Events in History in 2017 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 596

  • Jun 26 Helicopter with rogue police pilot attacks Venezuelan Supreme Court in Caracas

Historic Event

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 27 African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina wins the World Food Prize
  • Jun 27 Colombia's rebel group FARC officially end armed existence after 52 years in ceremony with President Juan Manuel Santos in Mesetas
  • Jun 27 European Union fines Google record $2.7 billion for unfair competition practices

Historic Event

Jun 27 Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook has reached 2 billion monthly users

  • Jun 27 Petya malware cyber-attack affects organisations in more than 64 countries

Historic Event

Jun 28 China’s president, Xi Jinping begins 3 day trip to Hong Kong to mark 20 years since the territory handed back to China

  • Jun 28 Wilshire Grand Center becomes the tallest building in Los Angeles and in the US west of the Mississippi at 1,100 ft
  • Jun 29 Battle for Mosul: Iraqi forces retake destroyed Great Mosque of al-Nuri from Islamic State - symbolic site where their leader declared a "caliphate"
  • Jun 29 Mihai Tudose confirmed as Romanian Prime Minister, by parliament, succeeding Sorin Grindeanu
  • Jun 29 Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell charged with historic sexual offenses in Victoria, Australia
  • Jun 30 Germany votes to legalize same-sex marriage in a snap vote
  • Jul 1 Brazilian police arrest drug kingpin Luiz Carlos da Rocha in Sorriso
  • Jul 1 Canada celebrates 150 years since its formation
  • Jul 1 Ethiopian politician, Tedros Adhanom takes office as first African Director-General of the World Health Organization
  • Jul 1 Mexican police kill 19 gunmen in drug-related shootout in northern state of Sinaloa
  • Jul 2 FIFA Confederations Cup: Germany defeats Chile 1-0 to win for the 1st time at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Jul 2 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie causes uproar by day at beach during his government's shutdown of beaches
  • Jul 2 World Health Organization declares Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo over (4 deaths)
  • Jul 3 Bus crash in traffic jam and resulting fire kills 18 near Muenchberg, Germany

Historic Event

Jul 3 French President Emmanuel Macron speech at Palace of Versailles proposes radical government changes, including reduction of MPs

  • Jul 4 North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan
  • Jul 5 101 people reported shot, 15 killed in Chicago, Illinois over 4th July weekend
  • Jul 5 Followers of Indian spiritual leader Ashutosh Mahara win a court case, 3 years after his death, to keep his body in a freezer in case he should return to life
  • Jul 5 Shootout between drug cartels in Las Varas, Northern Mexico kills 14
  • Jul 5 Volvo Cars announces all new models by 2019 will be either hybrids or battery powered, 1st automaker to do so
  • Jul 6 France announces it will ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040
  • Jul 6 Illinois State Senate votes to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto to approve 1st budget in more than two years, longest-lasting such dispute of any state
  • Jul 6 Sri Lankan government confirms outbreak of dengue fever has killed at least 227
  • Jul 7 G-20 summit of world leaders begins in Hamburg, Germany amid violent protests
  • Jul 7 Tesla Motors produces its first mass-market car, the Model 3
  • Jul 7 United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty adopted in New York, without participation of nuclear countries
  • Jul 8 Unesco declares Asmara, capital of Eritrea, a world heritage site for its Art Deco buildings

Historic Event

Jul 9 CEO Elon Musk is the first owner of Telsa's first mass market electric car - the Model 3

  • Jul 9 Hundreds of thousands protest against the Turkish government at a rally in Istanbul, Turkey

Victory in Battle

Jul 9 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi proclaims victory over Islamic State forces in Mosul

  • Jul 10 NASA's Juno spacecraft makes closest ever pass over Jupiter's Great Red Spot at 9,000 kilometers overhead
  • Jul 12 World's largest iceberg (later christened A68) breaks away from Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, about 6,000 sq km in length
  • Jul 13 US President Donald Trump arrives in Paris for a 2-day visit with French President Emmanuel Macron
  • Jul 15 Australian Justine Damond killed by Minneapolis police officer after calling 911 for a disturbance
  • Jul 19 "Depacito" by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee becomes the most streamed song ever, played 4.6 billion times
  • Jul 19 Archaeological dig in Kakadu National Park extends Aboriginal peoples time in Australia to 65,000 to 80,000 years ago

