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Major World Events in 2016


Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kiril meet in Cuba
The first historic encounter took place in February after 1,000 years since  the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity split.


Barack Obama
As the first serving US President visited Hiroshima in May.


53% of the British voters decided to leave European Union in the referendum held in June.


Military Coup in Turkey
The Turkish Armed Forces attempted to sieze control of the government in July. The coup, basically, failed even before it started.


World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland
3 million young pilgrims took part in  the event in July.


Earthquake in Italy
A strong earthquake hit central Italy leaving multiple casualties and destroyed towns in August.


The 2016 Summer Olympic Games
The 31 Olympic Games, known as Rio 2016, were held in Brazil in August.


Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa was canonised as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in September.


Donald Trump Becomes the 45th President of the United States
“Underperforming” Trump won the US presidential elections in November.


Fidel Castro
One of the last communist dictators and former Cuba’s president, praised by some and hated by others, died in November at the age of 90.


Cash Crisis in India
The Indian Government caused panic among  people by announcing the withdraval of 1000 and 500 rupee notes in November.


Shinzo Abe
Japanese Prime Minister made a historic visit to Pearl Harbour in December.


Unprecendent Inflow of Refugees to Europe
It is estimated that 8,000 refugees daily came to Europe in 2016. Most of them came  from Syria which is affected by a civil war.