Historical Events in 2017

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  • Jan 1 Indian provincial cricket team Vidarbha wins first Ranji Trophy title in their first final appearance in 61 years beating Delhi by 9 wickets in Indore; medium pacer Rajneesh Gurbani stars with the ball taking 6 wickets

United Nations

Jan 1 Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres becomes United Nations Secretary General, replacing South Korean Ban Ki-moon

  • Jan 2 Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands wins his 2nd PDC World Darts Championship beating defending champion Gary Anderson, 7-3 at the Alexandra Palace, London
  • Jan 2 US House Republicans vote to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, a public uproar forces them to back down the next day

Historic Event

Jan 6 Elizabeth Warren announces her intention to run for a second term as Massachusetts Senator

  • Jan 7 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: French pair Kristina Mladenovic & Richard Gasquet beat Americans Coco Vandeweghe & Jack Sock 4-1, 4-3 to clinch 2-1 win; 2nd French title

Golden Globes

Jan 8 74th Golden Globes: "Moonlight", Casey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert win

  • Jan 9 College Football National Championship, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa: #2 Clemson beats #1 Alabama, 35-31
  • Jan 12 Justin Thomas (23) becomes the youngest player to shoot a sub-60 round of 59 in the opening round of the Sony Open at Waialae CC in Hawaii; he also wins the tournament

US History

Jan 12 US President Barack Obama in surprise presentation awards Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • Jan 13 Cricket all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scores Bangladesh's top Test score ever (217) during the 1st Test v New Zealand in Wellington
  • Jan 17 Nigerian military mistakenly bomb refugee camp killing more than 70 in Rann, Borno state

Historic Event

Jan 17 US President Barack Obama commutes WikiLeaks discloser Chelsea Manning's prison sentence from 35 to 7 years

Hall of Fame

Jan 18 Baseball Hall of Fame adds Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez

  • Jan 18 NASA and NOAA announce that 2016 was the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set in 2015 which itself topped a record set in 2014

Historic Event

Jan 19 Adama Barrow sworn in as President of Gambia in Dahkar as Senegalese troops enter Gambia to persuade former President Yahya Jammeh to leave

  • Jan 19 High-rise building collapses in Tehran, killing 20 firefighters

El Chapo Finally Recaptured

Jan 19 Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is extradited to the United States to face trial for his leadership of the Sinaloa drug cartel

  • Jan 20 Car ploughs into pedestrians in central Melbourne, killing 6 and injuring 27

President Inaugurated

Jan 20 Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America and Mike Pence as the 48th Vice President

  • Jan 21 Adam Hadwin fires only the 7th sub-60 round (59) in PGA Tour history in the 3rd round of the CareerBuilder Challenge at LaQuinta CC
  • Jan 21 More than 2 million people protest worldwide in the 'Women's March' against Donald Trump, with 500,000 marching in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 22 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-17
  • Jan 22 Chile declares a State of Emergency and requests international assistance as wildfires rage out of control
  • Jan 22 NFC Championship, Georgia Dome, Atlanta: Atlanta Falcons beat Green Bay Packers, 44-21

Sports History

Jan 23 Formula One Group removes Bernie Ecclestone as CEO, making him chairman emeritus, as Liberty Media completes $8 billion takeover of the organization

  • Jan 23 Most expensive house in the US worth $250 million goes on the market in Bel Air, Los Angeles
  • Jan 23 Thunderstorms and tornadoes in Georgia and Mississippi leave at least 18 dead in the US
  • Jan 24 President Trump withdraws the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)
  • Jan 25 Kisenosato becomes the 1st Japanese home-grown sumo champion since 1998 when he is made yokozuna, 72nd Grand Champion
  • Jan 27 Donald Trump issues executive order banning travel to the US for 7 mostly Muslim countries and suspending admission for refugees

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 28 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams defeats older sister Venus Williams 6–4, 6–4 for her 7th Australian title and record 23rd Grand Slam event singles victory

  • Jan 28 US President Donald Trump and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull have a contentious phone call over deal for US to take 1,250 refugees
  • Jan 29 62nd NHL All Star Games, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, CA: Metropolitan All Stars win four team 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers, RW
  • Jan 29 Attack on mosque in Quebec kills 6 and injures 17, shooter is French Canadian student

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 29 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Spaniard Rafael Nadal 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3 to win his record 18th Grand Slam

