10 Most Shocking Moments of 2016

2016 was full of shocking events! We will always remember 2016 as the year we said, “I can’t believe this happened!” From celebrity breakups to an unlikely presidential candidate, 2016 is a year we will never forget. 

A countdown to the 10 Most Shocking Moments of 2016 begins now:

10. Chipotle closes nationwide on February 8thchipotleoutbreak

Chipotle was forced to close all of its stores nationwide for a few hours on February 8th to investigate the origin of the outbreaks of E.Coli, Salmonella and Norovirus. According to CNN, in December of 2015, 140 students at Boston College were infected with Norovirus and in August of 2016, 64 customers were infected with Salmonella after eating at Chipotle.

9. More Black Lives Matter Protests Across the Country for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile alton-sterling-death

On July 5th, Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old Black male was shot and killed by officers of the Baton Rouge police department. This killing was caught on cellphone video by a witness,
which showed officers on top of Alton Sterling before shots were fired.

The next day on July 6th, Philando Castile, a black male was shot and killed by officer Yanez during a traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend recorded the encounter. According to the NY Times, on November 16th officer Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter.










8. Kesha Accuses her Music Producer Dr. Luke of Sexual Abuse


The pop singer Kesha accused Dr. Luke of sexual, physically and verbal abuse for over 10 years when she was signed to him as a teenage artist. On April 6th, the judge dismissed the sexual assault case.

7. Ryan Lochte Lies about Being Robbed in Brazil  

During the summer Olympics, Ryan Lochte claimed that he and three other American swimmers were pulled over by armed men who said that they were police officers and then put a gun to their head and demanded money. During the police investigation as described in the NY Times, it became apparent that the swimmers were trying to cover up inappropriate behavior which included vandalism and public urination. The swimmers later apologized.

6. Tamar Braxton Fired From The Real

This summer, Tamar Braxton expressed how shocked she was to find out that she was fired from The Real. In an interview on Steve Harvey’s Radio Show, Tamar shared that she would be working with Steve Harvey to produce her own talk show. Since that announcement, Tamar has been in the news for having a domestic dispute with her husband Vince and for ending her friendship with Monica and Toya Wright for being a guest on The Real.


5. Beyonce Releases Lemonade 

2016 was the year of Beyonce Knowles. In February, Beyonce shocked us all and released the song Formation the day before her Super Bowl Halftime Performance. Her performance was very controversial due to the political imagery. All of Beyonce dancers were dressed in outfits that were similar to that of the Black Panthers. 694940094001_4744530566001_54541922-9a14-4a76-b28c-ea4fb8471655

On April 23rd at 9pm, we were all hooked to HBO to see what Beyonce had in store for us. We were all shocked to see an entire visual album Lemonade. Days after the release, people speculated that Beyonce was singing about Jay-Z possibly cheating on her.beyonce-lemonade-album-movie

4. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Divorce

We didn’t see it coming! According to US Weekly, Angelina filed for divorce on September 19th and requested sole custody of their six children. Angelina and Brad has been together for over 10 years and just married two years ago so this definitely came as a shock.


3. Prince Dies

On June 3rd, Prince passed away at the age of 57. According to CNN, he died from an accidental overdose of the drug opioid fentanyl. RIP Prince.


2. Kanye West Cancels the Remainder of His Tour

One of the most shocking moments of 2016 was Kanye West’s rant at his concert in Sacramento, California where he talked negatively about his relationship with Beyonce and Jay-Z. He also expressed that if he had voted, he would have voted for Trump. Kanye did not finish his performance that night and later on canceled the remainder of his tour. According to TMZ, on November 21st, Kanye was hospitalized due to having a mental breakdown. After being released from the hospital, Kanye paid our president elect a visit at Trump Towers.


1. Donald Trump Becomes the Next President of The United States

This is the most shocking event of 2016! Donald Trump is the president elect.So many people thought that we would finally have a woman president. Almost every poll showed Hillary Clinton leading before the election. According to the NY Times, Clinton won the popular vote (65,818,318) while Trump (62,958,211)  won due to the electoral college.


Let’s hope 2017 is a better year!

Let me know, what are some of your shocking moments of 2016?

Blog post written by Michellene Barrett. Some Rights Reserved.



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