Historic Event

Jul 19 Investigators using DNA identify 16 year-old James Byron Haakenson as a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, 41 years after his disappearance

  • Jul 19 US scientists calculate total amount plastic ever produced - 8.3 billion tonnes, equal to weight of 1 billion elephants

Historic Event

Jul 19 US Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

  • Jul 20 China announces a plan against “foreign garbage” banning 24 categories of plastic and recyclable waste from 2018
  • Jul 20 Elon Musk tweets he has "verbal government approval" to build 29 minute Hyperloop between New York and Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 20 The last fighting occurs in the Iraqi city of Mosul as the city is liberated from ISIS militants
  • Jul 21 White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns after opposing appointment of Anthony Scaramucci
  • Jul 22 10 die in over-heated tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas in human-trafficking incident

Historic Event

Jul 24 Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner says he did not collude with Russia after meeting with Senate investigators

  • Jul 24 Polish President Andrzej Duda vetoes 2 laws to put Polish courts under political control
  • Jul 24 Taliban suicide bomber on a motorbikes kills at least 26 and injuries 50 in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Jul 24 Taliban suicide bus bombing in Kabul kills at least 38, mainly employees of Afghan ministry of mines and petroleum
  • Jul 25 167 African migrants rescued by NGO Proactiva Open Arms off the coast of Libya, 13 perish
  • Jul 25 Israeli authorities remove new metal detectors from Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif after Palestinian protests amid rising tensions in Jerusalem
  • Jul 25 Ram Nath Kovind becomes 14th President of India
  • Jul 25 Sperm counts have halved in last 40 years says research published in "Human Reproduction Update" journal
  • Jul 25 Wildfires on France's Mediterranean coast near Bormes-les-Mimosas prompts evacuation of 12,000 people
  • Jul 26 3 live king cobras reported found inside potato chip cans by customs officials in Los Angeles
  • Jul 26 Great Britain announces it will ban gasoline and diesel cars by 2040

Historic Event

Jul 26 US President Donald Trump announces policy to ban transgender people from the military, overturning Obama era changes

Historic Event

Jul 27 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos briefly becomes world's richest man at $91.4B USD, overtaking Bill Gates for half a day

  • Jul 27 Boy Scouts of American Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh issues an apology for politically motivated remarks made by President Donald Trump at rally attended by 30,000 scouts
  • Jul 27 Reince Priebus resigns as Chief of Staff to US President Donald Trump, after just over 6 months - shortest non-interim tenure ever
  • Jul 28 General John Kelly appointed new Chief of Staff by US President Donald Trump

Historic Event

Jul 28 Pakistan Supreme Court rules corruption accusations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif enough to remove him from office

  • Jul 28 US Senate vote for "skinny" repeal of the Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare') fails 51-49 when John McCain casts deciding vote against
  • Jul 29 Terrorist plot to bring down a plane averted in Sydney, Australia, 4 arrested
  • Jul 30 15 people killed in gunfights with Philippine police, including Reynaldo Parojinog, mayor of Ozamiz in an anti-drug trafficking operation
  • Jul 30 1st centenary of WWI Battle of Passchendaele marked at ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium
  • Jul 30 China's President Xi Jinping heads 12,000 troop parade at Zhurihe training base, Inner Mongolia marking 90 years since founding of the People's Liberation Army

Historic Event

Jul 30 Russian President Vladimir Putin announces American diplomats in Russia cut by 755 in response to American sanctions

  • Jul 30 Venezuelan voting for a new assembly disrupted by violent protests, at least 3 people killed
  • Jul 31 Anthony Scaramucci removed as White House Communications Director after less than 2 weeks
  • Aug 1 Bomb blast at Jawadia Shia mosque in Herat, Afghanistan kills about 30
  • Aug 1 Christopher A. Wray confirmed at F.B.I. Director by US Senate
  • Aug 1 Two Venezuelan opposition leaders, Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma re-arrested, revoking their house arrest
  • Aug 2 First footage of white giraffes posted by Hirola Conservation Program in north eastern Kenya
  • Aug 2 First successful gene editing in human embryos to repair disease-causing mutation reported by scientists in "Nature"

Historic Event

Aug 2 Great Britain's Prince Philip aged 96 makes his final solo public appearance before retiring from public engagements

