updated 2/12/2017 with complete 2016 info
2016 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Milk~ $3.19 (bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~ $2.08 (bls.gov)
Loaf of bread (1lb)~ $1.42 (bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 47 cents
New Car Price (light vehicles)~ $34,300 (Kelley Blue Book kbb.com)
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $1.95 (bls.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $8.66 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house~ $288,000 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $57,617 (Census.gov)
Minimum Wage~ Highest: $11.00 in Washington D.C. & Lowest: $7.25 in multiple states.
Living wage for a family of 4 (wage needed to support 2 working adults & 2 children)~ $15.84
2016 World Leaders:
Barack Obama, President of the United States
John Kerry, United States Secretary of State
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Xi Jinping, President of China
Akihito, Emporer of Japan
Joachim Gauck, President of Germany
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Francis of Vatican City
Francois Hollande, President of France
Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
Reuven Rivlin, President of Isreal
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
2016 Top Technology:
(Wikipedia.com, Google.com, & pcadvisor.co.uk)
Flat Screen, 4K, 3D, LED Smart TV’s with high resolution
Hisense 40H4C Roku TV
Vizio M Series M65
LG Flat OLED 4K 65EF9500
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (Note 7 has massive recall because the battery overheats and explodes. Stopped production on it.)
Google Pixel and Nexus 6P
~Tablets & Readers~
Apple iPad Pro 9.7, Mini 4
Google Pixel C
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
~Online Social Communities~
Xbox One S 2TB, S, One
Playstation 4 Pro, 4, 3, and 2
Nintendo Wii and Wii U
Self Lacing Shoes
Electric, hybrid, and self driving cars
2016 Top Celebrities:
(People.com and TMZ.com)
Robert Downey Jr.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani
Beyonce’ and JayZ
Kendall & Kylie Jenner
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
2016 Top Athletes:
2016 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl: The Denver Broncos win 24-10 against the Carolina Panthers
Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin
The Kentucky Derby: Nyquist
The Masters: Danny Willett
NBA Championship: The Cleveland Cavaliers won their first championship by defeating the Golden State Warriors 4-3
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Andy Murray
Women’s singles: Serena Williams
FIFA World Cup: In 2018
Women’s World Cup: in 2019
World Series: Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians 4 games to 3 to win their first World Series in 108 years
Olympics. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Top three winning countries: USA won 121 medals, Great Britain won 67 medals, China won 70 medals
2016 Top Songs:
(Billboard.com Hot 100)
Hello~ Adele —number 1 in January
Pillowtalk~ Zayn —number 1 in February
Work~ Rihanna feat. Drake —number 1 in March and April
Panda~ Desiigner —number 1 in May
One Dance~ Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla —number 1 in June and July
Cheap Thrills~ Sia feat. Sean Paul —number 1 in August
Closer~ Chainsmokers feat. Halsey —number 1 in September and October
Black Beatles ~ Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane —number 1 in November and December
Other Popular Songs in 2016:
24K Magic ~ Bruno Mars
Don’t Let Me Down ~ Chainsmokers feat Daya
Starboy ~ The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
Love Yourself ~ Justin Bieber
H.O.L.Y. ~ Florida Georgia Line
Can’t Stop The Feeling ~ Justin Timberlake
Don’t’ Wanna Know ~ Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar
Blue Ain’t Your Color ~ Keith Urban
Stressed Out ~ twenty one pilots
Fake Love ~ Drake
Die A Happy Man ~ Thomas Rhett
2016 Top Television Shows:
This Is Us
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Game of Thrones
The Night Manager: Miniseries
Gilmore Girls Revival
The Walking Dead
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
The Big Bang Theory
The Good Wife
American Idol: Final Season
2016 Top Movies:
Kung Fu Panda 3 –number 1 in January
Deadpool –number 1 in February
Zootopia –number 1 in March
The Jungle Book –number 1 in April
Captain America: Civil War –number 1 in May
Finding Dory –number 1 in June
Secret Life of Pets –number 1 in July
Suicide Squad –number 1 in August
Sully –number 1 in September
The Girl on the Train –number 1 in October
The Accountant —number 1 in October
Moana —number 1 in November
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story —number 1 in December
Other popular movies…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ride Along 2
