2017 in History (Part 5)

Events in History

Events 401 - 500 of 586

  • Sep 27 Researchers confirm existence of giant tree rat "Vika" in the Solomon Islands that can crack open coconuts
  • Sep 29 Mysterious sonic attacks on US diplomats prompt US to warn citizens not to travel to Cuba and pull some embassy staff
  • Sep 30 Indonesian man survives a fight with giant python 7.8m long in Batang Gansal
  • Oct 1 Amid a deepening constitutional crisis, Catalonia holds an independence referendum on seceding from Spain
  • Oct 1 Stephen Paddock shoots dead 58 people, injuring 489, at a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in American history
  • Oct 2 US scientists Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young awarded Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for work on the body clock
  • Oct 3 King Felipe of Spain speaks out against the Catalan referendum saying organizers have "broken the rule of law"
  • Oct 3 US President Trump visits Puerto Rico devastated by hurricane Maria
  • Oct 3 Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves"

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Oct 4 English PM Theresa May suffers nightmare speech at Conservative National Conference as her voice fails, pranster interupts and set collapses

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Oct 4 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for their work on cryo-electron microscopy
  • Oct 5 Spanish constitutional court suspends Catalan parliament to prevent declaration of independence
  • Oct 5 Iraqi forces claim victory and control over Islamic State's last urban stronghold Hawija, Northern Iraq
  • Oct 6 British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Oct 6 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
  • Oct 6 Storm Nate kills at least 22 people passing through Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras
  • Oct 8 Wildfires ignite in Northern Californian wine country, killing at least 41 over the next week, with 20,000 evacutated
  • Oct 9 American economist Richard Thaler is awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics
  • Oct 11 TripAdvisor customer poll names The Black Swan in Oldstead, North Yorkshire, world's best restaurant
  • Oct 12 Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 57, with 684 cases so far reported by WHO

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Oct 12 Long-lost bust of Napoleon by Auguste Rodin confirmed found in Madison borough hall, New Jersey, worth at least $4m

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin
  • Oct 13 Archaeologists announce the discovery of Arabic characters "Allah” and “Ali” on Viking funeral costumes from a grave in Gamla Uppsala, Sweden
  • Oct 13 Hungry bear crisis due to over-fishing leaves 2 people dead and 83 hostile bears shot on Sakhalin Island, Eastern Russia
  • Oct 14 Terrorist bomb attack in a truck in Mogadishu, Somalia leaves at more than 300 dead and hundreds injured
  • Oct 14 Spanish government says it will impose direct rule on Catalonia after the region voted for independence in a referendum
  • Oct 15 500 wildfires occur in Portugal and Northern Spain fanned by winds from Hurricane Ophelia, killing at least 35
  • Oct 15 60 Minutes and The Washington Post publish story detailing how US Congress passed bill sponsered by Tom Marino hindering fight against opioid crisis
  • Oct 15 Austrian legislative elections: Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) win most seats (62), led by Sebastian Kurz (31)
  • Oct 16 Iraqi army seizes control of oil-rich Kirkuk, from Kurdish peshmerga
  • Oct 16 Storm formed from Hurricane Ophelia lashes Ireland, killing 3 people
  • Oct 16 Findings published of neutron star collision (17 August), the first cosmic event seen in gravitational waves and light. Confirms heavy elements such as gold the result of such collisions
  • Oct 16 Panama Papers Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia killed in a suspicious car bomb in Malta
  • 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 17 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declares city of Marawi "liberated" from militants
  • Oct 17 American short-story writer George Saunders wins the Man Booker Prize for his first novel "Lincoln in the Bardo"

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Oct 18 US congresswoman Frederica Wilson says President Donald Trump said to bereaved army family of Sgt. La David Johnson "He knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway"

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Oct 18 19th Chinese Communist Party congress opens in Beijing with President Xi Jinping delivering 3hr 23min speech heralding “new era”

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 19 New Zealand Labour Party forms a coalition government led by Jacinda Ardern (37), youngest NZ leader in 161 years

Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Jacinda Ardern
  • Oct 19 Outbreak of the Marburg virus declared by Uganda's Ministry of Health
  • Oct 20 Pollution linked to 1 in 6 deaths worldwide or 9 million in 2015 in report published in "The Lancet"
  • Oct 21 Spanish government suspends Catalonia's autonomy in the face of a deepening political crisis over the region's push for independence
  • Oct 24 Dog doping scandal confirmed by officials of Iditarod, Alaskan dog sled race after dogs test positive for a banned substance
  • Oct 24 Crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman vows to return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam after announcing 500bn independent economic zone

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Oct 24 Albert Einstein's "Theory of Happiness", written as a note for a bellboy instead of a tip in Tokyo in 1922 sells for $1.56 million

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 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
  • Oct 25 First fossil of a ichthyosaur (marine reptile, 152 million years old) found in India. Reports published in "Plos One" science journal.
  • Oct 26 US President Donald Trump declares the opioid crisis a public health emergency

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Oct 26 Cremation ceremony for King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand held in Bangkok, a year after his death

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • Oct 26 Explosion and fire at a fireworks factory in Tangerang, Indonesia kills 47 and injuries dozens
  • Oct 26 Oldest-known tsunami victim revealed by sediment discovered in 6,000 year-old skull by scientists near Aitape, Papua New Guinea
  • Oct 26 Jacinda Ardern is sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand, becoming the world’s youngest female head of government

