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Dee’s List of Some Interesting Events During 2016

I’ve listed as many as possible – what I have not been able to list are all the local business’ and small business’ that unfortunately closed their doors for the last time during 2016. There are many of them scattered around Australia. Some were small business and some were large business. Let’s just take a moment to remember them all – and this will be another reminder to all reading this to….Support Local Business and Australian Manufacturing!


Jan 24 – The latest Star Wars movie is the 2nd highest grosser of all timesstarwars-force-awakens

Jan 24 TV drama “The X-Files” returns after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and produced again by Chris Carter

Jan 3 Jimmy Butler breaks Michael Jordan’s Chicago bull’s record for points in a half – scored 40 of his 42 points in the second half to lead the bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto raptors

Jan 5 – First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket – 15 year old Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawad is 1009 not out

Jan 10 – 73rd golden globes: Leo Dicaprio for Revenant

Jan 15 American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan unveils newest exhibit replica skeleton of a Titanosaur dinosaur (found 2010 Argentina), largest known dinosaur at 70 tons, 37m

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

Jan 31 – 104th men’s Australian open: Novak Docovic beats Andy Murray


Feb 5 – Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire dies

Feb 9 – Super Bowl 50: Denver Broncos defeat Carolina Panthers 24-10 at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara

Feb 11 – Discover of gravitational waves (through collision of two black holes) announced by physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo)

Feb 12 – Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill in Havana – first meeting between Catholic and Russian Orthodox church heads for nearly 1,000 years

Feb 15 – 58th Grammy Awards: Best song “Thinking out loud” by Ed Sheeranthinking-out-loud

Feb 16 Denise Matthews passed away (age 57)

Feb 20 Tropical Cyclone Winston hits Fiji, killing at least 29 – most powerful storm on record in Southern Hemisphere winds 296 kilometers per hour (184 mph)

Feb 21 Hover Boards rendered unsafe

Feb 21 – New F1 car launched by Ferrari

Feb 22nd NZ remembers victims of 2011 earthquake

Feb 22 Oil prices hiked in Venezuela

Feb 28 Explosion at Severnaya coal mine in Vorkuta, Russia kills 36, including 5 rescuers

Feb 29 Oscars in Feb 88th academy awards – Leo Dicaprio gave his speech


March 2 Oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus – 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, revealed by British scientists

March 2 US Astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to Earth after nearly a year (340 days) setting an ISS recordaustronauts-return

March 7 Peyton Manning (Quarterback) announces his retirement from the Denver Broncos and the NFL

March 13 Bombing in Ankara, Turkey

March 14 NASA releases data showing February 2016 warmest month ever recorded globally – 1.35C above the long-term average

March 17 Archaeologists announce discovery of iron age warrior king burial ground with 75 graves 2,500 years old in Pocklington, Northern England

March 19 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, first premieres in Mexico City

March 20 (Since 1928) Barack Obama is due a visit Cuba. The US President, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters will arrive in Havana on a three-day diplomatic visit. He will be holding talks with the Cuban President Raul Castro on Monday, also attend a baseball game before heading back to US on Tuesday. This will go down as one of his finest foreign policy initiatives burying years of animosity between the two countries. (after more than half a century)obama-in-cuba

March 22 Brussels bombings

March 22 NASA caught exploding star on camera

March 23 GPR investigation of Shakespeare‘s tomb at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford concludes the Bard’s skull probably has been stolen


April 3 ICC World Twenty20 won by the West Indies, beating at England by 4 wickets with 2 balls to spare at Eden Gardens in Kolkata

April 6 First baby born with DNA from 3 parents through mitochondrial transfer in Mexico

April 7 Longest-ever captured python found on Penang in Malaysia (26ft/8m)

April 10 80th Masters Golf Tournament: England’s Danny Willett wins, shooting a five-under 283

April 12 Breakthrough Star shot: scientists and internet entrepreneurs, including Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerburg, announce interstellar project to send robot spacecraft to Alpha Centauri

April 13 Kobe Bryant retired.

April 22 China chemical warehouse explosion


May 2 Leicester City wins the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds

May 2 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby beats Ding Junhui of China 18-14, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffieldleicester-city-win

May 14 61st Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine’s Jamala wins singing “1944” – Dami Im comes second for Australia

May 21 Egypt Air flight MS804 goes missing over the Mediterranean on route Paris to Cairo

May 22 69th Cannes Film Festival: “I, Daniel Blake,” directed by Ken Loach wins the Palme d’Or

May 23 Chinese archaeologists announce findings of earliest use of barley in China to make beer, Shaanxi province 3400-2900 BC

May 28 Harambe, a gorilla form Cincinnati Zoo, is shot after dragging about a boy who slipped into the enclosure

May 30 – Alan Pulido rescued



June 1 Switzerland’s Gotthard base tunnel opens – world’s longest at 57km and most expensive tunnel costing €11bn

June 4 115th Women’s French Open: Garbiñe Muguruza beats Serena Williams (7-5, 6-4) to claim her 1st grand slam title

June 6 – Deshauna Barber crowned miss USA (army reserve officer and IT analyst)

June 7 “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, a play written by Jack Thorne with JK Rowling, premieres in London

June 9 US President Barack Obama officially endorses Hillary Clinton as Democratic Presidential nominee

co2June 9 Successful attempts to turn CO2 gases into stone underground in Iceland published in the journal “Science”

June 12 Gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53 – worst mass shooting in the US

June 12 70th Tony Awards: “Hamilton” wins 11 awards after record 16 nominations

June 14 First mammal made extinct by human-induced climate change announced – the Bramble Cay Melomys from Torres Strait

