2016 Fun Facts and Trivia

Updated on January 22, 2020
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Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

Quick Facts From 2016

What are some fun facts, trivia, and historical events from 2016?

  1. Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
  2. Republicans re-elected Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader; Democrats elected Chuck Schumer as Senate minority leader.
  3. President Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Cuba in 88 years.
  4. American astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after 340 days in space.
  5. Harriet Tubman replaced Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20 bill.
  6. Bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks in sales for the first time.
  7. McDonald's had 36,525 restaurants.
  8. Americans paid about $15 billion in bank overdraft charges.
  9. Apple released the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
  10. The mobile game Pokémon GO became the fastest growing app in history.
  11. About 2.9 billion Google searches were made every day.
  12. The Walking Dead (AMC) was the most popular TV show, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the highest-grossing film.
  13. "123456” was the most widely-used password for breached accounts.
  14. Jackson and Ava were favorite baby names, chokers and puffer jackets were fashion statements, and avocado toast and chocolate magic cake were popular food trends.

In 2016, Verizon bought Yahoo, AT&T bought Time Warner, and Apple was the world’s most admired company. The UK voted to leave the European Union, the Paris Climate Change Agreement went into effect, and the Ikea Museum opened in Älmhult, Sweden. The Juno space probe successfully entered Jupiter's orbit, and University of Toronto scientists discovered water deep down in a mine in Canada that was about 1.5 billion years old.

Back in 2016, about 63.5% of Americans owned their own home, health care costs increased by 6.2%, and the average American household had $16,061 in credit card debt. China began to operate the world’s largest radio telescope, the world’s largest blue star sapphire was mined in Sri Lanka, and a radar scan of Shakespeare’s grave confirmed that the body was missing its skull.

In 2016, inflation was 0.12%, the average price for a new car was $25,774, and unemployment edged down to 4.7% during the fourth quarter. The prime rate was 3.75% in December, an ounce of gold was $1,350.91 in July, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $2.14 for the year. One pound of potatoes cost 68 cents, wheat bread was $1.96 for a 16-ounce loaf, and chocolate chip cookies were $3.35 for a 16-ounce package.

Back in 2016, Spotlight won an Oscar for Best Picture, Veep (HBO) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Thinking Out Loud won a Grammy for Song of the Year. The Denver Broncos were the Super Bowl champs, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, and the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Stanley Cup.

What are some more facts and events that defined 2016? Peyton Manning retired from the NFL, Kobe Bryant said goodbye to his Lakers fans, and Alex Rodriguez played his final MLB game at Yankee Stadium. Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson tied the knot, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt parted ways, and former U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan passed away.

Famous people in the news back in 2016 included Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Alex Rodriguez, Angelina Jolie, Bill O’Reilly, Brad Pitt, Chuck Schumer, David Cameron, Harriet Tubman, Hilary Clinton, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Justin Bieber, Kobe Bryant, Dr. Martin Smith, Michael Phelps, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Reagan, Peyton Manning, and Scott Kelly.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, cool trivia, and historical events from the year 2016. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, cars, interesting foods, sports facts, fashion fads, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

Happy reminiscing, and thanks for reading about the facts and events that shaped 2016.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in 2016
  2. Historical Events From the USA

  3. International News
  4. Sports Trivia
  5. Entertainment News
  6. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  7. Most Popular U.S. Websites
  8. Nobel Prize Winners
  9. Amazon’s 20 Best-Selling Books
  10. Most Popular Television Shows for 2016-17
  11. Highest-Grossing Films
  12. Cinematic Treasures Added to the National Film Registry
  13. Horror Movies From 2016
  14. Biggest Pop Music Artists
  15. Top 40 Songs for the Year
  16. Favorite Video Games
  17. Food and Beverage Trends
  18. Famous Weddings and Divorces
  19. Famous People Who Died in 2016
  20. Ten Best-Selling Cars and Trucks
  21. The World’s Most Admired Companies
  22. American Companies That Were Launched

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and historical events from the year 2016.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and historical events from the year 2016.

1. Grocery Prices in 2016

These grocery facts have been made available courtesy of VisualCapitalist.com.

