2017 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 588

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Magazine Editor Anna Wintour
Magazine Editor
Anna Wintour
  • May 6 Bus crash in Arusha region, Tanzania kills 35
  • May 6 84 abducted schoolgirls released in exchange for Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 7 Emmanuel Macron wins France's presidential election defeating Marine Le Pen

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen

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May 9 US President Donald Trump dismisses FBI Director James Comey

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 9 Moon Jae-in elected President of South Korea after a snap election to replace Park Geun-hye
  • 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

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

  • May 10 Apple becomes the first company to be worth more than $800 billion
  • May 12 Brazil declares end to Zika national emergency as cases decrease
  • May 13 Bus plunges off cliff near Marmaris, Turkey, killing at least 23, injuring 11
  • May 13 22 year old UK blogger halts spread of global ransomware cyber-attack by accidentally identifying "kill switch"
  • May 15 UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test
  • 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 16 10-year-old girl granted special 20 week abortion request in Rohtak, India in land-mark case
  • May 20 US President Donald Trump begins his 1st foreign trip arriving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • 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
  • May 23 UK raises terror threat level to critical following Manchester bombing
  • May 23 US President Donald Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican
  • May 25 Pitched battles between Islamic State-linked militants and Philippine government troops in and around Marawi, leave 43 dead, with thousands fleeing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg receives an honorary degree from Harvard University, after dropping out in 2004

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • May 26 Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best killed, Micah David-Cole Fletcher injured defending Muslim teenager in Portland, Oregon
  • May 27 In Bangalore, India, white puffy toxic foam begins spilling out of Varthur Lake onto city streets
  • May 28 Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka kill at least 151
  • May 28 Tom Dumoulin wins the 100th Giro d’Italia in Milan, 1st Dutchman to win
  • May 29 Violent storm and high winds in Moscow, Russia leaves 13 dead
  • May 30 Car bomb outside ice cream shop in Baghdad kills 17, Islamic State claim responsibility
  • May 30 Bomb outside government pension office in Baghdad kills 14, injures 34, Islamic State claim respnsibility
  • May 30 South Korean President Moon Jae-in orders a probe into additional launchers for the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system
  • May 30 Large suicide bomb in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, Afghanistan kills more than 150 and injures 400
  • May 31 Kenya's Madaraka Express, a Chinese-built high speed railway from Mombassa to Nairobi is opened by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 1 “Beren and Lúthien,” compiled and edited by Christopher Tolkien from his father J.R.R. Tolkien's archives is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Jun 1 US President Donald Trump announces the US is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement
  • Jun 2 "Wonder Woman" directed by Patty Jenkins released, earns over $100 million in North American in its opening weekend - domestic record for a female director
  • Jun 3 Terrorist attack in Borough Market, London by three men who drive van into pedestrians then stab and kill 7 and wound 48. Attackers shot dead by British police.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 3 The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opens in Springfield, Massachusetts

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss

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Jun 3 Largest-ever exhibition of works by Piet Mondrian opens at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Netherlands to mark centenary of De Stijl movement

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian
Abstract Painter
Piet Mondrian
  • Jun 5 Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt sever ties with Qatar, citing its support of terrorist groups, Yemen, the Maldives and Libya follow suit
  • Jun 5 Puerto Rico declares its Zika virus epidemic over
  • Jun 5 Bus crashes with a truck in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India, 22 die in resulting fire
  • Jun 5 Montenegro becomes the 29th member of NATO
  • Jun 6 Syrian Democratic Forces backed by the US launch offensive to take Raqqa from Islamic State in Syria
  • Jun 6 Indian Arundhati Roy publishes her 2nd novel "The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness" 20 years after her first
  • Jun 6 Floods in Salto, Paysandú and Artigas in Uruguay displace over 3,000 people

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 7 Suicide bombers attack Iranian parliament in Tehran and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini killing 12, 1st Islamic State attacks in Iran

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Jun 7 Police warn bald men against attacks in Mozambique after 5 men murdered for the gold believed in their heads
  • Jun 7 Earliest-ever evidence of Homo Sapiens from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco unearthed by archaeologists published in "Nature", at 300,000 years old
  • Jun 8 Ex-FBI chief James Comey testifies to a US Senate committee that US President Donald Trump told "lies plain and simple"
  • Jun 8 UN states Islamic State forces have shot and killed hundreds of fleeing civilians during battle for Mosul, Iraq in past two weeks

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jun 8 British General Election results in a hung parliament, Prime Minster Theresa May and the Conservative party lose their majority

