Google Publishes List Of Most Searched News In 2016

You really should not leave 2016 without acquainting yourself with the global news events that rocked the world. The year 2016 was indeed a full year with the Brexit vote, the American elections and even the Rio Olympic Games.

For this reason, anyone can be forgiven for letting some of the news events slip past their consciousness, no matter how engaging or truly terrible they were. We will summarise the top five most searched global news events on Google this year.

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Here are Google’s top five most searched global news events;


US Election

The US elections ate up an amazing amount of the news cycle in the latter part of the year. It ended up being a battle between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. On the 9th of November, 2016, Donald Trump was announced as the President-elect of the United States of America after he won the electoral votes.

It was a shocking victory, one that saw protests emerge even as Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. The aftermath of the elections also engendered discussions on fake news and the expectations of a Donald Trump led America.

Global News Events

2016 Olympics

The Olympic games held from August 5, 2016 to August 21, 2016.

As always it was a platform for celebrating sports. A number of marked incidents and inspirational stories, which were a spectacular display of the human spirit, also had the bright lights of Rio 2016 thrown on them.

New champions, which included Africans, were crowned, old champions added to their tally of medals and Ethiopian runner, Feyisa Lilesa, used his second place win to stage a symbolic protest against his government.



Britain’s exit from the European union was another unexpected vote this year. On June 23, 2016, Britain voted in a referendum to either stay or leave the European union.

When victory was declared for the away side, David Cameron, Britain’s former Prime Minister, officially resigned. He was replaced by Theresa May and the country continues to chart its course post-Brexit.

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Orlando Shooting

The Orlando 2016 nightclub shooting was not the only mass murder to happen this year but it was the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in United States history.

On June 12, 2016, a 29-year-old security guard, Omar Mateen, executed a hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others before he was finally shot and killed by Orlando Police Department (OPD) officers after a three-hour standoff.

Global News Events


Zika Virus

By February 2016, the World Health Organization had declared the Zika virus a global health emergency. It had been shown to cause microcephaly in new born babies and a year of new discoveries about its effects and modes of transmission lay ahead. Some scientific breakthrough was made in finding a cure and many technological and biological innovations rose up to fight its spread in various countries.

The other five global news events that make up Google’s top ten most searched global news events for 2016 are; the Panama Papers, the Nice attack that happened as France celebrated Bastille Day, the bombings in Brussels, the Dallas shooting and the Kumamoto Earthquake.