A look back and what’s to come: 2016 and 2017



2016 may not have been the worst year in history, but it had many ups and downs, with many focusing on the downs. Here is a look back at the different main events of 2016.



   The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors were the two NBA teams that faced each other in the 2016 finals. The Warriors lost their three to one lead, and the Cavs won in an intense game seven.

  One of the most memorable events this year were the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Simone Biles, a 19-year-old gymnast competing for the United States, made everyone proud when she came home with ten gold medals, two silver, and two bronze. Other notable olympians include Michael Phelps, the most decorated of all time, and 18-year-old Katie Ledecky, who became the first person to swim and win all four freestyle races.   

  The 2016 World Series began on October 25th, and ended on November 2nd. After the first four games, the Cleveland Indians were leading with three wins, while the Chicago Cubs only had one. They blew their lead when the Cubs came from behind and won the next three games, winning them a World Series for the first time in 108 years.

Pop Culture

  In the month of August, everyone’s worst fears came true when a clown epidemic swept across America, with most of the sightings occurring on the east coast and in the midwest. The news of the clowns spread through every corner of the internet and in conversation, despite the small number of real clown sightings.

  The top grossing movie of last year was Finding Dory, the Finding Nemo sequel which explored Dory’s past. It was followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Captain America: Civil War. The fourth and fifth slots contained the children movies, The Secret Life of Pets and The Jungle Book.  

 2016 was a year of notable memes which included kazoo kid, confused Mr. Krabs, d*mn Daniel, dat boi, Harambe, Arthur clenching his fist, Ken Bone, and Kermit the Frog. It would be almost impossible to list every single meme, but these were some of the most prominent ones.

  To some people’s surprise, on November 8th, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. Despite losing the popular vote, he received 279 electoral votes. After the election many became suspicious of outside interference, which was later proven to be true as Russia rigged the election in favor of Donald Trump.


  Major celebrity deaths included David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Leonard Cohen, John Glenn, Carrie Fisher, and her mother Debbie Reynolds.

  Brexit, a mix of the words “British” and “exit”, occurred when the United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union. On June 23, 52% of votes were cast in favor of leaving the EU, most of which belonged to the Conservative Party.

  On June 12 a security guard at Pulse, a local gay club in Orlando, killed 49 people and injured 53. It is said to be one of the worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11. The weeks after the attack were spent mourning the lives of those who were lost.




  While most found 2016 dreary it is looking to be pretty interesting in 2017 between a variety in anticipated media, a major shift in American politics, a solar eclipse, and even graduation for many here at Darby.



  March will start the major movies of the year with some nostalgic vibes. Both Beauty and the Beast and Power Rangers are live action throwbacks.

  Summer movie hits, staring off in May, will probably be the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean, and Baywatch, a remake of the old television show starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron.

  June graces us with Cars 3, where Lightning McQueen gets a mechanical upgrade, and Wonder Woman, which is set during WWI. The fifth Transformers movie and third Despicable Me will also premiere this month. The following month theaters will present Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes, and The Emoji Movie.

  The end of the year has many long awaited sequels to widely popular movies. Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League will premiere in November. December has Star Wars VIII which will include the late Carrie Fisher, and a Jumanji sequel starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart. Pitch Perfect Three will also premiere in December.


  Television events throughout the year include the Super Bowl on February fifth where Lady Gaga will perform the halftime show. NBC’s now annual live musical will have Jennifer Lopez starring in Bye Bye Birdie.

  Scandal will start its sixth season in January, the seventh and second to last season of Game of Thrones will begin in June and Netflix will release two marvel shows this year, Iron Fist and The Defenders.


  Ed Sheeran, Bella Thorne, Fergie, Christina Aguilera, and Nine Inch Nails have all announced new music for the new year, but with minor release details. Puff Daddy’s farewell album, No Way Out, will be on shelves in July after Kelly Clarkson’s return to soul music in June.


  The last of the secret files surrounding John F. Kennedy’s assassination will be released before October 26th. This is a deadline from a 1992 act which gave the government 25 years to make the around 3,000 documents public. Of course, after Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20th, the to-be president is granted full rights to stop or postpone this.


 A total eclipse, which will be visible to virtually all of America will occur in August.  This will be the first time mainland US will witness one since 1979.


  Prom will be on April 29th at the Columbus Athenaeum. A month later seniors will walk the stage at graduation on May 24th at the Schottenstein Center.

Written by Olivia Deslandes and Madeline Capka

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