01/10/2016 David Bowie
01/14/2016 Alan Rickman (Actor, Hans Gruber in “Die Hard”)
01/18/2016 Glenn Frey (Founder The Eagles)
02/04/2016 Maurice White (Founder Earth,Wind and Fire)
02/15/2016 Denise Mathews AKA Vanity (Singer, Actress and Evangelist )
03/03/2016 Tony Dyson (Builder R2-D2 robot for “Star Wars”)
03/06/2016 Nancy Reagan (First Lady 1981-1989)
03/15/2016 Daryl Coley (Gospel Singer)
03/22/2016 Malik Taylor AKA Phife Dawg (A Tribe Called Quest)
03/24/2016 Gary Shandling (Comedian and Actor)
03/29/2016 Patty Duke (Actress, “Patty Duke Show”)
04/06/2016 Merle Haggard (Country Singer)
04/17/2016 Doris Roberts (Actress, Mother on “Everybody Loves Raymond”)
04/20/2016 Joanie Laurer AKA Chyna (Wrestler WWF)
04/21/2016 Prince Rogers Nelson
06/03/2016 Muhammad Ali
06/12/2016 Michu Meszaros (Actor played “Alf”)
06/28/2016 Pat Summitt (Women’s Basketball Coach University of Tennessee)
08/28/2016 Gene Wilder
09/11/2016 Robert (Alexis) Arquette (Actor, sibling of Patricia Arquette)
09/13/2016 Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor (Writer, Actor, Griot, NPR, official Gee Chee)
09/25/2016 Kashif (Saleem) (Musician, Producer B.T. Express)
09/25/2016 Jose Fernandez (MLB Pitcher Miami Marlins)
09/30/2016 Rod Temperton (Writer, Producer for Heatwave)
10/12/2016 Tommy Ford (Actor, Philanthropist Tommy on “Martin”)
11/07/2016 Leonard Cohen (Singer, Song Writer Hallelujah)
11/07/2016 Janet Reno (U.S. Attorney General 1993-2001)
11/14/2016 Gwen Ifill (Journalist PBS)
11/18/2016 Sharon Jones (Singer, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings)
11/24/2016 Florence Henderson (Actress, played mother on “Brady Bunch”)
11/24/2016 Colonel Abrams (Singer, Trapped)
11/25/2016 Fidel Castro
11/25/2016 Ron Glass (Actor, “Barney Miller”)
12/08/2016 John Glenn (Astronaut)
12/11/2016 Joe Ligon (Gospel Singer, Mighty Clouds of Joy)
12/13/2016 Alan Thicke (Actor, father of Robin Thicke)
12/18/2016 Zsa Zsa Gabor (Actress, Socialite)
12/25/2016 George Michael
12/25/2016 Oliver Prinz von Anhalt (adopted son of Zsa Zsa Gabor)
12/26/2016 Ricky Harris (Comedian, Actor on “Everybody Hates Chris”)
12/26/2016 George S. Irving (Actor, Broadway)
12/27/2016 Carrie Fisher (Actress, Princess Leia in “Star Wars”)
12/28/2016 Debbie Reynolds (Actress, mother of Carrie Fisher)
12/29/2016 Keion Carpenter (NFL Player Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills)
It is being called one of the strangest elections in history. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to win more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to secure the nod to be the 45th President of the United States. Here is coverage of the story from CBS News. Donald Trump will be inaugurated on January 20th 2017. The stands for viewing the parade on Inauguration Day were already in the process of being built in front of the White House in mid December.
The Orlando Mass shooting. 50 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016. Here is more coverage of the story from CBS News. Mateen died in a gun battle with police.
The rash of police killings around the country happened during a time when more unarmed African American men were also killed during encounters with police. Maria Boynton covered one of many protests held in Atlanta and other cities to protest police shootings.
WAOK’s Derrick Boazman visited Haiti in November to witness the historic presidential elections along with others.
He documented much of the trip on Facebook and on air when he returned to Atlanta.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 9: Dwight Howard #8 of the Atlanta Hawks boxes out against Robin Lopez #8 of the Chicago Bulls during the game on November 9, 2016 at Philips Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
San Francisco 49er Quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem and set the country on fire.
Atlanta won the right to host the Superbowl in 2019 and Maria Boynton spoke to Mayor Kasim Reed about the honor.
What were your top stories of 2016?