2016 was a busy year, below are just some of the top stories looked up by the three largest search engines.
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Powerball Harambe the Gorilla 2016 Election
Prince Pokémon Go Donald Trump
Hurricane Matthew Evgenia Medvedeva Roblox
Pokémon Go HaloLens Gwen Stefani
Slither.io 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
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, 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.