Back in the Day: 2016

What was happening when T95 turned 37?

POP CULTURE/SCIENCE:

  • Pokémon Go, the real-world mobile game by Niantic, is first released
  • Kim Kardashian is robbed at gunpoint of $10 million worth of jewelry in her hotel in Paris
  • Prince Harry Begins Dating Meghan Markle
  • NASA’s Juno spacecraft began orbiting Jupiter July 4. The craft would later send some of the first close-up images of the planet back to Earth.
  • Reports of creepy clowns trying to lure children into the woods in South Carolina surfaced Aug. 29. The phenomenon would later go national, with hundreds of sightings reported in the United States.
  • American hero John Glenn, who became the first U.S. citizen to orbit Earth, died Dec. 8 at the age of 95.
  • Record Powerball lottery held in America – $1.6 billion, (3 winning tickets)
  • First ever flower grown in space – a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system
  • 8 museum workers from Egyptian Museum, Cairo referred for prosecution for reattaching Tutankhamun’s beard with inappropriate glue
  • British rowing team becomes first female crew and first crew of four to cross the Pacific, San Francisco to Cairns in 257 days
  • Discover of gravitational waves (through collision of two black holes) announced by physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo)
  • Oldest known case of human-Neanderthal sex (100,000 yrs ago) revealed by Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig), 50,000 yr old Neanderthal woman’s remains from Altai mountains show traces of Homo Sapiens DNA
  • Forbes Richest List released, Bill Gates No. 1 with $75 billion, number of world’s billionaires shrinks to 1,810
  • Oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus – 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, revealed by British scientists
  • US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record
  • Archaeologists announce discovery of iron age warrior king buriel ground with 75 graves 2,500 years old in Pocklington, Northern England
  • GPR investigation of Shakespeare’s tomb at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford concludes the Bard’s skull probably has been stolen
  • Longest-ever captured python found on Penang in Malaysia (26ft/8m)
  • Breakthrough Starshot: Scientists and internet entrepreneurs, including Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg, announce interstellar project to send robot spacecraft to Alpha Centauri
  • Harambe, a gorilla form Cincinnati Zoo, is shot after dragging a 3 year old boy who had slipped into it’s enclosure
  • Longest ever hunger strike ends, Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila tastes honey after 16 years
  • South Korean firm Samsung announces it will permanently stop production of Note 7 phones after complaints devices caught fire
  • Amazon announces its 1st delivery by drone 2 km from their warehouse in the UK

SPORTS:

  • Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74 June 3.
  • The summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, opened from Aug. 5 through 21.
  • HOLY COW! The Chicago Cubs, for the first time in 108 years and after a seemingly-prohibitive deficit, came back to beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series Nov. 2.
  • Jimmy Butler breaks Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls record for points in a half, scoring 40 of his 42 points in the second half to lead the Bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors
  • College Football National Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: #2 Alabama beats #1 Clemson, 45-40
  • Super Bowl L, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA: Denver Broncos beat Carolina Panthers, 24–10; MVP: Von Miller, Denver, LB
  • 58th Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins closest finish in race history – by just 0.01s from Martin Truex Jr
  • MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred sends a strong message on the issue of domestic violence; issues a 30-game suspension to NY Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman
  • Peyton Manning announces his retirement from the Denver Broncos and the NFL
  • 78th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Villanova defeats North Carolina, 77-74; Wildcats guard Phil Booth, 20 points
  • NFL Draft: Cal quarterback Jared Goff first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • Stanley Cup Final, SAP Center, San Jose, CA: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat San Jose Sharks, 3-1 for a 4-2 series victory; Penguins 4th title
  • NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers win first title beating defending champion Golden State Warriors, 93-89 for a 4–3 series victory; 1st team to overcome 3–1 deficit; MVP LeBron James 27 points
  • NHL owners meeting unanimously approves the Las Vegas expansion bid to start play in the 2017-18 season. The team is later revealed to be The ‘Vegas Golden Knights’
  • South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to 6 years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013
  • United States men’s 4 × 100m freestyle relay team wins the final in 3:09.92 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Michael Phelps’ record 19th Olympic gold medal. He went on to win the men’s 200m individual medley in 1:54.66 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; becoming the 3rd athlete and 1st swimmer to win 4 consecutive Olympic gold medals in one event. He would finish the Rio Olympis (his last) with a record 28 Olympic Medals in his career.
  • American swimmer Katie Ledecky sets a new world record with a time of 3:56.46 to win the gold medal in the women’s 400m freestyle at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She would become the U.S. darling of the pool, winning four gold medals and a silver in the Women’s 4×100 relay.
  • Usain Bolt ends his Olympic Career with his 8th consecutive gold medal.
  • Kevin Durant scores 30 as the US retains the Olympic men’s basketball title with a comfortable 96-66 win over Serbia at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick kneels in protest during the US national anthem at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium while playing against the San Diego Chargers, objecting to racial injustice and police brutality in the US
  • Veteran broadcaster Vin Scully calls his final LA Dodgers game (7-1 loss in SF) after a record 67 MLB seasons
  • U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte claims he was robbed at gunpoint in Brazil, but later confirms the story was made up

