Recap of 2017

2017 was a year that can only be categorized as an emotional roller coaster. It was a trying experience with surprises at every turn and sometimes they were not positive. Here is a quick recap of the year:


20th- President Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America, with Mike Pence as the 48th Vice President.

21st- Over two million people worldwide protest President Trump; with half a million in Washington D.C.

27th- President Trump implicates a travel ban from seven predominately Muslim countries, suspending admissions of refugees.


5th- New England Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl LI.

8th- Jeff Sessions is confirmed as Attorney General; after protests and controversy.

22nd- Discovery of 7th Earth-sized planet orbiting star Trappist-1; President Trump overturns President Obama’s transgender bathroom laws.


11th- Atlas 65 killed in Ethiopian landslide near trash dump.

16th- New travel ban is blocked by two federal courts; signed by President Trump  with all of the original seven countries- except Iraq for 90 days, earlier this month.

22nd- Terrorist attack on London’s Westminster Bridge and Houses of Parliament.

28th- President Trump signs Energy Independence executive order undoing Obama climate-control measures.


4th- Chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun, Syria by Syrian government forces kills more than 80 civilians.

7th- President Trump orders missile strike on Syrian airfield after chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun.

15th- Suicide car bomb targets buses carrying Syrian evacuees at Rashidin, 126 killed including 70 children.

29th- Three tornadoes hit south east of Dallas, Texas, killing five.


7th- Emmanuel Macron wins French presidential election.

9th- President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey.

12th- Brazil declares end to Zika national emergency as cases decrease.

22nd- Suicide bombing at Arianna Grande Concert kills 22 and injures 59.


2nd- President Trump announces the US is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.

4th- Ariana Grande headlines benefit concert for victims of her Manchester concert bombing, also featuring Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry.

8th- Former FBI Chief James Comey testifies to a US Senate committee that US President Trump told “lies plain and simple.”

16th- President Trump reinstates Cuban travel and business restrictions after they were loosened by President Obama.


4th- North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan.

20th- The last fighting occurs in the Iraqi city of Mosul as the city is liberated from ISIS militants.

21st- White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns after opposing appointment of Anthony Scaramucci.


9th- North Korea says it plans to fire rockets on US territory Guam in continuing escalation of tension between it and the US.

12th- “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Virginia turns violent when car rams protesters killing 1, injuring 19; President Trump at a press conference at Trump Tower says “there is blame on both sides” about Charlottesville violence, provoking widespread condemnation.

21st- Total solar eclipse visible from North America.

25th- President Trump grants presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of contempt of court for racial profiling; Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Gulf of Mexico, rivaling Hurricane Katrina.


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

4th- President Trump announces Dreamers program, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) will end.

5th- Hurricane Irma becomes the post powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history with winds of 185mph, makes land fall September 9th as a category 3 storm.

20th- Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane, knocking out all power and killing 25.

25th- First ever woman graduates from the US Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course.


1st- Stephen Paddock kills 58 people, injuring 489, at a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

8th- Wildfires ignite in Northern Californian wine country, killing at least 41 over the next week, with 20,000 evacuated.

12th- Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 57, with 684 cases so far reported by WHO.

30th- 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

31st- Terrorist attack in New York when a truck mows down people on a cycle lane, killing 8, injuring 10.


5th- Gunman kills 26 and injures 20 at a church in Sunderland Springs, Texas.

27th- North Korean ghost ship washes up Akita prefecture beach, Japan with 8 skeletons on board, 4th boat in a month.


4th- US Supreme Court allows President Trump’s travel ban to come into effect for 6 mostly Muslim countries.

6th-“Supermassive” most distant black hole discovery announced by astronomers in journal “Nature”, 13 billion light-years away, 800x bigger than the Sun.

7th- Same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia.

21st- UN General Assembly votes 128 to 9 to denounce US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

These events are some of the most pivotal moments from 2017 shaping not only 2018, but many years to come.