The Week That Was – 12th-19th June 2016

I try to sum up the week’s big events in bite-size form.


Tributes continue to be paid to the Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in Birstall in her constituency of Batley and Spen late last week. Parliament has been recalled today for MPs to pay further tribute.

Vigils have been held both in the US and around the world for the 49 victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando last week.

British astronaut Tim Peake has landed safely back on Earth with his fellow crew-members after a six-month mission in space. It is understood he will give a press conference in Cologne on Tuesday.

Following a pause as a mark of respect to Jo Cox, the EU Referendum campaign has resumed, with both sides making their final push ahead of the vote on June 23rd.


Andy Murray wins a historic fifth Queen’s Club title in London with a three-set victory over Canadian Milos Raonic.

American golfer Dustin Johnson wins the US Open title.

England’s rugby team beat Australia 23-7 down under to seal a historic series win against the Wallabies.

England’s football team, fresh from victory against Wales, look to top their group in Euro 2016 with a win against Slovakia tonight. Host nation France have already qualified for the Second Round of the tournament.

However, some matches thus far have been marred by stadium unrest and clashes between rival fans, with threats of disqualification having been levelled against England, Russia and Croatia if the behaviour continues.


The entertainment world has paid tribute to the Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, who has died in a freak car accident aged 27.

Rick Astley has reached the No.1 spot in the UK album charts with his comeback album 50.

Pixar film Finding Dory has made the highest-grossing animated film debut of all time, with an opening weekend of $132.6 million in the US.

The rock band Led Zeppelin are fighting a plagiarism lawsuit in Los Angeles, where it is alleged that the group stole the intro from their song ‘Stairway to Heaven’ from ‘Taurus’ by the band Spirit.

Quote from the Week

“…We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than that which divides us.”   Jo Cox MP

Alex Nicholson

2 thoughts on “The Week That Was – 12th-19th June 2016

  1. What a week it was. Heartbreaking in a lot of ways. So sad about Orlando (and Christina Grimmie a couple days before), Jo Cox, and Anton Yelchin. It’s interesting seeing the news so compact like this, and I love the quote of the week.


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