  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl, Orlando, FL: AFC beats NFC, 20-13; MVPs: Travis Kelce, KC Chiefs, TE; Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo Bills, LB
  • Jan 30 Scientists in central China reveal oldest known human ancestor - 540-million-year-old Saccorhytus in a fossil
  • Jan 31 Philip Glass' Symphony No. 11, premieres with the Bruckner Orchester Linz conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, at Carnegie Hall in NYC
  • Jan 31 Romanian government passes emergency decree to release prisoners and decriminalise corruption charges, triggering huge protests in Bucharest
  • Jan 31 US President Donald Trump announces he is nominating 49 year old Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
  • Jan 31 US President Donald Trump fires Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructs Justice Department officials not to defend Trump's travel ban
  • Feb 1 British MPs vote in favour of the European Union Bill, allowing the government to begin Brexit

Appointment of Interest

Feb 1 Rex Tillerson confirmed as 69th US Secretary of State

  • Feb 5 African Cup of Nations 2017: Cameroon defeat Egypt 2-1 in Libreville
  • Feb 5 Heavy metal band Black Sabbath play their last concert in their home town Birmingham, England
  • Feb 5 Romanian government scraps corruption degree after 6 days of mass demonstrations

Super Bowl

Feb 5 Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons, 34-28; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

  • Feb 6 Qatar Airways achieves the longest-ever commercial flight in service when its B777 aircraft lands in Auckland after a 16 hour and 23 minutes flight from Doha

Historic Event

Feb 8 US Senate confirms Jeff Sessions Attorney General, after controversy and protests

Grammy Awards

Feb 12 59th Grammy Awards: Adele wins Best Song "Hello" and Best Album "25"

BAFTA Awards

Feb 12 70th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "La La Land" Best Film, Damien Chazelle Best Director, Best Actors Casey Affleck / Emma Stone

  • Feb 12 Emergency spillway at Oroville Dam, California threatens to collapse, 180,00 residents ordered to evacuate
  • Feb 12 North Korea conducts a solid fuel ballistic missile test from Banghyon air base

Film & TV History

Feb 13 Harrison Ford involved in a near miss while flying a plane at John Wayne Airport, Orange County

Historic Event

Feb 13 US President Donald Trump accepts the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn over his dealings with Russia

Laureus Awards

Feb 14 Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte-Carlo Sporting, Monaco: Sportsman: Usain Bolt; Sportswoman: Simone Biles; Team: Chicago Cubs

  • Feb 15 The Indian space rocket PSLV-C37 successfully launches 104 satellites in a single flight
  • Feb 16 Car bomb in Bayaa, Baghdad kills at least 48, Islamic State claims responsibility. 3rd attack in 3 days
  • Feb 16 Suicide attack on shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sehwan, Pakistan kills 72, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • Feb 17 Discovery of a new mostly underwater continent Zealandia in the South Pacific announced in research journal "GSA Today"
  • Feb 18 67th Berlin International Film Festival: Hungarian film "On Body and Soul" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 19 NBA All Star Game, Smoothie King Centre, New Orleans, LA: West beats East, 192-182; MVP: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, F
  • Feb 20 Famine is declared in Unity State, South Sudan, affecting 4.9 million
  • Feb 21 Bodies of 87 African migrants wash ashore at Zawiya, Libya
  • Feb 21 Plane crashes into shopping centre in Essendon, Melbourne, Australia killing the five people on board
  • Feb 22 Discovery of 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting star Trappist-1 announced in Journal "Nature" - raises possibility of alien life

Hall of Fame

Feb 22 Jay-Z becomes 1st rapper to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Max Martin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

  • Feb 22 US President Donald Trump overturns Obama directive on Transgender rights to use toilets
  • Feb 25 Tom Perez is elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee
  • Feb 26 59th Daytona 500: Kurt Busch wins after Kyle Larson runs out of gas on last lap; Jeffrey Earnhardt makes NASCAR history, 1st ever 4th generation driver to compete in Daytona 500
  • Feb 26 89th Academy Awards: Best Picture "Moonlight" (after mix-up), Best Director Damien Chazelle, Best Actor Casey Affleck, Best Actress Emma Stone

