Behold, the Top 10 Trending News Stories of 2016
What news stories did you search the most this year? Check out the most popular ones according to Google data, all part of its 2016 Year in Search review. Though it might feel like the past 12 months were full of more lowlights than highlights (see: Pulse shooting, Aleppo, Nice attack), there were still some memorable heartwarming stories worth remembering.
Orlando Pulse Shooting
The deadliest mass shooting in US history took place in June in Orlando, FL, when 49 people were killed during a Latin dance night at a gay club called Pulse. Police killed the shooter, identified as Omar Mateen, inside the building.
In June, residents of the UK and Northern Ireland voted to leave the European Union in a move that shocked the world.
The Zika virus dominated headlines for spreading not just throughout many countries in Latin America, but also in the US in cities like Miami, FL. (Get answers to your common Zika questions here.)
El Chapo Recaptured
After escaping prison twice, notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was recaptured in January in a coastal city near Sinaloa. He remains in prison.
Three different blasts rocked Brussels in March, targeting the Belgian city's airport and a metro station. Thirty-two people from around the world were killed with many more injured. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
In July, weeks after the Brussels bombings, another terrorist attack struck in Nice, France. A man plowed his truck into crowds on the streets on Bastille Day, killing 85 and leaving more than 200 injured.
Scandal struck Latin America in April when a massive leak dubbed the "Panama papers" revealed that some of the world's leaders, celebrities, and athletes moved money to offshore accounts in Panama order to hide their wealth and avoid taxes. (Learn more about the drama here.)