2016 was no doubt an eventful year. Even though many complain they would like to forget this year, few will have any trouble remembering it. Here are some of the top news stories, movies, songs and television shows of the year.
- Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the most well-known drug kingpins, was recaptured after escaping a maximum security prison in Mexico Jan. 8.
- David Bowie passed away Jan. 10 after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.
- Alan Rickman died Jan. 14 from cancer at 69 years old. He was best known for playing Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” series.
- North Korea launched a long-range rocket into space, disregarding warnings from the United Nations, Feb. 7.
- President Barack Obama and his family visit Cuba, March 20. This visit was the first by a U.S. president in 88 years.
- Terrorists killed 35 people in three separate suicide bombings in a Brussels subway and airport March 22.
- Prince was found dead in his home April 21. He was 57 years old.
- EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed on a trip to Cairo May 19. Sixty-six people onboard the plane died.
- Muhammad Ali, boxing legend, died June 3 at the age of 74.
- The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union June 23.
- NASA’s Juno spacecraft began to orbit Jupiter July 4. Juno sent some of the first up-close pictures of the planet back to Earth.
- A terrorist drove a truck through a promenade in Nice, France and killed 87 people July 14, France’s independence day.
- Hillary Clinton became the first woman presidential nominee by a major U.S. political party July 26.
- The summer Olympics in Brazil took place from Aug. 5-21.
- A national phenomenon started when creepy clowns tried to lure children into the woods.
- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded in Florida Sept. 1. A two-month investigation grounded the SpaceX fleet from launching for the rest of the year.
- A controversial video of then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women in 2006 surfaced Oct. 8.
- FBI Director James Comey advised Congress that they found new emails relating to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Oct. 28.
- The Chicago Cubs won the World Series Nov. 2 against the Cleveland Indians.
- Donald Trump, Republican candidate, won the U.S. presidential election Nov. 8.
- Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was assassinated Dec. 19.
- In Berlin, a truck drove into a Christmas market Dec.19 killing at least a dozen people.
- Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in “Star Wars,” died Dec. 27. She was 60 years old. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died the day after at the age of 84.
“Captain America: Civil War”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“The Secret Life of Pets”
“The Jungle Book”
“Closer” by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
“Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber
“Starboy” by The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk
“One Dance” by Drake
“Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots
“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson”
“The Good Place”