2016 In Review

2016 was not all about doom and gloom – here’s a look at some of the major events of the year!

Jan 5
First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket -15 year old Mumbai school-boy Pranav Dhanawade is 1009 not out

Jan 6
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breaks North American box office record, passing the $760.5m taken by “Avatar”

Jan 8
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announces the recapture of drug lord Joaquín “ El Chapo” Guzmán, six months after he escaped prison

David Bowie, performing in Germany, 1987. Photo: Jo Atmon CC-BY-SA

Jan 10
David Bowie [Jones], English singer songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), dies of cancer at 69

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

Jan 19
China’s economic growth revealed as lowest for 25 years 6.9% in 2015

Jan 23
Zika virus outbreak in Brazil prompts Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica to recommend women delay pregnancies for up to 2 years

Jan 31
104th Men’s Australian Open: Novak Djocovic beats Andy Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3)

Feb 1
Alphabet, Google’s parent company surpasses Apple as the world’s most valuable company ($568bn vs $535bn), after releasing income results

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

Feb 20
Tropical Cyclone Winston hits Fiji — most powerful storm on record in Southern Hemisphere winds 296 kilometres per hour (184 mph)

Feb 21
Lock of John Lennon’s hair sells for $35,000 at an auction in Dallas, 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

Mar 2
US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record

Jun 23
United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union in their “Brexit” referendum

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

Jul 2
Australian’s hit the polling booths for the 2016 Federal Election, with the final outcome taking over four weeks to complete, but resulted in Malcolm Turnbull being re-elected as preferred Prime Minister

Jul 5
FBI releases report stating Hillary Clinton “extremely careless” in handling classified emails but don’t recommend prosecuting

Jul 6
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to 6 years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013

Pokemon Go

Jul 6
Pokémon Go, the real-world mobile game by Niantic, is first released

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 5
31st Summer Olympics officially opens in Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Aug 9
Census 2016 turns into a debacle when website is shut down due to cyber attack

Aug 13
American swimmer Michael Phelps ends his career at Rio Olympics winning 4×100 medley relay, his 23rd Gold medal, as world’s most decorated Olympian

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

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”

Sep 28
South Australia was hit with a widespread power outage that occurred as a result of storm damage to electricity transmission infrastructure.

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
Western Bulldogs breaking a 62 year premiership drought, defeating the Sydney Swans

Oct 25
Tragedy 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

Nov 9
Donald Trump wins the US election

Nov 14
7.8 earthquake cuts off town of Kaikoura, New Zealand, raising sea bed by 4m