There’s no denying that a lot of bad stuff happened in 2016, but it’s also worth remembering that some really great things happened this past year. Here are ten of them:
- February 12: Pope Francis met with Patriarch Kirill in the first meeting between leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches since their split in 1054.
- July 4: After a five year journey, NASA’s Juno spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter.
- July 26: Solar Impulse 2 became the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the Earth.
- September 30: Two stolen Vincent Van Gogh paintings, missing since 2002 and valued at over $100 million, are recovered.
- October 15: More than 150 nations agreed to begin phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
- November 2: The Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years.
- November 30: India opened the largest solar plant in the world.
- December 4: The Department of the Army announced that it would not allow the North Dakota Access Pipeline to be drilled under a dammed section of the Missouri River, giving the Standing Rock protesters a major victory.
- December 10: Bob Dylan became the first songwriter ever to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and Patti Smith performed his song “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at the awards ceremony.
- December 22: A new vaccine against the Ebola virus was shown to be 100% effective.
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Dan is the Executive Editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians blog. He is a writer, graphic designer and IT specialist. He lives in Montana, is married and has three cats.