2016 was QUITE a year, and now that is is coming to an end, it is almost hard to believe everything that has happened this year. We lost some big name stars, had a presidential election, weirdly obsessed over the death of a gorilla, and now it’s time to look back. Do you even remember all of these things happening? What were your favorite parts of 2016, and what left you in tears? 

Here are 100 things that happened in 2016

  1. Alan Rickman, the actor famous for playing Snape in the Harry Potter movies, passed away at the age of 69.

  2. Six people are killed in a shooting in Kalamazoo, Michigan by Uber driver Jason Brian Dalton.

  3. So many Arthur Reed memes, and don’t forget Dora Winifred.

  4. El Chapo was recaptured after escaping a Mexican prison.

  5. Zika became an international concern as recognized by the World Health Organization.

  6. David Bowie died at age 69.

  7. ISIS bombed Brussels, Belgium, killing 32 and wounding over 200.

  8. The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.

  9. Beyonce dropped her visual album Lemonade and the nation nearly exploded.

  10. The gorilla Harambe was shot and killed at the Cincinatti Zoo after a child climbed into his enclosure.

  11. Peyton Manning retired from the NFL.

  12. Michelle Fields and Ben Shapiro resigned from Breitbart. 

  13. Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, died at 89.

  14. Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  15. CPAC 2016 was a huge success, even if Donald Trump backed out of his speech.

  16. Nancy Reagan, former First Lady of the United States, died at 94.

  17. The Republican Primary got nasty and Donald Trump threatened to “spill the beans” on Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi. He also called her ugly.

  18. EgyptAir Flight 804 crashes over the Mediterranean, killing all 66 on board.

  19. Villanova won the NCAA National Championship, beating North Carolina with a three-point buzzer beater

  20. Citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. #BREXIT

  21. 11 Republican presidential candidates withdrew from the race in 2016, with the last being John Kasich on May 4th.

  22. The Secretary of the Treasury announces that Harriet Tubman will be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

  23. ISIS attacks the Istanbul airport, killing 45 and wounding over 200.

  24. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II was released to the public and people had a lot of mixed reactions.

  25. Donald Trump picked Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his running mate. Now Pence is the Vice President-Elect.

  26. Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won an Oscar and everyone was so happy.

  27. Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, died at age 74.

  28. The Summer Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Simone Biles became a household name.

  29. Rudy Guiliani apparently forgot 9/11 happened, even while he was Mayor of NYC at the time.

  30. The Syrian Refugee Crisis gained national prominence and people finally started paying attention

  31. Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus got back together and order was restored to the universe.

  32. The Pentagon lifted its ban on transgender people serving in the military.

  33. Michael Phelps maintained his spot as the most decorated Olympian of all time and took home his 23rd medal in Rio.

  34. The Flint, Michigan water crisis came to a breaking point, and multiple officials were charged.

  35. Apple released the iPhone 7, and it doesn’t have an earphone jack.

  36. An Islamic State inspired terrorist killed 49 people at Pulse Night Club in Orlando and injured more than 50 others.

  37. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship, led by Lebron James and Kyrie Irving.

  38. Adnan Syed, the subject of the podcast Serial, had his conviction overturned.

  39. Nyquist won the 142nd Kentucky Derby.

  40. Recordings were released of now President-Elect Trump saying “Grab her by the p*ssy”

  41. Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris broke up and we still didn’t get a new Taylor Swift album.

  42. Antonin Scalia, notoriously conservative Supreme Court justice, passed away.

  43. Hamilton: An American Musical won all the Tony’s and dominated Broadway.

  44. President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court.

  45. The Game of Thrones fandom will never hold a door the same way after the death of beloved Hodor.

  46. The rest of the charges were dropped against officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

  47. The Democratic National Convention was hacked and their emails revealed a plan to shirk Bernie no matter what.

  48. House Bill 2 was infamously signed into law in North Carolina to a surge of protests and threats. It was proposed to be repealed in December but shot down,  by Republicans and Democrats alike.

  49. Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns from her post as DNC chair.

