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- December 31, 2015 - January 1, 2016 - 2015–16 New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Germany
- January 2 - The Workers' Party of Korea arrests visiting American student Otto Warmbier for allegedly tearing down a propaganda poster at the hotel he had been staying at.
- January 22 - WOMAD is founded.
- March - Identity Evropa (later known as the American Identity Movement) is founded by Nathan Damigo.
- March 22 - The 2016 Brussels bombings take place leaving 32 people dead and 3 terrorists killed with more than 300 people injured. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombings.
- March 24 - The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) finds Radovan Karadžić guilty of war crimes and genocide committed during the Bosnian War and sentences him to life in prison.
- April 6 - Aung San Suu Kyi is appointed State Counsellor of Myanmar.
- April 26 - The Special Action Forces is founded.
- May 12 - The Syrian village of Zara'a in Southern Hama Governorate is captured by Al-Nusra Front.
- May 30 - The Extraordinary African Chambers find former President of Chad Hissène Habré guilty of rape, sexual slavery, and ordering the killing of 40,000 people during his tenure as Chadian president and sentence him to life in prison.
- June 10 - Singer-songwriter Christina Grimmie is murdered after a concert in Orlando, Florida by obsessed fan Kevin Loibl, who commits suicide after being attacked by Grimmie's brother, Mark Grimmie, who had also been present.
- June 12 - Omar Mateen perpetrates the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others.
- June 16 - British MP Jo Cox is murdered in Birstall, West Yorkshire by right-wing extremist Thomas Mair.
- June 28 - The 2016 Istanbul Airport attack takes place. Three attackers and forty-five other people are killed, with more than 230 people injured. The Islamic State claims responsibility for the attack.
- June 30 - Rodrigo Duterte is elected President of the Philippines.
- July 17 - 2016 shooting of Baton Rouge police officers
- July 22 - 18-year old David Sonboly goes on a shooting rampage throughout Munich, Germany, killing nine people and injuring 36 in the vicinity of the Olympia Shopping Mall before committing suicide.
- July 28 - The Houthis establish the Supreme Political Council to serve as the governing body of Yemen.
- August 31 - Dilma Rousseff is removed from office.
- September 6 - Danny Heinrich confesses to the 1989 abduction and murder of 11-year old Jacob Wetterling.
- September 23 - Cascade Mall shooting
- September 28 - Jesse Osborne shot up Townville Elementary School killing two people (His father and Hall) and injuring two (Meghan Hollingsworth and a unnamed child)
- October 9 - Beginning of the Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar.
- October 12 - The Antipodean Resistance is founded.
- December 9 - The South Korean National Assembly votes to begin impeachment proceedings against Park Geun-Hye.
- December 9 - Yahya Jammeh rejects the results of the 2016 Gambian presidential election, refusing to transfer power to President-elect Adama Barrow, forcing Barrow into exile in neighboring Senegal.
- December 11 - An ISIL suicide bomber bombs the St. Peter and St. Paul's Church in Cairo, killing 29 people amd injuring 47.
- December 22 - End of the Battle of Aleppo.
- January 13 - Lawrence Phillips
- January 28 - Buddy Cianci
- February 3 - Brandon Astor Jones
- March 28 - Winston Mosely
- April 6 - Pablo Vasquez
- April 22 - Ariffin Mohammed
- May 4 - Jean-Baptiste Bagaza
- May 10 - Cheng Chieh
- May 21 - Akhtar Mansour
- June 10 - Kevin Loibl
- June 12 - Omar Mateen
- June 24 - Christy Sheats
- July 10 - Abu Omar al-Shishani
- July 13 - Bernardo Provenzano
- July 17 - Gavin Eugene Long
- July 22 - David Sonboly
- September 2 - Islam Karimov
- October 3 - Ahmad Salama Mabruk
- November 25 - Fidel Castro
- December 23 - Anis Amri
- April 29 - Hayden Umbenhower
- June 10 - Christina Grimmie
- June 16 - Jo Cox
- July 6 - Philando Castile
- September 28 - Jacob Hall & Jeffrey Osborne