2016 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 197 of 197

  • Apr 7 Longest-ever captured python found on Penang in Malaysia (26ft/8m)
  • 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

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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

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Apr 21 US President Barack Obama begins a 4 day visit to the UK with and Michelle Obama

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
  • Apr 29 Iranian run-off elections give moderates and reforms a majority in parliament
  • 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 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 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
  • Jun 5 Swiss vote to reject referendum to give each citizen a guaranteed income of $2,500 Swiss francs per month
  • Jun 7 Car bomb attack on a police bus in central Istanbul kills 11

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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 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 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
  • Jul 6 African American Alton Sterling is shot by Louisiana police in Baton Rouge, while being restrained on the ground, the killing is filmed
  • Jul 6 African American Philando Castile is shot by police in St Paul, Minnesota after being pulled over for a broken rear light, killing is filmed
  • Jul 6 Pokémon Go, the real-world mobile game by Niantic, is first released
  • Jul 9 In Dallas Texas, lone gunman shots and kills five police officers, wounding others during a protest march against fatal police shootings of African Americans

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Jul 12 Bernie Sanders endorses fellow Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a speech in New Hampshire

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Jul 15 Attempted military coup in Turkey fails, nearly 300 killed, 6,000 then arrested
  • Jul 22 Hillary Clinton announces Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her Vice Presidential running mate
  • Jul 23 Suicide bomb in Kabul kills 80 during a protest march, Islamic State claim responsibility
  • Jul 25 Verizon announces $4.83 billion purchase of Yahoo
  • Jul 28 Earliest evidence of cancer found in 1.7 million-year-old toe fossil from Swartkrans Cave, South Africa, published in "South African Journal of Science"
  • Jul 29 Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for US President at Democratic convention in Philadelphia - first woman by a major US party
  • Jul 30 Air balloon crashes into power lines near Lockhart, Texas, killing all 16 on board

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Jul 31 “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" a play by Jack Thorne, with contributions by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide at midnight

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Jul 31 Yuriko Koike is the first woman to be elected Tokyo Governor
  • Aug 1 Anthrax outbreak in Yamalo-Nenets, Siberia kills one and infects 8 others, also kills 2,300 reindeer, global warming blamed
  • Aug 9 Longest ever hunger strike ends, Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila tastes honey after 16 years
  • Aug 11 A Greenland shark declared oldest vertebrate animal in the world at 392 years by international team of scientists
  • Aug 12 Cannes becomes first French resort to ban the burkini
  • Aug 16 Wildfire breaks out in San Bernardino County, California, engulfing 15,000 acres, prompting evacuation of 82,000 people
  • Aug 17 Flood waters recede in Louisiana leaving 13 dead and damaging 4,000 homes
  • Aug 19 Donald Henderson, American epidemiologist, led world campaign that eradicated smallpox, dies at 82
  • Aug 20 Suicide bombing in Turkish city Gaziantep during a wedding party kills at least 51
  • Aug 24 Astronomers announce discovery of earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri
  • Aug 24 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy, north east of Rome, killing 268, injuring 400
  • Aug 29 Italian coastguard says 6,500 migrants rescued at sea in 40 separate incidents in 1 day off coast of Sabratha, Libya
  • Aug 31 Brazilian Senate votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, removing her from office

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Sep 4 Mother Teresa canonised by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Sep 7 2016 Summer Paralympics opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Sep 8 Giraffe DNA study published in "Current Biology" reveals there are 4 species not just 1, as previously assumed
  • Sep 8 NASA launches Osiris-Rex probe to retrieve a rock sample from the 500m-wide Bennu asteroid
  • Sep 17 Terror bomb in Chelsea, New York injures 29
  • Sep 18 Earliest known fishooks at 23,000 years old discovered on Okinawa Island, Japan, findings published in PNAS journal

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 18 In Russian elections Putin-backed United Russia party wins 54% of Parliamentary seats led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Russian politician Dmitry Medvedev
Russian politician
Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Sep 19 Aid convoy into Urum al-Kubra, Syria attacked by air strikes, UN denounces as a war crime
  • Sep 20 Black American Keith Lamont Scott is shot dead by a black police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, provoking violent protests in the city
  • Sep 21 Three genetic studies published in "Nature" conclude all non-African descended from one migration out of Africa 50-80,000 years ago

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Sep 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"

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • Sep 21 Migrant boat carrying 450-600 people capsizes off the Egyptian coast, only 163 rescued
  • Sep 21 Genomic study study finding Australian Aboriginal oldest known civilisation on earth published in "Nature"
  • Sep 22 Police officer Betty Shelby charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting unarmed black man Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sep 25 World's largest radio telescope at 500m wide in Guizhou Province, China begins operating

Birthdays in History

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Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 128 of 128

  • Aug 7 Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, dies at 82
  • Aug 8 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, dies at 93
  • Aug 9 Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist (New York, London), dies at 80
  • Aug 9 Gerald Grosvenor, English 6th Duke of Westminster and 3rd richest Britain, dies at 64
  • Aug 13 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), dies at 94
  • Aug 16 João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, dies at 100
  • Aug 16 John McLaughlin, TV commentator (McLaughlin Group) and Nixon aide, dies at 89
  • Aug 17 Arthur Hiller, Canadian director (Love Story), dies at 92
  • Aug 22 S. R. [Sellapan Ramanathan] Nathan, 6th President of Singapore (1999-2011), dies at 92
  • Aug 23 Reinhard Selten, German economist, (Nobel Prize 1994), dies at 85
  • Aug 24 Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, dies at 97
  • Aug 24 Roger Y. Tsien, American chemist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 64
  • Aug 25 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, dies at 86
  • Aug 25 James Cronin, American nuclear physicist (Physics Nobel Prize 1980), dies at 84
  • Aug 29 Gene Wilder, [Jerome Silberman], American actor ( Blazing Saddles, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), dies at 83
  • Aug 30 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, dies at 95
  • Sep 2 Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan (1991-2016), dies at 78
  • Sep 5 Phyllis Schlafly, American right-wing crusader, Eagle Forum President, dies at 92
  • Sep 5 Duane Graveline, American doctor and astronaut, dies at 85
  • Sep 8 The Lady Chablis [born Benjamin Knox], American transgender entertainer (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), dies at 59
  • Sep 10 Eddie Antar, founder and CEO (Crazy Eddie Electronics Store), dies at 68
  • Sep 11 Alexis Arquette, American transgender performer (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 47
  • Sep 15 Rose Mofford, American politician, 1st female Governor of Arizona (1988-1991), dies at 94
  • Sep 16 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Italian President (1999-2006) and Prime Minister (1993-94), dies at 95
  • Sep 16 Edward Albee, American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), dies at 88
  • Sep 24 Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., US accordionist (On Track), dies at 68
  • Sep 25 Arnold Palmer, American golfing great (4x Masters), dies at 87

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Sep 28 Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister (Labor), President (2007-14) and Nobel Peace Prize recipient (1994), dies of a stroke at 93

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres