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 committee in South Sudan asserts that a "steady proces of ethnic cleansing" is taking place in the war-torn country.
  • 02 Dec 2016 Conflict between Kurdish and Turkish Kurds (2015-present). Three Turkish soldiers were killed in a military operation in Hakkari Province.
  • 03 Dec 2016 Somali Civil War (2009-present). Seven insurgents were killed in clashes in northern Somalia.
  • 04 Dec 2016 Insurgency in North Caucasus: Russian Federal Security Service claims that it killed Rustam Asildarov (leader of the Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant's Caucasus Province) and four other militants from the Dagestan area. (AFP via Yahoo! News Australia), (RFERL),
  • 05 Dec 2016 In clashes at Kasai (DR Congo), 31 people are reported to have been killed.
  • 06 Dec 2016 Six Pakistani fishermen were killed while fishing in the Red Sea off Mocha, Taiz Governorate, Yemen. Six more are missing after a Saudi attack on a boat that was carrying 12 Pakistani sailors. (The News),
  • 07 Dec 2016 Syrian Civil War: Battle of Aleppo (2012)-present, Aleppo offensive (2016): Syrian rebels leave Aleppo's old city. (BBC). Turkish military intervention in Syria: Turkish Air Force strikes 12 Islamic State of Iraq targets in Al-Bab District. At least 23 militants were killed.
  • 08 Dec 2016 War in Donbass - According to a United Nations Report released today, the death toll from the war is estimated at 9,758 people as of December 1.
  • 09 Dec 2016 Syria Civil War: Battle of Aleppo and Aleppo offensive (November-16, 2016): Russia will continue talks with the United States on Aleppo following talks between U.S Secretary of State John Kerry & Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
  • 10 Dec 2016 Syrian Civil War: Palmyra attack (December 2016). The SOHR, Amaq and Amaq announced that ISIL had captured an oil field to the north-west Palmyra. (De Standaard). (VOA). American-led intervention in Syria (November-December 2016),: The United States announces it will send 200 additional troops to support the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) and the Levant (from Al-Raqqah). (Reuters), (BBC),
  • 11 Dec 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014-2017: At least 8 people are killed in two car bombings in Fallujah.
  • 12 Dec 2016 December 2016 Istanbul bombings: According to Recep Akdag, the death toll from the bombings at Besiktas (Istanbul) has risen to at least 44. (Anadolu Agency). At least 118 HDP supporters and officials were arrested in anti-terrorism raids. HDP denies any connection with the PKK and Kurdistan Freedom Falcons. (Reuters),
  • 13 Dec 2016 Botroseya Church Bombing: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Egyptian Coptic Church in Cairo, which claimed 25 lives on the 11th of December.
  • 14 Dec 2016 Aleppo offensive (November-December 2016, Syria): Shelling broke the ceasefire in Aleppo, disrupting the evacuation of civilians.
  • 15 Dec 2016 War in Donbass - The European Union has extended its main sanctions economic against Russia related to Ukraine for six months, until mid-2017.
  • 16 Dec 2016 Aleppo offensive (November-December 2016, Syria): The Syrian forces are disrupting evacuations following the failed ceasefire. The city's remains were evacuated by approximately 8000 civilians.
  • 17 Dec 2016 2016 Kayseri bombing - At least 13 people were killed and 56 more injured in a bombing of a bus carrying off-duty troops in Kayseri Province in central Turkey.
  • 18 Dec 2016 Syrian Civil War, Aleppo Offensive (November-December 2016: Rebels target and set fire to several buses on their way to evacuate the ill and wounded from the besieged Syrian villages Al-Fu'ah/Kafriya.
  • 19 Dec 2016 Andrei Karlov assassinated: A gun attack on an Ankara art gallery kills Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey. Russia labels the assassin, a 22-year-old police officer Mevlut Mert Alintas (terrorist), Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister, travels to Moscow for a trilateral meeting about Syria. He stated that "the incident will have no impact on relations between Turkey and Russia."
  • 20 Dec 2016 Six men are being held in Ankara in connection to the assassination of Andrei Karlov (Russian ambassador to Turkey).
  • 21 Dec 2016 Terrorism is in Indonesia: Three Indonesian police officers are killed in a gunfight south Jakarta following the discovery of a bomb. In connection with alleged involvement in suicide bomb attack plans, fourteen people were arrested.
  • 22 Dec 2016 Syrian Civil War, Battle of Aleppo (2012)-16: The Syrian Army claims it now has full control of Aleppo after the evacuation of last rebel group to the Idlib Governorate.
  • 23 Dec 2016 Syrian Civil War: More than 100 Syrian Army POWs were reportedly found in East Aleppo, the last rebel-held territory. They claim that they were executed by rebel forces.
  • 24 Dec 2016 Boko Haram insurgency: President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the Nigerian Armed Forces had successfully expelled Boko Haram militants in their last stronghold, the Sambisa Forest, northeastern Nigeria.
  • 25 Dec 2016 Pope Francis appeals for peace during a Christmas Mass at the Vatican.
  • 26 Dec 2016 American actor George S. Irving is best known as one of the final members of Oklahoma's original production. At 94, Heat Miser, the voice of Heat Miser in The Year Without a Santa Claus, is dead.
  • 27 Dec 2016 Yemeni Civil War: Government forces attempt to capture a Houthi-controlled area in Bayhan District. This is at the border of Shabwa, Marib and Shabwa provinces. At least 28 Houthi militants were killed and 12 Yemeni soldiers were wounded.
  • 28 Dec 2016 Afghanistan War (2001-present). A bomb explosion in Kabul causes many casualties. According to Afghan police, the attack was directed at Fakori Behishti, a member in the National Assembly.
  • 29 Dec 2016 Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that a ceasefire was reached between the rebel forces and the government of Syria. Russia and Turkey are said to have guaranteed the ceasefire, which would not include UN-denominated terrorist organizations like ISIL and al-Nusra. While the FSA states it will abide by this truce, Ahrar al Sham expresses "reservations".
  • 30 Dec 2016 Lukasz Urban's funeral, the driver who was killed during last week’s attack on Berlin's Christmas market, will be held in Banie, near the German border. A German diplomat and President of Poland Andrzej Da attend.
  • 31 Dec 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014-17): December 2016 Baghdad Bombings: Two bomb blasts in Baghdad killed at least 27 and injured more than 50 people in the attack on a central Baghdad market. (AP),
  • 02 Dec 2016 Thirty-six people die in a fire at a converted Oakland, California, warehouse serving as an artist collective.
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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 2016?

Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard

Killing the Rising Sun


This is the powerful and gripping new book in Bill O'Reilly's multimillion-selling Killing series. The end of World War II in Europe is near, but the pace is picking up in the Pacific. There, American soldiers are facing an enemy …

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

Two by Two


Nicholas Sparks, #1 New York Times Bestseller, returns with an emotionally powerful tale of unconditional love, its challenges and its rewards.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run


Bruce Springsteen's revelatory memoir is wildly popular. "Glorious...a philosophically rich journey through a rock and roll life...It’s the song he was born for to write...It's his memoir." (USA TODAY, 4 of 4 stars).

Settle for More by Megyn Kelly

Settle for More


Megyn Kelly is a respected journalist, loved by both Republicans and Democrats, for her ability to ask tough questions in a presidential debate and press for answers on today's most pressing issues.

Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich

Turbo Twenty-Three


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Larry Virgil missed his court date following an arrest for taking over an 18-wheeler laden with premium bourbon.