What Happened in 2016 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 271

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 7 Peyton Manning announces his retirement from the Denver Broncos and the NFL

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 7 Maria Sharapova reveals she failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open in January

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Mar 9 Eighth Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by Univision and the Washington Post and held in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 9 EU Migrant Crisis: Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia close their borders to migrants trying to reach Northern Europe
  • Mar 10 Twelfth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Mar 13 Suicide Bombing in Ankara, Turkey kills 37 people

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 14 President Putin orders Russian troops out of Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Mar 14 Marco Rubio announces he is dropping out of the Republican presidential nomination race
  • Mar 14 NASA releases data showing February 2016 warmest month ever recorded globally - 1.35C above the long-term average
  • Mar 15 Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence wins Go challenge against Lee Se-dol 4-1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 US President Barak Obama nominates Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Justice

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Mar 16 US college student Otto Warmbier is sentenced to 15 years hard labour for trying to steal a political poster, in Pyongyang, North Korea
  • Mar 17 Brazilian federal judge blocks swearing-in of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as Chief of Staff to President Dilma Rousseff, as part of "Car Wash" controversy
  • Mar 17 Archaeologists announce discovery of iron age warrior king buriel ground with 75 graves 2,500 years old in Pocklington, Northern England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 19 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Synder and starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, first premieres in Mexico City

  • Mar 20 Barak Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 2 day tour
  • Mar 22 Suicide bombings at Brussel's Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station, leave around 28 victims dead and 260 injured, ISIS claim responsibility

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 GPR investigation of Shakespeare's tomb at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford concludes the Bard's skull probably has been stolen

  • Mar 24 Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić found guilty of genocide during 1995 Srebrenica massacre, sentenced to 40 years
  • Mar 24 English footballer Adam Johnson sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexual activity with a schoolgirl
  • Mar 25 Suicide attack during a football match in Iskandariya, Iraq kills at least 32 people, ISIS claim responsibility

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 26 US primary elections: Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders wins Washington, Hawaii and Alaska

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • Mar 27 Suicide bomb kills more than 70 people at a park in Lahore, Pakistan, Taliban connected Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claim responsibility
  • Apr 3 Joseph Medicine Crow, Native American chief and historian, dies at 102
  • Apr 3 Panama Papers published - 11.5 million confidential documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca, world largest data leak
  • Apr 3 ICC World Twenty20 won by the West Indies, beating at England by 4 wickets with 2 balls to spare at Eden Gardens in Kolkata
  • Apr 5 Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigns after the Panama Papers leak show a conflict of interest
  • Apr 5 San Francisco becomes the first US city to mandate paid parental leave
  • Apr 5 PayPal announces it is cancelling a $3.6 million investment in North Carolina after the state passes anti-gay legislation
  • Apr 6 US primary elections: Wisconsin won by Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Ted Cruz
  • Apr 6 France passes legistration making it illegal to pay for sex

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 Protests in Lima, Peru by 30,000 against presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori on 24th anniversary of her father Alberto Fujimori's coup

President of Peru Alberto Fujimori
President of Peru
Alberto Fujimori
  • Apr 6 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 10 80th Masters Golf Tournament: England's Danny Willett wins, shooting a five-under 283
  • Apr 10 Explosions and a fire caused by fireworks at Puttingal Temple in Kerala, India, kills more than 100 and injures nearly 400
  • Apr 11 UN-backed ceasefire comes into effect in Yemen conflict between Iranian-backed Houthis rebels and government forces
  • Apr 11 Updated "Tree of Life" published in "Nature Microbiology" by scientists from Berkeley University in California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 12 Breakthrough Starshot: scientists and internet entrepreneurs, including Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerburg, announce interstellar project to send robot spacecraft to Alpha Centauri

