2016: A year in review

2016 has been a hell of a year.  From political turmoil to mourning the loss of infamous individuals, this year has been anything but quiet.  Now let’s go month by month and look at the events which we have seen this year.


Events of 2016

January

  • January 3rd: Saudi Arabia ends all diplomatic relations with Iran
  • January 8th: Drug Trafficker Joaquín Guzmán is re-captured after escaping prison
  • January 16th: An international investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency finds that the United Nations can lift sanctions over Iran as the country has dismantled it’s Nuclear Programme
  • January 28th: An outbreak of the Zika Virus is announced by the World Health Organisation

February

  • February 7th: North Korea violates UN Treaties after launching a long range rocket
  • February 12th: Pope Francis meets with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church,  Patriarch Kirill.  The first meeting between the churches since 1054.

March

  • March 21st: The ICC finds the former Congolese Vice President guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
  • March 22nd: The Belgian city of Brussels is attacked by a series of coordinated bombings at the city airport and the transport system, which kill 32 and injure over 200.
  • March 23rd: North Carolina passes the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which states that in government buildings, a person must use a bathroom with the gender assigned on their birth certificate.  There was outrage from the LGBT Community as the bill discriminates against transgender individuals.
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    A tribute to the victims of the Brussels attacks

 

  • April

  • April 2nd: Clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani military in Nagorno-Karabakh kill 193 people.  this was the largest breach of the ceasefire reached in 1994
  • April 3rd: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists along with German media release documents which reveal details of the Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca which gave details of over 200,000 offshore companies, and deatils of tax evasion.  The names of directors and shareholders implicated individuals that were incolved, including heads of state such as former British Prime Minister David Cameron.

May

  • May 11th: The Italian Parliament votes to legalise same sex unions in Italy.
  • May 19th: 66 people die as EgyptAir Flight 804 crashes between Paris and Ciaro.
  • May 30th: The former President of Chad,  Hissène Habré is sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity

June

  • June 1st: The longest and deepest railway tunnel (Gotthard Base Tunnel) is opened after 20 years of construction.
  • June 9th: The Humanity Complex was started.
  • June 12th: 49 people were killed by a gunman insde the Pulse nightclub in Orlano, Florida
  • June 23rd: Britain votes to leave the European Union
  • June 24th: David Cameron resigns as Prime Minister
  • June 28th: Islamic State attacks an airport in Istanbul, killing 45 and injuring 230.

July

  • July 1st: Latvia joins the OECD, becoming the 35th member
  • July 4th: The Juno spacecraft launched by NASA enters orbit around Jupiter and begins its study of the planet.
  • “The Philippines wins the arbitration case they filed at the Permanent Court of Arbitration regarding the legality of China’s “Nine-Dash Line” claim over the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.” Source: Wikipedia
  • July 5th: Baton Rogue Police shoot and kill Alton Sterling.  This led to outrage from thr public.
  • July 6th: Minnesota Police fatally shoot and kill Philando Castile.  This also led to outrage from the public.
  • July 7th: 5 Police Officers are shot and killed in Dallas, Texas after being ambushed at a peaceful rally against police shootings.
  • July 13th: Theresa May becomes Britain’s new Prime Minister.
  • Juy 14th: 86 people die after a terrorist drives a truck through a crowd in Nice, France
  • July 17th: Three police officers are ambushed and killed in Baton Rogue, Louisiana.
  • July 19th: Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee for President.
  • July 26th: The first solar powered aircraft (Solar Impulse 2) becomes the first to circumnavigate earth
  • July 26th: Hillary Clinton recieves the Democratic Nomination and becomes the Presidential candidate for the Democrats, defeating Bernie Sanders.
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    A Dallas PD patrol car at the scene of the shooting

August

  • August 5th-21st: 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero 
  • August 31st: The Brazilian Senate votes to impeach the sitting President Dilma Rousseff

September

  • September 3rd:  The US and China sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement, after being responsible for 40% of the world’s emissions.
  • September 9th: North Korea launches it’s 5th nuclear warhead, making it the largest nuclear test the state has carried out.
  • September 24th: Jeremy Corbyn wins the Labour Leadership for a second time.
  • September 28th: Investigators find that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a Buk Missile from a pro-Russian rebel area.

October

  • October 13th:  The Maldives announces that it will withderaw from the Commonwealth of Nations.

November

  • November 9th: Donald Trump becomes President Elect of the United States of America.

December

  • December 4th: Italy votes against constitutional reform, forcing PM Matteo Renzi to resign.
  • December 19th:  The Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, is assasinated in Ankara
  • December 19th: The Bretscheidplatz Christmas markets in Berlin are attacked, 12 killed after a terrorist drove a truck through a crowd.
  • December 22nd: The EBOV vaccine is found to be effective against ebola and becomes the first known vaccine against the disease.
  • December 23rd: The United Nations condemns Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.
  • December 31st: A gunman kills 39 people in a nightclub in Istanbul.

