January 2016 calendar

January 2016

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

But much more happened on January 2016: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2016?


  • 01 Jan 2016 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A shooting occurs at a Tel Aviv pub, Israel. It leaves two people dead and eight others injured. The gunman was able to escape and perhaps killed his accomplice, an Arab taxi driver. His body was discovered nearby. The shooter was identified by the police as Nisa'at Melkham, a 30-year-old muslim from Ar'ara. He was also searched his house.
  • 02 Jan 2016 Terrorism and violence in India: The 2016 Pathankot attack by terrorists: Four terrorists, allegedly members of Jaish-e-Mohammed attack an Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot (Punjab). Three security personnel and four terrorists were reported to have been killed.
  • 03 Jan 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014-17): The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing attack on an Iraqi Army base (Camp Speicher), north of Baghdad. It killed at least 15 and left 22 others injured.
  • 04 Jan 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014-2017: Two Sunni mosques in central Iraq are bombed and a muezzin is murdered amid fears of renewed sectarian strife after the execution in Saudi Arabia of Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
  • 05 Jan 2016 War in Afghanistan (2001-present). A United States Army soldier was killed and two other soldiers were injured in a joint operation in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province with Afghan National Security Forces.
  • 06 Jan 2016 Libyan Civil War (2014-present). The Islamic State's Libyan branch continues to attack Libya's oil ports Sidra and Ra's Lanuf. At least 10 security personnel have been killed and 40 others injured. According to the National Oil Corporation (NOC), fires are still raging in Sidra and Ra's Lanuf, after oil storage tanks were damaged by shells.
  • 07 Jan 2016 Libyan Civil War (2014-present: Zliten truck bombing. At least 65 people were killed when a truck bomb exploded at a training center for police officers in Zliten, Libya.
  • 08 Jan 2016 2016 Hurghada Attack: Two ISIS militants were killed and three others were injured in an attack on a Hurghada hotel.
  • 09 Jan 2016 Terrorism is in Egypt: Two police officers were shot to death by gunmen at the Giza pyramids on the outskirts Cairo.
  • 10 Jan 2016 PKK Rebellion (2015-present). Turkish security forces killed at least 32 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), militants during military operations in the troubled Kurdish-majority Southeast.
  • 11 Jan 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014-2017). At least 51 people were reportedly killed in an attack at a shopping center in Baghdad's capital. A car bombing also took place outside a Miqdadiyah illegal casino, east of Baghdad. Both attacks were claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant. (BBC),
  • 12 Jan 2016 January 2016 Istanbul bombing: At most 10 people were killed and 15 others were injured in the explosion that occurred at Istanbul's Sultanahmet Square. This was mostly German tourists. According to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the suicide bomber from Syria, who is an ISIL member, was responsible. (Nine MSN),(BBC), (Reuters via Sky News Australia (The New York Times), (CNN) Sixty alleged Islamic militants were arrested in Turkey, with twenty-one people being held in Sanliurfa.
  • 13 Jan 2016 Terrorism is in Pakistan: A bomb explosion near Quetta, Pakistan's polio center, has resulted in at least 15 deaths and many more injuries.
  • 14 Jan 2016 2016 Jakarta attacks: Gunfire and bomb blasts were reported in Jakarta's central area. There have been at least seven deaths. (ABC News Australia), AP, (The Australian), Reuters. Five attackers were killed in the attack by Islamic State militants. (AP),
  • 15 Jan 2016 2016 Ouagadougou Attacks: Armed with heavy weapons, gunmen attack Cappuccino restaurant and the Splendid hotel, taking hostages in the capital of Burkino Faso, Ouagadougou. Reports say at least 20 people were killed. (BBC) (The Guardian). Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claims responsibility for the attack. If confirmed, it would be the first Islamic terrorist attack in the area.
  • 16 Jan 2016 2016 Ouagadougou Attacks: Burkina Faso security force storms the Hotel Splendid, which was under attack by Al Qaeda militants in the Islamic Maghreb. More than 126 people were freed, and at least 29 have been killed. (AP via Daily Mail), (BBC),(CNN), (AFP via Daily Star). At least 10 bodies were also found in Cappucino cafe, which was also attacked and occupied by militants.
  • 17 Jan 2016 2016 Jakarta attacks: Eight people have been confirmed killed in the attacks.
  • 18 Jan 2016 2014-16 Russian military intervention Ukraine: Ukraine claims that a cyberattack against Boryspil International Airport in Kiev was carried out by Russian computers.
  • 19 Jan 2016 War in North-West Pakistan: A suicide bomber struck near a security checkpoint, near Peshawar (Pakistan), killing at least 9 and injuring 35. (Geo TV),
  • 20 Jan 2016 War in North-West Pakistan: Attack on Bacha Khan University: Gunmen attack a Charsadda University, Pakistan. At least 21 people are reported to have been killed.
  • 21 Jan 2016 Somali Civil War (2009-present). Al-Shabaab militants attack Lido, or the beach area in Mogadishu. At least 20 people were reportedly killed.
  • 22 Jan 2016 Douglas Borough Council announces the closure of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway at Douglas, Isle of Man at the close of the 2015 season.
  • 23 Jan 2016 Syrian Civil War: Deir ez-Zor Offensive (January 2016: At least 47 civilians have been killed in airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq, and Levant-controlled areas of Syria's eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
  • 24 Jan 2016 Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Army seizes control of Rabia, a strategic Turkmen settlement in Syria's Latakia Governorate. Since 2012, the town was under rebel control.
  • 25 Jan 2016 Boko Haram insurgency - Suicide bombers kill at most 32 people in northern Cameroon near the Nigeria border.
  • 26 Jan 2016 At least 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing attack at a checkpoint for the Syrian Army (SAA), in Homs. This includes around a dozen soldiers. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
  • 27 Jan 2016 Boko Haram insurgency. Suicide bombers set themselves on fire in Chibok, northeast Nigeria. At least 13 people were killed and at least 30 more were injured. (AFP via Yahoo. (Reuters)Cameroon shuts down most northern markets near the Nigerian border.
  • 28 Jan 2016 Yemeni Civil War (2015)-present: A suicide bomb attack on the presidential palace in Aden (Yemen) has claimed at least seven lives. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attack.
  • 29 Jan 2016 Terrorism is in Saudi Arabia: A terrorist attack on a Shia mosque, Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, has left at least 3 people dead and 7 others injured.
  • 30 Jan 2016 Facebook and Instagram, a social networking site, prohibit private sales of guns to anyone via their services.
  • 31 Jan 2016 Boko Haram insurgency 2016 Dalori attack: More than 100 people were killed and many more injured in an attack on Dalori Village, 4 km from Maiduguri in Nigeria by Boko Haram militants.
  • 03 Jan 2016 In response to the execution of Nimr al-Nimr, Iran ends its diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.