The year 2016 has been…interesting. There’s been good and bad, up and down, scary incidents and happy endings. Let’s take a look back at all the roller coaster ride that was 2016!
Let’s start with the BAD:
Harambe was a Western lowland gorilla that was shot when a three-year-old child climbed into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. The boy was saved but the response on social media was swift and relentless. Harambe’s death sparked a social media trend involving numerous memes dedicated to Harambe.
Pulse Night Club Shooting
Pulse was a gay bar and nightclub in Orlando. In June, it became the scene of the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in American history and the deadliest terrorist attack since September 11, 2001. It is also the deadliest attack against LGBT people in U.S. history. The death toll was 49 with 53 injured.
Dallas Sniper Attack
In July, Michael Xavier Johnson, an Afghan war veteran, ambushed police officers during a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas over police killings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Johnson, enraged, wanted to kill police officers, specifically white police officers. During his attack, he killed five Dallas officers and wounded nine others and two civilians. Johnson was killed following a police standoff.
Hurricane Matthew was a Category 5 hurricane, the first since 2007, that brought death and destruction all across the Western Atlantic. It is estimated that Matthew killed over 1,600 people along its path making it the deadliest hurricane since Hurricane Stan in 2005. Along with the casualties, Matthew caused over $10.5 billion in damage.
If I was a celebrity, my main goal would to be just to make it out of 2016 alive. The amount of star power lost this year is staggering. Notable deaths include: John Glenn, Prince, Arnold Palmer, Gene Wilder, Mohamed Ali, and Nancy Reagan.
The 2016 Election
I am beyond glad this one is over. Relentless name calling, corruption, hubris, and a country deeply divided were the themes that dominated this election cycle. In the end, Republican Donald Trump won. Now, the CIA, Hillary Clinton, and her campaign manager John Podesta are backing an effort to discredit the election citing Russian influence.
With all the sadness and depressing things that happened in 2016, there were some things that made 2016 not so awful. So, here’s the GOOD:
The Cubs win the World Series
For the first time since 1908, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. It had the makings of a Hollywood script. They played against the Cleveland Indians who themselves hadn’t won a World Series since 1948 making the two teams have the longest active World Series droughts. The Cubs were behind 3-1 in the seven game series. They forced the series to Game 7. During that game, there was a rain delay and it went into extra innings before the Chicago Cubs pulled out an 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians to win the World Series.
Millennials lost their collective minds as Pokemon Go was released in July. Now, one of their favorite childhood video games was available for live play on their phones where they could choose their team and work with friends to challenge other teams for supremacy. The game was such a hit that by July 19, the price of Nintendo stock more than doubled compared to its pre-release price on June 6 and at one point accounted for about a quarter of all stock being traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Netflix Offline Downloads
Certain shows on Netflix now feature the option to download and save the content so that you can watch it later with no need for internet access. It is reported that Netflix has done this to compete with other companies that offer the same option such as Amazon and Vudu. The best news about this is that it is available on all plans. No upcharge!
Giant Pandas are no longer on the Endangered Species list
In September, the Giant Panda was downgraded by the World Wildlife Foundation from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’. There has been a 17% increase of pandas in the wild in the decade up to 2014. This is very welcome news as they had been the target of illegal poaching for years and have naturally low birthrates in the wild and captivity.
USA Dominates the Rio Olympics
This year, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosted the Olympic Summer Games. The city hosted the Olympics at a cost of about $4.5 billion. The United States strolled into Rio and does what the U.S. does best: dominate. At the end of the Games, the United States captured 46 gold medals, 37 silver, and 38 bronze for a total of 121 Olympic medals. This was nearly double that of second place United Kingdom who won 27 gold, 23 silver, and 17 bronze for a total of 67 medals.
2016 is OVER…almost
Considering everything that happened this year, the best part of 2016 is that it’s almost over. Cheers to 2017 in hopes that we can get it together and make the New Year better than the last!
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