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The Worst Things That Happened in January 2016 

Conner Schwerdtfeger
Updated November 6, 2017 901 votes 280 voters 14.1k views 14 items

If you thought 2015 was a rough year, then you haven’t seen anything yet. Although 2016 has only just begun, it’s safe to say that it hasn’t exactly gotten off to the best start. While plenty of good took place in January 2016, some truly awful things have taken place as well. From terrorist attacks to outbreaks of major diseases and the deaths of beloved performers, 2016 has pretty much seen every type of tragedy you could possibly imagine. What's the worst thing that has happened in January 2016?

Take a look through all these pretty bad events and vote up the events that you think were just the worst. If the list gets you down at times, just remember all of the good that has happened recently as well, and use this as motivation to do your part and help make the world a better place. If that doesn't work, then just look at these cats.

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Music Icon David Bowie Passed Away
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Shortly after releasing his final album, Blackstar, pop culture icon David Bowie passed away after a battle with cancer earlier this month. Aside from being a musician known for a stellar (and interstellar) discography, he had numerous screen credits including Zoolander and Labyrinth.
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Legendary Actor Alan Rickman Passed Away
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Harry Potter fans all around the world collectively mourned the passing of stage and screen icon Alan Rickman. At the age of 69, the actor succumbed to a battle with cancer.

In addition to his role as Severus Snape, Rickman was also known for his roles in Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Love Actually, among others.
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People in Michigan Are Paying for Poisonous Water
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Ever since 2014 infrastructure issues have made the tap water in Flint, MI undrinkable. Despite the fact that their water has become incredibly poisonous and unsafe for consumption, the city has continued to bill the citizens of Flint at an "unusually high rate."
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New Ebola Cases Arise in Africa
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Ebola caused major headlines over the last couple of years as cases of the virus began to pop up in American cities. Now it seems new cases have begun to emerge out of Sierra Leone over the last month, leading many to wonder if it could begin to spread again.
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