  1. All-purpose flour (one pound): 56 cents

  2. White rice (one pound): 72 cents

  3. Sugar (one pound): 64 cents

  4. Pasta (one pound): $1.30

  5. White bread (one pound): $1.37

  6. Wheat bread (one pound): $1.96

  7. Whole milk (one gallon): $3.20

  8. Salted butter (one pound): $3.60

  9. American cheese (one pound): $4.37

  10. Eggs (one dozen): $1.68

  11. Red Delicious apples (one pound): $1.44

  12. Bananas (one pound): 57 cents

  13. Navel oranges (one pound): $1.25

  14. Seedless grapes (one pound): $2.76

  15. Strawberries (12 ounces): $2.44

  16. Lemons (one pound): $2.04

  17. Tomatoes (one pound): $1.93

  18. Broccoli (one pound): $1.63

  19. Dried beans (one pound): $1.41

  20. Potatoes (one pound): 68 cents

  21. Ground beef (one pound): $4.25

  22. Top round steak (one pound): $5.90

  23. Sirloin steak (one pound): $8.39

  24. Boneless pork chops (one pound): $4.09

  25. Boneless chicken breasts (one pound): $3.25

  26. Frozen turkey (one pound): $1.55

  27. Sliced bacon (one pound): $5.42

  28. Creamy peanut butter (one pound): $2.58

  29. Chocolate chip cookies (one pound): $3.35

  30. Ice cream (½ gallon): $4.76

In 2016, the Starbucks pink drink was a popular alternative to the coffee menu. The pink drink is made from coconut milk that is combined with accents of passion fruit and acai berries, and topped with a scoop of strawberries.
In 2016, the Starbucks pink drink was a popular alternative to the coffee menu. The pink drink is made from coconut milk that is combined with accents of passion fruit and acai berries, and topped with a scoop of strawberries.

2. Historical Events From the USA

  1. In 2016, Barack Obama was president of the United States, and Joe Biden was vice-president.
  2. Unemployment held steady at 5% for much of the year, but edged down to 4.7% during the fourth quarter.
  3. The inflation rate was 0.12%. In other words, $1.00 in 2015 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.01 in 2016.
  4. Consumer expenses and the average pre-tax household income both increased in 2016. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average annual expenditures increased from $55,978 in 2015 to $57,311 in 2016. Accompanying the increase in expenses, the average income before taxes increased from $69,627 in 2015 to $74,664 in 2016.
  5. In 2016, healthcare costs increased by 6.2%.
  6. About 63.5% of Americans owned their own home, down significantly from the peak of 69% reached in 2004. PewSocialTrends,org points out that “the decline in ownership since 2004 has been more pronounced among households headed by young adults, blacks, and those in the lower income tier. A substantial portion of the ongoing falloff in homeownership reflects fewer renter households transitioning to homeownership, rather than homeowners being forced out of the market through foreclosure or other financial difficulty.”
  7. Pittsburgh, Tampa, New York, Cleveland, and Miami were the top five metropolitan areas in the country for free-and-clear homeownership. On the other hand, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Las Vegas, Denver, and Charlotte had the lowest percentage of free-and-clear homeowners.
  8. In 2016, one pound of potatoes cost 68 cents, wheat bread was $1.96 for a 16-ounce loaf, and chocolate chip cookies were $3.35 for a 16-ounce package. One pound of sugar cost 64 cents, a gallon of whole milk was $3.20, and a dozen eggs were $1.68.
  9. The average price for a gallon of gas was $2.14, which was the lowest annual average price since 2004.
  10. On April 10, the price of a first-class stamp decreased from 49¢ to 47¢.
  11. The average income before taxes in the U.S. was $74,664.
  12. Americans paid an average of $34,077 for a new car, which was 2.7% higher than in 2015, and 12.6% more than in 2011.
  13. In December 2016, the median price for a new house was $327,000, while the average cost was $382,500.
  14. The federal minimum wage was $7.25.
  15. At the end of July, the price of gold was $1,350.91 per ounce.
  16. In December, the prime rate was 3.75%.
  17. The average American household had $16,061 in credit card debt.

  18. From January 22-24, a record-breaking blizzard dumped up to three feet of snow in parts of the mid-Atlantic.
  19. On March 2, U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth after 340 days in space.
  20. On March 16, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Garland would succeed Antonin Scalia, who had died one month earlier.
  21. On March 20, President Obama arrived in Cuba, and became the first U.S. president to visit the country in 88 years.
  22. On April 20, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that political activist Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20 bill.
  23. On April 25, over 500 current and former residents of Flint, Michigan filed a class action lawsuit against the EPA. CNN.com explains that “The plaintiffs allege negligence and demand more than $220 million in damages for the EPA's role in the Flint water crisis.”
  24. On May 1, after more than 50 years, a U.S. cruise ship set sail for Cuba.
  25. On May 27, President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, Japan.
  26. On June 9, President Obama officially endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee.
  27. On July 4, the Juno space probe successfully entered Jupiter's orbit.
  28. On July 15, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump announced that he had chosen Governor Mike Pence of Indiana to be his running mate.
  29. On July 19, Donald Trump officially became the GOP’s nominee for president.
  30. On July 22, Hilary Clinton announced that she had chosen U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate.
  31. On July 25, Verizon bought Yahoo for $4.83 billion.
  32. On July 26, Hilary Clinton officially became the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.
  33. On October 7-8, Hurricane Matthew ravaged Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, “leading to record-breaking flooding and millions of power outages.”
  34. On October 22, AT&T bought Time Warner for $85.4 billion.
  35. On November 8, Republican Donald Trump was elected President of the United States by defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton.
  36. On November 16, Republicans re-elected Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader, and Democrats elected Chuck Schumer as Senate minority leader.

