Events in History in 2017

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United Nations

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

  • 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

US History

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

  • 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

  • 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 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 Chile declares a State of Emergency and requests international assistance as wildfires rage out of control
  • 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
  • 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 Attack on mosque in Quebec kills 6 and injures 17, shooter is French Canadian student
  • Jan 30 Scientists in central China reveal oldest known human ancestor - 540-million-year-old Saccorhytus in a fossil
  • 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 Romanian government scraps corruption degree after 6 days of mass demonstrations
  • 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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 14 European Court of Justice rules companies can ban staff from wearing religious symbols, including headscarves

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

  • Mar 16 US President Donald Trump's second travel ban is blocked by 2 federal courts
  • Mar 20 Indian rivers Yamuna and the Ganges declared "living entities" by court in the state of Uttarakhand
  • 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
  • Apr 1 Chinese leaders announce plans to build city in Xiongan New Area, 3x size of New York
  • Apr 2 Attack on visitors to Muslim shrine by a custodian and others in Sargodha, Pakistan leaves 20 dead
  • 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
  • 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 Fifth day of protests by thousands in Caracas, Venezuela against the government
  • 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
  • Apr 10 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigns over relationship with an aide and possible misuse of state funds to cover it up
  • 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

  • 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

Knighthood

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

  • 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 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
  • May 13 22 year old UK blogger halts spread of global ransomware cyber-attack by accidentally identifying "kill switch"
  • 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

  • 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 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]

  • 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 Library of Al-Qarawiyyin, the world's oldest continually operating library, reopens after a major restoration by King Mohammed VI in Fez, Morocco [1]
  • May 23 UK raises terror threat level to critical following Manchester bombing
  • May 23 US President Donald Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

Historic Event

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

  • May 25 Pitched battles between Islamic State-linked militants and Philippine government troops in and around Marawi, leave 43 dead, with thousands fleeing
  • 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; first Dutchman to win
  • May 29 Violent storm and high winds in Moscow, Russia leaves 13 dead
  • May 30 Bomb outside government pension office in Baghdad kills 14, injures 34, Islamic State claim respnsibility
  • May 30 Car bomb outside ice cream shop in Baghdad kills 17, Islamic State claim responsibility
  • May 30 Large suicide bomb in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, Afghanistan kills more than 150 and injures 400

Historic Event

May 30 South Korean President Moon Jae-in orders a probe into additional launchers for the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system

Historic Event

May 31 Kenya's Madaraka Express, a Chinese-built high speed railway from Mombasa to Nairobi is opened by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

  • Jun 1 US President Donald Trump announces the US is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement

Historic 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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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.

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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 5 Puerto Rico declares its Zika virus epidemic over
  • Jun 6 Floods in Salto, Paysandú and Artigas in Uruguay displace over 3,000 people
  • Jun 6 Indian Arundhati Roy publishes her 2nd novel "The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness" 20 years after her first
  • Jun 6 Syrian Democratic Forces backed by the US launch offensive to take Raqqa from Islamic State in Syria
  • Jun 7 Earliest-ever evidence of Homo Sapiens from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco unearthed by archaeologists published in "Nature", at 300,000 years old
  • Jun 7 Police warn bald men against attacks in Mozambique after 5 men murdered for the gold believed in their heads

Historic Event

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

  • Jun 8 British General Election results in a hung parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May and the Conservative party lose their majority
  • 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
  • Jun 8 US prisoner Richard Anthony Jones freed after 17 years in Roeland Park, Kansas when his lookalike discovered
  • Jun 11 Jailbreak by militants in Beni, DR Congo kills 11 and frees 900 prisoners

Historic Event

Jun 11 Japan passes law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate

  • Jun 11 Puerto Rico votes overwhelming in favor of statehood in a status referendum with 97% in favor despite a low turnout of 23%
  • Jun 12 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced to 30 days administrative arrest for organizing rallies
  • Jun 13 Otto Warmbier returns to the US in an unresponsive state after being held in Norther Korean jail for 17 months,
  • Jun 13 US Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee, denies secretly meeting Russians
  • Jun 14 Fire in Grenfell Tower block in London, England kills 79 and injures 37
  • Jun 14 Leo Varadkar formally elected Irish Prime Minister (taoiseach) in Dáil ceremony in Dublin - youngest Irish Prime Minister at 38 and 1st openly gay
  • Jun 14 US Library of Congress names Tracey K. Smith as Poet Laureate
  • Jun 14 US Senate approves new sanctions against Russia as punishment for meddling in the 2016 election
  • 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 15 Scotland Yard launches criminal inquiry and British Prime Minister Theresa May announces a public inquiry a day after the Grenfell Tower fire
  • Jun 16 Amazon announces it is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion
  • Jun 16 US President Donald Trump reinstates Cuban travel and business restrictions after they were loosened by President Obama
  • 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 17 Forest fires in Pedrógão Grande, Portugal begin, kill 62 people, more than 1,600 firefighters fight 156 fires
  • 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 Bexit negotiations begin between United Kingdom and the European Union in Brussels
  • 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 Record 65.6 million people displaced around the world in 2016 reported by UN refugee agency
  • Jun 19 Russia warns the US it will target US and allied aircraft over Syria after US fighter shoots down Syrian warplane
  • Jun 20 Uber founder Travis Kalanick resigns as CEO after a shareholder revolt
  • Jun 20 US toymaker Mattel releases 15 new body types for their Ken doll, including one with a man bun
  • Jun 21 In landmark case Israeli woman wins sexism case against airline El Al after asked to change seat away from a man
  • Jun 21 Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu outed after losing no-confidence vote 241-7

Historic Publication

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

#1 in the Charts

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

  • Jun 23 Landslide in Xinmo village, Sichuan province, China kills 15 with more than 100 missing
  • 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 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 Brazilian state prosecutors file corruption charges against President Michel Temer