  • Oct 27 First operation to separate conjoined twins joined at the head in India completed in New Delhi
  • Oct 27 Catalan parliament meets and unilaterally declares independence from Spain
  • Oct 28 Twin car bomb attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, kill at least 27, Islamist militant group al-Shabab claim responsibility
  • Oct 28 As a result of the independence crisis, the Spanish government imposes direct rule on Catalonia, dismisses its government and calls for new elections in December
  • Oct 30 President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates are indicted on fraud charges, advisor George Papadopoulos pleads guilty to lying to the FBI
  • Oct 30 Kenyan election rerun, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the winner with 38% turnout
  • Oct 30 US federal judge blocks President Trump's ban on transgender people in the military
  • Oct 31 Two men convicted of raping and inpregnating their 10 year old niece in Chandigarh, India
  • Oct 31 Judge on Maui, Hawaii orders man to write ex-girlfriend 144 compliments after violating protection order to send 144 nasty text messages
  • Oct 31 John Kelly White House Chief of Staff comments in TV interview that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War", draws criticism
  • Oct 31 Terrorist attack in New York when a truck mows down people on a cycle lane, killing 8, injuring 10
  • Oct 31 Takahiro Shiraishi arrested in Zama, Japan, a day after nine dismembered bodies found in his apartment
  • Nov 1 UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon resigns due to his behavior towards women, part of wider scandal of sexual harassment by UK politicians
  • Nov 1 Boiler explosion at a NTPC government-run coal-fired power plant in Rae Bareli, India, kills 29

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Nov 2 On This Day and Xiaomi launch a content partnership to display today in history content in Xiaomi's calendar app to users in India

Founder of Xiaomi Inc Lei Jun
Founder of Xiaomi Inc
Lei Jun
  • Nov 2 Jerome Powell nominated by US President Trump to be next Chair of the Federal Reserve
  • Nov 3 Pakistani woman charged with poisoning 17 members of husband's family in attempt to escape forced marriage in Punjab Province
  • Nov 4 Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes and other ministers on corruption charges, including billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
  • Nov 4 Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns in a shock TV broadcast from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, amid concerns he is being forcibly detained
  • Nov 4 Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara opens in Jakarta with items from the collection of Indonesian tycoon Haryanto Adikoesoemo
  • Nov 5 Typhoon Damrey strikes Vietnam's south-central coast killing at least 27, leaving others missing
  • Nov 5 US President Trump begins a 12-day trip to Asia in Toyko, Japan
  • Nov 5 Gunman shoots 26 dead and injures 20 at a church in Sunderland Springs, Texas
  • Nov 5 Paradise Papers are leaked; 13.4 million documents from offshore investment firm Appleby, mentioning Queen Elizabeth and Wilbur Ross US Secretary of Commerce
  • Nov 5 Bodies of 26 migrant teenage girls recovered from the Mediterranean, another 400 migrants rescued
  • Nov 7 Extreme smog in Delhi, India, leads Indian Medical Association to declare "a state of medical emergency"
  • Nov 7 US Democrats dominate off-year elections; Ralph Northam wins Governor of Virginia, Philip Murphy Governor of New Jersey
  • Nov 7 Danica Roem becomes the first US transgender person to be elected to a state legislature in the US in North Virginia
  • Nov 8 UK Minister Priti Patel resigns after secret meetings revealed with Israeli officials
  • Nov 8 Louvre Abu Dhabi is inaugurated, largest art museum on Arabian peninsula
  • Nov 8 In unprecedented move, Indian officials close all Delhi schools for rest of the week due to smog
  • Nov 9 Saudi Arabia's attorney general Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb says 201 more people have been held for questioning in anti-corruption drive
  • Nov 9 Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls in "Washington Post" report
  • Nov 10 Louis C.K. admits the stories of sexual misconduct about him are true

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Nov 11 Largest Singles Day sales ever - Alibaba says its sales alone were $25.3 billion

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • Nov 11 Nationalist march in Warsaw, Poland, draws 60,000, to coincide with country's independence day
  • Nov 12 7.3 earthquake hits near Halabjal, Iraq, on border with Iran, killing over 500 people, with 7,000 injured

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Nov 12 For the first time Prince Charles lays the wreath to Great Britain's war dead, replacing Queen Elizabeth

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Nov 13 World's earliest wine-making uncovered from Khramis Didi Gora, Georgia, in clay pots from 6,000BC

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Nov 14 Armed forces drive through streets of Harare, Zimbabwe a day after military says its prepared to step in after removal of vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa

President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa
President of Zimbabwe
Emmerson Mnangagwa
  • Nov 15 Australian postal vote on same-sex marriage revealed - 61% vote yes
  • Nov 15 Argentine submarine San Juan goes missing in the Atlantic after reporting mechanical failure
  • Nov 15 The Zimbabwean Army detains Robert Mugabe and the first family and appoints sacked Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as interim president
  • Nov 15 Isabel Dos Santos, Africa's richest woman, fired as head of Angola state oil company Sonangol
  • Nov 15 Pakistan unveils remains of 1,700 year-old sleeping Buddha in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Nov 16 Leonardo da Vinci's painting "Salvator Mundi" sells for $450.3 million at auction in New York, world record price for any artwork

Painter, Scientist & Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist & Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • Nov 16 19 countries pledge to phase out coal at UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany
  • Nov 16 Cambodian court rules to dissolve the country's main opposition party Cambodia National Rescue party (CNRP)
  • Nov 16 US senator Al Franken accused of groping and forcibly kissing a woman

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