Film & TV History

Mar 1 Charo is revealed as a contestant on season 24 of Dancing with the Stars

  • Mar 1 Gustav Klimt's painting "Bauerngarten" sells for $59.3m in London
  • Mar 2 US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia after revelations he met Russian ambassador
  • Mar 3 Mass grave of 800 children and infants confirmed at a former Catholic care home in Tuam, Ireland
  • Mar 5 US President Donald Trump in a tweet accuses former President Obama without offering any evidence of wiretapping Trump Towers during the presidential campaign
  • Mar 6 US President Donald Trump signs his second executive order barring travelers from 6 mostly-Muslim countries for 90 days but leaves out Iraq
  • Mar 6 Wikileaks publishes "Vault 7" CIA documents detailing its hacking and surveillance techniques
  • Mar 7 19 girls killed in a fire at a government-run care center in San José Pinula, Guatemala
  • Mar 7 Malta's famous landmark the Azure Window collapses into the sea after a storm
  • Mar 8 Aboriginal DNA study by University of Adelaide shows Aboriginal population dates back 50,000 years from one migration
  • Mar 8 FC Barcelona in a great comeback become 1st team to overturn 4-0 deficit beating St-Germain 6-5 in return game to reach the Champions League quarter finals

Historic Event

Mar 10 South Korean judges uphold parliaments' decision to impeach President Park Geun-hye

  • Mar 11 At least 65 killed in landslide at rubbish dump near Addis Ababa, Ethopia
  • Mar 11 England retains the Six Nations Rugby Championship with 61-21 win over Scotland at Twickenham; England's 11th consecutive Six Nations win and equals NZ's record of 18 consecutive international wins
  • Mar 12 Irene Sankoff and David Hein's musical drama "Come From Away" opens at Schoenfeld Theatre, NYC
  • Mar 14 European Court of Justice rules companies can ban staff from wearing religious symbols, including headscarves
  • Mar 14 World's oldest golf club Muirfield in Scotland, votes to admit women as members for 1st time in 273 years
  • Mar 15 Disney refuses to cut gay moment in film "Beauty and the Beast" for Malaysian censors, instead pulls film from Malaysia

Election of Interest

Mar 15 Dutch elections; Prime Minister Mark Rutte's centre-right VVD party win 33 seats vs against 20 for right wing Geert Wilder's Party of Freedom

Historic Event

Mar 15 French fashion house Givenchy appoints it first female designer, Englishwoman Clare Waight Keller

Film Release

Mar 17 Live-action remake "Beauty and the Beast" directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson opens

  • Mar 20 Indian rivers Yamuna and the Ganges declared "living entities" by court in the state of Uttarakhand
  • Mar 21 Singer Wyclef Jean wrongly identified as a suspect, handcuffed and detained by LA county sheriff’s department
  • Mar 22 Arctic records its lowest ever winter ice cover according to US National Snow and Ice Data Center, 5.5 million square miles
  • Mar 22 Terrorist attack on London's Westminster Bridge and Houses of Parliament kills 4 including a police officer and injures 40
  • Mar 22 Tomb of Jesus reopens after restoration in Jerusalem
  • Mar 24 US President Donald Trump and Republican party forced to pull their attempt to repeal Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare') after internal opposition
  • Mar 25 Largest banana split ever, at 8,040 metres long, is made in Innisfail, Australia

Historic Event

Mar 26 Anti-corruption protests in Russia result in hundreds arrested including opposition leader Alexei Navalny

  • Mar 26 Carrie Lam is first woman elected to lead Hong Kong by Beijing-influenced electoral commission
  • Mar 26 Mass protests in Chile over country's privatised pension system
  • Mar 28 Britain introduces 1st new pound coin in 30 years with secret security feature inside to stop counterfeiting
  • Mar 28 Cyclone Debbie strikes north east Queensland coast as a category 4 storm
  • Mar 28 US confirms likely it is behind the air strike in Mosul, Iraq, that led to collapse of a building that killed more than 100 civilians
  • Mar 28 US President Donald Trump signs Energy Independence executive order undoing Obama climate-control measures
  • Mar 28 World's largest dinosaur footprint at 1.7 metres found in Kimberley, Western Australia

Historic Event

Mar 29 Ivanka Trump (35) assumes an unpaid position as Senior Advisor to the President, Donald Trump (her father)

  • Mar 29 Man's body found inside a 7m long reticulated python in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Treaty of Interest

Mar 29 UK Prime Minister Theresa May sends a letter to the EU invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally triggering Brexit