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking

Music releaseAlbum Release

Apr 23 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO

  • Apr 29 Iranian run-off elections give moderates and reforms a majority in parliament
  • May 2 Leicester City win the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds
  • May 2 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby beats Ding Junhui of China 18-14, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • May 3 Ted Cruz suspends his campaign to be the Republican Presidential nominee
  • May 4 John Kasich bows out of the race for Republican Presidential nominee
  • May 5 Fort McMurray wildfires: Canadian state of Alberta declares a state of emergency as evacuation of 80,000 people continues
  • May 8 Sadiq Khan (L) is elected Mayor of London, - 1st Muslim mayor of a major Western city
  • May 10 Indian fertility clinic announces that a 70 year old woman has successfully gave birth to a baby boy
  • May 11 Brazilian senate votes to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and put her on trial for budgetary violations
  • May 12 Michel Temer, former vice-president, becomes Brazilian interim President after a vote to impeach Dilma Rousseff
  • May 14 61st Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine's Jamala wins singing "1944"
  • May 21 Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, leader of the Afghan Taliban is reportably killed by a US drone in Pakistan
  • May 21 EgyptAir flight MS804 goes missing over the Mediterranean on route Paris to Cairo
  • May 22 69th Cannes Film Festival: "I, Daniel Blake," directed by Ken Loach wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 22 US President Barack Obama arrives in Vietman for a 3 day tour
  • May 22 Independent Alexander Van der Bellen defeats Freedom Party's Norbert Hofer by just 31,000 votes to become President in Austrian elections
  • May 23 Chinese archaeologists announce findings of earliest use of barley in China to make beer, Shaanxi province 3400-2900 BC
  • May 24 Kaduna state in Nigeria declares a state of emergency due to 'Tomato Ebola', as moth destroys 80% of tomato crops
  • May 24 Bill Crosby is ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case in Norristown
  • May 27 3 ships in 3 days sink carrying immigrants across the Mediterraneann, drowning over 700 people
  • May 28 Harambe, a gorilla form Cincinnati Zoo, is shot after dragging about a boy who slipped into the enclosure
  • May 30 Former Chad dictator Hissène Habré convicted of crimes against humanity by the Extraordinary African chambers, 1st ex-head of state convicted of the charge
  • Jun 1 Switzerland’s Gotthard base tunnel opens - world’s longest at 57km and most expensive tunnel costing €11bn
  • Jun 3 A week of heavy rains in Germany and France leave 10 dead and closing Paris museums along the Seine, including the Louve

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 4 115th Women's French Open: Garbiñe Muguruza beats Serena Williams (7-5, 6-4) to claim her 1st grand slam title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jun 5 Swiss vote to reject referendum to give each citizen a guaranteed income of $2,500 Swiss francs per month

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 115th Men's French Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray (3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4) to win his first French title

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Jun 7 "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a play written by by Jack Thorne with JK Rowling, premieres in London
  • Jun 7 Car bomb attack on a police bus in central Istanbul kills 11

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 US President Barack Obama officially endorses Hillary Clinton as Democratic Presidential nominee

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jun 9 World Health Organisation advises delaying pregnancy in areas with the Zika virus
  • Jun 9 Successful attempts to turn CO2 gases into stone underground in Iceland published in the journal "Science"
  • Jun 12 Gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53 - worst mass shooting in the US
  • Jun 12 70th Tony Awards: "Hamilton" wins 11 awards after record 16 nominations
  • Jun 14 First mammal made extinct by human-induced climate change announced - the Bramble Cay melomys from Torres Strait
  • Jun 16 British MP (L) Jo Cox is shot and killed outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire
  • Jun 16 Philadelphia is the first US state to pass a tax on sweetened drinks
  • Jun 18 Soyuz capsule returns to Earth 1st British International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake, Russian Yuri Malenchenko and American Timothy Kopra after 186 days
  • Jun 19 116th US Golf Open: Dustin Johnson wins with a one-under-par 69 by three shots, controversially penalised 1 stroke at Oakmont, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 19 NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers win their first title defeating Golden State Warriors 4–3 - 1st team to overcome 3–1 deficit
  • Jun 20 China's super computer tally overtakes the US; Chinese 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight is world's No. 1
  • Jun 20 Rome elects its first female Mayor Virginia Raggi (Five Star Movement) and its youngest at 37
  • Jun 23 Ceasefire agreement signed between Colombian government and Farc rebels - ending more than 50 years of conflict
  • Jun 23 Led Zeppelin cleared of stealing riff from "Stairway to Heaven" from band Spirit in a Los Angeles court
  • Jun 23 United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union in their "Brexit" referundum
  • Jun 23 Storms and widespread flooding in West Virginia leave at least 24 dead
  • Jun 24 British Prime Minister David Cameron resigns after the UK votes to leave the EU
  • Jun 26 City of Falluja freed from Islamic State control after a month-long campaign by Iraqi forces
  • Jun 26 Iceland’s presidential election is won by history professor Guðni Jóhannesson
  • Jun 27 US Supreme Court strikes down Texas law restricting abortion 5-3
  • Jun 28 Suicide bombings and gun attacks at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport kill 42 and wound more than 200
  • Jun 29 US Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter lifts Pentagon's ban on transgendered people serving in the US armed forces
  • Jun 30 British political candidates announce their bids for leader of Conservative party, including Teresa May and Michael Gove, Boris Johnson rules himself out
  • Jul 1 Islamic militants storm a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 20 hostages and 2 police, country's worse terror attack
  • Jul 2 Large lorry bomb in Baghdad kills at least 125 people and wounds 150, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • Jul 5 NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully enters Jupiter's orbit
  • Jul 5 FBI releases report stating Hillary Clinton "extremely careless" in handling classified emails but don't recommend prosecuting
  • Jul 6 South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to 6 years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013
  • Jul 6 Chilcot Report, UK's Iraqi War Inquiry released; concludes Tony Blair overstated case for war and was unpreparaed

