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2016 was a year of surprises: President-elect Donald Trump, Nobel laureate Bob Dylan, the end of Angelina and Brad (or was that one inevitable?).

We were hacked by the Russians, panicked by Zika and horrified by shootings across the country. After the November election, adult Californians could smoke marijuana -- legally. We said goodbye to Kobe and Vin, binge-watched, rocked out to "Old-Chella" and signed up for the Tesla 3.

Beyoncé and "Hamilton" ruled.

So, yes, it was a big year. And we'd like to suggest that you take some time to recall the biggest stories of 2016 -- if only to prepare for the cacophony that undoubtedly will erupt in 2017.

Politics

The biggest political upset in decades

America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our country’s best and dream big and bold and daring.

President-elect Donald Trump

Had we caught him on Election Day, Trump’s pollster, Tony Fabrizio, later said, he would have predicted that Clinton had a 55% chance of winning. Clinton’s own aides would have put her chances higher. So would nearly all independent analysts. But it was not to be. The first sign of trouble came when polls closed in Florida. Clinton had amassed such a big lead in early voting that Democrats thought Trump could not possibly catch her, but suddenly the race in the state was too close to call. So it went through the evening as one after another, Trump eked out victories in the key contests. His victory was the biggest political upset since Harry Truman’s in 1948. In the end, Clinton would win the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes, but not enough in the states she really needed .

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