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Major Events of 2016

2016 (Roman Numerals: MMXVI) was the 16th year of the 21st century. 2016 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Friday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 2016.
News Events of 2016

World Health Organization announces an outbreak of the Zika virus.

The Gotthard Base Tunnel opens in Switzerland. The longest and deepest railway tunnel yet constructed.

UK votes to leave the European Union (Brexit).

European Flag


Last video cassette recorder is manufactured.

VHS Video Cassette


Solar Impulse 2 is the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the Earth.

Donald Trump elected US President.

Donald Trump


US troops withdraw from Afghanistan after 15 years.



Sports in 2016
  • Olympic Games:

    • 2016 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXXI Olympiad): Brazil

    • 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games (II Winter Youth Olympic Games): Lillehammer, Norway

  • American Football:

    2016 Super Bowl (Super Bowl 50):

    • Winning Team: Denver Broncos

    • Losing Team: Carolina Panthers

  • Baseball:

    2016 World Series

    • Winning Team: Chicago Cubs

    • Losing Team: Cleveland Indians

  • Cricket:

    • Pranav Dhanawade gets 1,009 not out, the highest-ever recorded cricket score.
  • Soccer:

    2016 Champions League:

    • Winners: Real Madrid

    • Runners-Up: Atlético Madrid



    2016 Was Designated As
    • International Year of Pulses

    • International Year of Global Understanding








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