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 306

  • Mar 21 Peter Brown [Pierre Lind de Lappe], American actor (Lawman, Laredo, Bold & Beautiful), dies at 80
  • Mar 21 Robert McNeill Alexander, British zoologist (estimated speed of dinosaurs), dies at 81
  • Mar 22 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor] American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), dies from diabetes complications at 45
  • Mar 22 Rob Ford, Canadian politician (Toronto mayor caught with cocaine), dies at 46
  • Mar 22 Rita Gam, American actress (Night People, Hannibal), dies at 88
  • Mar 23 Ken Howard, American actor (The White Shadow), dies at 71
  • Mar 23 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), dies at 90
  • Mar 24 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player/coach (Ajax/Barcelona), dies at 68
  • Mar 24 Kevin Turner, NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), dies of A.L.S. at 46
  • Mar 24 Garry Shandling, American comedian (It's Garry Shandling's Show, Larry Sanders Show), dies at 66
  • Mar 24 Earl Hamner Jr, American creator and narrator of TV show "The Waltons", dies at 92
  • Mar 26 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), dies at 78
  • Mar 26 David Baker, American composer (Reflections) and educator, dies at 84
  • Mar 28 James Noble, American actor (Gov. Gatling in "Benson"), dies at 94
  • Mar 28 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), dies at 96
  • Mar 29 Patty Duke, American actress (The Miracle Worker), dies at 69
  • Mar 31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), dies at 65
  • Mar 31 Ronnie Corbett, British comedian (The Two Ronnies), dies at 85
  • Mar 31 Imre Kertész, Hungarian writer (Nobel Laureate 2002) and concentration camp survivor, dies at 86
  • Mar 31 Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (FDP), worked to re-unify Germany, dies at 89
  • Mar 31 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 96
  • Apr 2 Gato Barbieri, Argentinian Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), dies at 83
  • Apr 3 Erik Bauersfeld, voice actor (Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar "Its a trap"), dies at 93
  • Apr 4 Carlo Mastrangelo, rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), dies of cancer at 78

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 6 Merle Haggard, American country music singer (Death Valley Days), dies at 79

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Apr 10 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), dies at 70
  • Apr 11 Emile Ford, Caribbean-born British singer and engineer (first black male singer to top UK charts), dies at 78
  • Apr 12 David Gest, American television producer, dies at 62
  • Apr 12 Anne Jackson, American stage actress (Twice Around the Park), dies at 90
  • Apr 12 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Chips with Everything), dies at 83
  • Apr 12 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, dies at 88
  • Apr 16 Peter Tolson, English rocker (Pretty Things), dies at 64
  • Apr 17 Doris Roberts, American actress (“Everybody Loves Raymond,”), dies at 90
  • Apr 18 Patricio Aylwin, Chilean lawyer and politician, President of Chile (1990-94), dies at 97
  • Apr 19 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, dies at 76
  • Apr 19 Walter Kohn, Austrian-born American scientist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 1998), dies at 93
  • Apr 20 Guy Hamilton, British director (Goldfinger), dies at 93
  • Apr 20 Chyna [Joanie Laurer], American professional wrestler and reality TV star, dies at 46
  • Apr 20 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress, dies of cancer at 62

