Top 10 events from around the world in the year 2016

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There have been many happenings around the world in the year 2016, especially the unexpected election result of USA, where Donald Trump was elected the USA president.

Here is Top 10 Event around the world

1. Donald Trump is elected President of the USA: Nov 9

In the early hours of November 9, Hillary Clinton called her opponent - businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump - to concede the 2016 US Presidential election. Trump, widely derided by pundits and pollsters as having little chance of winning the election, trounced his Democratic rival by taking 30 states to become president-elect.

 

He will become the 45th President of the United States when he takes over from Barack Obama in January 2017. At the age of 70, he will become the oldest person to assume the office.         

2. Canonization of Mother Teresa: Sept 4

Mother Teresa was canonized by Pope Francis at the Vatican City on Sept. 4, making her a Catholic saint. In December 2015, the Pope had approved the miracle that was needed to declare the Nobel Peace Prize laureate a saint.

3.   Mangalyaan completes first revolution of Mars: Nov

Mangalyaan, India's ambitious Mars orbiter mission that was launched by ISRO on November 5, 2013, completed the first revolution of the Red planet in November 2016.

Following the development, ISRO said that the orbiter had beamed back data that were being analysed to understand the climate and conditions at the planet.

4. United Kingdom votes to leave the EU: June 23

On June 23, the "Leave" camp emerged victorious in the U.K.'s EU referendum, winning 52 per cent of the vote to initiate the process of the UK leaving the European Union.

Nigel Farage, the leader of the populist right-wing United Kingdom Independence Party, told his supporters "Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom." 

5. Iran completes historic nuclear deal: January 17

On Jan. 17, 2016, the USA and European Union lifted economic sanctions against Iran when the country passed inspections proving they had stopped trying to develop nuclear weapons.

 The deal, which allows Iran to continue to use nuclear power for energy, was criticized by Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu. Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani (pictured), hailed it as a "historic day" for the Islamic republic. According to U.S. President Barack Obama, the deal was reached through diplomacy “without resorting to another war in the Middle East.”

6. Taiwan gets first female president: January 16

Tsai Ing-wen created history as she became the first female president of Taiwan on Jan. 16, 2016.

After her victory, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate said, “The results today tell me that the people want to see a government more willing to listen to the people, a government that is more transparent and accountable, and a government that is more capable of leading us past our current challenges and taking care of those in need.” She assumed office on May 20.

7. Australian businessman claims to be Bitcoin creator: May 2

Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright publicly announced himself to be the creator of the crypto-currency Bitcoin.

Since its introduction in 2008, speculation has been rife as to the true identity of "Satoshi Nakamoto," the unidentified programmer (or programmers) believed to be the currency's creator. Wright had been named as Nakamoto by "Wired" magazine in December 2015, although both the story and Wright's subsequent claims have been widely disputed by the Bitcoin community. 

8. Orlando nightclub falls prey to hate crime: June 12

A 29-year-old security guard named Omar Mateen went on a shooting rampage inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S., killing 49 people and wounding a further 53 before being gunned down by the police. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S.

since the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. The shooter swore allegiance to Islamic State on a 911 call before going on his three-hour frenzy. In the aftermath of the killings John Brennan, CIA director, announced that they were unable to find any tangible link between Mateen and IS. 

9. Oscar Pistorius sentenced: July 6

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years imprisonment for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

Pistorius has previously been found guilty of the lesser offence of culpable homicide but the verdict was overturned by a South African appeals court. 

10. Central Italy hit by deadly earthquake: August 24

Central Italy was hit by a devastating earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale. 299 people lost their lives and scores were injured in the aftermath of the earthquake, whose epicenter was close to Accumoli, 47 miles (75 kms) north of Perugia.

The small town of Amatrice was one of the worst affected regions with most of its structures reduced to rubble. The town’s Mayor Sergio Pirozzi went on to state "Amatrice is not here anymore, half of the town is destroyed." 



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