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2016 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

<< - 2015

2016 History Snapshot

  • Daylight Saving Twins: Samuel, was born at 1:39 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 at Cape Cod Hosptal in Hyannis, MA.. His brother Ronan was born there, 31 minutes later just as daylight saving time had ended, making Ronan 29 minutes older.
  • The Top Song was Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
  • The Big Movies included Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Finding Dory and Captain America: Civil War
  • 2016's Deadpool was the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, the highest grossing X-Men film, and the highest grossing 20th Century Fox film not directed by James Cameron or George Lucas.
  • Scientists once had a favorite curb at Rose and Prospect streets, in Hayward, CA. They studied the curb because it lay on the Hayward fault line andwas being pulled apart every year. This evidence of Earth’s shifting plates was observed from the 1970s until 2016 when the city decided to fix the sidewalk and unknowingly ruined it.
  • Price of a postage stamp in 2016: 47 cents
  • The World Population was ~ 7,300,000,000
  • 2016 was the first year since 1968 that British Forces had no one killed on operations.
  • And... Athletes in the Olympic Village reportedly used 70,000 condoms at the 2000 games, and 100,000 at the 2008 games. About 450,000 were provided in 2016.

World Series Champions

Chicago Cubs

Superbowl Champions

Denver Broncos

National Basketball Association Champions

Golden State Warriors

NHL Stanley Cup Champions

Pittsburgh Penguins

US Open Golf

Dustin Johnson

US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)

Stan Wawrinka/Angelique Kerber

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Andy Murray/Serena Williams

NCAA Football Champions


NCAA Basketball Champions


Bowl Games

Orange Bowl: December 31, 2015 - Clemson over Oklahoma
Rose Bowl: January 1, 2016 - Stanford over Iowa
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 2016 - Ole Miss over Oklahoma State
Puppy Bowl XII: February 7, 2016 Team Ruff over Team Fluff, 70-44. Most Valuable Puppy: Star (a Chow Chow Mix)

Kentucky Derby


Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog

Vjk-Myst Garbonita's California Journey

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

Donald Trump

Miss America

Betty Cantrell

Miss USA

Deshauna Barber (District of Columbia)

Fashion Icons and Movie Stars

Erin Andrews, Hayley Atwell, Morena Baccarin, Kate Beckinsale, Melissa Benoist, Ashley Benson, Jordana Brewster, Alison Brie, Rose Byrne, Priyanka Chopra, Emilia Clarke, Lauren Cohan, Alexandra Daddario, Brooklyn Decker, Kara Del Toro, Cara Delevingne, Kat Dennings, Natalie Dormer, Hilary Duff, Lena Headey, Gal Gadot, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Ashley Graham, Ariana Grande, Ashley Greene, Gigi Hadid, Holly Holm, Samantha Hoopes, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sarah Hyland, Kendall Jenner, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Victoria Justice, Ellie Kemper, Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively, Caity Lotz, Tatiana Maslany, Rose Mciver, Katherine McNamara, Maria Menounos, Kate Middleton, Chloe Grace Moretz, Olivia Munn, Elizabeth Olsen, Rita Ora, Katy Perry, Emily Ratajkowski, Alexis Ren, Daisy Ridley, Rihanna, Krysten Ritter, Margot Robbie, Ronda Rousey, Nicole Scherzinger, Taylor Swift, Bella Thorne, Ivanka Trump, Melania Trump, Sophie Turner, Sofia Vergara, Olivia Wilde, Emma Watson, Ariel Winter, Deborah Ann Woll

2016 Pop Culture History

Prince Harry took a HIV test live on July 14, 2016 to show how easy it is. It was hailed as a "groundbreaking moment in the fight against HIV." HIV awareness group THT has reported a 5 fold increase in the number of orders of HIV self-tests since the prince's broadcast.

In 2016, streaming services generated more revenue ($3.9 billion) for the music business than album and singles sales ($3.5 billion) for the first time in history. (RIAA)

Pizza Hut set a Guinness World Record for delivering the highest altitude pizza to the top of Kilimanjaro. Pizza Hut used the opportunity to raise money for the nearby Msasani Primary School in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

The classic Happy Birthday song was copyrighted and was illegal to use in public performances/shows unless royalties were paid. This ended in late 2015 and in 2016, Warner paid $14 million in a lawsuit to end the copyright.

Bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States in 2016.

Metallica's Master of Puppets was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" enough for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the United States Library of Congress in 2016, the first metal recording to do so.

Metallica's lawyer once sent a cease and desist letter to Sandman, a Metallica cover band. Metallica later said they had no idea the letter had been sent and offered an apology and told Rolling Stone that they had started out as a cover band, adding "We have a long history of not only enjoying tribute bands, but we started as one. Heck, we even recorded a two-disc album of covers!"

Long Island woman accidentally threw away an envelope with $5000 cash intended for her mortgage, sanitation workers sifted through tons of trash until they found it. They refused to accept a reward.

Game of Thrones was the most pirated TV show of 2016.

