Top Searches of 2016 (Google, Bing, Yahoo)

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2016 was a busy year, below are just some of the top stories looked up by the three largest search engines.

Google                                              Bing                                              Yahoo
Powerball                              Harambe the Gorilla                    2016 Election
Prince                                   Pokémon Go                              Donald Trump
Hurricane Matthew                Evgenia Medvedeva                     Roblox
Pokémon Go                         HaloLens                                    Gwen Stefani                              Affordable Tesla                          2016 Olympics
Olympics                              Aston Martin Winner                    Khloe Kardashian
David Bowie                         Ryder Cup Heckler                       Megyn Kelly
Trump                                  Iphone 7                                    Jodie Sweetin
Election                                Lady Gaga                                  Kim Kardashian – West
Hillary Clinton                       Beyoncé                                     Hillary Clinton
Olympics                              Amy Schumer                             Election Day
Elections                                                                               Prince
Orlando shooting                                                                   Pulse Nightclub Massacre
Brexit                                                                                   Deadly Attack in Istanbul
Zika virus                                                                             Hurricane Matthew
El Chapo                                                                              Baton Rogue Police Shooting
Brussels                                                                               EgyptAir Flight 804 Found
Nice, France                                                                         Trump Protests
Panama Papers                                                                     Clinton Emails
Aleppo                                                                                  Presidential Debate

Top Stories of 2016

Pulse nightclub mass shooting
On June 12, 2016, a gunmen opened fire at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Gunman Omar Mateen, 29, who was shot and killed by police, called 911 and pledged his allegiance to ISIS after the attack.

Brussels terrorist attack
Suicide bombers set of three explosions through the Belgian capital of Brussels, two at Zaventem Airport and one in a nearby subway station, killing 32 people and injuring hundreds more on March 22, 2016. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, which came just four days after authorities captured the terrorist allegedly behind the 2015 Paris attacks.

Dakota Access Pipeline victory
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other interest groups gained national attention this year for protesting plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline to travel underneath the Missouri River, the primary source for the tribe’s drinking water. After months of tirelessly protesting pipeline, saying that it would destroy sacred sites and contaminate their water supply, activists at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation were finally able to celebrate after the Army Corps of Engineers decided to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline on Dec. 4, 2016.

Zika Virus
Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause severe birth defects in the infants of infected mothers, was declared a global public health emergency by the World Health Organization in February 2016. Most cases of the Zika virus have no symptoms, but if the infection is contracted during pregnancy, it can lead to severe birth defects characterized by an abnormally small and undeveloped brain. The virus is transmitted primarily through mosquito bites, but can also be transmitted through childbirth, sexual contact and blood transfusions. The Zika virus became a major obstacle associated with the 2016 Rio Olympics when many athletes and reporters opted out of participating due to concerns over the virus, which was prominent in Brazil at the time.

Presidential election results 2016
A traumatic election came to a shocking end when Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. Despite the majority of polls and pundits predicting a Hillary Clinton victory, Trump secured the 220 Electoral College votes needed to claim the presidency, but did lose to Hillary in the popular vote nonetheless.