2016

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December 6, 2021

2016 (MMXVI) was a leap year that began on a Friday in the Gregorian calendar.

Events

January

January 1 A free trade agreement between Ukraine and the EU enters into force at the same time as Russia terminates its free trade agreement with Ukraine. More than 600 reports of sexual abuse are received on New Year's Eve in Cologne, Germany. According to both prosecutors and police, most of the suspects come from North Africa. January 3 - Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says 47 people have been executed. One of those executed is Shiite religious leader and regime critic Nimr al-Nimr. January 4 - As a result of the migration crisis in Europe, carrier liability is introduced when traveling from Denmark to Sweden. January 6 - North Korea conducts its first hydrogen bomb test. January 8 - A mail plane on its way from Oslo to Tromsö in Norway crashes in the mountains outside Gällivare, Sweden. The two pilots, who come from Spain and France respectively, die. January 9 - Two suspected IS members are killed and three tourists are injured in a failed assassination attempt on a hotel in Hurghada, Egypt. January 12 - 13 people are killed and 14 injured in a suicide bombing in Istanbul, Turkey. IS is said to be behind the act. January 14 7 people are killed and 10 injured in a series of bombings in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. IS takes on the deed. At least 27 people have been killed and more than 30 injured in an attack on a hotel and restaurant in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Al Qaeda is taking action. January 19 - A 15-year-old boy is shot dead in Akalla in northern Stockholm, while the boy's 20-year-old brother is shot. January 23 - 55 people die when one of the worst snowstorms since the 19th century, called "Snowzilla" and "Jonas", affects the northeastern United States. January 24 - 67-year-old lawyer Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa wins the Portuguese presidential election and takes office on March 9. January 25 - A knife fight breaks out in a home for unaccompanied refugee children in Mölndal, Sweden. A female employee at the residence is murdered after she was attacked by a resident who was then arrested. January 27 - The annual Hindersmässan, a market with medieval traditions, begins in Örebro, Sweden, and lasts for three days. January 30 - At least 86 people are killed and more than 50 injured in a terrorist attack carried out by Boko Haram on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Nigeria. January 31 12 people die in a violent fire at a clothing factory in Moscow, Russia. At least 60 people are killed and more than 100 injured in bombings in the Syrian capital Damascus. IS claims to be behind the attacks.

February

1 February 20 people are killed and 29 injured after a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital Kabul. The World Health Organization classifies the spread of the zika virus as an international emergency. The last time this happened was in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014. February 6 - 117 people are killed and 550 injured in a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. February 9 - 12 people are killed and 85 injured in a railway accident in Bad Aibling, Germany. February 10 - This year's winner of the Polar Prize is named: the Swedish music producer Max Martin and the Italian opera singer Cecilia Bartoli. February 11 - So far, 470,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war. February 15 - Bosnia and Herzegovina applies for EU membership. February 17 - 28 people are killed and 61 injured in a bomb blast in the Turkish capital Ankara. February 22 - US and Russia agree to agree on ways to end hostilities in Syria. The temporary ceasefire between the Syrian regime and opposition rebel groups will begin on February 27, according to a proposal agreed between the United States and Russia. 26 February Parliamentary elections are being held in Iran. The Swiss Gianni Infantino was elected chairman of Fifa.

March

March 2 - Prince Oscar of Sweden is born. He becomes Duke of Scania. March 5 - Pa

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