Jan 16: State of Emergency Declared in Flint
On Jan. 16, Obama declared state of emergency in Flint, Michigan due to an over-exposure of lead in residents’ drinking water.
Jan 28: The World Health Organization announces an outbreak of the Zika Virus
The Zika virus outbreak began in early 2015 in Brazil. The virus, caused by mosquitoes, cannot be prevented with any known medication. The Zika breakout caused public crisis
because it’s known to cause birth defects and neurological problems.
Feb 7: Denver Beats Carolina to Win Super Bowl 50
On Feb. 7, the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 to seal their fate as the winners of Super Bowl 50. Cam Newton, NFL MVP, led the Panthers throughout the season but ultimately came up short to the superb Bronco defense led by Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. The game marked the end of Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning’s Hall of Fame career. Coldplay headlined the halftime show and featured surprise guest performers Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.
March 23: North Carolina passes Anti-Transgender bathroom law
In March, the North Carolina State Congress created waves in national media by signing a bill into law that prohibits transgender individuals from using the public bathroom of the sex that they identify as. Also included in this bill was a provision that restricts cities of North Carolina from passing any legislation that could expand t
he rights of transgender individuals in this regard.
March: Members of U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team File Suit for wage discrimination
Members from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team filed a wage discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The women’s team is paid drastically less than the men’s team despite the women’s team having greater overall success. The women only collected a $2 million bonus for winning the 2015 World Cup, while the men made over $9 million for simply making it to the second stage of the 2014 World Cup.
March 22: 3 coordinated bombings in Brussels, Belgium kill at least 32 and injure at least 250.
On March 22, 2016, three suicide bombings took place in Belgium. At the Brussels Airport, two independent events occurred, and one at the Maalbeek metro in the center of the city. There were 32 civilian casualties. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attacks, making this the 33rd terrorist attack in 2016 that they have taken credit for.
April 21: Prince dies
Prince, one of the most influential rock and roll artist, passed away on April 21. Medical examiners later stated that Prince passed from an accidental drug overdose.
June 2: Brock Turner sentenced for rape
Brock Turner, a student-athlete at Stanford University, was convicted for felony assault for raping an unconscious woman. Turner’s short sentence of only three months caused public outrage since the lack of punishment represented white, male privilege.
June 23: UK votes to leave European Union
In June 2016, the United Kingdom citizens officially chose to leave the European Union in what became infamously known as “Brexit.” Prime Minister David Cameron chose to resign after the decision of 52% of voters was announced.
June 3: Muhammad Ali dies
On June 3, 2016, three-time world heavyweight boxer and 2005 Medal of Freedom reciprocant Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74 after a 32 year-long battle with Parkinson’s disease. The world had watched Ali’s mental health degrade over the period since his boxing career ended, however, he will be remembered as the titan that he was, using both his physical and verbal dexterity to inspire millions worldwide.
June 6: Hillary Clinton Becomes First Woman Presidential Nominee
In June of 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton won the Democratic Nomination for the presidency of the United States. This comes only eight years after losing the battle for the nomination to former Senator and now 2-term serving President Barack Obama.
June 12: Orlando: Deadly Mass Shooting
On June 12, 49 people were killed and 53 were wounded during a deadly shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. The attack was the most deadly mass-shooting in United States history, and was classified as a terrorist attack/hate crime since Pulse is a gay nightclub.
June 19: Cavs win NBA championship
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors met in the 2016 NBA Finals for a rematch of the previous year’s competition. The first ever unanimous MVP Steph Curry and the Warriors appeared unstoppable, winning a record setting 73 wins during the regular season. However, Lebron James and the Cavs had other plans and were looking to avenge their loss from the previous year. After falling behind 3 games to 1, the Cavs won 3 straight games to become league champs.
July 6: Pokémon Go
Released in July, Pokémon Go instantly became a worldwide phenomena as it quickly rose to the top of the App Charts for Android, iOS, and Apple Watch. The game gave players the chance to capture, battle, and train Pokémon as they appeared in the same real-world location as the player. The game received some criticism after numerous safety concerns, but many praised it for promoting greater physical activity and local business growth. The game was downloaded over 500 million times before it eventually fizzled out of popularity.
Aug 5–21: The 2016 Summer Olympics are held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The 2016 Summer Olympics took place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from Aug. 5 to 21. The
months prior to the game were plagued with concern from both athlete and spectators over the Zika outbreak, but over 11,000 athletes from 205 different countries still participated in the annual games. The United States became the first country to reach the milestone of 1,000 Olympic medals, and topped the medal count once again winning the most gold medals and total medals overall. Controversy began during the games when USA swimmer Ryan Lochte and others claimed that they were robbed at gunpoint, which ultimately proved to not be true.
Sept 25: Arnold Palmer dies
Arnold Palmer, one of golf’s most iconic stars, passed away in September due to heart complications at the age of 87. Palmer is credited with making golf more mainstream and appealing to the general public.
Sept 25: Jose Fernandez dies in tragic boat crash
José D. Fernández, Major League Baseball player for the Miami Marlins, tragically passed away from a boat accident on Sept. 25. As an All-Star and Cy Young finalist before the age of 24, Fernández’ death was felt throughout America, Cuba, and the rest of the world.
Sept : Government recalls Samsung Note 7 because it explodes
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 had to be discontinued and recalled by the government after several consumers reported their phones exploding. The explosions were a result of a manufacturing defect in the phone’s batteries that caused excessive heat.
Nov 2: Cubs break 108 year curse and win world series
After an 108 year drought, the Chicago Cubs became World Series champions. The Cubs came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Cleveland Indians in seven games. Ben Zobrist was named MVP of the series.
Nov 9: Trump wins presidency
Donald J. Trump was elected the next President of the United States on Nov. 8. The win came as a shock to many political experts since the Republican nominee appeared to be trailing 4-6 percentage points to Hillary Clinton in national polls. Trump won Pennsylvania and swept the Rust Belt states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio to win the Electoral College with 306 votes and become the President Elect of the United States despite losing the popular vote.
Nov 25: Fidel Castro Dies
Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro passed away on Nov. 25 at the age of 90. Many Cuban immigrants who fled this dictatorship celebrated his death while Cuban residents exhibited mixed feelings.
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