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Jun 8 US prisoner Richard Anthony Jones freed after 17 years in Roeland Park, Kansas when his lookalike discovered
  • Jun 11 Japan passes law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate
  • Jun 11 Jailbreak by militants in Beni, DR Congo kills 11 and frees 900 prisoners

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Jun 12 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced to 30 days administrative arrest for organizing rallies

Political Activist Alexei Navalny
Political Activist
Alexei Navalny
  • Jun 12 Forbes release Top 100 highest-paid entertainers list - Sean "Diddy" Combs at No.1 with earnings of 130 million
  • Jun 13 US Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee, denies secretly meeting Russians
  • Jun 13 Otto Warmbier returns to the US in an unresponsive state after being held in Norther Korean jail for 17 months,
  • Jun 14 Leo Varadkar formally elected Irish Prime Minister (taoiseach) in Dáil ceremony in Dublin - youngest Irish Prime Minster at 38 and 1st openly gay
  • Jun 14 US Senate approves new sanctions against Russia as punishment for meddling in the 2016 election
  • Jun 14 US Library of Congress names Tracey K. Smith as Poet Laureate
  • Jun 14 Fire in Grenfell Tower block in London, England kills 79 and injures 37
  • Jun 15 Scotland Yard launches criminal inquiry and British Prime Minister Theresa May announces a public inquiry a day after the Grenfell Tower fire
  • Jun 15 New record set for price of a parking lot in Hong Kong - $664,000
  • Jun 15 Rebel Wilson win defamation case against Bauer Media at The Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne
  • Jun 16 US President Donald Trump reinstates Cuban travel and business restrictions after they were loosened by President Obama
  • Jun 16 Amazon announces it is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion
  • Jun 17 Forest fires in Pedrógão Grande, Portugal begin, kill 62 people, more than 1,600 firefighters fight 156 fires
  • Jun 17 Collision at sea between U.S.S. Fitzgerald and ACX Crystal, a Philippine cargo ship kills 7 US sailors in Japanese waters
  • Jun 18 French President Emmanuel Macron's party La République en Marche and allies win a majority in 2nd round French legislative elections
  • Jun 18 Rare magnitude-four earthquake causes a tsunami to hit Nuugaatsiaq in northwestern Greenland
  • Jun 19 First full genetic study of cats published in "Nature Ecology and Evolution", reveals domesticated 9,000 years ago, descended from one species (African wildcat)
  • Jun 19 Russia warns the US it will target US and allied aircraft over Syria after US fighter shoots down Syrian warplane
  • Jun 19 Bexit negotiations begin between United Kingdom and the European Union in Brussels
  • Jun 19 Record 65.6 million people displaced around the world in 2016 reported by UN refugee agency
  • Jun 20 US toymaker Mattel releases 15 new body types for their Ken doll, including one with a man bun
  • Jun 20 Uber founder Travis Kalanick resigns as CEO after a shareholder revolt
  • Jun 21 Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu outed after losing no-confidence vote 241-7
  • Jun 21 In landmark case Israeli woman wins sexism case against airline El Al after asked to change seat away from a man

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 22 Prince Harry claims no one in UK royal family wants to be King or Queen in article published in Newsweek

Prince of Wales Prince Harry
Prince of Wales
Prince Harry
  • Jun 23 Saudi Arabia and allies, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain issue list of 13 conditions to Qatar in return for lifting sanctions, including closing Al Jazeera TV
  • Jun 23 Landslide in Xinmo village, Sichuan province, China kills 15 with more than 100 missing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 "Bridge Over Troubled Water" single organized by Simon Cowell for those affected by Grenfell tower fire reaches No. 1 in UK charts

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
  • Jun 24 UN states Yemen cholera epidemic reached 200,000 cases, with 1,300 deaths. Worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world.
  • Jun 25 Tanker carrying fuel bursts into flames near Ahmedpur East, Pakistan, killing more than 200 people
  • Jun 26 Theresa May's UK Conservative minority party strike deal to govern with Northern Ireland's DUP with guarantee of 1 billion funding
  • Jun 26 Brazilian state prosecutors file corruption charges against President Michel Temer
  • Jun 26 Helicopter with rogue police pilot attacks Venezuelan Supreme Court in Caracas
  • Jun 27 Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook has reached 2 billion monthly users
  • Jun 27 European Union fines Google record $2.7 billion for unfair competition practices
  • Jun 27 Colombia's rebel group FARC officially end armed existence after 52 years in ceremony with President Juan Manuel Santos in Mesetas

