Year in review: the biggest moments of 2016

The most monumental events of 2016 and why we failed.

It’s been a big year. The moon visited Earth (kind of), a death curse swept through our ranks and a guy in a terrible wig landed the top job. Here are the biggest events of 2016 and why we failed.

Trump became President
For the rest of their lives, people around the world will remember where they were the day Donald Trump won the US Presidential Election. Even after the announcement was made, most of us wanted to believe it was a joke – perhaps The Apprentice host would pull off his hair piece and say this was all a test that we failed and now we’re fired. There’s still time for that to be true, right?

There was a Supermoon (apparently)
If you went outside on the night of Monday 14 November expecting to see werewolves and lunatics scampering around, you would’ve been disappointed. All the same, NASA told us that the supermoon that was supposed to light up the night sky would be the fullest and closest moon that the Earth had seen in nearly 70 years. In spite of the cloud cover, people emerged from their homes in droves to catch a glimpse of the scientifically-termed, perigee-syzygy that was said to be the brightest of the century. And if you stayed up until the wee hours of the morning, just before it started turning light, you might have glanced up absent-mindedly to see that the clouds had parted to reveal what was indeed, a tremendously white, bright moon.

That embarrassing Census thing happened
In the weeks leading up to the Census, all we heard about was how very necessary and important it was that we all complete it by the deadline. Well, no one wanted to cop a $180 fine. When the highly-anticipated night came, only about 2 million Aussies got their papers in before the website crashed. Like schoolkids, the Prime Minister blamed IBM and the ABS and the ABS blamed hackers. Anyway, in the end they all got together and put the website back up. Meanwhile, the rest of us managed to have a little giggle before getting on with our homework.

The 2016 death curse
They say deaths come in threes and, in January, that couldn’t have been truer. In a single month, our friends Pat Harrington, Alan Rickman and David Bowie all departed this world. But our losses in 2016 didn’t stop there. By February, Harper Lee had told her last story. By April, Prince had abdicated his throne. In June, Muhammad Ali tapped out for the last time. In August, Gene Wilder left for the chocolate factory in the sky and by November, Fidel Castro had set off to lead the ultimate revolution and Leonard Cohen went to serenade them all. And I hate to say it, but we still have to get through December.

The UK broke up with the EU
No man is an island but the UK is willing to try its luck. In June, after 43 years of loyalty, the people of the UK called it quits with the European Union, deciding to strike out on their own. In a nation-wide referendum, 52 per cent of people voted in favour of leaving the EU, a monumental decision that will forever be known as ‘Brexit’. The withdrawal, met with worldwide criticism, is set to be formalised by the end of March 2017.

What are some other memorable events that happened in 2016?

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    Nascar.
    15th Dec 2016
    2:46pm
    You forgot to mention the late Glennn Frey of The Eagles passing in January.
    johnp
    15th Dec 2016
    2:56pm
    What the f**k, Re The 2016 death curse part
    whats that got to do with anything
    deaths (and births) are the norm for every year !!
    Is it just cos they are celebs ??
    Nascar.
    15th Dec 2016
    3:25pm
    When did F**k leave us?
    Hasbeen
    15th Dec 2016
    5:41pm
    The US finally gets something right, stops electing d/heads like Obama, or criminals like Hillary, & you thing it is something they did wrong. What world do our lefties actually inhabit?
    Franky
    15th Dec 2016
    11:02pm
    For me Brexit was the outstanding event - finally people waking up to the impacts of the globalization agenda. For the past at least two decades the gap between the wealthy elite and the rest has been growing, whilst at the same time we have been lied to and our democratic rights have been taken away. Brexit was the first step in the direction of claiming back democracy and sovereignty. With Trump it's too early to say, at least he is talking about cooperating with Russia finally, hope he comes to the same conclusion about China. We certainly don't need more wars, they never solved anything apart from making the elites richer. Must say, I feel optimistic about the future...


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