2016 in History (Part 3)

Events in History

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  • 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

BeatificationCanonization

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

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Sep 7 15th 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 9 North Korea conducts its fifth nuclear test at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, at the time its largest ever test at 10 kilotons but superseded by the 2017 test
  • 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 President Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President
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-Africans 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 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

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Sep 26 First US Presidential debate: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton vs Republican Donald Trump at Hofstra University

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Sep 28 Hurricane Matthew forms near the Windward Islands, will go on to kill over 1000 in Haiti, the Caribbean and the US
  • Oct 2 Colombia votes against a peace agreement with rebel group FARC in a national referundum
  • Oct 3 Yoshinori Ohsumi from Japan wins Nobel Prize for Medicine for research into autophagy
  • Oct 7 Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos wins the Nobel Peace Prize for attempts to end conflict with FARC

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Oct 7 Washington Post releases videotape of Donald Trump boasting of groping and kissing women without consent

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Oct 8 140 people are killed in an air strike during a wake in Sanaa, Yemen
  • Oct 9 Second US Presidential debate: Hostile confrontation between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Washington University, St. Louis
  • Oct 10 Nobel Prize for Economics awarded to UK-born Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland for work on contract theory
  • Oct 11 South Korean firm Samsung announces it will permanently stop production of Note 7 phones after complaints devices caught fire
  • Oct 12 James Charles (17) becomes the 1st male face of make-up label CoverGirl
  • Oct 17 Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou-11 launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China
  • Oct 18 US White Houses says it is "confident" Russia behind recent email hacking and attemps to influence US election
  • Oct 19 Third US Presidential debate: Donald Trump notably refuses to say if he will accept the result of election during debate with Hillary Clinton at Nevada University, Las Vegas
  • Oct 22 AT&T buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion
  • Oct 24 Suicide bomb kills 61 and injures 117 at a police training academy in Quetta, Pakistan, ISIS claims responsibility
  • Oct 25 Paul Beatty becomes the 1st American to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel "The Sellout"
  • Oct 25 4 killed on a theme park ride at Dreamworld, in Queensland, Australia
  • Oct 27 6.6-magnitude quake hits central Italy - strongest earthquake in Italy for 36 years
  • Oct 30 Canada and the EU sign free trade deal after opposition by Belgium
  • Oct 31 Lebanon parliament elects Michel Aoun President after 2 1/2 years without a leader
  • Nov 4 Paris Agreement on climate change becomes effective
  • Nov 6 Indian government declares levels of air pollution in Delhi an emergency situation, closing schools and construction sites
  • 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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Nov 8 Indian PM Narendra Modi announces the demonetization of all ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes during an unscheduled live televised address, canceling 86% of the notes in circulation in a battle against corruption

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • Nov 14 7.8 earthquake cuts off town of Kaikoura, New Zealand, raising sea bed by 4m, and killing 2 people
  • Nov 17 Smaller pyramid find within 2 known Kukulkan "nesting" pyramids announced at Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico, dating to 550-80 AD
  • Nov 20 South Korean President Park Geun-hye's controversial friend Choi Soon-sil charged with abuse of authority and coercion amid calls to also impeach the President
  • Nov 21 India celebrates 50th anniversary of IR8, rice variety specially bred that saved much of Asia from famine

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Nov 22 US President Barack Obama posthumously awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to pioneering computer scientist and Navy Admiral Grace Hopper

Computer Scientist and Admiral Grace Hopper
Computer Scientist and Admiral
Grace Hopper
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Nov 24 International research team publishes discovery of 1,500 new viruses found in invertebrates
  • Nov 28 Plane carrying Brazilian Chapecoense fooball team crashes near Medellin, Colombia killing 71 players and journalists

  • Nov 28 "Hamilton" sets new record for most money earned in a week on Broadway - $3.3 million
  • Nov 30 UNESCO adds Belgian beer to its Cultural Heritage List
  • Dec 1 Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is declared 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 not to do so

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • Dec 1 Gambia presidential election: dictator Yahya Jammeh is defeated by Adama Barrow after 22 years in power
  • Dec 2 Donald Trump takes a call with Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen, in a break from America's long standing "One China" policy
  • Dec 4 Austria elects liberal independent Alexander Van der Bellen as President, after original vote in May annulled

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Dec 4 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years in office

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
New Zealand Prime Minister
John Key
  • 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 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 9 Ghanaian Presidential election won by Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party
  • Dec 10 Terrorist bomb attacks outside a stadium in Istanbul kill 38 and injure 166
  • 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
  • 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”

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Dec 16 US State Department increases reward for information on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to $25 million

Leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Leader of Islamic State
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
  • 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

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Dec 21 Carl Icahn is announced as Special Advisor to the President on Regulatory Reform, under President Donald Trump

Investor and business magnate Carl Icahn
Investor and business magnate
Carl Icahn
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 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

KnightedKnighthood

Dec 30 Ray Davies of The Kinks is awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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Dec 31 Chris Ofili is appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to art

Painter Chris Ofili
Painter
Chris Ofili

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