Historical Events in December 2017

Historic Event

Dec 1 President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the F.B.I.

  • Dec 2 Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh sentenced to 3 years in prison for saying women wearing ripped jeans should be raped
  • Dec 3 First pizza party in space held by astronauts of the International Space Station
  • Dec 4 New York Giants fire head coach Ben McAdoo and manager Jerry Reese after a 2–10 start
  • Dec 4 New York's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after allegations of sexual misconduct
  • Dec 4 Thomas fire begins and spreads to city of Ventura, California

Historic Event

Dec 4 US President Donald Trump scales back Utah National Parks - Bears Ears National Monument (85%), Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (50%)

  • Dec 4 US Supreme Court allows President Trump's travel ban to come into effect for 6 mostly Muslim countries
  • Dec 5 Artist Lubaina Himid wins Britain's Turner Prize, oldest person at 63 and first nonwhite woman
  • Dec 5 Austrian courts rule in favour of same-sex marriage from 2019
  • Dec 5 Democratic representative John Conyers resigns from US Congress after allegations of sexual harassment
  • Dec 5 Netflix fires actor Danny Masterson from "The Ranch" after allegations of rape
  • Dec 5 Online store Amazon begins operations in Australia
  • Dec 5 Russia is banned from the next Winter Olympics in South Korea over state-sponsored doping

Music History

Dec 5 Twitter reveals K-pop boy band BTS were the most tweeted-about celebrities in 2017

  • Dec 6 "Supermassive" most distant black hole discovery announced by astronomers in journal "Nature", 13 billion light-years away, 800 x bigger than the Sun
  • Dec 6 Andrej Babiš is sworn as Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • Dec 6 Brazilian drug lord Rogério da Silva arrested in Rio
  • Dec 6 Britain's top Brexit negotiator David Davis admits there has been "no systematic impact assessment" on effects of Brexit
  • Dec 6 Skirball wildfire near Los Angeles closes the Interstate 405 as thousands forced to evacuate
  • Dec 6 Starbucks opens its largest cafe in the world in Shanghai, 30,000 square-feet, 1/2 size of a football field
  • Dec 6 Time Magazine names their Person of the Year "The Silence Breakers", people who came forward to report sexual misconduct
  • Dec 6 US President Donald Trump officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, announcing plans to move US embassy there
  • Dec 7 Australia's parliament votes to legalize gay marriage

Football Awards

Dec 7 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins his 5th award to equal Lionel Messi's record; 2nd consecutive win for Ronaldo

  • Dec 7 Crumbling French château La Mothe-Chandeniers in Les Trois-Moutiers is bought by 9,000 people
  • Dec 7 Former US gymnastics physician Larry Nasser is sentenced to 60 years on child pornography charges
  • Dec 7 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, Las Vegas, Nevada: Europe scores 8th straight title with an 11-4 rout of US; MVP: Joshua Filler (Germany)
  • Dec 7 Naples' pizza spinning given UNESCO intangible heritage status along with Germany's organ music, Kyrgystan's Kok boru, and India's Kumbh festival
  • Dec 7 Pantone's 2018 Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet
  • Dec 7 Unrest in West Bank and Gaza, schools closed and a general strike in response to America's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital
  • Dec 7 Virtual currency Bitcoin rises in value, passing $18,440 on some exchanges

Film Premiere

Dec 9 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" directed by Rian Johnson, starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver premieres in Los Angeles

  • Dec 9 83rd Heisman Trophy Award: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (QB)
  • Dec 9 Funeral for French rock star Johnny Hallyday draws hundreds of thousands onto Paris streets

Victory in Battle

Dec 9 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declares victory over the Islamic State in Iraq, ending more than 3 years of conflict

  • Dec 9 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Australia after being signed into law by the Governor General

Historic Event

Dec 10 Governor of California Jerry Brown tours Southern Californian wildfires and declares them "the new normal"

  • Dec 11 Attempted suicide terrorist bomb attack in New York wounds 3, bomb fails to fully detonate
  • Dec 11 Landmark trial for Huntington's disease in London announces positive results - first time a drug has been able to slow an incurable brain disorder
  • Dec 11 Rahul Gandhi, son of former Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi, is elected leader of the Indian National Congress
  • Dec 11 Saudi Arabia announces an end to its 35 year ban on cinemas
  • Dec 11 Six wildfires in Southern California now cover area larger than New York City and Boston combined
  • Dec 11 US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand calls for the resignation of President Donald Trump given 16 women have accused him of sexual harassment
  • Dec 12 Australian shopping mall firm Westfield is bought by French property company Unibail-Rodamco for $15.7 billion
  • Dec 12 Democrat Doug Jones defeats Republican Roy Moore for Alabama Senate seat in upset win marked by allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore
  • Dec 13 Democratic Republic of Congo jails for life 11 militiamen for raping 40 children, including a local MP
  • Dec 13 Online dictionary Merriam-Webster's most searched word of the year is Feminism
  • Dec 13 Prehistoric bones of a penguin as tall as a human (1.77m) found on Otago beach, New Zealand, reported in "Nature Communications"

