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 Brexit referendum: United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union
  • 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, who received 2.9 million more votes
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2016 in Film & TV

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

2016 in Music

  • Apr 23 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO
  • Oct 13 American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Dec 10 Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony he does not attend in Stockholm

2016 in Sport

  • May 2 Leicester City win the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds
  • Nov 2 Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland Indians, 8-7 in Game 7 at Progressive Field, Cleveland; first Cubs' Baseball World Series win in 108 years

Did You Know?

Three genetic studies published in "Nature" conclude all non-Africans descended from one migration out of Africa 50-80,000 years ago

On September 21, 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?

University of Toronto scientists present findings of the world's oldest water - 2 billion years old from a mine in Canada

On December 14, 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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