December 2016 calendar

December 2016

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 2016.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Theresa May (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 2016: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2016?


  • 01 Dec 2016 Ethnic violence in South Sudan (2011–present): A United Nations human rights commission in South Sudan claims a "steady process of ethnic cleansing is underway" in the war-torn nation. (Al Jazeera)
  • 02 Dec 2016 Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present): A military operation leaves three Turkish soldiers dead and another three wounded in Hakkâri Province, Turkey. (Anadolu Agency) (Daily Sabah) (Reuters)
  • 03 Dec 2016 Somali Civil War (2009-present): Seven insurgents are killed in clashes northern Somalia. (Reuters)
  • 04 Dec 2016 Insurgency in the North Caucasus: The Russian Federal Security Service claims to have killed Rustam Asildarov, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's Caucasus Province and four other militants in the Dagestan region. (AFP via Yahoo! News Australia), (RFERL), (CNN)
  • 05 Dec 2016 At least 31 are killed in clashes in Kasai, DR Congo. (Reuters)
  • 06 Dec 2016 Six Pakistani nationals fishing in the Red Sea, off the coast of Mocha in the Taiz Governorate of Yemen, are killed and another six are unaccounted for after a Saudi air raid on a boat carrying 12 Pakistani sailors. (The News), (The Nation, Pakistan)
  • 07 Dec 2016 Syrian Civil War: Battle of Aleppo (2012–present), Aleppo offensive (November–December 2016): Syrian rebels withdraw from the old city of Aleppo. (BBC)Turkish military intervention in Syria: Turkish Air Force jets strike 12 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Al-Bab District, killing at least 23 militants. (Reuters)
  • 08 Dec 2016 War in Donbass: As of December 1, the total death toll for the war stands at an estimated 9,758 people according to a United Nations report released today. (United Nations)
  • 09 Dec 2016 Syrian Civil War: Battle of Aleppo, Aleppo offensive (November–December 2016): Russia and the United States will continue talks on Aleppo after talks between the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. (AlJazeera)
  • 10 Dec 2016 Syrian Civil War: Palmyra offensive (December 2016): The SOHR and Amaq announce that ISIL has captured an oil field north-west of Palmyra. (De Standaard) (VOA)American-led intervention in Syria, Northern Raqqa offensive (November–December 2016): The United States announces that it will deploy an additional 200 troops to help force the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from Al-Raqqah. (Reuters), (BBC), (ABC News)
  • 11 Dec 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Two car bombings kill at least eight people in Fallujah. (Reuters)
  • 12 Dec 2016 December 2016 Istanbul bombings: The death toll from the bombings in Beşiktaş, Istanbul, rises to at least 44, according to Health Minister Recep Akdağ. (Anadolu Agency)At least 118 HDP officials and supporters are arrested in anti-terrorism raids. HDP rejects any link with either the PKK or Kurdistan Freedom Falcons. (Reuters), (FOX News)
  • 13 Dec 2016 Botroseya Church bombing: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the Egyptian Coptic Church bombing in Cairo that claimed 25 lives on 11 December. (IBT)
  • 14 Dec 2016 Aleppo offensive (November–December 2016): Shelling breaks the ceasefire in Aleppo causing disruption to the evacuation of rebels and civilians. (CNN) (The Star via Reuters) (BBC)
  • 15 Dec 2016 War in Donbass: The European Union extends its main Ukraine-related economic sanctions against Russia for six months until mid-2017. (Reuters)
  • 16 Dec 2016 Aleppo offensive (November–December 2016): Evacuations following the failed ceasefire are once again disrupted by the Syrian forces for reasons withheld. An estimate of 8000 people, mostly civilians, successfully fled the remains of the city. (The New York Times)
  • 17 Dec 2016 2016 Kayseri bombing: At least 13 people are killed and 56 others are wounded in a car bomb attack on a bus carrying off-duty soldiers in Kayseri Province, central Turkey. (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • 18 Dec 2016 Syrian Civil War, Aleppo offensive (November–December 2016): Rebels attack and burn several buses en route to evacuate ill and injured people from the besieged Syrian villages of Al-Fu'ah and Kafriya. (The Guardian)