June 17 Labour MP Jo Cox killed (British)

June 18 Soyuz capsule returns to Earth 1st British International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake, Russian Yuri Malenchenko and American Timothy Kopra after 186 days

June 19 116th US Golf Open: Dustin Johnson wins with a one-under-par 69 by three shots, controversially penalized 1 stroke at Oakmont, Pennsylvania

June 19 NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers win their first title defeating Golden State Warriors 4–3 – 1st team to overcomfirst-female-mayore 3–1 deficit

June 20 Rome elects its first female Mayor Virginia Raggi (Five Star Movement) and it’s youngest at 37

June 23 Ceasefire agreement signed between Colombian government and Farc rebels – ending more than 50 years of conflict

June 24 British Prim Minister David Cameron resigns after the UK votes to leave the EU

June 28 Roy Hodgson resigned after England lost match with Iceland (2-1)


July 5 NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully enters Jupiter’s orbit

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

July 10 UEFA European Championship: Portugal defeat France 1-0 in extra time at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis

July 24 103rd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain

July 25 Verizon announces $4.83 billion purchase of Yahooharry-potter

July 28 Earliest evidence of cancer found in 1.7 million-year-old toe fossil from Swartkrans Cave, South Africa, published in “South African Journal of Science”

July 31 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” a play by Jack Thorne, with contributions by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide at midnight

July 31 98th PGA Championship: Jimmy Walker wins his first major by 1 shot at Baltusrol Golf Club

July 31 Yuriko Koike is the first woman to be elected Tokyo Governor


August 20 Usain Bolt wins 9th Gold medal in Olympics, creates history with 3 Olympic 100m Gold medals (Aug 15th)

Aug 14 – Michael Phelps wins 23rd Olympic Gold in his last lap. 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

Michael Phelps celebrate last gold win

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

Aug 9 Longest ever hunger strike ends, Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila tastes honey after 16 years

Aug 11 A Greenland shark declared oldest vertebrate animal in the world at 392 years by international team of scientists

Aug 21 31st Summer Olympics closes at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Aug 24 Astronomers announce discovery of earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri

Aug 24 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy, north east of Rome, killing 268, injuring 400


Sept 4 Mother Teresa canonized by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican

Sep 7 2016 Summer Paralympics opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sep 8 NASA launches Osiris-Rex probe to retrieve a rock sample from the 500m-wide Bennu asteroid

Sep 18 Earliest known fishhooks at 23,000 years old discovered on Okinawa Island, Japan, findings published in PNAS journal

Sep 19 68th Emmy Awards: hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, “Game of Thrones”, Julia Dreyfus, Rami Malek winemmys

Sep 19 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt broke hearts the world over when Jolie filed for divorce.

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 21 Genomic study finding Australian Aboriginal oldest known civilization on earth published in “Nature”

Sep 28 Hurricane Matthew forms near the Windward Islands will go on to kill over 1000 in Haiti, the Caribbean and the US


Oct 1 2016 AFL Grand Final Sydney vs. Bulldogs

Oct 1 Dennis Cometti retires from commentary after almost 40 years and he played 40 matches for West Perthbulldogs-win

Oct 2 Vin Scully Broadcasts his last Dodgers game after a record 67 seasons

Oct 13 American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Oct 25 Paul Beatty becomes the 1st American to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel “The Sellout”

Oct 25 4 killed on a theme park ride at Dream World, in Queensland, Australia

Oct 27 6.6-magnitude quake hits central Italy – strongest earthquake in Italy for 36 years


Nov 1 – 155th Melbourne Cup Day (The race that stops the nation). Melbourne Cup Day has been observed in Australia since the first race was held at the Flemington Racecourse in Victoria in 1861. The race was won by Archer, who won it again the following year. Almandin wins.

Nov 8 Indian government scraps 500 and 100 rupees notes effective at midnight

trumpNov 8 Donald Trump was elected President of the USA.

Nov 14 7.8 earthquake cuts off town of Kaikoura, New Zealand, raising sea bed by 4m, and killing 2 people

Nov 21 India celebrates 50th anniversary of IR8, rice variety specially bred that saved much of Asia from famine

Nov 27 Nico Rosberg clinches the F1 World Driver’s Championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Nov 28 Plane carrying Brazilian Chapecoense football team crashes near Medellin, Colombia killing 71 players and journalists


Dec 1 Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is crowned King of Thailand, succeeding his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Dec 1 French President Francois Hollande announces he will not seek a 2nd term – 1st modern French leader to do so

joe-mcKnightDec 1 Former NFL player Joe McKnight is shot and killed during a road rage incident in Terry town, Louisiana

Dec 4 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years in office

Dec 5 Malta becomes the 1st country in Europe to outlaw conversion therapy

Dec 5 Undersea earthquake reaches 6.0 Magnitude in Indonesia

Dec 7 6.5 earthquakes in Aceh province, Indonesia kill at least 97 people

Dec 9 Dee’s Birthday (tee hee hee) 🙂

Dec 10 82nd Heisman Trophy Award: Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals (QB), youngest player to win at 1982nd-heisman-trophy-award

Dec 12 Christiano Ronaldo wins the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the 4th time.

Dec 12 Bill English is sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister, succeeding John Key

Dec 12 Paolo Gentiloni is sworn in as Prime Minister of Italy, succeeding Matteo Renzi

Dec 14 University of Toronto scientists present findings of the world’s oldest water – 2 billion years old from a mine in Canada

Dec 14 Amazon announces its 1st delivery by drone 2 km from their warehouse in the UK

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