  • Aug 2 More than a billion people around the world need glasses and 36 million are blind, according to new study published in "The Lancet"
  • Aug 2 New crypto-currency Bitcoin Cash is created via a hard-fork of Bitcoin's blockchain technology and brand
  • Aug 2 US President Donald Trump signs legislation imposing sanctions on Russia, limiting his ability to ever lift them

Election of Interest

Aug 3 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is elected for his second term as President

  • Aug 3 Massachusetts woman Michelle Carter sentenced to 2 1/2 years for urging her boyfriend to commit suicide
  • Aug 4 Aldi supermarket withdraws all eggs from sale after chemical fipronil found in eggs from The Netherlands

Historic Event

Aug 4 Rwandan President Paul Kagame wins a third term with 98.63% of the vote

  • Aug 5 UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions on North Korea for its continued missile program
  • Aug 6 UEFA Women's Euro Final: Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema scores 2 as the Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 in Enschede, the Netherlands

Election of Interest

Aug 8 Kenyan general election: President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee Party of Kenya re-elected, opposition leader Raila Odinga refuses verdict

Historic Event

Aug 8 South African President Jacob Zuma survives a no-confidence vote in parliament 198-177

Inflatable Trump-like Chicken

Aug 9 Giant inflatable chicken resembling US President Donald Trump placed outside US White House as a political protest

  • Aug 9 Nepal's parliament bans menstruation huts (comes into effect August 2018)
  • Aug 9 North Korea says it plans to fire rockets on US territory Guam in continuing escalation of tension between it and the US
  • Aug 10 100 year-old fruit cake by Huntley & Palmers deemed "almost eatable" after being discovered in hut used by Captain Scott's expedition in Antarctica
  • Aug 10 Scientists study identifying nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) deficiency major cause of miscarriages and multiple birth defects published in "New England Journal of Medicine"
  • Aug 10 US President Donald Trump declares opioid addiction a national emergency
  • Aug 11 Chinese crime writer Liu Yongbiao after announcing novel called "Beautiful Writer who Killed", arrested for murders of four people nearly 22 years ago
  • Aug 11 Fipronil contaminated eggs now affecting fifteen EU countries, Hong Kong and Switzerland according to European Commission
  • Aug 12 "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville, Virginia turns violent when car rams protesters killing 1, injuring 19
  • Aug 12 US President Donald Trump at a press conference at Trump Tower says “there is blame on both sides” in reference to violence in Charlottesville, provoking widespread condemnation

Historic Event

Aug 13 Grace Mugabe, wife of the President of Zimbabwe, accused of assault in Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Aug 13 Gunmen kill at least 18 at a cafe in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Islamic extremists blamed
  • Aug 13 More than 60 children reported to have died at Gorakhpur Hospital, India, prompting an investigation
  • Aug 14 Cholera has now infected more than 500,000 people in Yemen and killed over 2,000 according to the World Health Organization
  • Aug 14 Mudslide and flooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone kills over 500 with 600 missing
  • Aug 14 Parliamentary citizenship scandal deepens in Australia after Barnaby Joyce, Deputy PM revealed to be a New Zealand citizen
  • Aug 14 US President Donald Trump condemns racist violence at the White House after criticism of his earlier response to Charlottesville violence

Historic Event

Aug 15 Barack Obama's tweet "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." in response to Charlottesville violence becomes most-liked tweet ever

  • Aug 15 Falling tree kills 13, injures 49 at a religious festival in Funchal, on Portuguese island of Madeira
  • Aug 15 Scientists genetic study of the apple reveal its origin was in Kazakhstan, published in "Nature Communications"
  • Aug 16 Baltimore city council removes confederate statues under cover of darkness in response to Charlottesville violence
  • Aug 16 Last batch of Farc rebel weapons removed by the UN in Colombia
  • Aug 16 Lebanon parliament abolishes article 522, which exempted rapists from prosecution if they married their victim
  • Aug 16 Over 100 Maasai houses destroyed in Tanzania by game park authorities as part of a border dispute near Serengeti National Park

Historic Event

Aug 16 Philippine police kill 32 in raids near Manilia, most deadly night in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs

  • Aug 16 Three suicide bombers kill 27 people outside a refugee camp near Maiduguri in Borno state, Nigeria, Boko Haram suspected
  • Aug 17 Anti-immigrant One Nation party leader Pauline Hansen is widely criticized for wearing a burqa into the Australian parliament
  • Aug 17 Collision of two neutron stars witnessed for the first time first picked up by US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo)
  • Aug 17 On This Day helps launch Borneo Dictionary, an online not for profit dictionary of indigenous Borneo languages with translations in English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Aug 17 Terror attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain as van rams into crowds killing 16, injuring 120
  • Aug 17 Three Hong Kong activists, Jason Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow jailed for unlawful assembly

Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

Aug 18 Civilian researchers led by Paul Allen re-discover the USS Indianapolis 18,000 feet below the Pacific surface, 72 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes

  • Aug 18 White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is fired by US President Donald Trump
  • Aug 21 Chile's constitutional court approves bill to ease country's total abortion ban
  • Aug 21 Destroyer USS John S McCain collides with an oil tanker near Singapore leaving 10 missing and 5 injured
  • Aug 21 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417m to woman who developed ovarian cancer after using their talc-based products
  • Aug 21 London's parliament clock Big Ben chimes for the last time before a four-year restoration process for its tower starts
  • Aug 21 Total solar eclipse visible from North America
  • Aug 22 India's highest court outlaws instant divorce for Muslim men (talaq, talaq, talaq)
  • Aug 22 Missouri Governor Eric Greitens grants stay of execution for Marcellus Williams in light of possible new DNA eividence
  • Aug 23 Air strike on hotel in Yemen capital Sanaa by Saudi-led coalition leaves at least 30 dead
  • Aug 23 India toll from swine flu rises above 1000 for the year, 22,186 cases reported
  • Aug 23 Nearly 60 million people in the Indus Valley, Pakistan at risk from arsenic in research published in "Science Advances"
  • Aug 23 US Navy fires Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin as commander of the Seventh Fleet following series of collisions in Asian waters
  • Aug 23 World's driest place, the Atacama desert in Chile blooms after unexpected rainfall
  • Aug 24 Largest-ever lottery jackpot win in the US - $758.7m won by Mavis Wanczyk of Massachusetts in US Powerball Jackpot
  • Aug 25 Category 4 Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas northeast of Corpus Christi with 130 m.p.h. winds
  • Aug 25 Indian spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is convicted of raping two of his followers in Panchkula
  • Aug 25 President Donald Trump grants presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of contempt of court for racial profiling
  • Aug 25 Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong jailed for 5 years for corruption in South Korea
  • Aug 26 Half a million people take part in a peace march in Barcelona, following terrorist attacks
  • Aug 26 Hurricane Harvey downgraded to a tropical storm, National Hurricane Center warns of “multiday rainfall disaster”
  • Aug 26 Violent clashes after conviction of spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh kill 31 in Panchkula, 120 admitted to hospital
  • Aug 28 Investigation into German nurse Niels Högel, a serving life sentence for killing two patients, concludes he probably killed 86 more
  • Aug 28 Kenya brings in world's toughest ban on plastic bags with possible US$38,000 fine and four years in jail
  • Aug 28 North Korea launches missile that flies over Japan, the country's J-Alert warning system warns people to take cover
  • Aug 29 Hurricane Harvey sets rainfall record (51.88 inches in Cedar Bayou) from a tropical cyclone in continental US, according to US National Weather Service
  • Aug 29 Monsoon rains in Mumbai cause chaos closing schools and airports
  • Aug 29 US President Donald Trump visits flood affected Texas
  • Aug 30 Authorities say floods across Bangladesh, Nepal and India have killed more 1200 people and damaged 697,000 houses
  • Aug 30 Brazilian court blocks President Michel Temer from abolishing Renca, which would open parts of the Amazon to mining

Hurricane Irma

Aug 30 Hurricane Irma forms near Cape Verde Islands, will go on to become category 5 hurricane and kill at least 102

Historic Event

Aug 30 Late author Terry Pratchett' unfinished works destroyed by steamroller as per his instructions

  • Aug 31 Indications that Neanderthals were the first to make glue out of tar strengthened by research published in "Scientific Reports"
  • Aug 31 International Organization for Migration states 18,500 Rohingya Muslims have fled from violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state after 110 deaths, making for Bangladesh
  • Sep 1 Kenyan Chief Justice David Maraga invalidates Kenyan re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta
  • Sep 3 1.4 ton WWII bomb defused in Frankfurt, Germany with 60,000 people evacuated, the largest postwar