In 2016, Apple was the world’s most admired company.
In 2016, Apple was the world’s most admired company.

3. International News

  1. On New Year’s Eve and January 1, flames engulfed the exterior of “The Address,” a 63-story luxury hotel in Dubai. The blaze burned for more than 20 hours and was believed to have started on the hotel’s 20th floor. KentuckyToday.com explains that “On a New Year's Eve haunted by fears of terrorism, a spectacular fire in one of Dubai's tall towers captured the world's attention. With few exceptions, the celebrations rolled on, and while fire still raged, the Dubai Media office declared on Twitter: ‘New Year celebrations in Dubai will continue as scheduled.’”

  2. On January 4, gemologists in Sri Lanka announced that the world’s largest blue star sapphire—weighing 1,404.49 carats and worth over $175 million—was discovered in a mine in the country. (Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia.)

  3. On January 19, analysts revealed that China’s economic growth in 2015 was the slowest in 25 years—6.9%.

  4. On February 12, Fiji became the first country to formally approve the Paris Agreement—the UN’s landmark climate deal that was agreed upon by 195 nations in Paris in December 2015. BusinessGreen.com tells us that “In order to formally take effect, the Paris Agreement needs at least 55 countries, representing at least 55 percent of the world's climate emissions, to ratify the treaty.”

  5. On March 2, British paleontologist Dr. Martin Smith isolated a fossil from 440 million years ago that was the oldest fossilized fungus ever found.

  6. On March 23, a radar scan of Shakespeare’s grave at Holy Trinity church in Stratford-on-Avon confirmed that the Bard’s skull was apparently missing from the grave.

  7. On April 22, the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement was signed by over 130 countries at the United Nations in New York.

  8. On June 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The UK’s historic Brexit vote—51.89% in favor of leaving the EU and 48.11% against—triggered British Prime Minister David Cameron to resign and created havoc on global markets.

  9. On June 30, the Ikea Museum opened in Älmhult, Sweden inside the building that housed the company's first-ever store.

  10. From August 5-21, the Summer Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  11. On August 11, scientists discovered that a 392-year-old Greenland shark was the longest-living vertebrate animal in the world.

  12. On September 25, China began to operate the world’s largest radio telescope—the five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST)—to help search for extraterrestrial life.

  13. On November 4, the Paris Climate Change Agreement went into effect.

  14. On December 14, University of Toronto scientists discovered water deep down in a mine in Canada that was about 1.5 billion years old.

  15. On December 14, Amazon made its first drone delivery in the UK.

4. Sports Trivia

Generally suitable for all age groups, sports questions are a welcome addition to any trivia night quiz.

  1. Boston Marathon: Lemi Berhanu (men’s race) and Atsede Baysa (women’s race)

  2. British Open: Henrik Stenson

  3. Daytona 500: Kurt Busch

  4. Kentucky Derby: Nyquist

  5. Indianapolis 500: Alexander Rossi

  6. NBA Champions: Golden State Warriors

  7. NCAA Basketball Champions: Villanova

  8. NCAA Football Champs: Clemson

  9. NHL All-Star Game: John Scott

  10. Orange Bowl: Clemson over Oklahoma

  11. Rose Bowl: Stanford over Iowa

  12. Stanley Cup Champs: Pittsburgh Penguins

  13. Sugar Bowl: Ole Miss over Oklahoma State

  14. Super Bowl Champions: Denver Broncos

  15. Tour de France: Chris Froome

  16. U.S. Open Golf: Dustin Johnson

  17. U.S. Open Tennis (men/women): Stan Wawrinka/Angelique Kerber

  18. Wimbledon (men/women): Andy Murray/Serena Williams

  19. On January 30, Angelique Kerber of Germany won her first title at the Australian Open by beating Serena Williams.

  20. On January 30, American professional basketball player Ken Sailors passed away. He was a 5-foot-10-inch guard who played during the 1940s and 1950s.

