Looking Back at the Year 2016–In Photos

January 1, 2017 5:34 pm Last Updated: January 1, 2017 5:42 pm

Fireworks fill the night sky above Oceti Sakowin Camp as activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for the Dakota Access Pipeline near the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CELEBRATION Fireworks fill the night sky above Oceti Sakowin Camp, near the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, as activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for the Dakota Access Pipeline on Dec. 4. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A woman and her children in the ruins of their battle-damaged house in the Kurdish town of Silopi, Turkey, on Jan. 19. (ILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A REGION IN CRISIS A mother and her children stand in the ruins of their house in the Kurdish town of Silopi, southeastern Turkey, near the border with Iraq and Syria on Jan. 19. While some Kurds are fighting for an independent state in Syria, Turkey has launched an all-out offensive against Kurdish PKK fighters in Turkey itself. (ILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images)

A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25, 2016, following the pro-Brexit result of the U.K.'s EU referendum vote. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)
BREXIT A pedestrian shelters from the rain with an Union Jack-themed umbrella in London on June 25, the day after Britain voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men's 100 meter semifinal, in which he won gold, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 14. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
LIGHTNING STRIKES Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles as he is about to win the men’s 100-meter at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio on Aug. 14. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

A full moon rising over the Re Island Bridge in Rivedoux is pictured on December 14, 2016. (XAVIER LEOTY/AFP/Getty Images)
SUPERMOON A full moon rises over the nearly 2-mile-long bridge connecting the French island of Ile de Ré with the mainland near La Rochelle on Dec. 14. (XAVIER LEOTY/AFP/Getty Images)

Migrants, most from Eritrea, jump into the water from a crowded wooden boat as they are helped by members of an NGO during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean sea near Libya on Aug. 29, 2016.  (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Migrants, most from Eritrea, jump into the water from a crowded wooden boat as they are helped by members of an NGO during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean sea near Libya on Aug. 29. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Passengers embrace each other as they wait outside Istanbul's Ataturk airport, early Wednesday, June 29, 2016 following their evacuation after a blast. Suspected Islamic State group extremists have hit the international terminal of Istanbul's Ataturk airport, killing dozens of people and wounding many others, Turkish officials said Tuesday. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Ataturk airport attack within Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) TURKEY OUT
Family members embrace after being evacuated following a blast at the Istanbul’s Ataturk airport which was claimed by ISIS on June 29. The attack killed dozens and wounded many others. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Members of Vella de Xiquets de Valls try to complete their human tower during the Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Oct. 2. The tradition of building human towers, or Castells, dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where "colles", or teams, compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Members of Vella de Xiquets de Valls try to complete their human tower during the Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Oct. 2. The tradition of building human towers, or Castells, dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where “colles”, or teams, compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

 An Iraqi boy passes an oil field that was set on fire by retreating ISIS extremists ahead of the Mosul offensive in Qayyarah, Iraq, on Oct. 21. Several hundred Iraqi families have been made to leave their homes for Mosul by Islamic State fighters as the UN warns they could be used as human shields. (Carl Court/Getty Images)
A boy passes an oil field that was set on fire by retreating ISIS terrorists ahead of the Mosul offensive in Qayyarah, Iraq, on Oct. 21. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

Despite blizzard conditions, military veterans march in support of the "water protectors" at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 5, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Despite blizzard conditions, military veterans march in support of the “water protectors” at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 5 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

People embrace during a vigil outside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for the mass shooting victims at the Pulse nightclub June 13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The American gunman who launched a murderous assault on a gay nightclub in Orlando was radicalized by Islamist propaganda, officials said Monday, as they grappled with the worst terror attack on US soil since 9/11.   / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
People embrace during a vigil for the mass shooting victims at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 13. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The areas of Jeremie, Haiti, destroyed by Hurricane Matthew are seen from the air on October 8, 2016.  The full scale of the devastation in hurricane-hit rural Haiti became clear as the death toll surged over 400, three days after Hurricane Matthew leveled huge swaths of the country's south. / AFP / Nicolas GARCIA        (Photo credit should read NICOLAS GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
The areas of Jeremie, Haiti, on Oct. 8, destroyed by Hurricane Matthew which took the lives of over 1000. (NICOLAS GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)