By Alexis Cheney – @akcheney
Before we get too caught up in 2017 – already a busy year as far as history is concerned – let’s take a look back at a few top 10s of last year. After all, shaping the future is impossible without learning from the past (just got super deep there).
10 Major World Events
- A major U.S. political party elected a female for the first time to run for president.
- Britain voted to leave the EU (“Brexit”).
- Colombia reached a peace deal with FARC, the Marxist guerilla group which has plagued the country for more than 50 years.
- Donald Trump won the Electoral College, thus winning the election.
- Eastern Aleppo fell, allowing rebel forces and civilians to leave the city.
- German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung leaked the Panama Papers from Mossack Fonseca, a major law firm.
- Global temperatures reached a record high.
- Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and the emails of John Podesta, Chair of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
- Terrorists attacked Brussels, Belgium; Nice, France; Berlin, Germany; Lahore, Pakistan; and Orlando (FL), United States.
- The Zika virus affected more than 4,000 babies.
Influential Women Who Died in 2016
- Charmian Carr: Liesl in “The Sound of Music” (Dec. 27, 1942 – Sept. 17, 2016)
- Carrie Fisher: Actress, screenwriter, author and producer (Oct. 21, 1956 – Dec. 27, 2016)
- Zsa Zsa Gabor: Actress (Feb. 6, 1917 – Dec. 18, 2016)
- Gwen Ifill: Peabody Award-winning journalist, television newscaster and author (Sept. 29, 1955 – Nov. 14, 2016)
- Harper Lee: Novelist (April 28, 1926 – Feb. 19, 2016)
- Janet Reno: Former attorney general of the United States (July 21, 1938 – Nov. 7, 2016)
- Debbie Reynolds: Actress, singer, film historian and humanitarian (April 1, 1932 – Dec. 28, 2016)
- Nancy Reagan: Actress and 40th first lady of the United States (July 6, 1921 – March 6, 2016)
- Vera Rubin: Astronomer (July 23, 1928 – Dec. 25, 2016)
- Pat Summitt: Women’s college basketball head coach (June 14, 1952- June 28, 2016)
Top 10 TV Shows of 2016
- The Americans
- American Crime Story
- Black Mirror
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
- The Crown
- Game of Thrones
- Stranger Things
10 Top Movies of 2016
- The Handmaiden
- I Am Not Your Negro
- La La Land
- Manchester by the Sea
- My Golden Days
- No Home Movie
- O.J.: Made in America
- Toni Erdmann
10 Top Pop Songs
- Closer – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
- Starboy – The Weeknd
- One Dance – Drake
- Cheap Thrills – Sia
- What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber
- Stitches – Shawn Mendes
- Work – Rihanna featuring Drake
- Pill in Ibiza – Mike Posner
- Sorry – Justin Bieber
- Pillowtalk – Zayn
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