Notable Deaths of 2016

2016 has been a big year for notable deaths.  We have witnessed the deaths of big names in entertainment, and even some of our greatest leaders in science and the arts.

January

  • January 1st: Vilmos Zsigmond, a Hungarian-American cinematographer
  • January 5th: Pierre Boulez was a visionary composer and conductor who set out to change western music.
  • January 9th: Ed “Stewpot” Stuart was a DJ for BBC Radio 1.  He was one of the first presenters, working at the station for it’s start in 1967.
  • January 10th: David Bowie, the famous english pop musician who changed the music industry with his creative performances and style.  His career spanned over 60 years and performed under alter-egos such as Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke.
  • January 14th: Alan Rickman, the English actor and director who was made famous by roles such as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and as Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
  • January 18th: Glenn Frey, the founding members of The Eagles and guitarist.
  • January 31st: Terry Wogan the Irish Radio Broadcaster who worked for the BBC for most of his career.
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    Alan Rickman as Severus Snape

    February

  • February 3rd: Joe Alaskey, a voice actor who worked for Warner Brothers and provided the vices for many Looney Tunes characters.
  • February 4th: Edgar Mitchell, US Astronaut and the 6th person to walk on the moon.
  • February 8th: Maurice White, the founder of a classic 1970’s band, Earth, Wind and Fire.
  • February 15th: George Gaynes, American actor who played roles in Punky Brewster, and starred as Commandant Eric Lassard, the commander of the Metropolitan Police Academy in all 7 Police Academy movies.
  • February 16th: Boutros Boutros-Ghali was an Egyptian politician and diplomat, and served as Secretary General to the United Nations.
  • February 19th: Harper Lee, the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird”
  • February 28th: George Kennedy, an American actor who starred in films such as Cool Hand Luke, Charade, The Dirty Dozen and The Naked Gun. 
  • February 28th: Frank Kelly who played foul-mouthed alcoholic priest Fr. Jack Hackett in the Irish TV Sitcom Father Ted.
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George Kennedy as LAPD Patrol Officer Bumper Morgan

March

  • March 3rd: Tony Dyson was the animatronics expert who worked on Star Wars’ R2D2.
  • March 6th: Nancy Reagan, actress and wife of former US President Ronald Reagan, former First Lady of the United States.  Pioneer of the Just Say No anti-drugs campaign.
  • March 8th: Sir George Martin, an English record producer.  He was known as The Fifth Beatle.
  • March 11th: Keith Emerson was the co-founder of the rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
  • March 15th: Sylvia Anderson was the voice of Thunderbird’s Lady Penelope.
  • March 16th: Frank Sinatra Jr. the son of the great Jazz singer Frank Sinatra.
  • March 17th: Paul Daniels was a magician who rose to fame after his BBC show The Paul Daniels Magic Show.
  • March 24th: Gary Shandling was the actor, writer and comedian who started the Larry Sanders Show.
  • March 24th: Johan Cruyff was a legendary Dutch footballer.
  • 31st March: Denise Robertson was the agony aunt on This Morning.
  • 31st March: Ronnie Corbett was a comedian made famous by his double act with Ronnie Barker in The Two Ronnies.nancy-reaganNancy Reagan

April

  • April 3rd: Erik Bauersfeld played Admiral Ackbar in the Star Wars films.  Star Wars fans know him for his infamous line in the film.

“It’s a trap”

-Admiral Ackbar

  • April 12th: David Gest was an American entertainer, comedian and producer.
  • April 13th: Gareth Thomas was a Welsh actor and star of the BBC series Blake’s 7.
  • April 20th: Victoria Wood was one of the UK’s biggest comedians and had shows on the BBC.
  • April 20th: Guy Hamilton was a British film director, he directed 4 bond films including Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever, as well as the World War 2 classic Battle of Britain.
  • April 21st: Prince, the American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer known for his flamboyant performances and use of the colour purple.
  • April 23rd: Barnharm Silpa-Archa was the 21st Prime Minister of Thailand.
  • April 26th: Harry Wu, a Chinese Human Rights Activist.
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    Prince

    May

  • 31st May: Carla Lane was the writer of  The Liver Birds and Bread who was well known in the 70s and 80s.

June

  • 3rd June: Muhammad Ali was a famous boxer who gained 3 heavyweight titles.  He was discussed widely as a controversial sporting figure, although it is said that he was an inspiration to many people.
  • 16th June: Jo Cox was the Labour MP for Batley and Spen who was murdered by right wing extremist Thomas Mair.  MPs paid tribute to Jo Cox in the House of Commons after her death.  She was said to be one of the best and brightest MPs on the Labour Benches and her death was a tragedy.
  • 19th June: Anton Yelchin was best known  his role as Starfleet Ensign Pavel Chekov in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot movies.
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    Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston

    July

  • 2 July: Caroline Aherne was an English comedian best known for playing Denise in the British sitcom The Royle Family.

