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2016 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 2016
Ab urbe condita 2769
Armenian calendar 1465
Assyrian calendar 6766
Bahá'í calendar 172–173
Bengali calendar 1423
Berber calendar 2966
British Regnal year 64 Eliz. 2 – 65 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar 2560
Burmese calendar 1378
Byzantine calendar 7524–7525
Chinese calendar 乙未(Wood Goat)
4712 or 4652
    — to —
丙申年 (Fire Monkey)
4713 or 4653
Coptic calendar 1732–1733
Discordian calendar 3182
Ethiopian calendar 2008–2009
Hebrew calendar 5776–5777
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2072–2073
 - Shaka Samvat 1938–1939
 - Kali Yuga 5117–5118
Holocene calendar 12016
Igbo calendar 1016–1017
Iranian calendar 1394–1395
Islamic calendar 1437–1438
Japanese calendar Heisei 28
Juche calendar 105
Julian calendar Gregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar 4349
Minguo calendar ROC 105
Thai solar calendar 2559
Unix time 1451606400–1483228799

2016 (MMXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday (dominical letter CB) of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.

2016 has been designated as:



Predicted and scheduled events



  • May 9 – A transit of Mercury will occur. Full transit will be visible in South America, Eastern North America, Western Europe, and a partial transit everywhere else except Australia and far eastern Asia.[7]







Date unknown



See also


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  4. "'El Chapo': Sean Penn interviewed Guzman before recapture". BBC News. January 10, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "ESA - Robotic Exploration of Mars: ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO)". Retrieved February 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Russian, EU Space Agencies Propose to Delay Joint Mission to Mars". September 18, 2015. Retrieved November 26, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "The Transit of Mercury on 2016 May 9". Retrieved June 7, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Die Schweizer haben den Längsten". Die Welt (in Deutsch). December 31, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Juno Mission to Jupiter" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
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  11. "The Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) Project". Retrieved February 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Private Dream Chaser Space Plane to Launch 1st Orbital Flight in 2016".
  13. "Chagossians in Seychelles seek to meet UK contracted experts on resettlement study". August 5, 2014. Retrieved February 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "'Space hotel' plan unveiled in Russia". BBC. September 30, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Afanasieva, Dasha; Heneghan, Tom (March 10, 2014). "Orthodox Churches Will Hold First Ecumenical Council In 1,200 Years In Istanbul". The Huffington Post.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Communiqué of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches, At the Phanar, March 9, 2014".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>