As 2016 draws to a close, we look back on all that took place



2016 proved to be a year to remember for a long time.

Nick Blevins, Assistant Editor

As the year 2016 winds down, we take a look back on all that has taken place.
From sporting events to the much anticipated presidential election, 2016 will be a year to remember for a long time.
In what came as a surprise to many, the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl L.
Peyton Manning won his second Super Bowl before calling it a career and retiring.
Also in sports, LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA title, defeating the Golden State Warriors in seven games.
It was James’s third NBA championship and his first in Cleveland.
August brought the 2016 Summer Olympics, which took place in Rio, Brazil.
Due to concerns over the Zika virus, a large number of athletes did not attend the games.
Those who did attend saw the United States dominating the field, with the US winning a total of 121 medals, with 46 being coveted gold medals.
Michael Phelps ended his career with 23 gold medals, the most in Olympic history.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft entered Jupiter’s orbit in July of this year after launching back in 2011.
It began a 20 month survey of the planet, and will lead to increased knowledge of the universe, and`
more specifically, the atmosphere of Jupiter.
In politics, Donald Trump was elected president in November over Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
In what came as a surprise to many, Trump won key battleground states Ohio and Florida to secure the presidency.
While Clinton won the popular vote, the Electoral College system allowed Trump to become the president-elect.
Many companies are ending their business arrangements in North Carolina after the controversial HB2 law, which requires people to use the restrooms of their biological sex, took effect.
In September, the NCAA announced it would be moving all championship games located in North Carolina, with the NBA moving the All Star game from Charlotte earlier this year.
It has not only affected the sporting events taking place in North Carolina. Many musical artists and companies, including PayPal, have decided to do business elsewhere.
Many wait in anticipation to see what the result of the law will be.
As 2016 draws to a close, events will continue to take place, from sports to politics, making 2016 a year to never forget.