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Top 10 events of 2016 that will go in history

2016 is was leap year, a summer Olympics year, a U.S. presidential election year and so on.. Here s a list of such eventful occasions of 2016 that'll go down the pages of history.

Queen's 90th birthday

The Queen's 90th birthday was on April 21, when she unveiled a plaque marking the start of a four-mile Queen's Walkway at the foot of Castle Hill in Windsor. It connects 63 points of interest in the town, commemorating the Queen's achievement in becoming our longest-reigning monarch after more than 63 years in 2015.

Transit of Mercury

Such transits of Mercury occur just once every eight years on average; the last one happened in 2006, and the next one won't come until 2019. (Venus is the only other planet in our solar system that transits from our perspective, as it and Mercury are the only two planets closer to the sun than Earth. Venus last crossed the sun's face in 2012 and won't do so again until 2117.)

Olympic Games and Paralympics in Brazil

Latin America’s first Paralympics will be remembered as the peoples’ Games where the people of Rio turned out in their droves to support athletes of all countries. The Games were also the best ever in terms of athletic performance with many stand-out performances highlighting 12 days of great sporting action.

US Election 2016

Welcome to fDi's 2016 US Election Hub, bringing together exclusive interviews, commentary and reporting by fDi Magazine and global crossborder investment trends from fDi Markets. Following Donald Trump's historic US election victory, discover how a Trump Presidency will have an impact on international trade, economic development and FDI.

Leonardo DiCaprio wins Golden Globe for film drama actor

Leonardo DiCaprio won the Golden Globe award for best dramatic actor in The Revenant. DiCaprio was saluted with a standing ovation at the Beverly Hilton hotel. He beat out Bryan Cranston of Trumbo, Michael Fassbender of Steve Jobs, Eddie Redmayne of The Danish Girl, and Will Smith of Concussion.

Britain Exit EU after Referendum.

England voted strongly for Brexit, by 53.4% to 46.6%, as did Wales, with Leave getting 52.5% of the vote and Remain 47.5%. Scotland and Northern Ireland both backed staying in the EU. Scotland backed Remain by 62% to 38%, while 55.8% in Northern Ireland voted Remain and 44.2% Leave.

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Safely Back on Earth after One-Year Mission

NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth Tuesday after a historic 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station. They landed in Kazakhstan at 11:25 p.m. EST (10:25 a.m. March 2 Kazakhstan time).

World Top GO Player Defeated by Artificial Intelligence AlphaGo.

In the final game of their historic match, Google’s artificially intelligent Go-playing computer system has defeated Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol, finishing the best-of-five series with four wins and one loss.

Zika Virus spreads across America

The Zika virus "is now spreading explosively" in the Americas, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday, with another official estimating between 3 million to 4 million infections in the region over a 12-month period.

American swimmer Michael Phelps ends his career at Rio Olympics

A little under two years after retiring at London 2012, where he took his collection of Olympic medals to 22 (18 of them gold) and became the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps announced that he was going back into training. And while celebrating his 31st birthday end of June 2016, Michael Phelps brilliantly qualified in three individual distances, plus possibly three relays, for the US Olympic swimming team at the Trials in Omaha.