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2016, in 5 minutes

Many will rejoice as this challenging year comes to a close, but the events that took place in 2016 will have consequences that reverberate far into 2017 and beyond. It was a year with political turmoil and terrorism dominating headlines across the globe. In the US, a bitter election revealed the country’s widening cultural divide. And we lost luminaries like Carrie Fisher and Muhammad Ali, who reminded us not to accept the world as it is, but to be the change we wish to see.

For a recap of the year’s news, check out the video below, or read on to dive deeper into the stories that defined 2016.

Flint, Michigan, water crisis

The opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic, explained

Gravitational waves, explained

Beyoncé’s Lemonade

Brexit, explained

Remembering victims of the Pulse gay nightclub shooting

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s tribute to Orlando nightclub victims

Bastille Day truck attack in Nice, France

Why ISIS attacked Brussels

Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, explained

Turkey’s coup, explained

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Dallas police officers, and fallout

George W. Bush’s message of unity for the nation

Ezra Klein on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions

The DNC email leaks, explained

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Trump’s wall

Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, and the WikiLeaks email scandal, explained

Zika virus, explained

James Comey and the FBI’s role in the election, explained

2016 Olympics: what Rio doesn’t want the world to see

Pokémon Go, explained

Colin Kaepernick’s protest, explained

Donald Trump’s multiple sexual assault allegations

Donald Trump elected POTUS

Russian hackers, Donald Trump, and the 2016 election, explained

The fall of Aleppo, explained

The battle for Mosul, explained

How people outside Syria can think about helping Syrians

UN says 2016 is likely to be warmest year to date on the planet

Elon Musk announces plans to colonize Mars with SpaceX

Coral bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef, explained

The battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline, explained

In memoriam: Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Harper Lee, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Antonin Scalia, Fidel Castro, John Glenn, Nancy Reagan, Arnold Palmer, Gene Wilder, Elie Wiesel, Leonard Cohen, Janet Reno, George Michael, Carrie Fisher

13 pop culture events that defined 2016

White supremacy’s rebrand as the alt-right, explained

“Black Lives Matter” vs. “All Lives Matter”

The case for Universal Basic Income, explained

Obama allows UN to take action on Israeli Settlements

Here are the 2014 and 2015 versions of this video compilation.

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