Year in review 2017
2017 has been quite a year.
From terror attacks to mass protests, these are the main events around the World that shaped the year for us all.
January 21 – Millions of people worldwide join the Women’s March in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. 420 marches were reported in the U.S. and 168 in other countries, becoming the largest single-day protest in American history and the largest worldwide protest in recent history.
February 11 – North Korea prompts international condemnation by test-firing a missile across the Sea of Japan.
March 10 – The UN warns that the world is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II, with up to 20 million people at risk of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.
March 29 – The United Kingdom triggers article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. In doing so, they started the Brexit Negotiations, the talks for the UK to Leave the European Union.
April 6 – In response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a town held by rebels, the U.S. military launches 59 missiles at an air base in Syria. Russia describes the strikes as an “aggression”, adding they significantly damage U.S.–Russia ties.
May 12 – Computers around the world are hit by a large-scale ransomware cyberattack, which goes on to affect at least 150 countries.
May 22 – A terrorist bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England kills 22 people and injures over 500.
June 3, London: London Bridge and Borough Market terrorist attack. A van hit pedestrians on London Bridge, and attackers stabbed people in nearby Borough Market.
4 June, Manchester: Ariana Grande performs onstage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. The gig raised money for victims of the terror attack at her concert at the Manchester Arena in May.
Theresa May called a snap general elections to take place on Thursday 8 June. Each of the 650 constituencies elected one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons. The governing Conservative Party won the most seats, but lost its majority and was forced to form a minority government with the DUP.
14 June, London Emergency services tackle a fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. The huge fire engulfed the tower block, trapping many people in their homes and killing 71.
18 June, London: Members of London’s emergency services observe a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the fire in the Grenfell Tower block,
August 5 – The UN Security Council unanimously approves fresh sanctions on North Korean trade and investment.
August 25–30 – Hurricane Harvey strikes the United States as a Category 4 hurricane, causing catastrophic damage to the Houston metropolitan area, mostly due to record-breaking floods. At least 90 deaths were recorded, and total damage reaches $199 billion (2017 USD), making Harvey the costliest natural disaster in United States history.
September 3 – North Korea conducts its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.
September 6–10 – The Caribbean and United States are struck by Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane that is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The storm causes at least 134 deaths and at least $63 billion (2017 USD) in damage.
September 19–20 – Just two weeks after Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria strikes similar areas, making landfall on Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane, and Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane. Maria caused at least 94 deaths, and damages estimated more than $103 billion (2017 USD).
October 1 – Fifty-eight people are killed and 546 injured when Stephen Paddock opens fire on a crowd in Las Vegas, surpassing the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting as the deadliest mass shooting perpetrated by a lone gunman in U.S. history.
4 October, Manchester: Comedian Simon Brodkin gives a mock P45 form to prime minister Theresa May as she delivers her speech on the final day of the Conservative party annual conference at the Manchester Central Convention Centre.
October 27 – Catalonia declares independence from Spain,], but the Catalan Republic is not recognised by the Spanish government or any other sovereign nation.
November 22 – Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic is found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War. He is sentenced to life imprisonment.
27 November, London: Prince Harry and actor Meghan Markle announce their engagement at Kensington Palace.
December 22 – The UN Security Council votes 15-0 in favour of additional sanctions on North Korea, including measures to slash the country’s petroleum imports by up to 90%.
25 December – In a message filmed at Buckingham Palace earlier this month, the Queen focused on the importance of home, the survivors of this year’s terror attacks and the Grenfell disaster, as well as her own family.