  21. On March 7, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning announced that he was retiring from the NFL.

  22. On April 13, Kobe Bryant played his last NBA game, "scoring 60 points to help the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Utah Jazz 101-96."

  23. On June 3, American professional boxer and activist Muhammad Ali passed away. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest boxers of all time.

  24. On August 12, Alex Rodriguez played his final MLB game at Yankee Stadium as the New York Yankees took on the Tampa Bay Rays.

  25. On November 2, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series since 1908 by defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7.

In 2016, the Denver Broncos were the Super Bowl champs.
In 2016, the Denver Broncos were the Super Bowl champs.

5. Entertainment News

  1. Heartthrobs and fashion icons for 2016 included Ashley Benson, Alison Brie, Emilia Clarke, Lauren Cohan, Brooklyn Decker, Natalie Dormer, Hilary Duff, Ellie Goulding, Ashley Graham, Kendall Jenner, Dakota Johnson, Victoria Justice, Ellie Kemper, Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively, Katherine McNamara, Kate Middleton, Olivia Munn, Elizabeth Olsen, Katy Perry, Daisy Ridley, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Sophie Turner, and Olivia Wilde.
  2. Betty Cantrell (Georgia) won the Miss America crown.
  3. Deshauna Barber (District of Columbia) became Miss USA.
  4. Top-grossing Broadway shows were Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, The Book of Mormon, and Aladdin.
  5. Broadway shows that opened in 2016 included A Bronx Tale, American Psycho, Blackbird, Bright Star, and Cats.
  6. At the 88th Academy Awards—which honored the best films of 2015—Spotlight won an Oscar for Best Picture, and Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant) won an Oscar for Best Director. Likewise, Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Brie Larson (Room) won an Oscar for Best Actress.
  7. At the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, Veep (HBO) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and the fantasy drama Game of Thrones (HBO) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
  8. At the 58th Grammy Awards, Uptown Funk won a Grammy for Record of the Year, Thinking Out Loud won an award for Song of the Year, and 1989 won an award for Album of the Year.
  9. In 2016, The Walking Dead (AMC) was the most-watched TV show.
  10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the highest-grossing film.
  11. The most popular song was Love Yourself by Justin Bieber.
  12. Amazon’s best-selling book was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany.
  13. In 2016, journalist Bill O’Reilly (FOX) had the top cable news show in terms of total viewers. He was followed in popularity by Megyn Kelly (FOX) and Rachel Maddow (MSNBC).
  14. At the 2016 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, WINS-AM (New York, NY) won an award for Legendary Station of the Year, WTOP-FM (Washington, DC) won an award for News/Talk Station of the Year, and KKBQ-FM (Houston) won an award for Country Station of the Year.
  15. Here is a partial list of television shows that aired during the 2016-17 season, but weren’t back for the 2017-18 season: 2 Broke Girls (CBS), 24: Legacy (FOX), American Crime (ABC), APB (FOX), Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise (ABC), Big Brother: Over the Top (CBS), Bloodline (Netflix), The Catch (ABC), Chicago Justice (NBC), Conviction (ABC), Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS), Doubt (CBS), Emerald City (NBC), Mercy Street (PBS), The Odd Couple (CBS), Powerless (NBC), Secrets and Lies (ABC), Time After Time (ABC), Training Day (CBS), and Workaholics (Comedy Central).
  16. For the first time in history, streaming services generated more revenue for the music industry than sales of albums and singles.
  17. On January 10, British singer and songwriter David Bowie passed away just two days after the release of his final album Blackstar.
  18. On February 8, the late-night talk show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee premiered on TBS.
  19. On February 26, a Netflix revival of the sitcom Fuller House debuted. TVSeriesFinale.com reports that “The series will bring back Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodi Sweetin, Andrea Barber, and the rest of the [original] cast of Full House. The new series will feature D.J. moving back home after the death of her husband. Stephanie and Kimmie will help D.J. raise her three sons.”
  20. On April 23, American singer and songwriter Beyoncé released Lemonade—her sixth studio album.
  21. On May 22, the TV series Preacher—created by Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, and Seth Rogen—debuted on AMC.
  22. On June 7, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play written by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, premiered in London.
  23. On June 12, the musical Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards after garnering 16 nominations.
  24. On November 8, Kensington Palace confirmed that Prince Harry was several months into a relationship with American actress Meghan Markle.
  25. On November 25, a Netflix revival of the comedy-drama Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuted. Netflix tells us that “Set nearly a decade after the finale of the original series, this revival follows Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore through four seasons of change.”