Batman vs. Superman
The Girl on the Train (2016)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
La La Land
2016 Top Books:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ~ Play by Jack Thorne
StrengthsFinder 2.0 ~ Tom Rath
Diary of A Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down ~ Jeff Kinney
Girraffes Can’t Dance ~ Giles Andreae
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success ~ Carol Dweck
First 100 Words ~ Roger Priddy
The Magnolia Story ~ Chip and Joanna Gaines
Oh the Places You’ll Go! ~ Dr. Suess
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts ~ Gary Chapman
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Are of Decluttering and Organizing ~ Marie Kondo
The Last Mile ~David Baldacci
The Obsession ~Nora Roberts
Stuck-Up Suit ~ Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Bounty ~Kristen Ashley
The Girl On The Train ~Paula Hawkins
The Rainbow Comes and Goes ~ Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
The Sleep Revolution ~Arianna Huffington
When Breath Becomes Air ~ Paul Kalanithi
Thomas Jefferson and the Trapoli Pirates ~ Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
Alexander Hamilton ~Ron Chernow
2016 Top Fashion and Trends:
Beachy long hair on women
Shoulder-length bob hair on women
Pastel-colored hair and highlights
Skinny jeans and pants with heels
Acid washed or Splashed pattern pants and jeans
Boho skirts and dresses
Mid-drift baring tops
Yoga Pants, leggings, and patterned running tights
High-waisted pants and shorts for women
Fitted and skinny jeans on men paired with converse or dress shoes
Lumberjack look for men
2016 World Population:
7,321,500,000 and counting…
2016 Major Events and Headlines:
2016 is a Leap Year
January 8 – Joaquín Guzmán, widely regarded as the world’s most powerful drug trafficker, is recaptured following his escape from a maximum security prison.
January 16 – The International Atomic Energy Agency announces that Iran has adequately dismantled its nuclear weapons program, allowing the United Nations to lift sanctions immediately.
January 28 – The World Health Organization announces an outbreak of the Zika virus.
February 7 – North Korea launches a long-range rocket into space, violating multiple UN treaties and prompting condemnation from around the world.
March 1- Super Tuesday in Presidential election. Many states in the US hold caucuses.
March 3- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto compares Donald Trump to a couple historic dictators, Hitler being one of them.
March 20- President Barack Obama visits Cuba to “…bury the last remnant of The Cold War in the Americas.”
March 22 – Three coordinated bombings in Brussels, Belgium kill at least 32 and injure at least 250. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attacks.
March 24 – Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić is sentenced to 40 years in prison after being found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the Bosnian War.
April 3 – The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung publishes a set of 11.5 million confidential documents from the Panamanian corporate Mossack Fonseca that provides detailed information on more than 214,000 offshore companies, including the identities of shareholders and directors including noted personalities and heads of state.
May 19 – EgyptAir Flight 804 crashes with 66 people on board over the Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo.
June 23 – The United Kingdom votes in a referendum to leave the European Union.
August- A creepy clown hoax starts in South Carolina. People in clown costumes scare and try to lure children into the forest. By October, ‘scary clown sightings’ are reported all over the U.S. resulting in a few arrests.
August 11 – Protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline start to get tense and arrests are made as more people arrive to support the Native American Sioux tribe to defend the conservation of it’s water and land against the oil company set to build a crude oil pipeline through it.
August 5–21 – The 2016 Summer Olympics are held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
August 24–present – Syrian Civil War: Turkish Armed Forces and Syrian rebels cross over the Syrian border and take Jarabulus from ISIS.
August 31 – The Brazilian Senate votes (61–20) to impeach the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff. The Vice President of Brazil, Michel Temer, who had assumed the presidential powers and duties as Acting President of Brazil during Rousseff’s suspension, takes office for the remainder of her term.
September 3 – The US and China, together responsible for 40% of the world’s carbon emissions, both ratify the Paris global climate agreement.
