2016 in Wales

This article is about the particular significance of the year 2016 to Wales and its people.

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2016
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Wales
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2016 in
The United Kingdom
England
Scotland

IncumbentsEdit

EventsEdit

JanuaryEdit

FebruaryEdit

  • 8 February - Wales is badly affected by Storm Imogen: 80 mph winds result in waves high enough to hit first-floor windows along Aberystwyth's seafront.[4]
  • 9 February - The Welsh Assembly votes for legislation to protect the historic environment and make the maintenance of records mandatory; this makes Wales the first part of the UK, and one of the first countries in the world, to legislate for the protection of historic environment records.[5]
  • 24 February - Aston Martin announces that their new DBX model will be built at a site in St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan, creating 750 new jobs.[6]

MarchEdit

 
Alun Cairns is made Secretary of State for Wales in March.

AprilEdit

  • 1 April - As part of a three-day celebration of arts, culture and creativity in Wales, artist Marc Rees unveils a 20 ft tall statue of singer Shirley Bassey on a balcony of Caernarfon Castle.[13]
  • 28 April - The skull and antlers of a deer dating back 4,000 years are found on a beach in Borth.[14]
  • 29 April - The Harvester, a fishing vessel operating from Milford Haven, carrying a father and son team, sinks off the coast of St David's.[15]

MayEdit

JuneEdit

JulyEdit

 
The Wales national football team are given a parade through Cardiff following their Euro 2016 success.

AugustEdit

  • 6 August - 130,000 visitors are recorded attending the 2016 National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny as the festival comes to a close. The iconic pink pavilion was replaced this year by a square-shaped white building in an attempt to improve acoustics.[30]
  • 28 August - The final BHS store in Wales, located in Swansea's Princess Way, closes its doors after the company goes into administration.[31]

SeptemberEdit

  • 13 September
    • The Wales Bill 2016, which gives new powers and accountability for the Welsh Assembly, is passed by MPs in the House of Commons.[32]
    • A new Boundary Commission plan which would see Welsh Members of Parliament cut from 40 to 29, is published for consultation.[33]
  • 17/18 September - A series of events celebrating the works of Roald Dahl are held throughout the streets of Cardiff on the centenary of the author's birth.[34]
  • 24 September - Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected as leader of the Labour Party following an unsuccessful challenge by Owen Smith.[35]

OctoberEdit

NovemberEdit

DecemberEdit

UndatedEdit

Arts and literatureEdit

Welsh AwardsEdit

  • Glyndŵr Award
  • National Eisteddfod of Wales: Chair – Aneirin Karadog, "Ffiniau"[44]
  • National Eisteddfod of Wales: Crown – Elinor Gwynn, "Llwybrau"[45]
  • National Eisteddfod of Wales: Prose Medal – Eurig Salisbury, "Cai"[46]
  • National Eisteddfod of Wales: Drama Medal - Hefin Robinson, Estron[47]
  • Gwobr Goffa Daniel Owen: Guto Dafydd, Ymbelydredd[48]
  • Wales Book of the Year:
    • English language: Thomas Morris, We Don't Know What We're Doing[49]
    • Welsh language: Caryl Lewis, Y Bwthyn

New booksEdit

English languageEdit

Welsh languageEdit

MusicEdit

AlbumsEdit

CompositionsEdit

  • Iain Bell (music), David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins (libretto) - In Parenthesis (opera)[51]

FilmEdit

SportEdit

AwardsEdit

In sportsEdit

2016 Summer OlympicsEdit

 
Jade Jones

2016 Summer Paralympic GamesEdit

BroadcastingEdit

English-language televisionEdit

Welsh-language televisionEdit

DeathsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  87. ^ John Disley dies aged 87
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  90. ^ County stalwart David Green dies aged 76
  91. ^ 'Mr Nice' Howard Marks dies aged 70
  92. ^ Gareth Thomas 1945 - 2016
  93. ^ Wales' former national poet Gwyn Thomas dies
  94. ^ Only Fools and Horses producer Gareth Gwenlan dies
  95. ^ Glamorgan: Former all-rounder Jim Pressdee dies aged 83
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