Chosen historical events in 2016

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Peaceful World: HappyNew Year 2017

Feb 1:   Myanmar's first freely elected parliament in 50 years has its opening session in Nay Pyi Taw.
Jun 1:   Switzerland's Gotthard base tunnel opens - world's longest at 57km and most expensive tunnel costing EUR.11bn


Zika Virus

Feb 2: First case of Zika contracted on US mainland (Texas) and second known sexually transmitted case confirmed in Texas.
Mar 2: Longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland in      17 hours, 15 minutes


Panama Papers published

Apr 3: Panama Papers published - 11.5 million confidential documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca, world largest data leak


Mother Teresa canonised by Pope Francis

Sep 4:    Mother Teresa declared saint by Pope Francis at Vatican. Mother Teresa, revered for her work with the poor in India, has been proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican.


115th Men's French Open:

Feb 5:    Computer hackers try to steal 1 billion from Federal Reserve Bank of New York using Bangladesh banking codes, steal 81 million before a typo alerts authorities.
Jun 5:    115th Men's French Open: Novak Djokovik beats Andy Murray (3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4) to win his first French title.
August 5-21:   The 2016 Summer Olympics are held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dec 5:TN CM Jayalalitha passes away


air pollution in Delhi

Nov 6:    Indian government declares levels of air pollution in Delhi an emergency situation, closing schools and construction sites


Maria Sharapova

Mar 7:     Maria Sharapova reveals she failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open in January.
Dec 7: Cho Ramasamy, Actor, Editor, Thinker, passes away.


Superhero Modi

Sep 8: Giraffe DNA study published in "Current Biology" reveals there are 4 species not just 1, as previously assumed.
Nov 8:     Demonitaisation. Indian Primer Modi anounces the demonitaization of Rs:1000 and Rs:500 from mid-night.
    US Presidential election begins. Hilary Vs Trump


Irom Sharmila

Jul 9:    123rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3, equalling Steffi Graf's 22 grand slam singles tiles.
Aug 9:    Longest ever hunger strike ends, Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila tastes honey after 16 years.
Nov 09: Trump triumps. He wins the US presidential election.


The Sinner and the Blessed.

Apr 10: Explosions and a fire caused by fireworks at Puttingal Temple in Kerala, India, kills more than 100 and injures nearly 400.
May 10: Indian fertility clinic announces that a 70 year old woman has successfully gave birth to a baby boy


U.S. Open:Tennis 2016

Sep 11: 136th Men's U.S. Open: Stan Wawrinka defeats World No:1 Novak Djokovik (6-7, 1-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3).


Breakthrough Starshot

Feb 12: Fiji becomes the first country to ratify the UN climate deal (signed Paris, December 2015)
Feb 12: Britain's Ordnance Survey, using NASA data posts map of Mars on Flickr.
Apr 12: Breakthrough Starshot: scientists and internet entrepreneurs, announce interstellar project.
Dec 12: Cyclone Vardha made landfall at chennai.


swimmer Michael Phelps

Aug 13: American swimmer Michael Phelps ends his career at Rio Olympics winning 4x100 medley relay, his 23rd Gold medal, as world's most decorated Olympian.
Jul 13 :Theresa May is elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom by Conservative Party MPs.


February 2016 warmest month

Mar 14: NASA releases data showing February 2016 warmest month ever recorded globally - 1.35C above the long-term average.


"Thinking Out Loud"

Feb 15: 58th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran, Best Album "1989" by Taylor Swift.


First flower grown in space

Jan 16: First ever flower grown in space - a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system.



Aug 17: Sakshi Malik is first to win a medal in RIOolympics for INDIA. She wins a Bronze in Wrestling - Women's freestyle 58 kg.


Russian elections

Sep 18 :In Russian elections Putin-backed United Russia party wins 54% of Parliamentary seats led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.


First Silver in RIO olympics

Aug 19: First Silver Medal for India won by P. V. Sindhu in Badminton Women's singles.
Dec 19: Cricket: India Vs England 5th test match: Karun Nair makes history with a triple ton.


first US President to visit Cuba since 1928

Feb 20: Tropical Cyclone Winston hits Fiji, killing at least 29 - most powerful storm on record in Southern Hemisphere winds 296 kilometers per hour (184 mph)
Mar 20: Barack Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 2 day tour.
Jun 20: Rome elects its first female Mayor Virginia Raggi (Five Star Movement) and its youngest at 37


Queen Elizabeth turns 90.

April 21: Queen Elizabeth turns 90. Why does the Queen have TWO birthdays?


final videocassette recorder

July 22 : The final videocassette recorder is manufactured by the Japanese company Funai.



Jan 23: Blizzard delivers record snow to 50 US states, New York 30 inches of snow. Washington 28 inches at least 15 killed
Jun 23 :United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union in their "Brexit" referundum


David Cameron resigns

Jun 24: British Prime Minister David Cameron resigns after the UK votes to leave the EU.


$4.83 billion purchase of Yahoo

Jul 25: Verizon announces $4.83 billion purchase of Yahoo
Sep 25: World's largest radio telescope at 500m wide in Guizhou Province, China begins operating.


first solar-powered aircraft

July 26 : Solar Impulse 2 becomes the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the Earth.
Nov 26: Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, dies at 90.

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strongest earthquake in Italy

Oct 27: 6.6-magnitude quake hits central Italy - strongest earthquake in Italy for 36 years



Sep 28 :"Hamilton" sets new record for most money earned in a week on Broadway - $3.3 million


transgenders in the US armed forces.

Jun 29: US Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter lifts Pentagon's ban on transgendered people serving in the US armed forces.
Aug 29: Italian coastguard says 6,500 migrants rescued at sea in 40 separate incidents in 1 day off coast of Sabratha, Libya..


Live Freely

Jan 30: 104th Women's Australian Open: Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams (6-4 3-6 6-4)
Oct 30: Canada and the EU sign free trade deal after opposition by Belgium..


the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff impeached

Aug 31:The Brazilian Senate votes (61-20) to impeach the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff. The Vice President of Brazil, Michel Temer, who had assumed the presidential powers and duties as Acting President of Brazil during Rousseff's suspension, takes office for the remainder of her term


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