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Biggest News Stories of 2016

December 13th, 2016 by Liz Brown

donald trump(Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Michael Vadon)


As 2016 draws to a close, we thought we’d take a moment to look back and on the biggest news stories of the year. There were heroic victories in the worlds of sports and science, heartbreaking tragedies both at home and abroad, and what will surely go down as one of the most dramatic elections in the history of the United States.

Revisit the 10 Biggest News Stories of 2016 below:

1. Donald Trump Wins the Presidency
While there was plenty of debate before the election, there’s not much room to debate that the number one story of 2016 is Donald Trump putting the pollsters and pundits to shame and pulling out a Presidential election victory that almost no one anticipated.

2. Brexit
Another unexpected political victory came in June 2016 when 52% of voters cast their ballots for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

3. Orlando Nightclub Shooting
On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed and 53 were wounded by a shooter at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The tragedy is the deadliest single shooter incident and most violent attack on the LGBT community in United States history.

4. Chicago Cubs Win the World Series
After a 108-year drought, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series Classic in one of the most exciting battles in the history of baseball. The series went all the way to Game 7 and then ended with a finish so dramatic it almost felt like it was Hollywood-engineered, replete with a rain delay, extra innings, and a weeping Bill Murray.

5. Brussels Terror Attack
In March 2016, three suicide bombers launched a coordinated attack in Brussels, Belgium that took the lives of 32 people and injured 300 more.

6. Rio Olympics
For two inspiring weeks, the Rio Olympics allowed the world to come together and celebrate the exceptional grace, strength, speed, and beauty of the greatest athletes on the planet.

7. Dallas Police Shootings
In July 2016, five Dallas police officers were killed and nine were injured by a shooter who was reportedly angry about the series of deaths of young black men killed by police.

8. Zika Virus
In January 2016, the CDC released an international travel warning for Central and South America due to an outbreak of the mosquito transmitted Zika virus. The outbreak was of special concern to pregnant women because of reports it could cause complications to babies’ brain tissue.

9. Juno Enters Jupiter’s Orbit
NASA marked a major victory when the Juno spacecraft, which was launched five years ago in 2011, reached Jupiter and entered the planet’s orbit. Juno was launched to gain insight into the red planet’s atmosphere, gravity field, formation history and more.

10. Standing Rock – The Dakota Access Pipeline
While discussion of the election burned up every available moment on the network and cable news channels, a powerful, but widely unreported, movement was growing in North Dakota as member of the Sioux Native American tribe took a stand against forces planning to lay an oil pipeline near their water supply and sacred burial grounds. In December 2016, the development of the pipeline was stopped indefinitely.