Year in review 2017: The SHOCKING events that changed the world in 2017

JANUARY

Donald Trump: The year started with the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

Held in Washington DC from January 17 to 21, ceremonies included concerts, parades and a memorable inaugural address from the former reality star.

In a speech full of the patriotic rhetoric that had become a staple of his campaign, Mr Trump promised to “make America strong again, make America wealthy again, make America proud again and make America safe again.

He was sure to add: “And, yes, we will make America great again.”

The Trump Administration caused controversy in the days after the inauguration when it claimed to have “perhaps record-breaking crowd attendance”, despite photographic evidence suggesting otherwise.

The President’s then Press Secretary Sean Spicer boasted the crowd “was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe”, later accusing the media of reporting inaccurate crowd estimates.

FEBRUARY

North Korea missile test:Kim Jong-un grabbed the headlines on February 12 when he ordered the launch of a ballistic missile over the Sea of Japan.It was the hermit nation’s first missile test of Mr Trump’s presidency and sparked a bitter feud between Kim and the US leader.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described the launch as “intolerable”, though North Korea would go on to test a handful of other missiles later in the year.

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2017 in review: North Korea tested its first missile of the year in February

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2017 in review: SpaceX successfully launched and landed a re-used rocked in March

MARCH

Triggering of Article 50: March saw Theresa May finally trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, officially starting the process of the UK’s departure from the European Union.

The Prime Minister told the Commons at the time: “This is a historic moment from which there can be no turning back. Britain is leaving the European Union.”

Britain is currently due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019.

First SpaceX re-flight: On March 30, SpaceX became the first to successfully re-launch and land the first stage of an orbital rocket.

The California-based company used a booster, which had been previously launched 11 month prior, to carry a telecommunication satellite into orbit, before successfully landing it on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk described the launch as an “amazing day for space.”

APRIL

Shayrat missile strike: On the morning of April 7, US President Trump ordered 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles to be fired at the Shayrat airbase in Syria.

The strike was in response to a chemical attack three days earlier, which saw the Syrian Government airdrop toxic gas on the town of Khan Shaykhun, killing 74 people and injuring more than 557 others, according to the Idlib health authority.

MAY

Manchester terror attack: On May 22, after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device, killing 22 people and injuring hundreds of others – many of them children.

About two weeks later, the singer returned to the UK to host a benefit concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground dubbed One Love Manchester.

The concert raised some £10million for the victims of the attack.

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2017 in review: A terror attack was carried out at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

JUNE

Trump snubs Paris Climate Accord: June started with the US President announcing that America would be pulling out of the landmark Paris climate agreement.

The Republican claimed the Paris agreement “front-loads costs on American people”, “disadvantages the US” to benefit other countries and causes “vastly diminished economic production”.

The move was widely condemned by other world leaders.

London Bridge terror attack: Before Ariana Grande could sing at One Love Manchester, another terror attack was carried out on London Bridge.

Terrorists ploughed into pedestrians on the bridge, before running into nearby Borough Market where they set about stabbing revellers.

Eight victims died in the attack, with a further 48 suffering injuries.

UK General Election: The Conservatives lost their majority in a shocking general election that defied all the early polls.

Mrs May was forced to broker a deal with the DUP in Northern Ireland to prop up her government, as Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour surged in popularity.

Grenfell Tower fire: On June 14, people all over Britain watched in horror Grenfell Tower in North Kensington went up in flames.

The fire, which burned for more than 60 hours, caused the deaths of 71 people.

The tragedy led to a mass outrage after it was revealed that the flames may have been worsened by the cladding that encased the building’s exterior.

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2017 in review: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party exceeded all expectations in the general election

JULY

North Korea launches intercontinental missile: On July 4, North Korean officials launched its first test of an intercontinental missile, which the reclusive nation claimed could strike “anywhere in the world”.

In response to the launch Mr Trump tweeted: “North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?

“Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer.

“Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!”

AUGUST

Total solar eclipse: A stunning total solar eclipse, dubbed The Great American Eclipse, blocked out the Sun across the US on August 21.

The path of totality crossed 14 states and was the first total solar eclipse to be visible from all of the US since 1918.

Hurricane Harvey: Four days later, the deadly Hurricane Harvey struck the US as a category for hurricane, causing devastating damage to parts of Texas, killing at least 90 people in total and costing just shy of $200billion.

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2017 in review: A stunning total solar eclipse blocked out the sun across the US in August

SEPTEMBER

North Korea launch: The warmongering nation fired its most powerful weapon to date – a thermonuclear hydrogen bomb.

Hurricanes devastate the Americas: The Caribbean and swathes of the US were battered by a string of hurricanes including the powerful Irma and Maria.

The two storms killed more than 200 people and caused billions of dollars worth of damage.

Olympics awarded: On September 13, the International Olympic Committee awarded Paris and Los Angeles the right to host the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics, respectively.

OCTOBER

Las Vegas shooting: On October 1, 58 people were killed when Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crown of concert-goers from his hotel room in Las Vegas Nevada.

The attack is the deadliest US mass shooting to date and has reignited calls for tougher gun control laws nationwide.

Hurricane Ophelia hits UK: The British Isles were barraged by torrential rain and deadly winds as the remnants of Ophelia blew in on October 16.

The Met Office issued a red warning for the whole of the Republic of Ireland and parts of the UK, with winds speeds of up to 120mph recorded in parts.

Three people were killed during the storm.

Catalan independence: October also saw Catalonia vote for indolence from Spain in a referendum that was later declared unlawful by the international community.

However, the vote was overshadowed by the aggressive response of Spanish police forces who were accused of violence towards people trying to cast their ballots.

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2017 in review: October saw Catalonia vote for independence from Spain

NOVEMBER

Panama Papers: On November 5, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung released millions of documents highlighting the dubious financial activities of some politicians, celebrities and businesses.

Among those caught up in the scandal were Queen Elizabeth II, Bono and David Cameron.

Zimbabwe coup: Robert Mugabe was forced to resign as President of Zimbabwe after 37 years, following a military coup in the south African nation.

The six-day takeover resulted in Mugabe’s former ally Emmerson Mnangagwa being sworn in as President,

DECEMBER

US recognises Jerusalem: On December 6, Donald Trump made the controversial decision to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The move was widely condemned and Mr Trump was even accused of issuing a “declaration of war”.

Theresa May branded the President’s speech as “unhelpful”, arguing that it could destabilise peace in the region.

 

Originally published in  https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/896083/2017-year-in-review-shocking-events-biggest-stories-moments

Editor’s Note: Let’s all hope and pray that 2018 is a more productive year and that we will witness the coming together of nations and peoples, starting the recovery process from so much devastation and acts of violence and hatred. We are barely a spec in the cosmos. Each of us is here for a very short time in the big scheme of things – let’s make the best of it. Even if you don’t love thy neighbor, or even like them,  practice some tolerance and do your part to start making amends. 

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