In 2016, Gmail was the world’s largest free email provider.
In 2016, Gmail was the world’s largest free email provider.

6. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 2016, the most popular baby names were Jackson, Aiden, Lucas, Liam, Noah, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, and Charlotte.

  2. The average life expectancy in the United States was 79.6 years.

  3. The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad was $5,000,000.

  4. Popular holiday gifts for kids included the Pie Face Showdown, Hatchimals, Star Wars toys, the Disney Princess Carriage, Speak Out, Tsum Tsum, and the role-playing video games Pokemon Sun and Moon.

  5. Favorite Halloween costumes were Wonder Woman, witches, Batman, Star Wars, and superheroes.

  6. Fashion trends in 2016 included chokers, velvet, off-the-shoulder everything, slip dresses, pink, vintage fit denim, bomber jackets, loafers, and puffer jackets.

  7. Did you know that a total of 6,755 postal workers were attacked by dogs in 2016?

  8. Bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks in sales for the first time in history.

  9. Americans paid about $15 billion in bank overdraft charges.

  10. McDonald's had 36,525 restaurants, and Subway had another 44,805.

  11. The most popular passwords for breached accounts were “123456,” “123456789,” and “qwerty.”

  12. Express.co.UK reveals that “A new record for solving a Rubik's cube was set at 4.73 seconds.”

  13. A 62-foot-high wave between the UK and Iceland became the highest ever recorded.

  14. In 2016, there were 3.26 billion Internet users, and Asia accounted for 48.4% of them.

  15. 86.75% of the U.S. population used the Internet; on the other hand, 89.90% of UK citizens used the web.

  16. Facebook had 1.55 billion active users.

  17. 2.9 billion Google searches were made every day, and 2.7 million blog posts were published daily.

  18. In 2016, Google launched Google Assistant, “a digital assistant service that uses artificial intelligence to respond to voice requests. It can answer questions, set reminders, perform online retail transactions, and control electrical devices in the home.”

  19. On July 6, the mobile game Pokémon GO was released for Android phones and the iPhone, and soon became the fastest growing app in history.

  20. On September 16, Apple released the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

  21. On October 11, Samsung announced that it was “permanently discontinuing the production of the Galaxy Note 7 after several of the early versions and recalled versions were catching on fire.” Samsung added that the decision could cost the company as much as $3 billion.

7. Most Popular U.S. Websites

This Internet trivia has been made available courtesy of Statista.com. According to Statista, the data is based “on the market share of the top ten websites across all categories in the United States in February 2016, based on share of visits.”

  1. Google (16.38%)

  2. Facebook (5.89%)

  3. YouTube (2.94%)

  4. Gmail (2.61%)

  5. Amazon.com (1.23%)

  6. Yahoo! (1.15%)

  7. Yahoo! Mail (1.01%)

  8. Wikipedia (0.97%)

  9. Google Maps (0.72%)

  10. Reddit (0.72%)

In 2016, The Big Bang Theory (CBS) was a popular television show.
In 2016, The Big Bang Theory (CBS) was a popular television show.

8. Nobel Prize Winners

Beth Rowen tells us that winning a Nobel Prize is a life-changing honor. Whether the laureate is an internationally known figure (such as Mother Teresa) or a scientist from obscurity (like Richard R. Ernst), the award brings worldwide recognition that highlights one's life work and provides the funds to continue the mission.

This Nobel Prize information from 2016 has been made available courtesy of NobelPrize.com.

  1. Chemistry: Fraser Stoddart, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, and Ben Feringa

  2. Economics: Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström

  3. Literature: Bob Dylan

  4. Peace: J. Michael Kosterlitz and Juan Manuel Santos

  5. Physics: Duncan Haldane and David J. Thouless

  6. Physiology or medicine: Yoshinori Ohsumi

9. Amazon’s 20 Best-Selling Books

This book data has been made available courtesy of the Insider.com. Amazon's best-sellers for 2016 include memoirs, mystery novels, and “kid-friendly picks for young readers.”

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
  2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  3. The Whistler by John Grisham
  4. The Last Mile (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci
  5. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  7. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  8. Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  9. The Black Widow: Book 16 of Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
  11. 15th Affair (Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  12. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  13. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  14. Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Byrne
  15. The Wrong Side of Goodbye: A Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly
  16. The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines
  17. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  18. One with You: Book 5 of A Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
  19. The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  20. Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

10. Most Popular Television Shows for 2016-17

These TV facts have been made available courtesy of Nielsen Media Research.

