Year 2016 will be over in a matter of few hours. Here are the top 10 stories and events from this action-packed year that besieged the world:
- Zika Virus epidemic: A horrible epidemic of Zika Virus blanketed Brazil. The resulting Zika Fever affected newborns with Microcephaly, face distortions and seizures.
- North Korea Hydrogen Bomb: North Korea successfully tested its first Hydrogen Bomb in January. They threatened it could wipe out an entire US state.
- Harambe shot: An unsuspecting Western Lowland Gorilla named Harambe was shot dead in Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Ohio. This happened after a three-year-old boy fell into his enclosure and Harambe handled him roughly. The primate’s death, caused a big furor globally.
- Brexit: Britain passed the referendum to leave the European Union in June, 2016. This move was fueled by the European debt crisis and excess immigration.
- Turkish coup d’état: Factions of the Turkish Armed Forces captured strategic points in Ankara, Istanbul, Marmaris, Malatya, and Kars to overthrow the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan The coup failed as they were overwhelmed by National Turkish Police, local civilians, and the defense forces.
- Brangelina Split: This Hollywood couple, that was considered inseparable, filed for divorce in September. Their relationship lasted for 12 years. Some cite the reason for this split was Brad Pitt’s abusive behavior towards his adopted and biological children.
- Donald Trump wins US elections: The world was shocked when billionaire and real estate baron Donald Trump won the US presidential race in 2016. A lot of Americans showed their disdain online via cry-through blogs and protests.
- Demonetization in India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi suddenly announced the scrapping of the currencies Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. The move was made to combat black money and corruption, but it also managed to stir up the entire country. As of now Rs 65.250 crore of illegal capital has been recovered by the Indian government.
- Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature: The world was left speechless when music mogul Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His bibliography contains a huge number of songs with exemplary lyrics.
Word Heritage sites lie in rubble and residential buildings have been razed to ground zero in this erstwhile beautiful Syrian city. Some 450,000 people have been killed in the civil war in Aleppo that began on 2011, when protesters took to the streets to demand an end to President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.