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Antonin Scalia Dies - Nominated by President Reagan in 1986, Scalia served as a Supreme Court justice for nearly 30 years, until his death in February. Scalia had conservative views and was passionate about his opposition to affirmative action. He also had strong views about the executive branch remaining superior to other areas. His death left a vacancy that has yet to be filled and has proved problematic for important cases because there is no one to break a tie in votes. Merrick Garland was nominated by the Obama administration to fill the seat, but the nomination has yet to be approved, and most likely will not be, by the U.S. Senate.

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On Nov. 25, the communist dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro, died of unknown causes. During his reign, he converted Cuba to a one-party, socialist state. His harsh leadership led to an exile of more than a million citizens fleeing from Cuba over the decades to escape his communist grasp.

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Pokemon Go Frenzy – Released in July, Pokemon Go is an app based off of the popular Pokemon trading cards. In the app, players use GPS to locate and capture virtual creatures, then train them to battle. Because of it requires users to move around, the first week of installation saw an average bump of 955 additional steps per day (Forbes Magazine). However, the fandom of Pokemon Go was short lived and survived a mere six weeks.

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Rio Olympics – From Aug. 5 to 21, the United States competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The U.S. team had 554 representatives in 30 sports, taking home 121 medals. The Opening Ceremony flag bearer, Michael Phelps, went into his fifth Olympics as the most decorated Olympian of all time and left with five more gold medals and one silver medal in swimming.

2016 Presidential Election – On Nov. 8, Donald Trump was elected 45th president of the United States. Trump’s win was a huge surprise to there American people, seeing as Hillary Clinton had the clear lead in the majority of the polls leading up to Election Day. The upset was made even more surprising when Trump took home the states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, three states that were expected to go the Democrats. Trump ended with 304 electoral college votes, compared to Clinton’s 227. Clinton became the fifth presidential ever to win the popular vote, but lose the Electoral College vote. She had nearly 3 million more votes than Trump nationwide.

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iPhone 7 is Released – On Sept. 16, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were released by Apple Inc. The new iPhone introduced new color options and was said to be the first water resistant iPhone. Because the home key is static and the headphone jack was replaced with wireless headphones, the iPhone 7 has far fewer openings for water to seep into. The new iPhone also has improved system and graphics performance and a better rear camera with enhanced zoom capabilities. The iPhone 7 created controversy as critics claimed there was not enough difference between the iPhone 6 and 7.

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Cubs Win the World Series – On Nov. 2, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, their first title in 108 years. The Cubs were down, 3 games to 1, but came back to win it all. The final score of Game Seven, after 10 innings, was 8-7, and Ben Zobrist was named World Series MVP.

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Brexit Vote – On June 23, the United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union due to a 52 percent vote by the people to leave. The so-called Brexit (British exit) has been controversial because polls from 1973 to 2015 showed popular support for membership in the European Union. This exit will not go into effect until 2019. British Prime Minister, David Cameron immediately resigned from Parliament following this vote because of his strong stance on remaining in the EU. Theresa May replaced Cameron to become the second female prime minister in British history.

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Antonin Scalia Dies – Nominated by President Reagan in 1986, Scalia served as a Supreme Court justice for nearly 30 years, until his death in February. Scalia had conservative views and was passionate about his opposition to affirmative action. He also had strong views about the executive branch remaining superior to other areas. His death left a vacancy that has yet to be filled and has proved problematic for important cases because there is no one to break a tie in votes. Merrick Garland was nominated by the Obama administration to fill the seat, but the nomination has yet to be approved, and most likely will not be, by the U.S. Senate.

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Death of Harambe the Gorilla and Birth of a Meme – On May 28, a 3-year-old boy fell into the moat at a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo. A male gorilla, Harambe, got ahold of the boy and began dragging him. In order to prevent fatal injury, Harambe was killed with a single gunshot. Much controversy arose from Harambe’s death because it was unclear whether the child was actually in danger. After his death, the gorilla became the subject of several viral memes. Vox Magazine claimed that Harambe has an “undeniable status as 2016’s meme of the year.” RIP Harambe.

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Dakota Access Pipeline – This oil pipeline project was planned to go from North Dakota to South Dakota to Iowa to Illinois. Multiple Native American yribes resisted the development of this project because of its potential impact on their fresh water sources. In August, ReZpect Our Water brought a petition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and sued for an injunction. Protesting near the sight of construction brought international attention. On Dec. 4, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers halted the project and began looking for an alternative route.

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