MUSIC LEGEND DAVID BOWIE PASSES AWAY
David Bowie passed away on January 10 2016 after an 18 month battle with cancer.
ZIKA VIRUS SPREADS ACROSS THE WORLD
In February the World Health Organisation declared the Zika Virus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The virus is spread mainly by mosquitos and can allegedly cause birth defects and neurological problems.
WORLD TIGER POPULATION INCREASES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 100 YEARS
Since 1900 we have lost 97% of the worlds wild tiger population. This year, the number of tigers living in the wild increased for the first time in 100 years. Currently there are an estimated 3890 tigers living in the wild.
MUSIC ICON PRINCE PASSES AWAY
The Purple Rain singer died in his Minnesota home at the age of 57. Prince was best known for his eclectic sound and flamboyant stage shows.
MUHAMMAD ALI DIES
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away on 3 June 2016 at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II TURNS 90
This year Queen Elizabeth became Britain’s first sovereign to celebrate her 90th birthday. New stamps and a giant picnic outside Buckingham Palace marked the occasion.
I am most grateful for the many digital messages of goodwill I have received and would like to thank you all for your kindness. Elizabeth R.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 21, 2016
BREXIT: BRITAIN VOTES TO LEAVE THE EU
52% of votes in the June referendum were in favour of the UK leaving the European Union.
NASA’S JUNO ENTERS JUPITER’S ORBIT
Following a 5 year journey from Earth, the solar-powered spacecraft managed to avoid Jupiters radiation belt and dangerous dust rings to successfully be captured in its orbit. The mission is said to be one of the most challenging projects NASA has ever been involved with.
POKEMON GO LAUNCHES
One of the first location-based augmented reality games saw users venturing away from their computer screens. It was one of the most used and profitable mobile apps of the year.
RIO HOST THE XXXI OLYMPIC GAMES
Despite initial health, safety and government instability concerns, Rio successfully hosted over 11,000 athletes and their 500,000+ supporters. Rio was also the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics.
My favorite thing about the Olympics is the expertise everyone suddenly has for diving.
“Oh no… That was too much splash.”
— Sachin Sahel (@Mr_Sacho) August 7, 2016
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7 GLOBAL RECALL
In September, Samsung suspended sales of the Note 7 due to a manufacturing defect which was causing the smartphones to heat up, catch fire and in some cases explode. Replacement phones were issued to customers. However, these started catching fire as well. Samsung quickly recalled and discontinued the product altogether.
The new Samsung Galaxy 7 is water resistant, which comes in handy when you’re trying to extinguish it from being on fire.
— Tim Hanlon (@TimfromDa70s) September 12, 2016
RELEASE OF GOOGLE PIXEL
Released during the #MadeByGoogle event, the Pixel was the first phone with Google Assistant built in.
LEGENDARY MUSICIAN, AUTHOR AND POET, LEONARD COHEN PASSES AWAY
The Hallejuah singer died suddenly at the age of 82 on 7 November 2016.
DONALD TRUMP WINS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Trump served as the Republican nominee in this year’s U.S. Election. He won the election by winning 306 of the 538 electoral votes, beating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton who won the popular vote.
Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2016
On 14 November 2016 the Moon was the closest it’s been to Earth since 1948. The moon will not be this close to Earth again until 2034.
WORLD FAMOUS POP ICON GEORGE MICHAEL PASSES AWAY
Pop legend George Michael passed away on 25 December 2016 at age 53. He started out in the music duo, Wham!, creating hit songs such as ‘Last Christmas’ and ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’. He continued his music career as a soloist, producing further hits with songs like ‘Careless Whisper’.
FAMOUS MOTHER/DAUGHTER ACTORS DEBBIE REYNOLDS AND CARRIE FISHER PASS AWAY
On 27 December 2016, actress and author Carrie Fisher passed away at age 60. She is best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series.
Mother of Carrie, Debbie Reynolds passed away the next day, 28 December 2016. Debbie was best known for her role as Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain.