2016 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 195

  • Jan 1 Dubai skyscraper "The Address" burns as the New Year is rung in. Fire started on the 31st.
  • Jan 1 After floods along the Mississippi River kill 31, Exxon Mobil Corp decides to close a plant in flood threatened Memphis
  • Jan 2 Saudi Arabia executes 47 alleged terrorists, including Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr
  • Jan 4 Colombo's Gemology Institute certifies world's largest ever blue star sapphire at 1404.49 carats, found in a Sri Lankan mine in August 2015
  • Jan 6 North Korea states that they have successfully tested a thermonuclear weapon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 Californian Governor Jerry Brown declares state of emergency over methane gas leak on outskirts of Los Angeles

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announces the recapture of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, six months after he escaped prison

  • Jan 13 Record Powerball lottery held in America - $1.6 billion, (3 winning tickets)
  • Jan 14 Sixth republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Jan 15 American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan unveils newest exhibit replica skeleton of a Titanosaur dinosaur (found 2010 Argentina), largest known dinosaur at 70 tons, 37m
  • Jan 15 Islamist militants attack a hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso killing 28, injuring 56
  • Jan 16 First ever flower grown in space - a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 Fourth Democratic presidential candidates debate: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash over healthcare and gun control in Charleston, South Carolina

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Jan 18 Oxfam publishes report stating world's 62 richest people as wealthy as half the world's population
  • Jan 19 China's economic growth revealed as lowest for 25 years - 6.9% in 2015
  • Jan 22 Winter storm conditions strand 500 motorists for 24 hours on the New Jersey turnpike in Pennsylvania
  • Jan 23 Blizzard delivers record snow to 80 US states, New York 30 inches of snow. Washington 28 inches at least 15 killed
  • Jan 23 8 museum workers from Egyptian Museum, Cairo referred for prosecution for reattaching Tutankhamun's beard with inappropriate glue
  • Jan 23 Zika virus outbreak in Brazil prompts Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica to recommend women delay pregnancies for up to 2 years
  • Jan 25 British rowing eam becomes first female crew and first crew of four to cross the Pacific, San Francisco to Cairns in 257 days
  • Jan 26 Cold snap across East Asia leads to more than 50 deaths and 60,000 travellers stranded in South Korea
  • Jan 26 Leader of Oregon militia occupying Malheur wildlife refuge arrested and another killed in shoot-out with Federal agents
  • Jan 28 Seventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Jan 30 Boko Haram militants on motorcycles attack Dalori village near Maiduguri, Nigeria, killing at least 65 and injuring 136
  • Jan 31 "World's best chef" French-Swiss Benoît Violier found dead after apparent suicide weeks after being named world's best by La Liste
  • Feb 1 WHO declares a global public health emergency over the rapid spread of zika-linked conditions
  • Feb 1 Alphabet, Google's parent company surpasses Apple as the world's most valuable company ($568bn vs $535bn), after releasing income results
  • Feb 1 Myanmar's first freely elected parliament in 50 years has its opening session in Nay Pyi Taw
  • Feb 1 Poor weather conditions strand 100,000 Chinese New Year travelers at a railway station in Guangzhou, China
  • Feb 2 First case of Zika contracted on US mainland (Texas) and second known sexually transmitted case confirmed in Texas

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 3 Rand Paul drops out of the Republican Presidential nomination race

United States Senator Rand Paul
United States Senator
Rand Paul
  • Feb 3 Lord Lucan's death certificate is granted, 42 years after he disappeared following the murder of nanny Sandra Rivett

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 US President Barak Obama visits his first US mosque - the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Maryland

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Feb 4 Morocco's Mohammed VI switches on world's largest solar plant near Ouarzazate. Planned to power 1 million homes when fully completed 2018
  • Feb 5 Computer hackers try to steal 1 billion from Federal Reserve Bank of New York using Bangladesh banking codes, steal 81 million before a typo alerts authorities
  • Feb 9 Two German passenger trains collide near Bad Aibling, Bavaria, killing 10 and seriously injuring 18
  • Feb 10 Venezuelan government orders more than 100 malls to close early to save electricity, due to drought caused by El Niño
  • Feb 10 Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie suspend their campaigns
  • Feb 11 Discover of gravitational waves (through collision of two black holes) announced by physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo)
  • Feb 11 Riot between rival drug cartels at a prison in Monterrey, Mexico, leaves 52 dead
  • Feb 11 Last of Oregon militia occupying Malheur wildlife refuge surrenders to authorities after 41 days
  • Feb 12 Pope Francis begins his visit to Mexico, arriving at “Benito Juarez” International Airport in Mexico City
  • Feb 12 Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill in Havana - first meeting between Catholic and Russian Orthodox church heads for nearly 1,000 years
  • Feb 12 Fiji becomes the first country to ratify the UN climate deal (signed Paris, December 2015)
  • Feb 12 Britain's Ordnance Survey, using NASA data posts map of Mars on Flickr
  • Feb 12 Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar is arrested on “anti-nationalism” charges by Indian police at an anniversary event of the death of Afzal Guru, at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Feb 13 Ninth Republican presidential candidates debate held in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Feb 16 Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy is placed under investigation for campaign funds
  • Feb 16 China announces it will relocate 9,000 people in Guizhou province, before completion of world's largest telescope (FAST), designed to look for extraterrestrial life
  • Feb 17 Oldest known case of human-Neanderthal sex (100,000 yrs ago) revealed by Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig), 50,000 yr old Neanderthal woman's remains from Altai mountains show traces of Homo Sapiens DNA
  • Feb 17 Channing Dungey announced new President of ABC Entertainment Group, first African-American to lead a major US broadcast network
  • Feb 17 Car bomb attack on military convoy in Ankara, Turkey, by Kurdish militant eaves 28 dead

