What Happened in 2017

Significant Events

  • Feb 17 Discovery of a new mostly underwater continent Zealandia in the South Pacific announced in research journal "GSA Today"
  • May 7 Emmanuel Macron wins France's presidential election defeating Marine Le Pen
  • Jul 4 North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan
  • Jul 9 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi proclaims victory over Islamic State forces in Mosul
  • Sep 5 Hurricane Irma becomes the post powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history with winds of 185mph
  • Oct 17 Islamic State headquarters Raqqa declared under full control of US-led alliance by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello after 4 months of fighting
  • Oct 25 Chinese Premier Xi Jinping unveils his new ruling council in the Great Hall of the People, none of the five are young enough to succeed him
  • Nov 21 Robert Mugabe's resignation after 37 years in power is read out in Zimbabwe's parliaments during impeachment proceedings
More Historical Events

2017 in Film & TV

  • Oct 5 "The New York Times" publishes investigation into sexual harassment behaviour by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein
  • Oct 15 Actress Alyssa Milano tweeting “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’" prompts flood of replies across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

2017 in Sport

  • Jan 28 105th Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams defeats Venus Williams 6–4, 6–4, becomes player with most wins in major tournaments (39) in open era
  • Aug 3 Brazilian soccer forward Neymar transfers from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of €222 on a 5-year deal
  • Sep 19 New MLB record for most home runs in a season, no. 5,694 hit by Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals
  • Nov 8 Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa breaks the world record for surfing the biggest-ever wave at 24.4m at Nazaré, Portugal
  • Dec 5 Russia is banned from the next Winter Olympics in South Korea over state-sponsored doping

Did You Know?

World's longest recorded rainbow - 8 hrs 58 min in Taipei's Yangmingshan mountain range

On November 30, 2017


World Leaders in 2017

Famous People in 2017

Famous People Born in 2017

  • Jun 6 Alexander and Ella Clooney, twin children of actor George and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, born in London

Would You Believe?

First footage of white giraffes posted by Hirola Conservation Program in north eastern Kenya

On August 2, 2017

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 8 "Dancing with the stars" pro Louis Van Amstel (44) weds health coach Joshua Lancaster in Utah
  • Feb 11 Actor Bug Hall (32) weds Jill Marie DeGroff in Encino, California
  • Feb 14 Fast and the Furious star Tyrese Gibson (38) weds Samantha Lee in a secret ceremony
  • Feb 27 Gossip Girl's star Penn Badgley (30) weds singer Domino Kirke in New York
  • Mar 3 Bachelorette TV personality Ali Fedotowsky (32) weds TV and radio host Kevin Manno (33) at Terranea Resort in Los Angeles, California
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