August

  • 13 August: Kenny Baker was best known as playing R2D2 in the Star Wars movies.  He gained notoriety when Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was released in 1977.  He went on to play the role of the popular and much loved character in another 5 Star Wars films.
  • 28 August: Gene Wilder was the star of many well known movies.  He played eccentric chocolate factory owner Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and played main roles in many of Mel Brooks’ comedies such as The Young Frankenstein.young-frankensteinGene Wilder (Left) with Peter Boyle in Mel Brooks’ The Young Frankenstein

September

  • 8 September: Prince Buster was a musician who was one of the first in the Ska music, he had a lot of influence over the industry.
  • 25 September: Arnold Palmer was one of the best golfers in history.  He won 4 Masters titles and was named as Athlete of the Year in the 1960’s.  He is also credited with giving golf a more mainstream sporting audience.

October

  • 14 October: Jean Alexander was known for playing Hilda Odgen in the long running British soap Coronation Street and Auntie Wainwright in Last of the Summer Wine.
  • 23 October: Pete Burns was a TV Personality and Singer who was best known for his work with the band Dead or Alive. 
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    Jean Alexander as Hilda Odgen in Coronation Street

    November

  • 7 November: Leonard Cohen was a Canadian singer and songwriter who had a career in music which lasted over 50 years, giving him influence over the music industry.  He had been awarded the Order of Canada and received induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  One of his most famous songs was Hallelujah.
  • 7 November: Sir Jimmy Young was a radio DJ who first worked on a pirate radio station Radio Luxembourg, he started work at BBC Radio 1 in 1967 when the channel started.  He moved to BBC Radio 2 in 1973 where he spent the rest of his career in the Afternoon slot.
  • 11 November: Robert Vaughn was an actor who played roles in many movies such as Superman 3 and was a main character in the TV series The Man from UNCLE.
  • 13 November:  Leon Russell was an American musician and songwriter who played his Southern Boogie Piano Rock, Blues and Country for over 50 years.  He was entered into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • 18 November:  Sharon Jones was an American Soul and Funk singer.
  • 20 November: Craig Gill was the drummer of the Inspiral Carpets.
  • 23 November: Andrew Sachs was best known for his role as Spanish waiter Manuel is the British sitcom Fawlty Towers.
  • 25 November: Fidel Castro was the leader of Cuba for over 50 years.  He led a revolution against the country’s Government in 1959 and introduced Soviet Communism to the country.  His role as leader gained attention from the world during the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion by the US and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis which almost caused the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR) to become a nuclear war, fortunately it never resulted in this.  He handed power over to his brother Raul in 2008 due to ill health.  His legacy includes surviving a US Trade Embargo against Cuba.
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    Leonard Cohen recieving the Order of Canada in 2003

December

  • 6 December: Peter Vaughan was best known for his role as Harry Grouch in British sitcom Porridge and Maester Aemon in hit show Game of Thrones.
  • 7 December: Ian McCaskill was a BBC weather forecaster who was best known for presenting the weather with his Scottish accent for 20 years, from 1978 to 1998.
  • 7 December: Greg Lake was a British musician in the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer and was a Progressive Rock Pioneer.
  • 8 December: John Glenn was a US Senator and was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.  He was a part of Mercury Seven, a team involved in early space exploration in the mid-20th Century.  They were launched as the US was against the USSR in the Space Race.
  • 18 December: Zsa Zsa Gabor had a 62 year long career in film and TV.  She made her first movie movie appearance in the 1952 film Lovely to Look.  Her career went from 1934 to 1996.
  • 25 December: George Michael was a singer and songwriter best known for being a member of Wham! and releasing songs such as Last Christmas and Club Tropicana.  He had a music career which lasted almost 40 years.
  • 27 December: Richard Adams was the author of the adventure novel Watership Down.
  • 27 December: Carrie Fisher was made famous when she starred as Princess Leia in Star Wars IV: A New Hope in 1997.  She starred in both episodes 5 and 6 of the Star Wars film series and in the 2015 movie.  Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

28 December: Debbie Reynolds died only one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher.  Reynolds gained fame through musicals and comedies in the 50’s and 60’s, most notably Singin’ in the Rain.

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So that’s The Humanity Complex’s 2016 Year-In-Review.  Of course this is not everything that happened, it is just some of the events of this year.   Of course we admit that 2016 was one hell of a year, and we won’t forget it.  2016 was a big year politically and socially, with .  Many say that 2016 was a bad year for politics and society, and I am not going to disagree with them.  Next year we expect to see the fallout from the events of 2016, such as Brexit and Donald Trump, it might even be 2018 by the time things get a little more stable for the world.  But all I have to say is this, I hope that you have a good year, and that 2017 is a great year for you, the world, and for humanity.

Harry Williamson

Administrator of The Humanity Complex

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