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 Chief executive Tim Cook confirms Apple will contest an FBI order to unlock the phone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook

CEO of Apple Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
Tim Cook

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 Jeb Bush suspends his presidential campaign

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 20 US primary elections: Nevada Democratic Primary - Hillary Clinton wins with 52.6%

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Feb 20 Gunman goes on random killing spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, killing 6
  • Feb 20 Tropical Cyclone Winston hits Fiji, killing at least 29 - most powerful storm on record in Southern Hemisphere winds 296 kilometers per hour (184 mph)
  • Feb 21 Bombings in the Syrian cities of Homs and Damascus kill 140 people, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • Feb 22 10 million people are without water in Delhi after caste protests in Jat sabotage the Munak water canal
  • Feb 24 Oldest Muslim graves in Europe, from the 8th century, identified at a buriel site in Nimes, France
  • Feb 26 Iranian elections: reformers and moderates win control of parliament
  • Feb 28 Explosion at Severnaya coal mine in Vorkuta, Russia kills 36, including 5 rescuers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Forbes Richest List released, Bill Gates No. 1 with $75 billion, number of world's billionaires shrinks to 1,810

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • Mar 1 Two Guatemalan military officers are convicted of sexual slavery during country's civil war - first ever prosecution of sexual slavery during an armed conflict
  • Mar 1 Gene for grey hair (IRF4) discovery announced by Scientists from University College London in "Nature Communications"
  • Mar 1 South Korean opposition MPs set a world record for longest filibuster - 9 days (192 hours) trying to block anti-terror bill
  • Mar 2 Longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland in 17 hours, 15 minutes
  • Mar 2 Oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus - 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, revealed by British scientists

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record

Astronaut Scott Kelly
Scott Kelly
  • Mar 3 Eleventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 4 Ben Carson announces he is dropping out of the Republican presidential nomination race
  • Mar 5 US air strike kills 150 Al-Shabaab militants north of Mogadishu, Somalia
  • 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 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
  • Mar 16 US President Barak Obama nominates Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Justice
  • 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
  • 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 25 Suicide attack during a football match in Iskandariya, Iraq kills at least 32 people, ISIS claim responsibility
  • Mar 26 US primary elections: Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders wins Washington, Hawaii and Alaska
  • Mar 27 Suicide bomb kills more than 70 people at a park in Lahore, Pakistan, Taliban connected Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claim responsibility
  • 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)

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 130

  • Jan 1 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, dies from heart failure at 83
  • Jan 1 Michael G. Oxley, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-2007), dies at 71
  • Jan 1 Dale Bumpers, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), dies at 90
  • Jan 1 Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian-born American cinematographer (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), dies at 85
  • Jan 2 Nimr al-Nimr, Saudi Shiite religious leader and non-violent critic of the Saudi Arabian government, executed by the Saudi authorities aged 56 or 57
  • Jan 7 André Courrèges, French fashion designer, dies at 92
  • Jan 18 Michel Tournier, French writer ( Friday, or, The Other Island), dies at 91
  • Jan 20 George Weidenfeld, British Publisher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), dies at 96
  • Jan 22 Cecil Parkinson, British politician (C), dies at 84
  • Jan 25 Concepcion Picciotto, American peace activist (longest political protest in US history, outside The White House), dies at 80
  • Jan 27 Artur Fischer, German Inventor with more patents than Edison, dies at 96
  • Feb 2 Intizar Hussain, Pakistani and Urdu writer and columnist, dies in his early 90s
  • Feb 4 Edgar Whitcomb, American politician and Governor of Indiana (1969-73), dies at 98
  • Feb 4 Edgar Mitchell, NASA astronaut (Apollo 14), dies at 85
  • Feb 8 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, dies at 82
  • Feb 9 Sushil Koirala, Nepalese politician, Prime Minister of Nepal (2014-2015), dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Antonin Scalia, American 105th Supreme Court Justice (1986-2016), dies at 79
  • Feb 16 Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian politician and 6th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1992- 96), dies at 93
  • Feb 19 Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and writer (Name of the Rose), dies at 84

