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
  • Jul 20 China announces a plan against “foreign garbage” banning 24 categories of plastic and recyclable waste from 2018
  • 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
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2017 in Film & TV

  • May 7 “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” becomes the highest grossing Indian box-office film ever earning $120 million
  • Jul 16 BBC announces first ever female Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker
  • 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 Music

  • Feb 22 Jay-Z becomes 1st rapper to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Max Martin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
  • Apr 1 Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm

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
  • Mar 14 World's oldest golf club Muirfield in Scotland, votes to admit women as members for 1st time in 273 years
  • Jun 11 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Stan Wawrinka 6–2, 6–3, 6–1; becomes first man to win title 10 times
  • Jun 26 America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand defeat Oracle Team USA 7-1 in Bermuda, Peter Burling (26) youngest ever helmsman
  • Jul 16 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Marin Čilić 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 for a record 8th Wimbledon men's title

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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