Important Vote

Dec 13 Prime Minister Theresa May's UK Conservative government loses key vote in Parliament for an amendment to allow MPs to vote on Brexit

Film & TV History

Dec 13 Salma Hayek accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and threatening to kill her

  • Dec 13 Scientists begin checking interstellar asteroid Oumuamua for signs of alien technology through radio signals (later studies conclude it a piece of sliced off planet)
  • Dec 14 Australian government establishes a Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry
  • Dec 14 British surgeon Simon Bramhall admits to branding the liver of 2 patients with his initials
  • Dec 14 Suicide bomber kills at least 18 police officers at a training centre parade in Mogadishu, Somalia, Islamic group al-Shabab claim responsibility

Historic Event

Dec 14 The Vatican announces it has rediscovered the lost last paintings of Raphael in Vatican Museum, painted in 1520

  • Dec 14 The Walt Disney Company buys most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion
  • Dec 14 Train ploughs into a school bus cutting it in half, killing 4 children and injuring 20 near Perpignan, France
  • Dec 14 US media regulator the Federal Communications Commission votes to end net neutrality

Appointment of Interest

Dec 15 Anita Hill is appointed to lead a Hollywood commission on sexual harassment, spearheaded by Kathleen Kennedy

  • Dec 15 Pakistani teenager Ahed Tamimi filmed slapping Israeli officers during protest, arrested 4 days later

Music History

Dec 17 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend, 2nd largest opening in North America ($220m)

  • Dec 17 Brazilian footballer and former AC Milan and Real Madrid player Kaka retires
  • Dec 17 French sailor François Gabart sets round-the-world record for fastest solo navigation of the globe in 42 days 16 hours
  • Dec 17 Sebastián Piñera wins Chile's presidential election run-off, returning to office after 4 years

Historic Event

Dec 17 Set of ink-brush paintings by Qi Baishi sells at auction for 931.5m yuan ($US140m) in Bejing, a record for Chinese paintings

  • Dec 17 Terrorist suicide attack on a Methodist church in Quetta, Pakistan kills nine
  • Dec 18 Australia regains cricket's Ashes against England, winning by an innings to take 3 game lead at the WACA in Perth
  • Dec 18 Austria swears in new coalition government with Sebastian Kurz aged 31 of the People's Party made Chancellor

Appointment of Interest

Dec 18 South Africa's ANC selects Cyril Ramaphosa as leader, to succeed President Jacob Zuma

  • Dec 20 European Commission triggers first step of its article 7 procedure issuing Poland with formal warning of risk to voting rights

Music History

Dec 20 Lady Gaga signs Las Vegas residency deal for $75m at MGM Park Theatre

  • Dec 20 US House and Senate pass $1.5 trillion tax and jobs bill, the biggest tax overhaul for decades
  • Dec 21 UN General Assembly votes 128 to 9 to denounce US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital
  • Dec 22 UN Security Council votes 15 to 0 for additional sanctions on North Korea, including measures to slash the country's petrol imports by up to 90%
  • Dec 27 Raheem Sterling scores to give Manchester City 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James' Park; EPL record 18th consecutive win; streak ends with 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace 31/12
  • Dec 28 Iranian woman Vida Mohaved arrested for protesting against policy of compulsory hijab, sparking other protests
  • Dec 28 Protests in Mashhad, Iran against price rises and corruption
  • Dec 30 84th Orange Bowl: #6 Wisconsin beats #11 Miami (Florida), 34-24
  • Dec 31 Ban on ivory trade in China comes into effect
  • Dec 31 Bus crash at Migaa near Molo, central Kenya, kills at least 30
  • Dec 31 Cleveland Browns crash to a 28-24 loss to Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field to become only the 2nd team in NFL history to finish season with 0-16 record

Film & TV History

Dec 31 Indian movie star Rajinikanth announces he is entering politics

Music History

Dec 31 Singer Lorde called a bigot in ad in Washington Post after cancelling show in Israel