September 9 – The government of North Korea conducts its fifth and reportedly biggest nuclear test. World leaders condemn the act, with the South calling it “maniacal recklessness”.
September 21 – Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan (Company that produces the EpiPen, a live-saving device for severe allergic reactions), comes under fire from the government due to recent hike in price of EpiPens. The public and lawmakers described the price increase from $100 to $600 as ‘sickening’ and ‘greedy’.
September 21 – Black Lives Matter protests come to a head and turn violent in Charlotte, NC, after a recent string of police-officer-involved shootings of alleged unarmed black citizens all over the United States.
October 8 – A video is released of presidential candidate Donald Trump having a private conversation in 2005 on the Days of Our Lives set with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush. Trump is caught on a hot microphone bragging in vulgar terms about how he can essentially sexually impose himself on any female because, “when you’re a star, they let you do it”. Billy Bush is suspended from Access Hollywood, Trump issues an apology and then continues his campaign for president.
October 28 – FBI Director James Comey notified Congress that his agency found new emails related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Her polls dropped after the emails were revealed. The FBI found them during a probe of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of one of Clinton’s top aide’s, Huma Abedin. Weiner was being investigated for sending explicit messages to an underage girl.
November 8 – Republican Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election in a surprise upset against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
December 19 – Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, was assassinated. Also on that day, a truck drove into a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, killing at least a dozen people and leaving many more injured.
2016 Pop Culture:
(Wikipedia.com & People.com)
January 10- Two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the album Blackstar, American music legend and actor, David Bowie, died from liver cancer in his New York City apartment.
January 14- Legendary English actor and director Alan Rickman died from pancreatic cancer. He was best known for his character Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.
January 14- Celine Dion’s husband Rene¢ Angelil died at the age of 73.
January 16- Jada Pinkett Smith tweets about boycotting the Oscars this year because of the lack of diversity in nominations. More celebrities join the boycott.
January 18- Glen Frey, an American music icon and founding member of the legendary Eagles rock band, died at the age of 67 from complications from pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis.
January 21- American music mogul Mariah Carey and Australian billionaire James Packer announce their engagement.
January 21- One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth welcome son Freddie Reign.
January 27- Tyra Banks and her boyfriend, Norwegian photographer Erik Asla, welcomed son York Banks Asla via surrogate.
February 2- Controversial show, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, begins airing on FX.
February 11- Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and wife, Cassie Kelley, welcomed their first child, son Ward Charles Kelley.
February 28- Chris Rock hosts the 88th Academy Awards where Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins his first Oscar for Best Actor for his role in The Revenant.
March 4- Country music singer Joey Feek, part of the Joey + Rory music group, died from a long battle with cervical cancer at the age of 40. The public followed her battle with cancer through her husband Rory’s blog updates.
March 6- First Lady of the United States, Nancy Reagan, died at the age of 94. She was married to the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan who died in 2004 at the age of 93.
March 24- Comedian and actor Gary Shandling died at the age of 66 after collapsing in his home.
March 24- Actress Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman welcome first child. They named their son, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman.
March 29- American actress, Patty Duke, died at the age of 69. She won the Academy Award at the age of 16 for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Helen Keller in a 1962 film The Miracle Worker.
April 1 – Broadway musical sensation Hamilton opens. It receives rave reviews and several awards. Tickets sell out into the next year.
April 4- Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna get engaged after 3 months of dating.
April 6- Country music icon, Merle Haggard, died on his 79th birthday after suffering from pneumonia.
April 12- Singer Kelly Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock welcome son Remington Alexander Blackstock.
April 14- American musician John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen welcome their first child. They named their baby girl Luna Simone Stephens.
April 20 – Kelly Ripa is angry after being notified on-air of her cohost Michael Strahan’s departure from the show.
April 20- Professional American wrestler Joan Marie Laurer, also known as Chyna, died at the age of 46.
April 21- Another music legend gone. Prince Rogers Nelson died at the age of 57 inside his Minnesota home.
April 23- The public goes wild over American singer Beyonce’s 6th album titled Lemonade, after visual album aired on HBO. The album heavily hints at her husband JayZ’s infidelity.