Weddings in History


Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 156 of 156

  • Jul 13 Liu Xiaobo, Chinese writer and human rights activist, dies from liver cancer at 61
  • Jul 14 Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian Mathematician, dies of breast cancer at 40
  • Aug 3 Theodore "Ted" Stanley, American anesthesiologist and medical entrepreneur (created the fentanyl lollipop), dies at 77
  • Aug 5 Mark White, American politician, lawyer, and 43rd Governor of Texas (1983-7), dies at 77
  • Aug 9 Al McCandless, American Republican politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), dies at 90
  • Aug 10 Kim Wall, Swedish journalist killed investigating Danish inventor Peter Madsen, dies at 30 [or 11th Aug]
  • Aug 15 Vernon "Vern" Ehlers, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives), dies of complications from Alzheimers disease at 83
  • Aug 18 Brian Aldiss, British sci-fi author (Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, Helliconia trilogy), dies at 92
  • Aug 19 Charles R Bentley, American pioneer or polar science, dies from complications of Parkinson’s disease at 87
  • Aug 21 Thomas Meehan, American writer (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), dies at 88
  • Aug 23 [Jacob] "Jack" Rosenthal, American journalist and government official, dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • Aug 23 Susan Vreeland, American author (The Passion of Artemisia), dies at 71
  • Aug 24 Charlie Robertson, American politician (mayor of York, Pennsylvania 1994-2002), dies of cancer at 83
  • Sep 3 John Ashbery, American poet (Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror), dies at 90
  • Sep 8 Pierre Bergé, French industrialist and co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House, dies at 86
  • Sep 11 Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace, French mathematician, astronomer and physicist (stability of the solar system), dies at 77
  • Sep 12 Edith Windsor [née Schlain], American LGBT rights activist (lead plaintiff in United States v. Windsor), dies at 88
  • Sep 13 Pete Domenici, American politician, U.S. Senator from New Mexico (1973-2009), dies at 85
  • Sep 14 Basi, world's oldest giant panda in captivity, dies in Fuzhou, China, at 37
  • Sep 19 David Shepherd, British painter (paintings of steam locomotives), dies at 86
  • Sep 24 Joseph M. McDade, American politician (Rep-R-Pennsylvania, 1963-1999), dies at 85
  • Sep 26 Robert Delpire, French publisher, editor and photographer, dies at 91

Person of interestHugh Hefner

Sep 27 Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), dies of natural causes at 91

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Oct 1 Samuel I Newhouse Jr., American magazine publisher (Parade, Vogue, Vanity Fair), dies at 89
  • Oct 1 Arthur "Art" Janov, American psychologist and psychotherapist notable for creating primal therapy (The Primal Scream), dies of natural causes at 93

Person of interestJalal Talabani

Oct 3 Jalal Talabani, Iraqi-Kurdish politician and President of Iraq (2005-2014), dies at 83

6th President of Iraq Jalal Talabani
6th President of Iraq
Jalal Talabani
  • Oct 3 Michel Jouvet, French neuroscientist and medical researcher who discovered the region of the brain that controls rapid eye movement (REM sleep), dies at 91
  • Oct 3 Isabella Karle, American scientist who was instrumental in developing techniques to extract plutonium chloride, dies from a brain tumor at 95
  • Oct 9 Hervé Leroux, French fashion designer and founder of Hervé Léger fashion house, dies from a ruptured aneurysm at 60
  • Oct 12 Grape-kun, a Humbolt penguin from Tobu Zoo in Japan who gained fame from the anime series Kemono Friends, dies aged 21
  • Oct 16 Daphne Caruana Galizia, Maltese journalist (Panama Papers), killed by a car bomb at 53
  • Oct 17 Julian May, American sci-fi author (Golden Torc, Magnificat), dies at 86
  • Oct 22 Paul J. Weitz, American test pilot and NASA astronaut (Skylab 2, STS 6), dies at 85
  • Oct 29 Dennis Banks, American activist (leader of the American Indian Movement), dies at 80
  • Nov 1 Ray Robinson, American magazine editor and biographer (Lou Gehrig), dies of a stroke at 96
  • Nov 6 Richard F. Gordon Jr., American naval officer and astronaut (Gemini 11, Apol 12), dies at 88
  • Nov 18 Mother Flawless Sabrina [Jack Doroshow], American LGBT activist and drag queen who was a pioneer for transgender people and drag queens, dies at 78

Person of interestCharles Manson

Nov 19 Charles Manson, American criminal, murderer and cult leader (Manson Family), dies of natural causes at 83

Murderer Charles Manson
Murderer
Charles Manson

Person of interestMarina Popovich

Nov 30 Marina Popovich, Soviet Air Force colonel, engineer and test pilot (102 world records), dies at 86

  • Dec 3 John B Anderson, American Republican politician and presidential candidate (1980), 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