Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


2016 - The Year That Was


Issue Date 31 Dec - 06 Jan, 2016 at 2:00 PM

January

January

Jan 4: Colombo's Gemology Institute certified world's largest ever blue star sapphire at 1404.49 carats, found in a Sri Lankan mine in August 2015.
Jan 5: 15-year-old Mumbai school boy Pranav Dhanawade became the first ever batsman to score 1,000 runs in a single innings.
Jan 16: Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted a photo of the first ever flower grown in space.
Jan 16: Tsai Ing-wen became the first woman elected president of Taiwan.
Jan 28: The World Health Organization announced an outbreak of the Zika virus.
Jan 31: Suicide attacks in Damascus killed more than 70 people. Two suicide bombers and a car bomb hit the Sayeda Zeinab area of Damascus where Syria's holiest Shi'ite shrine is located. 


February

February

Feb 3: Barack Obama made his first visit as president to a US mosque.
Feb 7: North Korea launched a long-range rocket into space, violating multiple UN treaties and prompting condemnation from around the world.
Feb 11: Discovery of gravitational waves (through collision of two black holes) was announced by physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).
Feb 12: Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on anti-nationalism charges by Indian police at an anniversary event of the death of Afzal Guru, at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Feb 12: Pope Francis met Patriarch Kirill in Havana. The meeting marks the first encounter in history between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch in nearly 1,000 years since Eastern Orthodoxy split with Rome.
Feb 20: Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji, killing at least 29. It was the most powerful storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere.


March

March

Mar 2: US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth after nearly a year (340 days) in space in a ground-breaking experiment foreshadowing a potential manned mission to Mars.
Mar 7: Peyton Manning announced his retirement from the Denver Broncos and the NFL.
Mar 22: Three coordinated bombings in Brussels, Belgium killed at least 32 and injured at least 250. 
Mar 27: A suicide blast in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore killed 75 people and injured around 340 others.


April

April

Apr 3: Panama Papers, 11.5 million confidential documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca, were published. The Panama Papers, world largest data leak, reveal details of how some of the globe's richest people funnel their assets into secretive shell companies set up in lightly regulated jurisdictions. 
Apr 5: San Francisco became the first US city to mandate paid parental leave.
Apr 6: First baby was born with DNA from three parents through mitochondrial transfer in Mexico.
Apr 12: Scientists and internet entrepreneurs, including Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg, announced interstellar project to send robot spacecraft to Alpha Centauri.
Apr 16: A 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the strongest in the history of the country, rocked Chacras, causing widespread damage.


May

May

May 8: Sadiq Khan became the 1st Muslim mayor of a major Western city when he was elected Mayor of London.
May 10: 70-year-old Indian woman gave birth to a baby boy.
May 11: Three bombs killed 80 people and wound many more in Baghdad, Iraq. The largest of the attacks was a car bomb that detonated, killing 66 people, destroying 30 stores and burning at least 20 cars. Later that day, another bomb exploded in the Kadhmiya neighbourhood, killing 17 people; another attack in the Jamiya neighbourhood, killed nine. 
May 21: EgyptAir flight MS804 went missing over the Mediterranean en route Paris to Cairo.
May 21: The leader of the Afghanistan Taliban was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan.


June

June

Jun 1: Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world's longest and deepest railway tunnel, opened following two decades of construction work.
Jun 12: Gunman opened fire at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53. It was labelled as the worst mass shooting in the US.
Jun 20: Rome elected its youngest and first female Mayor Virginia Raggi at the age of 37.
Jun 23: United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in their “Brexit” referendum. As a result, Prime Minister David Cameron resigned, pledging to leave office in three months.


July

July

Jul 2: A large lorry bomb in Baghdad killed at least 125 people and wounded 150.
Jul 14: A truck drove through a crowd in the southern city of Nice, France. The truck barrelled through the crowds, fatally crushing 84 people and injuring more than 200. The driver was a Frenchman of Tunisian origin, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who was shot and killed by police officers responding to the attack.
Jul 15: Turkey experienced an attempted coup by a group of soldiers within the country's military. Gunfire and explosions were seen throughout two major cities of Turkey: Istanbul and Ankara, as the government, the military faction, and the people of Turkey clashed on the streets. Around 60 people reportedly died and 300 were arrested for their participation in the coup.
Jul 25: 26-year-old man named Satoshi Uematsu launched an attack on the Tsukui Yamayuri En facility in Sagamihara, Japan, just south of Tokyo. Uematsu wielded a knife, killing 19 and wounding 26 more. His target was to kill disabled patients at the facility.

August

August

Aug 8: A bomb went off on the grounds of a hospital in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta killing at least 69 people, most of them lawyers. The suicide attack took place shortly after the body of a prominent lawyer killed in a shooting earlier was brought to the government-run facility.
Aug 9: Longest ever hunger strike ended as Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila tasted honey after 16 years.
Aug 24: Astronomers announced discovery of an earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri.
Aug 24: 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit central Italy, north east of Rome, killing 268, injuring 400.
Aug 31: ISIS announced the killing of Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the second-in-command of the jihadist group. This was the highest-profile killing of an ISIS member and while the group did not reveal the cause of death, it released a statement pledging revenge.


September

September

Sep 4: Pope Francis canonised Mother Teresa, officially making her Saint Teresa. The celebration took place in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City amongst a large crowd of people from all around the world.
Sep 21: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledged $3 billion to medical research to accelerate scientific research, tools, and techniques into curing or managing diseases.
Sep 25: World's largest radio telescope at 500m wide in Guizhou Province, China began operating.


October

October

Oct 4: Hurricane Matthew hit the island of Haiti as a level-5 hurricane, the highest level a hurricane can achieve. With winds up to 160mph, the hurricane destroyed thousands of homes and infrastructure throughout the country, completely wiping out towns, like Hurricane Jeremie. It has been reported that almost 1,000 fatalities occurred because of Matthew. 
Oct 12: James Charles became the 1st male face of CoverGirl.
Oct 13: Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group in Nigeria, released 21 of the 276 girls who were kidnapped in April 2014. This was the first mass release of the girls. The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government helped bring the deal about after a series of negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government. 
Oct 24: Three gunmen stormed into a police training camp dormitory in Quetta. The gunmen opened fire, killing at least 61 and injuring over 100 unarmed cadets. Then the gunmen set off explosive vests, destroying the building.
Oct 27: 6.6-magnitude quake hit central Italy – strongest earthquake in the country in 36 years.
Oct 31: Lebanon parliament elected Michel Aoun President after 2.5 years without a leader.


November

November

Nov 8: Indian government scraped 500 and 1,000 Rupee notes.
Nov 9: In one of the most shocking U.S. elections in modern political history, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to be the 45th president of the country.
Nov 24: A deadly attack occurred in southern Iraq. As many Shiite pilgrims made their way through the country on one of the largest religious pilgrimages, an ISIS suicide bomber detonated a truck. The explosive-laden truck was parked at a roadside service station when the attack occurred which took lives of at least 80 people.
Nov 28: Plane carrying Brazilian Chapecoense fooball team crashed near Medellin, Colombia, killing 71 people.


December

December

Dec 7: Pakistan International Airways plane crashed north of Islamabad, killing all 48 on board.
Dec 10: Kurdish militants set off two bombs outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul. The bombs detonated within a minute of each other, killing 38 and injuring 155 others.
Dec 19: Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot dead at an art gallery in Ankara by a Turkish gunman.
Dec 25: A Russian military plane carrying members of the army's official choir travelling to perform in Syria crashed in the Black Sea near Sochi, killing all 92 on board. •


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