Top 4 Shocking And Unbelievable Events of 2016
The year 2016 has been a year of the underdogs. The amount of unexpected moments that have occurred this year have been mind boggling. Of course, change is regarded to as the only constant thing in this world, but the rate at which strange events happened this year defeats logic and patterns. While most of these events don’t have an immediate and direct negative impact, it surely leaves a sour taste in the mouths of those who hoped otherwise. We’ll jump right into our top unbelievable events of 2016:
Donald Trump (US President): This is the current topic on the lips of citizens around the world. The US presidential elections have just been concluded and billionaire Donald Trump has been declared the winner of the election. It’s still shocking to a very large part of the world that a candidate, who doesn’t have any political experience will defeat a long-serving politician in the polls for the presidency of the greatest country on earth. Prior to the elections, the campaign process has been laced with scandals surrounding Donald Trump and his actions in the past – with quite a number of reputable personalities and media bodies against the election of Donald Trump. A major reason was his utterances that insinuated sealing off the United States from immigrants and his approach towards the opposite sex.
During the campaigns, a scandal emerged when the new first lady, Melania Trump gave a plagiarized portion of a speech (a speech Michelle Obama gave during an address to the Democratic National Convention in 2008). Looking at the figures, a lot of Nigerians are still in shock as a famous prophet, who is known to predict outcomes of different events before they occur allegedly predicted a win for Trump’s political contender, Hillary Clinton (who was largely tipped to be the next and first female president for the United States).
Against all odds, Donald Trump has won the election and this will be talked about for a very long time.
Leicester City (Premier League Champions 2015/2016): If you are an English Premier League fan, you’ll agree with us on this one. Imagine you are into sports betting, you’d probably be a millionaire by now if at the beginning of the 2015/2016 EPL season, you predicted that Leicester City will carry the trophy. Being fair, the EPL is a very unpredictable league. This means that a low-rated football club could cause an upset against a very dominant football club. Leicester City had just been promoted to the EPL in 2014/2015 and started on a good note. However, a string of results made them fall into the relegation zone.
A burst of renewed hope in 2014/2015 made Leicester finish 14th position with 41 points. Fast forward one year later. That same team, with some new additions and a new manager were in jubilant moods as they carried the EPL trophy for the first time in the history of the Premier League. This was the same season that Jamie Vardy (a striker at Leicester City) broke the long held record of football legend Ruud Van Nistelrooy for consecutive games scored in, by scoring 13 goals in 11 games for Leicester in 2015.A number of newspapers described their title win as the greatest sporting upset ever, or the best football fairy-tale of history.
Brexit: This also came as a shock to everyone. The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union following an advisory referendum held in June 2016. It was strange that the United Kingdom which had the backing of the European Union since 1975, voted to withdraw in 2016 with 51.89% votes. No one saw it coming. The ex-prime minister of Britain, James Cameron also tendered his resignation as soon as the results were out.
An interesting story came out after votes have been concluded that connoted that most people didn’t know what they were voting for as Google reported sharp upticks in searches not only related to the ballot measure but also about basic questions concerning the implications of the vote.
This meant that a lot of British citizens were asking what the EU meant after voting to withdraw.
Angelique Kerber (World No. 1 Tennis Player): After winning so much trophies and being world No.1 for 309 weeks, Serena Williams – who has been regarded by some commentators as the best female tennis player ever, lost the spot to Angelique Kerber due to a loss in the US Open semifinals and a shoulder injury. Angelique Kerber recently won the 2016 US Open and cemented her spot for the rest of the year as the number one tennis player in the world. The first time this is happening for the 28 year old.
This came as a shock to many tennis lovers as no one would have expected Angelique Kerber to clinch the summit and maintain the spot for the rest of 2016. However, we all expect Serena to regain her position next year.
The year hasn’t fully ended and this post will be updated as events unfold.