  1. The Walking Dead (AMC)

  2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

  3. This Is Us (NBC)

  4. Empire (Fox)

  5. Modern Family (ABC)

  6. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

  7. American Horror Story (FX)

  8. The Bachelor (ABC)

  9. The Voice (NBC)

  10. Designated Survivor (ABC)

In 2016, Funny Girl (1968) was added to the National Film Registry.
In 2016, Funny Girl (1968) was added to the National Film Registry.

11. Highest-Grossing Films

This film trivia has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  2. Finding Dory

  3. Captain America: Civil War

  4. The Secret Life of Pets

  5. The Jungle Book

  6. Deadpool

  7. Zootopia

  8. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

  9. Suicide Squad

  10. Sing

12. Cinematic Treasures Added to the National Film Registry

According to CBSNews.com, the National Film Registry is a “compendium of motion pictures that have been judged to be culturally, aesthetically[,] or historically important and worthy of preservation for future generations. In addition to Hollywood studio classics and box office hits, the Registry also protects independent films, documentaries, experimental works, cartoons, music videos, educational and training films, ads, and even home movies.” Courtesy of the Library of Congress, here are the 2016 additions to the National Film Registry:

  1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)

  2. A Walk in the Sun (1945)

  3. Ball of Fire (1941)

  4. Blackboard Jungle (1955)

  5. East of Eden (1955)

  6. Funny Girl (1968)

  7. Life of an American Fireman (1903)

  8. Lost Horizon (1937)

  9. Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)

  10. Paris Is Burning (1990)

  11. Point Blank (1967)

  12. Putney Swope (1969)

  13. Reverend Solomon Sir Jones films (1924/1928)

  14. Rushmore (1998)

  15. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

  16. Suzanne, Suzanne (1982)

  17. The Atomic Café (1982)

  18. The Beau Brummels (1928)

  19. The Birds (1963)

  20. The Breakfast Club (1985)

  21. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

  22. The Lion King (1994)

  23. The Princess Bride (1987)

  24. Thelma & Louise (1991)

  25. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

13. Horror Movies From 2016

Horror films for the year included Train to Busan, Hush, Under the Shadow, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Don't Breathe, The Conjuring 2, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Wailing, Lights of My Mother, The Girl with All the Gifts, Before I Wake, The Neon Demon, Raw, The Purge: Election Year, The Void, The Shallows, Better Watch Out, Blair Witch, The Monster, The Love Witch, The Forest, The Other Side of the Door, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Friend Request, The Darkness, Terrifier, Don't Knock Twice, Cabin Fever, and Carnage Park.

In 2016, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.
In 2016, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

This information has been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Popular music artists in 2016 included Adele, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Drake, Future, The Chainsmokers, J. Cole, Drake, Fifth Harmony, Future, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendez, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Twenty One Pilots, Bryson Tiller, and The Weeknd.

15. Top 40 Songs for the Year

This pop music trivia has been made available courtesy of MusicOutfitters.com. How many of these songs do you remember?

1. Love Yourself: Justin Bieber

2. Sorry: Justin Bieber

3. One Dance (featuring Wizkid and Kyla): Drake

4. Work (featuring Drake): Rihanna

5. Stressed Out: Twenty One Pilots

6. Panda: Desiigner

7. Adele: Hello

8. Don't Let Me Down (featuring Daya): The Chainsmokers

9. CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!: Justin Timberlake

10. Closer (featuring Halsey): The Chainsmokers

11. Cheap Thrills (featuring Sean Paul): Sia

12. 7 Years: Lukas Graham

13. Needed Me: Rihanna

14. My House: Flo Rida

15. I Took a Pill in Ibiza: Mike Posner

16. Work from Home (featuring Ty Dolla $ign): Fifth Harmony

17. This Is What You Came For (featuring Rihanna): Calvin Harris

18. Cake By the Ocean: DNCE

19. Me, Myself & I: G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha

20. Ride: Twenty One Pilots

21. Heathens: Twenty One Pilots

22. Pillowtalk: Zayne

23. Stitches: Shawn Mendes

24. Hotline Bling: Drake

25.Cold Water (featuring Justin Bieber and MØ): Major Lazer

26. Send My Love (To Your New Lover): Adele

27. Roses (featuring ROZES): The Chainsmokers

28. Treat You Better: Shawn Mendes

29. Too Good (featuring Rihanna): Drake

30. Low Life (featuring The Weeknd): Future

31. What Do You Mean?: Justin Bieber

32. The Hills: The Weeknd

33. Just Like Fire (from Alice Through the Looking Glass): P!nk

34. Broccoli (featuring Lil Yachty): D.R.A.M.

35. Don't: Bryson Tiller

36. Dangerous Woman: Ariana Grande

37. Jumpman: Drake á Future

38. i hate u, i love u (featuring Olivia O'Brien): gnash

39. Here: Alessia Cara

40. Same Old Love: Selena Gomez

In 2016, Ramen burgers were all the rage.
In 2016, Ramen burgers were all the rage.

