2016 has been an intense time for people across the globe. From the death of David Bowie to the discovery of the Panama papers and from the release of Beyonce’s Lemonade to Zika, this year has quite the ride for all of us. Without a doubt this have been the strangest 365 days in a very long time.
We started the year with the sequel to the story of one of the most interesting characters in 2015: the recapture of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman in January 8th. If you are not aware, Guzman gained notoriety last year for escaping a maximum security Mexican prison in the Altiplano. However his freedom was cut short by his capture early this year, thus ending (or at least pausing) the master of escape’s long resume of victories.
In March 22, Belgium was targeted as yet another victim of terrorist attacks in Europe. The explosion in Brussels caused the death of 32 civilians, and continued the outrage felt across the globe about terrorism, refugees, and above all ISIS.
April was a remarkable time for news, particularly due to the discovery of some of the most groundbreaking investigative reporting cases in the world. The Panama Papers were a series of 11.5 million confidential documents that revealed the stakeholders of over one hundred thousand companies. This also included notorious world leaders.
The entire world shook in June for two reasons. The first being the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union in June 23rd, a move that would be forever known as BREXIT. The second was the Orlando Florida Shooting in the Pulse Nightclub, resulting in the deaths of 49 people. The shooter was once again linked to the Islamic State, however his motives to this day remain unclear. The shooting resulted in a massive tragedy not only for the LGBT community –to which the majority of the victims belonged to– but also for the entire nation.
Two major events occurred in August, funny enough in the same nation. The first were the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, were Simone Biles made headlines as the most incredible gymnast of the season. The second event however was much less exciting, as the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff caused ruckus across the large nation. It was certainly an intense month for Brazil.
In October we had a series of odd events; from the heating of the most contended presidential election in history to a group of questionable clowns terrorizing the United States for no real apparent reason. Halloween brought with it more controversy over Hillary Clinton’s email and of course the infamous Trump Tapes, all things that led to the end of the election in early November.
The world shook in November when, although losing the popular vote by a marginal amount, Donald Trump won the presidency 306 votes to 232. Citizens of the United States did the rational thing and crashed Canada’s immigration page the night of the elections. The election left behind a highly divided nation, and an uncertain future for the United States.
Now with December halfway done, we can safely say that it’s a good thing that this year is over. It has been a hardcore year, one that has left a hard imprint on everyone across the world. From Aleppo to Los Angeles, from Paris to Rio de Janeiro, from Seoul to Orlando, 2016 hit us all like a freight train and possibly will be one of the most memorable years in modern history.