2016 in Photos: 20 moments that will go down in history

AP

Whatever you may think of 2016, it has not been short of momentous events. 

From the U.S. presidential election upset to Olympian Ryan Lochte's fabricated mugging story in Rio de Janeiro to the Pakistani chaiwala's 15 minutes of fame, there was no dearth of drama from highbrow to lowbrow to every brow in between.

Here are 20 of some of the biggest moments of 2016, in no particular order. 

Beyoncé and her ladies get in formation at the Super Bowl halftime show in February.

Beyoncé and her dancers at Super Bowl 50Source: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
Beyoncé and her dancers at Super Bowl 50  Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, charge at protester Ieshia Evans, as she demonstrates against police brutality in July.

Two police officers charge at a peaceful protester in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.Source: Facebook
Two police officers charge at a peaceful protester in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Facebook

In August, 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh is pulled from the rubble of his shelled home in Aleppo, Syria.

A 5-year-old Syrian boy is pulled from rubble in Aleppo, Syria. Source: Getty Images
A 5-year-old Syrian boy is pulled from rubble in Aleppo, Syria.  Getty Images

Protesters in Athens throw fireworks at police as people gather to commemorate a teenager killed by police in 2008.

Protesters in Athens, Greece, throw fireworks at police.Source: Yorgos Karahalis/AP
Protesters in Athens, Greece, throw fireworks at police.  Yorgos Karahalis/AP

In May, President Barack Obama hugs 8-year-old Mari Copeny, aka Little Miss Flint, in her home of Flint, Michigan.

President Barack Obama and 8-year-old Mari CopenySource: Flickr
President Barack Obama and 8-year-old Mari Copeny  Flickr

In September, Donald Trump also meets Little Miss Flint.

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A Chinese panda base introduces more than 20 giant panda cubs, celebrating the species reclassification from "endangered" to the less-dire "vulnerable."

A Chinese panda base puts cubs on display.Source: Getty Images
A Chinese panda base puts cubs on display.  Getty Images

Hillary Clinton is seen hiking in the woods of Westchester, New York, the day after her presidential election upset to Trump.

Titanic co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet hug it out in February at the Academy Awards, where DiCaprio finally wins his best actor Oscar.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate WinsletSource: Christopher Polk/Getty Images
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet  Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Ibtahaj Muhammad becomes the first hijab-clad American to compete — and win a medal — in the Rio Olympics.

Ibtahaj MuhammadSource: Getty Images
Ibtahaj Muhammad  Getty Images

The Obamas pose for an Essence photoshoot that reminds the world why they are — full stop — #RelationshipGoals.

Trump gives his victory speech after winning the presidential election.

Donald TrumpSource: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Donald Trump  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Pakistani chaiwala Arshad Khan becomes an internet sensation.

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Clinton becomes the first female U.S. presidential candidate nominated by a major political party.

Hillary Clinton at the DNCSource: Robyn Beck/Getty Images
Hillary Clinton at the DNC  Robyn Beck/Getty Images

Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, gives the cameras a cheeky grin while competing in the 100-meter semifinal in the Olympics.

Usain BoltSource: Getty Images
Usain Bolt  Getty Images

A Kurdish family stands in their devastated home in southeastern Turkey, where the government is engaged in an offensive against Kurdish separatists.

A Kurdish family stands in the ruins of a shelled home in southeastern Turkey.Source: Getty Images
A Kurdish family stands in the ruins of a shelled home in southeastern Turkey.  Getty Images

U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte — and his dynamic hair — competes at the Rio Olympics, where he is later caught in a lie about getting mugged at gunpoint.

Ryan LochteSource: Michael Sohn/AP
Ryan Lochte  Michael Sohn/AP

Ex-Stanford University student Brock Turner walks after serving only half of a six-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

Brock Turner's booking photoSource: uncredited/AP
Brock Turner's booking photo  uncredited/AP

Obama meets with Trump in the Oval Office after the election.

Donald Trump and Barack Obama meet in front of reporters.Source: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Donald Trump and Barack Obama meet in front of reporters.  Win McNamee/Getty Images

Fans dance at a Prince gathering in the rock star's hometown of Minneapolis, hours after his death in April from a drug overdose.

Fans at Minneapolis' First Avenue nightclubSource: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Fans at Minneapolis' First Avenue nightclub  Scott Olson/Getty Images