  50. 5-year-old Gavin became a major meme and even got a shoutout from Simone Biles about his meme-ness.

  51. Twice-scorned Bachelorette contestant Nick Viall is now his own Bachelor. It will premier in January.

  52. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend had a baby, Luna, and she is adorable and the star of his new music video, Love Me Now.

  53. Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author, died at the age of 87. He was a Holocaust survivor.

  54. Donna Brazile, the new DNC chair, is caught giving questions to Hillary Clinton ahead of CNN”s townhall.

  55. CoverGirl introduced their first Cover Boy, James Charles.

  56. Milo Yiannpoulous was banned from Twitter.

  57. Pokemon GO came to ruin everyone’s lives and then was promptly forgotten about again.

  58. An Ohio State student attacks his campus, injuring 11, before being killed by police.

  59. Anthony Weiner was caught sexting again, and his wife Huma separated from him.

  60. Theresa May became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after David Cameron’s resignation over Brexit.

  61. Merle Haggard died at 79.

  62. An attempted coup in Turkey left nearly 300 dead.

  63. Alton Sterling and Philando Castille were killed by police officers one day apart in July.

  64. The Republican National Convention happened in Cleveland, Ohio, and FFL was there.

  65. Melania Trump’s speechwriter was a little too inspired by Michelle Obama’s past speeches.

  66. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced that they were getting a divorce.

  67. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was recalled after it started bursting into flames.

  68. FBI Director James Comey announced that he would not be seeking charges against Hillary Clinton in relation to her secret email server.

  69. Five Dallas Police Department officers were killed in an ambush sniper attack. Nine other officers were wounded.

  70. Mother Teresa was finally declared a saint by Pope Francis.

  71. “Damn Daniel” was back at it again with the white vans.

  72. The Paris Climate Agreements were ratified by the United States and China.

  73. Gene Wilder, known for his role as Willy Wonka, died at age 83.

  74. Phyllis Schlafly, stalwart of the conservative movement and founder of Eagle Forum, died at age 92.

  75. North Korea claims to have detonated a nuclear warhead and tested hydrogen bombs.

  76. Chewbacca Mom became an internet sensation.

  77. Colin Kaepernick garned national attention when he took a knee during the National Anthem to protest something, even though he doesn’t vote.

  78. Arnold Palmer, famed golfer, died at the age of 87.

  79. Kylie Jenner released her lip kits and they sold out really fast.

  80. Gretchen Carlson resigned from Fox News and accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.

  81. Songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

  82. The singer Prince passed away at age 57.

  83. JoJo chose Jordan Rodgers on The Bachelorette and everyone freaked out.

  84. Ken Bone became a household name for a few days, and was then completely forgotten except in Halloween Costumes.

  85. At least 36 people were killed in an Oakland, California warehouse fire.

  86. Florence Henderson, best known for her role on The Brady Brunch, died at 82.

  87. Donald Trump won the Presidential Election, defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

  88. Leonard Cohen, composer of “Hallelujah,” died at 62.

  89. The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in over a hundred years.

  90. A new Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, was released.

  91. Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as the Attorney General of the United States, died at 78.

  92. Ryan Lochte and his teammates lied about being held at gunpoint in Rio.

  93. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life came out on Netflix and everyone binge watched it.

  94. Fidel Castro, the horrific Cuban dictator, died at 90.

  95. Alan Thicke, the beloved father from “Growing Pains” died at 69.

  96. Famous actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor died at age 99. She was married nine times in her life.

  97. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds finally revealed their children, James and Ines, to the world.

  98. Wildfires ravaged Tennessee and the Gatlinburg Area, killing fourteen, and two juveniles were arrested in connection with starting the flames.

  99. John Glenn, astronaut, passed away.

  100. Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was assassinated at an art exhibit in Ankara.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member
Aryssa is a student at Yale University, where she enjoys worshiping the patriarchy, making sandwiches, and finding a husband. She loves wearing her FFL gear and documenting the horrific expressions that ensue for her scrapbook. When she is not being "oppressed" by the patriarchy, she enjoys Lilly Pulitzer and classic novels.

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