What is known about the year 2016 on its last day:
The 2016 election for US president: The popular vote:
- 48.04% Hillary Clinton
- 45.95% Donald Trump
- 3.28% Gary Johnson
- 1.06% Jill Stein
- 0.53% Evan McMullin
- 0.15% Darrell Castle
- 0.08% Bernie Sanders
- 0.05% Gloria La Riva
Thanks to the electoral college, Donald Trump won.
Trump had the support of White Evangelical Protestants, the alt-right, fake news, US cable news, Russian trolls and, according to the CIA, Russian hackers. Meanwhile Hillary Clinton took the Black and Latino vote for granted.
Hate crimes increased after Trump’s victory. Even before that, White children were becoming more openly racist.
Forty-nine were gunned down at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
US police continue to gun down Black and Native people as if their lives do not matter, notably:
- Alton Sterling,
- Philando Castile,
- Korryn Gaines,
- Sylville Smith,
- Tyre King,
- Terence Crutcher,
- Keith Lamont Scott
- Alfred Olango,
- Deborah Danner, and
- Jackie Salyers.
Meanwhile Freddie Gray’s killers walked free.
Brexit: Britain voted to leave the European Union. Like Trump’s victory, it took the press by surprise and seemed partly driven by White nationalism.
War: The Syrian Civil War remains the most violent conflict in the world, though Iraq and Afghanistan are not far behind. Russia and its allies took back Aleppo (pictured above), Syria’s second city. Meanwhile the US and its allies fought to take back Mosul, Iraq’s second city.
Water: In the US, safe water became an issue in Flint and Standing Rock. Not because of some kind of natural disaster or aging pipes, but because state governments favour the interests of banks and the fossil fuel industry over the health of people of colour.
- Beyonce got in Formation at the Super Bowl,
- Jesse Williams spoke at the BET Awards,
- Colin Kaepernick took the knee, and
- Chris Rock hosted #OscarsSoWhite.
Nobel Prize: Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The Smithsonian at long last opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Black US television: Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” and Issa Rae’s “Insecure” appeared for the first time. So did “Luke Cage” and Ava DuVernay’s “13th” on Netflix.
The cosmos: Proxima b, an Earth-like planet, was found circling the nearest star to the Sun.
Doomsday clock: now stands at three minutes to midnight (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists) – as bad as it was in the 1980s, in part because of:
The global temperature average: 14.8 °C in April (NOAA), the warmest April since at least 1880, when records began. It was 1.10 °C above the average April in the 1900s.
Person of the Year: Donald Trump (Time magazine).
Word of the Year: post-truth (Oxford dictionary).
Top US R&B song: “One Dance” by Drake featuring WizKid and Kayla (Billboard).
Top Hollywood film: “Captain America: Civil War”.
Top images (on Google Images):
the most beautiful woman:
– Abagond, 2016.
- anno Domini
- US Election Day 2016
- Unarmed Black Americans killed in 2016 by ISIS, by police
- Issa Rae
- Freddie Gray
- killer cops