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 21 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American singer-songwriter and musician (1999, Purple Rain), dies at 57

  • Apr 21 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Madeleine Sherwood, Canadian actress (Mother Superior - Flying Nun), dies at 93
  • Apr 22 Isabelle Dinoire, French recipient of world's 1st partial face transplant, dies from surgical complications at 49
  • Apr 23 Banharn Silpa-archa, Prime Minister of Thailand (1995-96), dies at 83
  • Apr 24 Papa Wemba, Congolese singer, dies at 66
  • Apr 24 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer (Me & Mrs Jones), dies at 81
  • Apr 24 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 52, 60), dies at 85
  • Apr 28 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), dies of cancer at 68
  • Apr 28 Conrad Burns, US politician (Senate-R-Montana 1989-2007), dies at 81
  • Apr 30 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), dies at 94
  • Apr 30 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, dies at 85
  • May 2 Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, Black Panther Party member, dies at 69
  • May 3 Tomas Libous, US politician (Senate-R-New York 1989-2015) brought down by scandal, dies of cancer at 63
  • May 3 Carl Fredrik Reutersward, Swedish artist (knotted-gun sculpture), dies at 81
  • May 4 Ursula Mamlok, German American avant-garde composer, dies at 93
  • May 7 Harold Kroto, English chemist, (Nobel Prize laureate 1996), dies at 76
  • May 7 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), dies at 92
  • May 8 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours), dies at 92
  • May 8 William Schallert, American actor (Patty Duke Show, Get Smart), dies at 93
  • May 8 John Bradshaw, American theologian, dies at 82
  • May 9 Dennis Nineham, British theologian, dies at 94
  • May 12 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), dies at 86
  • May 12 Delbert L. Latta, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1959-89 ), dies at 96
  • May 16 Julia Meade, actress/TV hostess (Spotlight Playhouse), dies at 90
  • May 17 Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), dies at 74
  • May 19 Morley Safer, Canadian American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 84
  • May 19 Alan Young, British actor (Wilbur Post - Mr Ed), dies at 96
  • May 21 Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist, dies at 86
  • May 21 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), dies at 74
  • May 24 Burt Kwouk, English actor (Pink Panther movies), dies at 85
  • May 25 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder’), dies at 104
  • Jun 3 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler (Fairport Convention), dies at 75

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 3 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American world heavyweight boxing champion (1964-70, 1974-80), dies from septic shock caused by respiratory illness at 74

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jun 5 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), dies at 94
  • Jun 6 Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), dies at 90
  • Jun 6 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 85
  • Jun 6 Kimbo Slice [Kevin Ferguson], American mixed martial artist, dies at 42
  • Jun 6 Theresa Saldana, American actress (Raging Bull), dies at 62
  • Jun 8 Michael Manser, English architect, dies at 87
  • Jun 10 Margaret Heldt, American hairdresser who created the Beehive, dies at 98
  • Jun 10 Gordie Howe, Canadian NHL right wing (Detroit Redwings), dies at 88
  • Jun 11 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, dies at 89
  • Jun 11 Alberto Remedios, British opera/concert singer, dies at 81
  • Jun 12 George V. Voinovich, US politician (R), Senator and Governor of Ohio, dies at 79
  • Jun 14 Henry McCullough, Irish guitarist (Wings), dies at 72
  • Jun 14 Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 87
  • Jun 15 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), dies at 82
  • Jun 17 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), dies from diabetes complications at 46
  • Jun 18 Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), dies at 76
  • Jun 19 Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (Star Trek), dies in an accident at 27
  • Jun 20 Frank Chapot, US, equestrian (Olympic-silver-1960, 1972) dies at 84
  • Jun 23 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, dies at 89
  • Jun 24 Bernie Worrell, US keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop), dies at 72
  • Jun 25 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (New York Times), dies at 87
  • Jun 25 Peter Hutton, American filmmaker, dies at 71
  • Jun 25 Jim Hickman, American baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 79
  • Jun 26 Barbara Goldsmith, author (Little Gloria Happy At Last), dies at 85
  • Jun 27 Alvin Toffler, American author (Future Shock, Power Shift, The Third Wave), dies at 87
  • Jun 27 Mack Rice, musician and songwriter (Mustang Sally), dies at 82
  • Jun 28 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), dies at 61