April 29- Prince William and Duchess Kate celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary.
May 23 – Amber Heard files for divorce from Johnny Depp after 15 months of marriage, and accuses him of abuse.
June 3- American boxer, activist, and icon, Muhammed Ali, dies at the age of 74 .
August 26 – After a recent string of police shootings of alleged unarmed black citizens, San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick sits during national anthem in protest of a flag that represents a country that oppresses black people and people of color. He receives a lot of criticism and support from the media, fans, and the general public.
August 29 – Beloved American actor Gene Wilder dies at age 83.
September 10 – Iconic American professional golfer, Arnold Palmer, dies at the age of 87.
September 16 – Nick Gordon is found legally responsible for Bobbi Kristina Brown’s July 2015 death.
Sept 19- Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt. Pitt’s parenting is at the center of the split.
October 3- Kim Kardashian-West was tied-up and robbed in while staying in Paris. Millions of dollars worth of jewelry and personal items were taken.
November 8 – Kensignton Palace confirms relationship between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.
November 10 – Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian welcome daughter, Dream Renee.
November 23 – Kanye West is hospitalized for sleep deprivation and exhaustion causing him to cancel the remainder of his tour.
November 25 – Gilmore Girls revival releases 4 episodes on Netflix.
November 25 – Fidel Castro dies at the age of 90. He was a controversial leader and 17th President of Cuba.
December 8 – John Glenn, an American astronaut, pilot, engineer, and politician, dies at the age of 95. He was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.
December 13 – Beloved American actor Alan Thicke dies at the age of 69. He was best known for his role as the father, Jason Seaver, on 1980’s hit television series Growing Pains.
December 25 – Iconic English singer-songwriter George Michael dies at the age of 53.
December 27 – Carrie Fisher, an American actress best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie series, dies at the age of 60.
December 28 – Debbie Reynolds dies at the age 84, one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Reynolds was also a well-known American actress.
2016 Top Science Breakthroughs:
(Wikipedia.com, livescience.com, iflscience.com)
February 10- Scientists successfully connect individual neurons using lasers.
March 1- U.S. Army could begin using laser weapons by 2023.
March 14 – The ESA and Roscosmos launch the joint ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter on a mission to Mars.
March 17- Nike Will Release Self-Lacing Shoes By The End Of This Year.
April 7- Several platoons of self-driving trucks just made their way across Europe.
April 22- A researcher just accidentally developed a battery that could last a lifetime
April 25- The recent announcement that a young paralyzed man in Ohio in the US named Ian Burkhart managed to regain the use of his fingers after having a chip implanted in his brain is an exciting step forward for science and healthcare.
April 25- Mechanical sea snakes could be the future of underwater exploration.
April 29- Near the deepest spot in the world’s oceans, scientists have discovered a jellyfish that looks more alien spaceship than deep-sea cnidarian.
July 4 – NASA’s Juno spacecraft enters orbit around Jupiter and begins a 20-month survey of the planet.
July 22 – The final videocassette recorder is manufactured by the Japanese company Funai.
July 26 – Solar Impulse 2 becomes the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the Earth.
August 24 – Scientists confirm existence of a habitable planet Proxima b orbiting Proxima Centauri star.
September 7 – Apple releases iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. New features are wireless earbuds with no headphone jack, water resistant body, dual camera, and more.
September 21 – Scientists report that, based on human DNA genetic studies, all non-African humans in the world today can be traced to a single population that exited Africa between 50,000 and 80,000 years ago.
October 11 – President Obama renews a vision for US government involvement in a human mission to the planet Mars by the mid-2030s.
November 8 – New data released by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) shows that the five years from 2011 to 2015 were the warmest on record, largely due to human activities, with 2016 likely to be even hotter.
December 5 – Researchers at Harvard discover a causal link between RNA splicing and aging.
December 8 – The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announces that giraffe populations declined from 155,000 in 1985 to 97,000 in 2015. Their conservation status is moved from “least concern” to “vulnerable”.
~Tesla brings autopilot feature to its fleet of automobiles.
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