16. Favorite Video Games

Favorite video games included Overwatch, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Dark Souls III, Titanfall 2, Inside, Final Fantasy XV, Doom, Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, Firewatch, The Witness, Pokémon GO, Forza Horizon 3, ABZÛ, No Man's Sky, Civilization VI, Hitman, The Last Guardian, Stardew Valley, Dragon Quest Builders, Tom Clancy's The Division, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt–Blood and Wine, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Pokémon Sun and Moon, Thumper, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Gears of War 4, Darkest Dungeon, Superhot, and Rez Infinite.

17. Food and Beverage Trends

These food facts from 2016 have been made available courtesy of the Delish.com and TheKitchn.com.

  1. Avocado toast

  2. Cauliflower

  3. Cold brews

  4. Cookie monster desserts

  5. Dunkaroos

  6. Fairy bread

  7. Fermented foods

  8. Filipino cuisine

  9. Freakshakes (A freakshake is a giant milkshake topped with cake, cookies, candy, cupcakes, and whipped cream.)

  10. Fried chicken

  11. Galaxy cakes

  12. Galaxy ice cream

  13. Giant soup dumplings

  14. Ice cream ramen

  15. Ice cream sandwiches

  16. Iced lattes (with and without alcohol)

  17. Japanese cheesecake

  18. Japanese raindrop cake

  19. Jell-O shots

  20. Kalettes (a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts

  21. La Croix sparkling water

  22. Magic cake

  23. Mexican food

  24. Muffin tin macaroni and cheese, pizza, and pie

  25. Pistachios

  26. Pokemon-inspired foods

  27. Puffle cones

  28. Rainbow foods

  29. Ramen burgers

  30. Rolled, Thai-style ice cream

  31. Rosé gummy bears

  32. Smoothie bowls

  33. Starbucks’ pink drink

  34. Surge (a popular soda from the 1990s)

  35. Sweet potato toast

  36. The Negroni cocktail (The Negroni is “a popular Italian cocktail, made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel.”)

  37. Toast

  38. Turmeric

  39. Unicorn ice cream

  40. Zucchini

In 2016, chocolate magic cake was a popular American dessert.
In 2016, chocolate magic cake was a popular American dessert.

18. Famous Weddings and Divorces

This celebrity news from 2016 has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

Weddings:

  1. On January 8, singer Colton Dixon married Annie Coggeshall.

  2. On March 4, media mogul Rupert Murdoch wed model Jerry Hall.

  3. On May 21, actress Eva Longoria married Televisa executive Jose Antonio Baston.

  4. On June 13, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps wed former Miss California Nicole Johnson.

  5. On July 6, NFL quarterback Russell Wilson married singer and songwriter Ciara.

  6. On July 9, model Hannah Davis wed former Yankees player Derek Jeter.

  7. On July 31, ballet dancer Misty Copeland married attorney Olu Evans.

  8. On August 12, singer and songwriter Ray J wed Princess Love.

  9. On September 11, The Munsters actor Butch Patrick married Leila Murray.

  10. On October 22, singer and songwriter Paul Anka wed Lisa Pemberton.

Divorces:

