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December 2017 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
National Security Advisor
Michael Flynn
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 US Supreme Court allows President Trump's travel ban to come into effect for 6 mostly Muslim countries

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Dec 4 US President Donald Trump scales back Utah National Parks - Bears Ears National Monument (85%), Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (50%)
  • Dec 4 Thomas fire begins and spreads to city of Ventura, California
  • Dec 5 Austrian courts rule in favour of same-sex marriage from 2019
  • Dec 5 Online store Amazon begins operations in Australia
  • Dec 5 Democratic representative John Conyers resigns from US Congress after allegations of sexual harassment
  • Dec 5 Artist Lubaina Himid wins Britain's Turner Prize, oldest person at 63 and first nonwhite woman
  • 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 6 Skirball wildfire near Los Angeles closes the Interstate 405 as thousands forced to evacuate
  • Dec 6 Andrej Babiš is sworn as Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • Dec 6 Britain's top Brexit negotiator David Davis admits there has been "no systematic impact assessment" on effects of Brexit

  • Dec 6 Brazilian drug lord Rogério da Silva arrested in Rio
  • 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 7 Australia's parliament votes to legalize gay marriage
  • Dec 7 Virtual currency Bitcoin rises in value, passing $18,440 on some exchanges
  • 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 Pantone's 2018 Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet
  • Dec 7 Crumbling French château La Mothe-Chandeniers in Les Trois-Moutiers is bought by 9,000 people

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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

Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi
Prime Minister of Iraq
Haider al-Abadi
  • Dec 9 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Australia after being signed into law by the Governor General

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

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • Dec 11 Saudi Arabia announces an end to its 35 year ban on cinemas
  • Dec 11 US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand calls for the resignation of President Donald Trump given 16 women have accused him of sexual harassment
  • 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 Six wildfires in Southern California now cover area larger than New York City and Boston combined
  • Dec 11 Attempted suicide terrorist bomb attack in New York wounds 3, bomb fails to fully detonate
  • 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 Scientists begin checking interstellar asteroid Oumuamua for signs of alien technology through radio signals
  • Dec 13 Prehistoric bones of a penguin as tall as a human (1.77m) found on Otago beach, New Zealand, reported in "Nature Communications"

Electoral defeatImportant 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

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • 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

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

Painter and Architect Raphael
Painter and Architect
Raphael
  • Dec 14 US media regulator the Federal Communications Commission votes to end net neutrality
  • Dec 14 Train ploughs into a school bus cutting it in half, killing 4 children and injuring 20 near Perpignan, France
  • Dec 14 Suicide bomber kills at least 18 police officers at a training centre parade in Mogadishu, Somalia, Islamic group al-Shabab claim responsibility
  • Dec 14 British surgeon Simon Bramhall admits to branding the liver of 2 patients with his initials
  • Dec 14 Australian government establishes a Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry
  • 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 Terrorist suicide attack on a Methodist church in Quetta, Pakistan kills nine
  • Dec 17 Sebastián Piñera wins Chile's presidential election run-off, returning to office after 4 years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Painter Qi Baishi
Painter
Qi Baishi
  • Dec 18 South Africa's ANC selects Cyril Ramaphosa as leader, to succeed President Jacob Zuma
  • Dec 18 Austria swears in new coalition government with Sebastian Kurz aged 31 of the People's Party made Chancellor
  • Dec 20 US House and Senate pass $1.5 trillion tax and jobs bill, the biggest tax overhaul for decades
  • Dec 20 European Commission triggers first step of its article 7 procedure issuing Poland with formal warning of risk to voting rights
  • 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 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 31 Bus crash at Migaa near Molo, central Kenya, kills at least 30
  • Dec 31 Ban on ivory trade in China comes into effect

Deaths in History

  • Dec 3 John B. Anderson, American politician and 1980 Republican presidential candidate, dies at 95
  • Dec 3 Ivan Chermayeff, British-born American graphic designer, dies at 85
  • Dec 4 Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemeni politician and 1st President of Yemen (1990-2012), is killed during the Battle of Sana'a at 75
  • Dec 4 Mary Louise Hancock, American politician and activist, dies at 97
  • Dec 5 Surin Pitsuwan, Thai foreign minister and 12th Secretary General of ASEAN (2008-2012), dies from heart failure at 68
  • Dec 5 Michael I, King of Romania (1927-1930 and 1940-1947), dies from cancer at 96
  • Dec 6 William H. Gass, American novelist and philosopher (Omensetter's Luck), dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Aline Griffith, American-born Spanish aristocrat, Countess of Romanones, spy and author, dies at 94
  • Dec 13 Bette Howland [Lee Sotonoff], American writer and literary critic (Blue in Chicago, The iron year), dies from multiple sclerosis and dementia at 80
  • Dec 14 Yú Guāngzhōng [Yu Kwang-chung], Taiwanese poet, essayist, and translator (Nostalgia), dies from respiratory failure at 89
  • Dec 15 Don Hogan Charles, American photographer and first African-American photographer hired by The New York Times, dies at 79
  • Dec 17 Robert G Wilmers, American banker (M&T Bank), billionaire and philanthropist, dies at 83
  • Dec 19 Clifford Irving, American novelist and investigative reporter (hoax autobiography of Howard Hughes), dies of pancreatic cancer at 87
  • Dec 20 Bernard Francis Law, Disgraced American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church (1982-2002), dies at 86
  • Dec 21 Bruce McCandless II, American aviator, electrical engineer and astronaut who made the 1st untethered space walk (STS 41B, STS-31), dies at 80
  • Dec 28 Recy Taylor, American sexual assault victim, dies at 97
  • Dec 28 Sue Grafton, American author of detective novels ("A" Is for Alibi), dies at 77
  • Dec 29 John C. Portman Jr., American architect (Ivan Allen Award-1964), dies at 93