“That’ll never happen” — a look back at 2016

In 2016:

The World Health Organization announced the outbreak of the Zika virus;

The United Kingdom voted in a nationwide referendum to leave the European Union;

The Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro;

The website www.abevigoda.com changed its status;

Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America;

The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Superbowl 50;

Peyton Manning retired from professional football;

The Cleveland Indians overcame a 3 game to 1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors and capture their first NBA Championship;

The Chicago Cubs battled back from a 3 game to 1 deficit to defeat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, ending a 108 year drought;

Four films grossed over $1 billion: Captain America: Civil War; Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryFinding Dory; and Zootopia;

The Big Bang Theory aired its 200th episode while The Simpsons aired its 600th episode;

American Idol aired its final episode;

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature;

The Powerball lottery prize surpassed $1 billion for the first time;

Uptown Funk” won the Grammy for Record of the Year;

President Obama became the first US president to visit Cuba since 1928;

Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan retired from professional basketball;

Hamilton won the Tony Award for Best Musical;

The US Treasury Department announced Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20;

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison for paying “hush” money to victims he had sexually abused;

Ringling Bros, and Barnum and Bailey Circus ceased featuring elephants during their live shows;

Hillary Clinton’s use of private e-mail to conduct State Department business while she was Secretary of State became a major scandal;

President Obama became the first US President to visit Hiroshima;

Thirty five years after he attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley Jr. was released from institutional psychiatric care;

Game of Thrones won the Emmy for Best Drama while fellow HBO program Veep won the Emmy for Best Comedy;

A 2005 video of candidate Donald Trump making lewd comments about women was released;

David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, Antonin Scalia, Boutrous Boutros-Ghali, Umberto Eco, Harper Lee, George Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, George Martin, Larry Drake, Keith Emerson, Garry Shandling, Patty Duke, Merle Haggard, Doris Roberts, Chyna, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Kimbo Slice, Peter Schaffer, Gordie Howe, Anton Yelchin, Pat Summitt, Michael Cimino, Elie Wiesel, Abbas Kiarostami, Hector Babenco, Garry Marshall, Marni Nixon, Tim LaHaye, David Huddleston, Kenny Baker, Fyvush Finkel, Arthur Hiller, Mr. Fuji, Gene Wilder, Jon Polito, Phyllis Schlafly, Edward Albee, Curtis Hanson, Arnold Palmer, Shimon Peres, Andrzej Wajda, Dario Fo, Leonard Cohen, Janet Reno, Robert Vaughn, Florence Henderson, Fidel Castro, Ron Glass, John Glenn, Alan Thicke, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Richard Adams, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds died.

These are my top ten films released in 2015:

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