  • Mar 30 Ex-South Korean president Park Geun-hye arrested in corruption investigation
  • Mar 30 North Carolina repeals its controversial bathroom law that restricted transgender use
  • Mar 30 Venezuela Supreme Court takes over legislative powers of the National Assembly, opposition calls it a coup
  • Mar 31 Mudslides caused by heavy rains sweep through Mocoa, Colombia killing more than 200

Nobel Prize

Apr 1 Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm

  • Apr 1 Chinese leaders announce plans to build city in Xiongan New Area, 3x size of New York
  • Apr 2 36th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: South Carolina defeats Mississippi State, 67-55; Gamecocks power forward A'ja Wilson, 23 points
  • Apr 2 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Ryu So-yeon of South Korea wins 2nd major in a playoff with Lexi Thompson who had earlier been penalised 4 strokes
  • Apr 2 Attack on visitors to Muslim shrine by a custodian and others in Sargodha, Pakistan leaves 20 dead

WrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania XXXIII, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL: Roman Reigns defeats The Undertaker; Brock Lesnar beats Goldberg, first wrestler to win both WWE and Universal Championships

  • Apr 3 79th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina defeats Gonzaga, 71–65; Tar Heels point guard Joel DeWayne Berry II, 22 points
  • Apr 3 Bomb on St Petersburg metro kills 11, 2nd bomb defused

Historic Event

Apr 4 Alibaba becomes the world's largest retailer according to US Securities and Exchange Commission

  • Apr 4 Chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun, Syria by Syrian government forces kills more than 80 civilians
  • Apr 4 Pink Star diamond sets world record price of $71 million for a gem at an action in Hong Kong

Film & TV History

Apr 5 Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner pulled after criticized for trivializing demonstrations

Hall of Fame

Apr 7 32nd Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Joan Baez; Electric Light Orchestra; Journey; Pearl Jam; 2Pac Shakur; Yes; and Nile Rodgers

  • Apr 7 Smurfs: The Lost Village is released in the United States
  • Apr 7 Truck driven into a department store in Stockholm, killing 4 in a terror attack
  • Apr 7 US President Donald Trump orders missile strike on Syrian airfield after chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun
  • Apr 8 170th Grand National: Derek Fox wins aboard 14/1 One For Arthur; second ever Scottish-trained winner of the event
  • Apr 8 Fifth day of protests by thousands in Caracas, Venezuela against the government

US Masters Golf

Apr 9 81st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Spaniard Sergio García beats Justin Rose of England in a sudden-death playoff, after they completed 72 holes at -9; Garcia's 1st major title in his 74th attempt

  • Apr 9 Suicide car bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia kills at least 17, Al-Shabaab group claim responsibility
  • Apr 9 Twitter footage of passenger forcibly removed from United Airlines flight in Chicago after flight overbooked causes outrage
  • Apr 9 Two Egyptian coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria attacked by suicide bombers leaving at least 44 dead
  • Apr 10 "British Vogue" magazine announces Edward Enninful as new editor; first male and Black person to hold position

Film Premiere

Apr 10 "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" directed by James Gunn, and starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana premieres in Tokyo, Japan

  • Apr 10 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigns over relationship with an aide and possible misuse of state funds to cover it up

Film Release

Apr 14 "The Fate of the Furious" directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Vin Diesel and The Rock opens worldwide - highest-grossing weekend at $532 million

Album Release

Apr 14 Kendrick Lamar releases his fourth studio album "Damn" (2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music)

  • Apr 14 Meethotamulla rubbish dump collapses onto houses in Colombo, Sri Lanka killing 26
  • Apr 15 Suicide car bomb targets buses carrying Syrian evacuees at Rashidin, 126 killed including 70 children

Important Vote

Apr 16 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wins referendum on 18-article constitutional reform package

World Record

Apr 16 World record for gathering of Charlie Chaplin lookalikes - 662 at Manoir de Ban, Chaplin museum in Vevey, Switzerland

  • Apr 17 121st Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Geoffrey Kirui takes men's title in 2:09:37; Edna Kiplagat women's champion in 2:21:52
  • Apr 17 1st living giant shipworm at 3 ft found in the Philippines, really a type of clam
  • Apr 18 British Prime Minister Teresa May announces she will seek a "snap" election

Sports History

Apr 18 Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to score 100 goals in the Champions League with a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Bayern Munich