  • 19 Dec 2016 Assassination of Andrei Karlov: The Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov is killed in a gun attack at an art gallery in Ankara. Russia calls the assassin, 22-year old police officer, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a "terrorist". Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu goes to Moscow for a planned trilateral meeting on Syria, saying "the incident will not impact relations between Turkey and Russia". (Reuters) (Daily Mirror UK) (New York Times) (Sputnik)
  • 20 Dec 2016 Assassination of Andrei Karlov: Six people are arrested in Ankara for alleged involvement in the murder of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey. (Reuters via ABC News Australia)
  • 21 Dec 2016 Terrorism in Indonesia: Indonesian police kill three people in a gunfight south of Jakarta after a bomb is found. Fourteen people are arrested in connection to alleged involvement in plans for suicide bomb attacks. (Reuters) (Reuters² via Free Malaysia Today)
  • 22 Dec 2016 Syrian Civil War, Battle of Aleppo (2012–16): The Syrian Army says it is now in full control of the city of Aleppo following the evacuation of the last group of rebels to the Idlib Governorate. (BBC)
  • 23 Dec 2016 Syrian Civil War: The bodies of over 100 Syrian Army POWs are reportedly found in what was the last rebel held territory of East Aleppo. Syrian Army officers claim they were executed by rebel forces. (Al-Masdar News)
  • 24 Dec 2016 Boko Haram insurgency: President Muhammadu Buhari announces that the Nigerian Armed Forces have successfully driven out Boko Haram militants from their last stronghold in the Sambisa Forest in northeastern Nigeria. (BBC News) (Business Insider)
  • 25 Dec 2016 Pope Francis pleads for peace in a Christmas Mass in the Vatican. (Voice of America)
  • 26 Dec 2016 American Actor George S. Irving, best known for being one of the last members of the original production of Oklahoma! and voicing Heat Miser from The Year Without a Santa Claus, dies at age 94. (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • 27 Dec 2016 Yemeni Civil War: Government forces push to capture a Houthi enclave in Bayhan District, on the border between Shabwa and Marib provinces, resulting at least 28 Houthi militants and 12 Yemeni soldiers killed. (Dunya News)
  • 28 Dec 2016 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): An explosion in Kabul leads to several casualties. Afghan police report that the attack was aimed at a member of the National Assembly, Fakori Behishti. (Reuters)
  • 29 Dec 2016 Syrian Civil War: Russian president Vladimir Putin says a ceasefire has been brokered between the Syrian government and rebel forces. The ceasefire is said to be guaranteed by Russia and Turkey and would exclude UN-denominated terror organizations such as ISIL and al-Nusra. The FSA says it would abide by the truce, while Ahrar al-Sham expresses "reservations". (ITV) (Reuters)
  • 30 Dec 2016 The funeral of Łukasz Urban, the driver killed in the course of last week's attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, takes place in his village of Banie near the German border. President of Poland Andrzej Duda and a German diplomat attend. (BBC) (Deutsche Welle)
  • 31 Dec 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): December 2016 Baghdad bombings: A pair of bomb blasts targeting a market in central Baghdad kills at least 27 people and injures over 50. (AP), (The Telegraph)
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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Release year: 2016

Directed by: Theodore Melfi

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner



Release year: 2016

Directed by: Denzel Washington

Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo



Release year: 2016

Directed by: Morten Tyldum

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne


Which were the most popular books released in December 2016?
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train


The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Don't miss Paula Hawkins' new novel, Into the Water, coming May 2017. The

Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid


The pressure's really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his 'creative side'.

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

Two by Two


#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with an emotionally powerful story of unconditional love, its challenges, its risks and most of all, its rewards.At

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy



No Man's Land by David Baldacci

No Man's Land


Special Agent John Puller, combat veteran and the army's most tenacious investigator, is back in this action-packed thriller from worldwide #1 bestselling author David Baldacci.NO MAN'S LANDTwo men.