The 16 Worst Things That Happened in 2016

You probably don’t want to look back on the dumpster fire that was the year 2016, and we don’t blame you. The past year was marred by so much violence, political turmoil, and celebrity death that it’s almost enough to make us long for 1348, when the Black Plague was a thing. Here are the 16 worst things that happened in 2016 that will hopefully make 2017 seem far better in comparison.

David Bowie

The year got off to a rough start with the passing of music legend David Bowie on January 10th. It was revealed that Bowie had been suffering from liver cancer unbeknownst to the public and despite having just released his new album Blackstar only days before. Suddenly, Ziggy Stardust was no more. His last music video for the single “Lazarus” took on new meaning after the tragic loss and many believed it was Bowie’s way of saying goodbye. “Look up here,” the pop star sings. “I’m in heaven.”

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chrisdorney / Shutterstock

The Election

Since 2016 was an election year, it never really had a shot at being that great. After a long, drawn out election cycle, people on both sides of the aisle just wanted to be put out of their misery and find out whether a narcissistic megalomaniac or a sociopathic grandmother would become the next leader of the free world. Between Donald Trump’s endless stream of racist gaffes and the never-ending stream of email leaks, the election cast a cloud over the country and left us more divided than ever before. Thanks for nothing, political system!

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Africa Studio / Shutterstock

Zika Virus

In January 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel warning about the Zika Virus, cautioning that pregnant or child-bearing age women were especially at risk for the mosquito-borne illness. Over 34 countries, which included most of South America, the Caribbean, and even parts of the southern United States, were said to be infected with the disease, keeping thousands of travellers at bay and greatly affecting tourism dollars.

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Jung_Rattanasiri / Shutterstock

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