A LOOK BACK AT JULY AND AUGUST
Added on: 31st Dec 2016
BATTLE OF THE SOMME CENTENARY
Events were held in the UK and other countries to mark
100 years since the start of the Battle of the
Somme, which lasted until November 1916.
CAROLINA AHERNE DIES
Caroline Aherne, the comedian, writer and
actress, died after a battle with cancer, aged 52.
BAGHDAD LORRY BOMB
In the deadliest single attack since the US-led invasion
in 2003, nearly 300 people were killed after a lorry loaded
with explosives detonated in Karrada as families
shopped to mark the end of Ramadan.
JUNO ENTERS JUPITER'S ORBIT
NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entered
Jupiter's orbit after completing a five-year
journey from Earth and began a survey of the planet.
CHILCOT INQUIRY REPORT PUBLISHED
More than seven years after the inquiry was announced,
SirJohn Chilcot's report delivered a damning verdict
on the decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003,
criticising former Prime Minister Tony Blair
and the intelligence that prompted the invasion.
OSCAR PISTORIUS JAILED
The South African Paralympic gold medallist is jailed
for six years for the murder of his girlfriend
Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.
BACKLASH AFTER POLICE SHOOTINGS
At a protest in Dallas over the shooting of two black
men by police, five officers are shot dead. Just a
week later, three police officers are shot dead in
Baton Rouge. 2016 saw rising tensions between
minority communities and police in America after
the fatal shootings of numerous unarmed
black men by white officers.
THERESA MAY BECOMES PM
Two days after being declared the new leader of the
Conservative Party, Theresa May becomes the 76th
British prime minister, promising to create a
country that "works for everyone".
NICE TRUCK ATTACK
In a horrific attack, 86 people are killed after a
19-ton truck ploughed into crowds celebrating
Bastille Day on Nice's Promenade des Anglais.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Tunisian with
French residency, was shot dead by police
after carrying out the attack.
ATTEMPTED COUP IN TURKEY
Sections within Turkey's military attempt to overthrow
the government, with gunfire and explosions in
Istanbul and Ankara. Many people died but the coup
was unsuccessful and thousands of people were
arrested and suspended from official roles in
TRUMP BECOMES REPUBLICAN
Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party's
presidential candidate at the national convention.
CLINTON BECOMES DEMOCRATIC
Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be a major
party's presidential candidate as she accepts the
RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
In their most successful overseas Olympics ever,
Team GB finished second with 67 medals, better
than at London 2012, including 27 golds.
The United States topped the medal table
with 46 golds.
Nearly 300 people died after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake
struck Italy, destroying buildings and killing
people in their sleep.
GENE WILDER DIES
The actor, who played Willy Wonka among other
memorable roles, died aged 83 from
complications caused by Alzheimer's disease.
BRAZIL'S PRESIDENT OUSTED
Dilma Rousseff was removed from office following
her impeachment trial.