2016, a year in review

The cover art for Beyoncé’s lead single Formation from her 2016 visual album Lemonade. The song addresses many controversial and prominent topics of 2016, including police brutality, racial discrimination along with references to black pride and culture

“ A candidate for the President of the United States, has bragged about sexually assaulting women.”

- Michelle Obama

2016 was a year filled with surprises.

11th February : It is a scientific breakthrough as scientists finally confirm and have successfully detected gravitational waves.

28th February : Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY wins best actor at the Academy Awards for Best Actor for The Revenant

22nd March : Three coordinated suicide bombings occurred in Belgium; two at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels. 35 people died as a result.

22nd April ( Earth Day ) : The historic Parist Climate Agreement is signed, reinvigorating hope and setting a milestone in co-operative climate change conservation. The scope of the Agreement is unfathomable

23rd April : Beyoncé released her second visual album Lemonade that was preceeded by it’s lead single Formation. The single was the medium through which she put her support to the Black Lives Matter Movement as well as addressing other major events like Hurricane Katrina. It set up a precedent for the future events.

5th May : The Panama Papers are officially released, exposing the true scale to which income inequality exists, along with many illegal activities like fraud and wide-scale tax evasion. Major political figures like the ex-Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and ex-British Prime Minister David Cameron were present in the documents as the extent of activities like kleptocracy is finally revealed

12th June : The worst mass shooting in American History takes place when 49 people are killed in a gay night club in Orlando as the shooter pledged his allegiance to ISIS

23rd June : The United Kingdom has voted to seceed from the European Union with 51.9%. The referendum marked a new beginning for the United Kingdom and the European Union as the future continues to remain as a haze.

6th July : Philando Castille, an African — American, is killed by police officer Jeronimo Yanez in front of his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds and their 4-year old daughter. It was one of many innocent black lives lost and only further promoted the Black Lives Matter Movement. The entire scene was live streamed to facebook by Reynolds as her boyfriend was fatally shot 7 times. The killing occurs one day after Alton Sterling is killed by another police officer.

18th July : A failed coup d’état puts Turkey on a high state of alert as political unrest and violence spread through the country, placing its stability and its furture into question.

19th July : This marks the 4-year anniversary since the war in the Syrian City in Aleppo began. 2016 markd an especially violent year for Aleppo, with large proportion of the city have turned to ruble and millions having fleed from the the radicalist violence.

25th July : Thanks partly to donations through the ice bucket challenge, the ALS Association announced the discovery of a third gene that causes ALS, getting us closer to finding a cure to it.

Kim Kardashian takes the ice bucket challenge with comedian host Ellen DeGeneres

5th August : The 2016 summer games commence in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil till 21st August, amidst warnings that it could be a catalyst to the world wide spread of the Zika Virus.

8th November : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discontinues 500 & 1000 Ruppee notes, which made up 86% of the country’s currency, forcing the country into a cash crisis.

14th November : A 7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes the South island of New Zealand, killing 2 and placing thousands on tsunami risk and alert.

15th November : At 3:27 pm, Republican candidate Donald Trump is elected as the next president of the United States of America. The repercussions and the future of this is to be unravelled in 2017 when he takes office.

1st January : A new year begins…

“But please, never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”

- Hillary Clinton