The Zomba Prison Project was a music recording made by inmates of a maximum security prison in Malawi known as the " waiting room of hell. " The completed album has 20 songs by 16 prisoners and was nominated for the Best World Music Album in 2016.

Celine Dion stood near the open casket of her deceased husband for 7 hours to greet and comfort complete strangers who had arrived to pay their respects at the public visitation held on the eve of his funeral. She was only expected to stay for 30 minutes.

David Bowie holds the world record for number of music video plays over a 24-hour period with 51 million plays, occurring January 11th, 2016, the day after his death.

In 2016 New Jersey went from the 49th to 6th in Highest Gas Tax in the USA.

Rapper Lil Wayne personally thanked a group of US Marines stuck on the tarmac at the same time as his plane in Indiana.

Simon Smith legally changed his name to Bacon Double Cheeseburger.

It took Boeing 42 years and 1 month to deliver its 10,000 7series aircraft (October 1958-November 2000) and, 42 years and 5 months for Airbus to achieve the same milestone (May 1974-October 2016).

The most common password in 2016 was '123456'.

The 2016 Canadian Census had the highest response rate (98.4%) of any census in Canada since the 1666 New France Census, 350 years earlier .

Abraham Muñoz ran a marathon in 5 hours, 41 minutes, 52 seconds while juggling a soccer ball - without it touching the ground.

In 2016, McDonald's had 36,525 stores and Subway had 44,805.

MLB player Alex Rodriguez will continue to be paid from the 10-year contract he signed with the Texas Rangers in 2000 until June of 2025, despite not playing for the Rangers since 2003 and retiring in 2016.

Isaac Newton predicted that the world would end in 2060 and was obsessed with the number 2016.

In the US, 13 baby boys were named Lucifer in 2016.

The 118th and final element in the periodic table was given the official name "Oganesson" (Og). It was previously known as "Ununoctium" since 1979.

You are more likely to believe a statement that is printed in bold.

Cost of a 30 second Superbowl ad: 5 Million dollars

RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News

Trevon Maurice Franklin of Fresno, California was sentenced to 24 days in federal detention and 20 hours of community service a week in 2018, for downloading the movie 'Deadpool' and uploading it to Facebook, and viewed 6 million times in 2016.

Researchers spent 29 hours searching for Nigeria's last lions with recordings of a distressed buffalo calf through a wildlife national park in 2016. No lions or tracks were found.

Many defective Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals from 2016 Rio Olympic Games are defective and show rusting and chipping.

An underground meth lab was discovered beneath the parking lot of a Walmart in Amherst, New York.

A single lightning strike killed 323 reindeer in 2016 because the deer were clustered together and the electric current was able to travel through the ground and up the animals' legs.

In 2016, Americans paid $15 billion in bank overdraft charges.

The US Department of Agriculture valued a human life at $8.9 Million, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) at $9.5 Million and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) at $10 Million in 2016.

A total of 6,755 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2016.

265 people died at Railroad Crossings in the US.

The Australian women's national team was beaten 7-0 by the Newcastle under-15 boys team.

The average attention span for humans seems to have dropped from 12 seconds in the year 2000, to 8 seconds in 2016, about the same amount of time it takes to read this sentence. #wut

Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts

Xbox One S, Playstation 4 Slim, Playstation 4 Pro, Pokémon Sun and Moon video game

2016 Biggest Television Shows

1. The Walking Dead (AMC)
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
3. This Is Us (NBC)
4. Empire (Fox)
5. Modern Family (ABC)
6. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
7. American Horror Story (FX)
8. The Bachelor (ABC)
9. The Voice (NBC)
10. Designated Survivor (ABC)
11. (tie) How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)/
Scandal (ABC)

Popular Music Artists

Adele, Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, J. Cole, DJ Snake, Drake, Fifth Harmony, Future, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendez, Rihanna, Sia, twenty one pilots, The Weeknd

Number One Hits of 2016

November 14, 2015 - January 22, 2016 : Adele - Hello

January 23, 2016 - February 12, 2017: Justin Bieber - Sorry

February 13, 2016 - March 4, 2016: Justin Bieber - Love Yourself

March 5, 2016 - May 6, 2016: Rihanna featuring Drake - Work

May 7, 2016 - May 20, 2016: Desiigner - Panda

May 21, 2016 - May 27, 2016: Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla - One Dance

May 28, 2016 - June 3, 2016: Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!

June 4, 2016 - August 5, 2016: Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla - One Dance

August 6, 2016 - September 2, 2016: Sia featuring Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills

September 3, 2016 - November 25, 2016: Chainsmokers featuring Halsey - Closer

November 26, 2016 - January 6, 2017: Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane - Black Beatles

Popular Movies

(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Finding Dory
3. Captain America: Civil War
4. The Secret Life of Pets
5. The Jungle Book
6. Deadpool
7. Zootopia
8. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
9. Suicide Squad
10. Sing

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, Finding Dory, The Jungle Book, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , The Secret Life of Pets, Sing, Suicide Squad, Zootopia

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