Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. Top politicians in Nassau were charged with political corruption, and key officials in Suffolk were convicted of other crimes. A local pizza delivery man shot to fame on “America’s Got Talent,” while we mourned the deaths of iconic entertainers including Carrie Fisher, David Bowie and Prince. 2016 has been a dramatic year. Here’s some of what we’ll remember.
Political corruption charges that shook a county and a political debate that drew the eyes of the nation. Those were just some of the local stories that defined 2016.
See what our critics have to say about trends, surprises, breakouts and letdowns that made up the year in pop culture.
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See the memorable moments and stories Newsday captured on video this year.
A father and daughter embrace after surviving a plane crash. A whale becomes stranded in Moriches Bay. See the stunning and emotional images taken on LI this year.
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The cartoonist says choosing this collection is a challenge.
See a collection of the most notable Newsday covers of the year, chosen by the editors, from January through December.
Memorable images from the Dallas police shootings, the conflict in Syria, the presidential election, the World Series and more.
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From a surprise Billy Joel performance to a Dunkin' Donuts wedding, these stories will have you shaking your head and muttering, 'That's so Long Island.'
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2016 was a good year to get 15 minutes of fame for these select few local kids, including a young quiz show contestant.
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A member of 'The God Squad,' a police sergeant killed in a shootout, and a school principal who battled cancer are among the Long Islanders we lost this year.
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Read about a trio who rescued a father and his two children from their sinking boat and more tales of amazing feats and acts of kindness Long Islanders performed.
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This year has been momentous for everyone, including some of Long Island’s favorite sons and daughters.
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The year 2016 has been unlike any other.
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There are plenty of good photos taken each year at sporting events. Here are 46 we found particularly enjoyable.
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We said goodbye to athletes, coaches and personalities.
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It's been a banner year for cheap eats restaurants, with openings from Long Beach to Montauk inspired by cuisine from around the globe.
Bay Shore was the big winner in 2016’s fine-dining sweepstakes.
This year’s closings included a pizza joint that was home to a 34-inch pie and a P.J. Clarke's spin-off that lasted barely a year.
This year, the list welcomes three new pizzerias, all of which make pies in the classic Neapolitan tradition.
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A great cookbook can keep you happily chained to your kitchen, or transport you to another place and time.
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It was the Year of the Surprise as Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, Frank Ocean all rolled out new albums with little to no notice.
Critic Verne Gay ranks television's offerings in 2016 from 26 to No. 1, including a tie.
See the movies critic Rafer Guzman is dubbing the year's greatest.
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From Brangelina's split after 12 years together, to Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's breakup after a little more than a year of marriage.
Remembering the actors, leaders and icons we bid adieu, from Prince to Gene Wilder.
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Some practice the sport of drag racing legally, but there exists a sub-culture of racers who do not. The consequences of those illegal street races have, at times, led to tragedy.
From his outspoken demeanor around boxing to his political views, from his converting to Islam to his refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam War, Muhammad Ali is a transcendent cultural figure.
The 25 best companies to work for are made up of a wide array of U.S. companies, including Airbnb, Facebook, Google and In-N-Out Burger.
The list of the 10 worst jobs includes newspaper reporter, logger and taxi driver.
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Our list of the best mobile games on the Google Play and Apple App Store right now.
2016 saw an embarrassment of riches on the literary front, in both fiction and nonfiction.
The 10 best children's books of 2016 sure to engage any young reader.
Produced by Joe Diglio, newsday.com staff