edge), dies at 60 four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher
  • Dec 28 Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies of a stroke at 84 one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher also passed away
  • Dec 28 Gregorio Alvarez, Uruguayan Dictator, President of Uruguay (1981-85), dies in prison at 91
  • Dec 29 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97