  1. On March 30, comedian Rosie O'Donnell and marketing executive Kelli O'Donnell divorced after three years of marriage.

  2. On May 23, actress Amber Heard filed for divorce from actor Johnny Depp.

  3. On September 19, actress Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from actor Brad Pitt.

19. Famous People Who Died in 2016

  1. January 10: David Bowie (English singer and songwriter)
  2. January 14: Alan Rickman (English actor)
  3. January 18: Glenn Frey (American singer and songwriter)
  4. January 27: Artur Fischer (German inventor who had more patents than Thomas Edison)
  5. January 30: Ken Sailors (professional basketball player)
  6. February 19: Harper Lee (American author known for To Kill a Mockingbird)
  7. March 1: Jim Kimsey (one of the founders of AOL)
  8. March 6: Nancy Reagan (U.S. First Lady from 1981-89)
  9. March 9: George Martin (British record producer)
  10. March 9: John Gutfreund (American investment banker)
  11. March 21: Andrew Grove (Hungarian-American pioneer in the semiconductor industry and one of the founders of Intel)
  12. April 6: Merle Haggard (American country music singer)
  13. April 17: Doris Roberts (American actress who played in Everybody Loves Raymond)
  14. April 21: Prince (American singer and songwriter)
  15. May 19: Morley Safer (Canadian-American TV newscaster who appeared on 60 Minutes)
  16. June 3: Muhammad Ali (American boxer)
  17. July 30: Gloria DeHaven (American actress)
  18. August 29: Gene Wilder (American actor)
  19. September 16: Edward Albee (American playwright known for Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?)
  20. September 25: Arnold Palmer (American golfer)
  21. September 28: Shimon Peres (former Israeli Prime Minister)
  22. October 13: John Gilmore (American true crime author)
  23. October 22: Steve Dillon (English comic book artist)
  24. November 24: Florence Henderson (American actress and singer)
  25. December 8: John Glenn (American astronaut and politician)

In 2016, the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Stanley Cup.
In 2016, the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Stanley Cup.

20. Ten Best-Selling Cars and Trucks

Cars.com tells us that “SUVs may have ruled the roost in December, but cars still played a big part in overall 2016 sales. After the Detroit Three pickup trucks—the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram pickup—the Toyota Camry ranked as America’s best-selling car in 2016. The Toyota Corolla, whose sales now include the rebadged Corolla iM, landed at No. 5, followed by the Honda Civic.”

Here is the complete list of 2016’s best-selling cars and trucks:

  1. Ford F-Series

  2. Chevrolet Silverado

  3. Ram Pickup

  4. Toyota Camry

  5. Toyota Corolla/iM

  6. Honda Civic

  7. Honda CR-V

  8. Toyota RAV4

  9. Honda Accord

  10. Nissan Rogue

21. The World’s Most Admired Companies

This information has been made available courtesy of RankingTheBrands.com.

  1. Apple

  2. Google

  3. Amazon

  4. Berkshire Hathaway

  5. Disney

  6. Starbucks

  7. Southwest Airlines

  8. FedEx

  9. Nike

  10. General Electric

  11. American Express

  12. Costco

  13. Nordstrom

  14. Facebook

  15. Coca-Cola

  16. Johnson & Johnson

  17. Microsoft

  18. BMW

  19. Netflix

  20. JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  21. Procter & Gamble

  22. Boeing

  23. Goldman Sachs

  24. Whole Foods

  25. Wells Fargo

22. American Companies That Were Launched

  1. Big Baller Brand (clothing and shoe manufacturer)

  2. The Boring Company (infrastructure and tunnel construction company)

  3. Cheddar (financial news network)

  4. DC Films (film studio)

  5. FidoTV (digital cable channel)

  6. Fury Race Cars (race car manufacturer)

  7. Legalist (litigation finance company)

  8. LSC Communications (commercial printing company)

  9. Nine Stories Productions (film, theater, and television production company)

  10. ReachNow (carsharing service)

  11. Seres (a company that creates electric vehicles and components)

  12. Tru by Hilton (hotel brand)

  13. Veriato (software company)

  14. VMRay (computer security company)

  15. Zig Media (mobile-media technology company)

At the 2016 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, WINS-AM (New York, NY) won an award for Legendary Station of the Year.
At the 2016 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, WINS-AM (New York, NY) won an award for Legendary Station of the Year.

© 2019 Gregory DeVictor

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  • Gregory DeVictor profile imageAUTHOR

    Gregory DeVictor 

    6 weeks ago from Pittsburgh, PA

    Hello Audrey! Thanks for stopping by. Well, you and I must have been on the same page about those overdraft fees! I can’t remember the last time I paid one.

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    Audrey Hunt 

    6 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Oh, those bank overcharge fees! I've contributed to a portion of the banks wealth, but I'm on top of that now! I love these trivia facts...so much fun! Your presentation is so well organized. Thanks.

  • Gregory DeVictor profile imageAUTHOR

    Gregory DeVictor 

    6 weeks ago from Pittsburgh, PA

    Liz, thank you for the comment. Actually, I didn’t know that the UK broke from the EU until I was writing this article. Yes, the list of presidential candidates from both parties in 2016 was overwhelming.

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    Liz Westwood 

    6 weeks ago from UK

    How could I ever forget the year of Brexit and President Trump. Amazing that 3 years have nearly passed since then. The UK seems no nearer to achieving Brexit and the USA is looking at the possibility of a second term of Trump in the White House.

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