MUSIC NEWS/ENTERTAINMENT:

  • The original lineup of Guns N’ Roses – Axl Rose, Duff McKagen, and Slash – announce they will play their first show together since 1993 at Coachella. Later in the year, they announced the “Not in this Lifetime” tour that is STILL going on to this day, and has a stop in Wichita (First time ever for the band) on October 7th at Intrust Bank Arena.
  • Led Zeppelin cleared of stealing riff from “Stairway to Heaven” from band Spirit in a Los Angeles court
  • Music icon David Bowie died after an 18-month battle with cancer Jan. 10. He was 69. His final record, “Black Star” was prematurely released on Jan. 8, so he could see it out before he died.
  • The musician Prince was found dead at his home April 21. He was 57.
  • Singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen died Nov. 7 at the age of 82.
  • 4-inch lock of John Lennon’s hair sells for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas
  • Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case in Norristown
  • “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, a play written by Jack Thorne with JK Rowling, premieres in London
  • Billy Corgan announces a new solo album, recorded with producer Rick Rubin, via a Facebook live video
  • Actress Shailene Woodley arrested for trespassing while protesting against proposed Dakota Access Pipeline
  • Ray Davies of The Kinks is awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II
  • Disturbed releases their massive cover of the Simon and Garfunkle hit “The Sound of Silence”
  • Notable albums released:
    • Deftones: Gore
    • Kiswitch Engage: Incarnate
    • Rob Zombie: The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser.
    • Volbeat: Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie
    • Blink-182: California (First with Matt Skiba replacing Tom Delonge)
    • Chevelle: The north Corridor
    • Skillet: Unleashed
    • ADTR: Vibrations
    • Green Day: Revolution Radio
    • Alter Bridge: The last Hero
    • Kings of Leon: Walls
    • A7X: The Stage (They would continuously release cover songs and singles throughout the coming year to compliment the album)
    • Metallica: Hardwired… to Self-Destruct
  • Yellowcard officially calls it quits
  • Prophets of Rage officially form
  • Glen Frey of The Eagles dies at 67
  • Sandy Pearlman, producer for The Clash and Blue Oyster Cult, dies at 72
  • British rock and roll band, The Rolling Stones become the first foreign rock band to perform in Cuba, which was documented in their 2016 concert film, The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon.

BOX OFFICE:

  • Famed British actor Alan Rickman died Jan. 14 from cancer. He was 69.
  • “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 Dec. 27.
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Deadpool
  • Zootopia
  • Finding Dory
  • Suicide Squad
  • La La Land
  • Arrival
  • Marvel’s Doctor Strange
  • The Jungle Book (Live Action)
  • Batman v. Superman
  • Moonlight
  • Moana
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 36th Razzies Awards: “Fifty Shades of Grey” wins worst film, worst actor and actress
  • “When the Levees Broke” documentary directed by Spike Lee, of effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, premieres at New Orleans Arena
  • Leonardo DiCaprio finally gets his Oscar for Revenant

TELEVISION: 

