This year began with great pomp and show all over the world, with lots of celebrations and a hope to have a better year in 2017. The last year, i.e. 2016, has been really tough on everyone. Various catastrophic incidents occurred all over the world which completely shook everyone. These events took away the grounds from people’s feet and stunned them. Be it the elections, or the wars or conflicts, all of these events had a major impact on people all across the world.
These incidents will always remain as an indicator of what the world experienced in 2016 and how things changed. Here are some of the major events that occurred all across the world –
- US Presidential Elections 2016. One of the most talked about and shocking news of the year 2016 was the election of Donald Trump as the 45th US President. The elections were held between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. 9th November 2016 witnessed the election speech of newly elected president of United States at the New York Hilton Midtown. This election has been the most controversial event last year. He took his oath on 20th January 2017. His victory was a shock to every individual in the world. Many protests were held by the people in America against the election of Trump as the President.
- Hurricane Mathew. The regions of the Western Atlantic were hammered by the Hurricane Mathew, including the parts of Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Canadian Maritimes. It has caused catastrophe and widespread loss of lives and livestock. The world experienced the peak fierceness of Hurricane Mathew in late September 30th and early October 31st. Speed of the waves were calculated to be greater than 251 kilometers per hour, which is why it was classified as category 4 hurricane. The reported death of people in Haiti was estimated to be a thousand. Emergency was declared on the coastlines and people were immediately evacuated from the site in danger.
- Columbia Plane Crash. Another heart throbbing and the most unfortunate event that occurred in the year 2016. On November 28th 2015, the world mourned for the death of the people in plane crash (BAE146 Bolivia Charter Flight, LaMia 933) in the mountains Cerro Gordo, in La Union, Columbia. 76 passengers died including the crew members, journalists, and players of the Brazilian football team. The team was heading for its final match. Out of all the passengers onboard, only 6 people were rescued alive from the accident spot – three were the Brazilian players who were severely injured (Hélio Neto, Jackson Follman and Alan Ruschel), a journalist (Rafael Valmorbida), and two crew members of the flight. The cause behind plane crash is said to be the lack of fuel, according to a leaked voice recording of the flight in the last minutes.
- Orlando Nightclub Mass Shooting. When the person appointed for your security becomes the reason of your death. The same happened in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on 12th June 2016. Omar Mateen (29 years old) was a security guard at Pulse. He was accused of causing havoc in the nightclub by starting open firing inside, causing the death of 50 people and severe injury to 53 people. This event has spread fear and caused distress to the LGBTQ community in the city. He was killed in the early hours (around 5 am, next day).
- The Death of Fidel Castro. Another day of sorrow for the world. 25th November 2016 witnessed the death of Fidel Castro. He ruled the Republic of Cuba, serving first as prime minister (1959 - 1976) and then as president (1976 – 2008). He was ranked third as the most serving head of state after Queen Elizabeth of Britain and Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand (died on 13th October 2016). Despite of the enormous assassination attempts, Fidel claimed to survive them all. He was named under the 100 Most Influential Personalities by the TIME magazine.
- Truck attack in Nice. People celebrating the Bastille Day on 14th July, 2016 hardly knew what was going to happen in the next few hours. In the evening, a 19 tonne truck ran over people in Nice, France, who were celebrating the Bastille Day. 83 people were killed in this accident and approximately 434 people were injured. The truck was driven by Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, who was later shot by the police in cross firing. Two days later, ISIS claimed to be responsible for the attack with no links attached to truck’s driver. This incident caused mayhem amongst the people and the French President declared “state of emergency” in the state.
- Bombing in Brussels. 22nd March was one of the most unfortunate days in 2016. People in Brussel suffered from the three consecutive and coordinated bombings on the airport and metro station by the suicidal bombers. This event killed 35 people including the three suicidal bombers and injured approximately 340 other people. This attack was claimed to be from ISIS. Najim Laachraoui, Ibrahim el-Bakraoui and Khalid el-Bakraoui were the three suicidal bombers involved in these attacks. They were linked to the terrorist group which was responsible for the Paris Attack in 2015.
- The War Zone in Syria. Throughout the year, we all have heard or read about the unfortunate events occurring in Syria due to the war. Syria has been war zone since 2011. According to a report by UN, the death poll in Syria has crossed 470,000 till now. The battle in Aleppo depicted the merciless incidents and attacks. Small innocent children lying dead on the ground and thousands of people killed brutally. It was a complete meltdown condition on the face of humanity. According to the reports of Anadalou Agency, approx 1000 people were killed in the month of November 2016 itself.
- Demonetization in India. The Indian economy came to a standstill on 8th November 2016. This day is one of the most unforgettable days in the history of the country. As per the orders of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the previously used higher currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 was banned. The demonetization was done to curb black money, fake currency and to prevent corruption. The banks and ATMs remained closed for the next two days, which caused havoc all over the country. With lots of accusation and criticism, this rule was implemented. New currency of worth Rs. 500 and Rs. 2000 was launched for the people. Long and endless queues outside the banks and ATMs became a common sight all over the country. The market shut down for many days which caused restlessness amongst common people.
- The Surgical Strike by Indian Army Soldiers. The cold war between the two neighboring countries, India and Pakistan, experienced a twist on 29th September 2016. The attack by Pakistan on the Indian Army in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir enraged the people all over India. As a result, a troop of Indian Army soldiers conducted surgical strike in Pakistan, killing over 30 people. Though the government of Pakistan is denying these facts and claimed it as a strategy of Indian government to gain media hype. After these attacks, the borders were evacuated and there had been ceasefire violations at the Line of Control. This created a tension amongst the major countries in the world.
These events attracted the attention of people all over the world. The impacts were not just seen at the particular places but it unnerved the people who heard about it miles away.