Historic Event

Sep 3 Governor of California Jerry Brown issues state of emergency due to La Tuna brush fire near Los Angeles

  • Sep 3 North Korea conducts its sixth and largest ever nuclear test, saying it had successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb

Nobel Prize

Sep 4 Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai criticizes Suu Kyi's lack of response to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

  • Sep 4 US President Donald Trump announces Dreamers program, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), will be stopped
  • Sep 5 Barry Callebaut announce a 4th type of chocolate, "Ruby", made from the Ruby cocoa bean
  • Sep 5 Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, becomes the first woman President of the UK Supreme Court
  • Sep 5 Hurricane Irma becomes the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin region with winds of 185mph (280km/h)
  • Sep 5 Togo's government shuts down the internet for a week to quell government opposition

Important Vote

Sep 6 Catalonia's parliament passes law to allow referendum on independence from Spain

  • Sep 6 Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Caribbean islands of Barbuda, Sint Maartens and British Virgin Islands. Prime Minister Gaston Browne reports 95% of buildings in Barbuda damaged.

Historic Event

Sep 6 Mother Teresa declared co-patron saint of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta alongside St. Francis Xavier

  • Sep 7 8.2 earthquake hits south-west of Pijijiapan, Mexico killing at least 90, strongest Mexican quake in a century
  • Sep 7 Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax reports earlier cyberattack could affects 143 million Americans
  • Sep 9 Egyptian archaeologists announce the discovery of a 3,500-year-old tomb of a goldsmith and his family in Draa Abul-Naga, Egypt
  • Sep 10 Artist Marta Minujin begins redistributing books from her art installation "Parthenon of Banned Books", honoring books burnt by Nazis, in Kassel Germany [1]
  • Sep 10 Hurricane Irma makes landfall in the Florida Keys in the US as a category 3 hurricane
  • Sep 11 Hurricane Irma leaves 7 million US homes without power in Florida and Georgia
  • Sep 11 Norwegian Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg, heading a right-wing coalition, claims victory in Norway's general election
  • Sep 11 One million march on this state's national day in Barcelona in support of independence for Catalonia
  • Sep 11 UN imposes new export sanctions on North Korea
  • Sep 12 Apple unveils premium iPhone X costing $999, along with iPhone 8
  • Sep 12 Hope Hicks appointed permanent White House Communications Director after working in an interim role
  • Sep 12 Monster fatburg 250m long, 130 tons, size of 11 buses found in sewers under east London

Historic Event

Sep 13 Martin Shkreli's bail revoked after he judged risk to community for posting $5,000 bounty for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair

  • Sep 13 Nursing home inhabitants rescued after losing their air-conditioning in aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Hollywood, Florida, 11 die

Historic Event

Sep 13 UN Secretary-General António Guterres says Rohingya refugee crisis now "catastrophic" as 370,000 confirmed to have fled Myanmar

  • Sep 14 19 people die when a boat capsizes on Yamun River in Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Sep 14 Bodleian Library reveals earliest evidence of the zero symbol in 3rd or 4th Century Bakhshali (Pakistan) manuscript, through carbon dating
  • Sep 14 Fire at a religious school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, kills 23
  • Sep 14 Two Islamic State terrorist attacks in Dhiqar province, Southern Iraq, kill at least 60
  • Sep 15 Terrorist bomb only partially explodes in attack at Parsons Green tube station, London, injuring 29
  • Sep 17 Wanda Metropolitano stadium, new home of football team Atlético Madrid hosts its 1st match (against Malaga) in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 18 Hurricane Maria passes over the Caribbean island of Dominica as a category 5 hurricane, destroying 90% of structures and killing 27
  • Sep 19 7.1 earthquake south east of Mexico City kills over 300
  • Sep 19 President Hassan Rouhani of Iran in his UN speech criticizes US President Donald Trump for his comments about Iran in his own UN speech
  • Sep 19 US President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations vowing to “totally destroy North Korea” if threatens the US
  • Sep 20 Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane, knocking out all power and killing 25
  • Sep 20 US Federal Reserve says it will start to unwind its bond portfolio employed in wake of the financial crisis

Brainless Jellyfish that Sleeps

Sep 21 Discovery of the first brainless animal that sleeps, the jellyfish Cassiopea, research published in "Current Biology" by Caltech scientists

  • Sep 23 Women are allowed in King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time during Saudi Arabia's 87th anniversary celebrations