  • TV drama “The X-Files” returns after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and produced again by Chris Carter
  • Late-night talk show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” debuts on TBS in the US
  • “Stranger Things” debuts on Netflix created by the Duffer Brothers, starring Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown
  • AT&T buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion
  • ABC Family rebrands as Freeform.
  • The CW and CBS cross episodes with DC’s “The Flash” and “Supergirl.” It’s the first crossover involving a CW series character on a CBS program. Both Flash and Supergirl are produced by Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment. Their parent company, Warner Bros., owns The CW equally with CBS. Supergirl would move to The CW before the start of its second season.
  • Saying in a statement that they are “an inclusive company,” ESPN dismisses Curt Schilling for unacceptable conduct after he shares a photo on Facebook deemed critical of transgender people. It is the latest in a series of controversial political statements made by the former Major League Baseball pitcher turned ESPN analyst.
  • Michael Strahan ends his four-year-run as co-host of Live with Kelly and Michael.
  • For the first time in its history, The Simpsons incorporates a live-to-air animation segment featuring motion capture technology. The three-minute live scene, part of the episode “Simprovised” (in which Homer Simpson takes up improvisational theatre), features Homer (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) talking about things he “could only be saying live on that day” and answering questions fielded from viewers on Twitter between May 1 and May 4
  • In a segment for HBO’s Last Week Tonight about the debt-buying industry, especially “zombie debt” (debt long thought to be settled and buried but comes back to life for collection), host John Oliver announces what is termed as the biggest giveaway in TV history: Oliver reveals he set up an organization called “Central Asset Recovery Professionals” (aka CARP), which purchased, for $60,000, under $15 million in medical debts owed by 9,000 debtors, information on which CARP forwards to a debt-forgiving agency. Oliver’s debt giveaway surpasses Oprah Winfrey’s $8 million automobile giveaway in a 2004 episode of her talk show
  • PBS issues an apology after airing old footage of Washington, D.C. fireworks display during its live broadcast of A Capitol Fourth. In a statement, PBS stated that the show decided to intercut the footage of fireworks from its previous concerts due to an overcast weather condition in Washington, D.C. on Monday night (July 4), which caused several reactions from its viewers.
  • A major change takes place on Sesame Street when producers of the Sesame Workshop-produced HBO/PBS children’s program announce that longtime cast members Bob McGrath (Bob Johnson), Roscoe Orman (Gordon Robinson) and Emilio Delgado (Luis Rodriguez), all of whom had been on the show for over 40 years, would not return as a result of a retooling of the show for its upcoming 47th season (McGrath is the longest tenured of the three, having starred on Sesame Street since its series premiere in 1969)
  • During Dancing with the Stars 23rd season premiere, swimmer and contestant Ryan Lochte is attacked by two audience members after his first performance with dancing partner Cheryl Burke. Lochte and Burke are unharmed, and security rushes the attackers off-camera while host Tom Bergeron forces a commercial break. The attack comes amid a series of backlashes for Lochte, who was suspended by USA Swimming for 10 months after falsely telling authorities in Rio de Janeiro that he was robbed at gunpoint while competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics
  • With the 12th-season premiere episode “Keep Calm and Carry On”, Supernatural becomes the first series to reach a record 12 seasons on The CW. The show is the last remaining CW series that carried over from predecessor networks UPN or The WB
  • Fox’s The Simpsons reaches the 600-episode plateau with its 27th Treehouse of Horror episode, a Halloween tradition that dates back to the series’ 2nd season in 1990. The Simpsons is the longest-running scripted primetime series in U.S. television history by number of seasons (28) and second-longest by number of episodes
  • Dave Chappelle hosts Saturday Night Live, his first comedic TV appearance since abruptly leaving his sketch comedy show in 2005.
  • Westworld debuted on HBO

HISTORICAL EVENTS:

  • Republican Donald Trump is elected President of the United States of America, defeating democrat Hillary Clinton, who received 2.9 million more votes. US electoral collage votes 304 to 227 to nominate Donald Trump for President over the objections of seven faithless electors
  • Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most notorious drug kingpins, was recaptured Jan. 8 after escaping from a maximum security prison in Mexico.
  • The World Health Organization announced Jan. 28 that the Zika virus was “spreading explosively” in the Americas.
  • North Korea, defying warnings from the United Nations and the West, launched a long-range rocket with a satellite into space Feb. 7.
  • President Barack Obama and his family visit Havana, Cuba, March 20. The visit was the first by a U.S. president in 88 years.
  • Terrorists kill 35 people in three coordinated suicide bombings March 22 in the Brussels subway and airport. The attack followed attacks in Paris in 2015 and further laid bare security concerns in Europe.
  • The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, coordinating work between newsrooms across the globe, published some 11.5 million confidential documents from Mossack Fonseca April 3, a Panamanian firm used to hide money overseas. The leaks, later known as the Panama Papers, had a range of implications and implicated well-known personalities, heads of state and more than 214,000 offshore companies.
  • The United Kingdom shocked the world when it voted June 23 to leave the European Union. Leading up to the vote polls and forecasts indicated that a Brexit rejection was almost a lock. It wasn’t.
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated to be president by a major U.S. presidential party July 26.
  • A video of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women in 2006 surfaced Oct. 8 leading to a decline in his polling numbers.
  • Category 5 blizzard delivers record 3ft of snow to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US, killing 55 and incurring estimated $500m – $3bn economic losses
  • Gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53 – worst mass shooting in the US
  • In Dallas Texas, lone gunman shots and kills five police officers, wounding others during a protest march against fatal police shootings of African Americans
  • Mother Teresa canonized by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican
  • US White Houses says it is “confident” Russia behind recent email hacking and attemps to influence US election
  • US army decides it will not allow an oil pipeline to be built in North Dakota, after months of protests by The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
  • Truck driven into a Christmas market in Berlin kills 12, injures 48
  • Barack Obama retaliates against Russia for hacking American computer systems and trying to influence the 2016 presidential election by ejecting 35 Russian spies and imposing sanctions