  • Apr 19 Fox News confirms they would be letting go of Bill O'Reilly after allegations of sexual harassment
  • Apr 20 Terrorist attack on police van on Champs Élysées, Paris 1 police officer killed, 2 injured
  • Apr 21 Taliban attack army base at Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, killing more than 100

Federation Cup

Apr 22 Ilie Năstase thrown off tennis court for insulting British female players during Fed Cup play-off against Romania in Constanta

Television Debut

Apr 26 "The Handmaid's Tale" debuts on Hulu starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski, based on the book by Margaret Atwood

  • Apr 26 Gift Ngoepe becomes 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Apr 27 NFL Draft: Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first pick by Cleveland Browns

Film & TV History

Apr 28 Gwyneth Paltrow brand Goop and Condé Nast announce they will be launching a quarterly publication together

  • Apr 29 3 tornadoes hit south east of Dallas, Texas, killing 5

Agreement of Interest

May 1 Billy Corgan agrees to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)

  • May 1 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Englishman Mark Selby defends title beating John Higgins of Scotland, 18-15; his third world crown

Knighthood

May 5 Anna Wintour, the editor of US Vogue, is made a dame by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace

  • May 6 143rd Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey John Velasquez wins his second Derby aboard 5-1 shot Always Dreaming
  • May 6 84 abducted schoolgirls released in exchange for Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria
  • May 6 Bus crash in Arusha region, Tanzania kills 35
  • May 6 France bans too thin fashion models and makes labeling of digitally enhanced photos mandatory
  • May 7 MTV becomes 1st major awards show to adopt gender-neutral categories - Emma Watson best film actor, Millie Bobby Brown best TV actor
  • May 7 “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” becomes the highest grossing Indian box office film ever earning $120 million
  • May 9 Fossil of Chinese feathered baby dinosaur formally identified as Beibeilong sinensis (baby dragon in Chinese)
  • May 9 Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok jailed for 2 years for blasphemy
  • May 9 Moon Jae-in elected President of South Korea after a snap election to replace Park Geun-hye
  • May 9 US President Donald Trump dismisses FBI Director James Comey
  • May 10 Apple becomes the first company to be worth more than $800 billion
  • May 10 US President Donald Trump shares classified information about ISIS plot with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office

Boulder Glacier Melting

May 10 USGS releases a report saying that some glaciers in Montana have receded by 85% in the last 50 years

  • May 12 Brazil declares end to Zika national emergency as cases decrease

Album Release

May 12 Former One Direction singer Harry Styles releases his self-titled debut solo album

  • May 13 22 year old UK blogger halts spread of global ransomware cyber-attack by accidentally identifying "kill switch"
  • May 13 62nd Eurovision Song Contest: Portugal's Salvador Sobral wins singing "Amar Pelos Dois"
  • May 13 Bus plunges off cliff near Marmaris, Turkey, killing at least 23, injuring 11

Canonization

May 13 Portuguese children Francisco and Jacinta Marto (died 1919 & 1920 aged 10 & 9 in flu epidemic) canonized by Pope Francis at Fátima - the youngest Catholic saints not to die as martyrs

PGA Players Championship

May 14 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 21 year old South Korean Kim Si-woo shoots final round 69 to win by 3 strokes ahead of Louis Oosthuizen and Ian Poulter

  • May 15 1st US prosecution under federal Hate Crimes Act of violence against transgender person, murder of Mercedes Williamson
  • May 15 State of Emergency declared in Sanaa, Yemen after outbreak of cholera kills 115
  • May 15 UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test
  • May 16 10-year-old girl granted special 20 week abortion request in Rohtak, India in land-mark case
  • May 20 142nd Preakness Stakes: Javier Castellano aboard Cloud Computing wins in 1 minute 55.98 seconds
  • May 20 US President Donald Trump begins his 1st foreign trip arriving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Historic Event

May 21 Barnum & Bailey Circus performs for the last time at the Nassau Coliseum in NYC after 146 years [1]

Music History

May 21 BTS wins the Top Social Artist at the Billboard Awards, becoming the first K-pop group to win any Billboard Award

  • May 21 IPL Cricket Final, Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run; Krunal Pandya 47 (38)
  • May 21 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Greystone G&CC: Defending champion Berhard Langer wins by 5 strokes from Scott Parel & Scott McCarron
  • May 22 Japanese researchers from University of Yamanashi report birth of mice from freeze-dried sperm stored on the International Space Station
  • May 22 South Africa's Western Cape province declares a drought disaster - worst for 113 years