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 19 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 89

Author Harper Lee
Harper Lee
  • Feb 20 Peter Mondavi, American winemaker (Charles Krug - Napa Valley), dies at 101
  • Feb 22 Douglas Slocombe, British cinematographer (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Raiders of the Lost Ark), dies at 103
  • Feb 22 Wesley A Clark, American computer designer (first personal computer - LINC), dies at 88
  • Mar 1 Jim Kimsey, American co-founder of AOL, dies at 76
  • Mar 4 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), dies at 70
  • Mar 5 Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), dies at 74

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 6 Nancy Reagan [Anne Francis Robbins], US First Lady (1981-89), dies at 94

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • Mar 7 Michael White, British theater/film producer (The Rocky Horror Show), dies at 80
  • Mar 9 John Gutfreund, American investment banker, CEO of Salomon Brothers (King of Wall Street), dies at 86
  • Mar 10 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, dies at 87
  • Mar 12 Lloyd Shapley, American Mathematician (2012 Nobel Prize, Game Theory), dies at 92
  • Mar 13 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, dies at 89
  • Mar 17 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), dies at 77
  • Mar 20 Anker Jørgensen, Danish politician, Prime Minister of Denmark (1972-3, 75-82), dies at 93
  • Mar 21 Andrew Grove, Hungarian-born American computer chip manufacturer (Intel Corporation), dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Robert McNeill Alexander, British zoologist (estimated speed of dinosaurs), dies at 81
  • Mar 22 Rob Ford, Canadian politician (Toronto mayor caught with cocaine), dies at 46
  • 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 28 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), dies at 96
  • Mar 31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), dies at 65
  • 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
  • Apr 3 Joseph Medicine Crow, Native American chief and historian, dies at 102
  • Apr 10 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), dies at 70
  • Apr 12 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Chips with Everything), dies at 83
  • Apr 18 Patricio Aylwin, Chilean lawyer and politician, President of Chile (1990-94), dies at 97
  • 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 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 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 7 Harold Kroto, English chemist, (Nobel Prize laureate 1996), dies at 76
  • May 8 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours), dies at 92
  • May 8 John Bradshaw, American theologian, dies at 82
  • May 9 Dennis Nineham, British theologian, dies at 94
  • May 12 Delbert L. Latta, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1959-89 ), dies at 96
  • May 21 Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist, dies at 86
  • 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
  • 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 8 Michael Manser, English architect, dies at 87
  • Jun 10 Margaret Heldt, American hairdresser who created the Beehive, dies at 98
  • Jun 12 George V. Voinovich, US politician (R), Senator and Governor of Ohio, dies at 79
  • Jun 15 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), dies at 82
  • Jun 18 Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), dies at 76
  • Jun 25 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (New York Times), dies at 87
  • 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 29 Elechi Amadi, Nigerian novelist (The Concubine), dies at 82
  • Jun 30 Geoffrey Hill, English poet, dies at 84
  • Jul 2 Elie Wiesel, Jewish Auschwitz survivor and author (Night), Nobel Prize winner 1986, dies at 87
  • Jul 2 Michael Cimino, American director (The Deer Hunter), dies at 77
  • Jul 2 Michel Rocard, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1988-91), dies at 85
  • Jul 2 Patrick Manning, Trinidad and Tobago politician, Prime Minister (1991-95, 2001-10), dies at 69
  • Jul 5 Beatrice de Cardi, British archaeologist, dies at 102
  • Jul 8 Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistani philantropist (Edhi Foundation), dies at 88
  • Jul 8 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), dies at 98
  • Jul 9 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Falstaff), dies at 77
  • Jul 13 Bernardo Provenzano, Mafia Boss (Cosa Nostra), dies in a prison hospital at 83
  • Jul 18 Billy Name [William Linich Jr], photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), dies at 76
  • Jul 19 Betsy Bloomingdale, American socialite and fashion leader, dies at 93
  • Jul 22 Thomas Sutherland, American hostage (Lebanon) and academic, dies at 85
  • Jul 23 Thorbjorn Falldin, Swedish politician, Prime Minister (1976-78, 79-82) and sheep farmer, dies at 90
  • Jul 26 Forrest E. Mars Jr., American Candy Manufacturer (Mars), dies at 84
  • Jul 27 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, dies at 72
  • Jul 28 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer and activist, dies at 90
  • Jul 29 Marta Marzotto, Italian countess and designer, dies at 85
  • Jul 31 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, dies at 88
  • Aug 1 Franciszek Macharski, Polish Cardinal, Archbishop of Krakow (1978-2005), dies at 87
  • Aug 1 Queen Anne of Romania [Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma], dies at 92
  • Aug 2 Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist, (Nobel Prize 1999), dies at 70