The second part of the year unfortunately also had it’s fair share of tragedy woven in-between though there have been some good bits.
Sunday 9 July 2017 – The Lake District is an officially recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Friday 14 July 2017 – Two teenagers are arrested after a series of Acid Attacks in London.
Wednesday 26 July 2017 – The UK Government announces that petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2040.
Friday 28 July 2017 – The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard confirm his death.
Monday 31 July 2017 – The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele
Wednesday 2 August 2017 – The Duke of Edinburgh attends his final official duty before his retirement, aged 96 years.
Tuesday 8 August 2017 – Donald Trump warns North Korea that its threats will be met with “fire and fury”. In response to the news that North Korea has created a Nuclear Warhead small enough to fit in its missiles.
Wednesday 16 August 2017 – HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives home to Portsmouth.
Thursday 17 August 2017 – A van ploughs into a crowd of people in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, killing 14 people and injuring a 100 more.
Friday 18 August 2017 – Sir Bruce Forsyth died aged 89 years old. His career in the entertainment business spanned more than 75 years. Bruce could sing,dance,act,direct, perform comedy to name but a few of his many talents. However, I remember him most for his Saturday night entertainment first in the Generation Game and more recently as the host of Strictly Come Dancing. It was a “Good Game, Good Game” Bruce.
Monday 21 August 2017 – A complete solar eclipse was witnessed by thousands across the United States of America.
August 25 – 30, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey strikes the USA, at least 71 people reported dead.
Thursday 31 August 2017 – The 20th Anniversary of the death of Dianna Princess of Wales.
Sunday 3 September 2017 – North Korea conducts its sixth nuclear missile test.
Monday 4 September 2017 – Kensington Palace officially announce that Princess Catherine of Cambridge is expecting her third child.
September 6 -10, 2017 – Hurricane Irma (category 5), hits the Caribbean and the United States. Over 80 reported deaths. Hurricane Irma is the most powerful hurricane to be recorded in the Atlantic Basin.
Thursday 7 September 2017 – Prince George attends his first day of school.
Friday 15 September 2017 – An explosion occurred on the District Line, Parsons Green, London injuring a number of people in the 4th terror attack in the UK during 2017.
Sunday 17 September 2017 – Hurricane Maria upgraded to category 5 just off the Caribbean following a similar path to Hurricane Irma.
Tuesday 19 September 2017 – 7.1 Earthquake hit Central Mexico killing at least 220 people.
Saturday 23 September 2017 – A series of Acid Attacks in London leave 6 injured.
Tuesday 26 September 2017 – Tweets are now 280 characters instead of 140 characters in a Twitter Experiment.
Sunday 1 October 2017/Monday 2 October 2017 – On the night of October 1, a gunman opens fire on a crowd in Las Vegas from a hotel window. The deadliest mass shooting in recent US history.
Thursday 5 October 2017 – Japanese born British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize in Literature for his “novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.
– State Emergency is declared in Florida due to Tropical Storm Nate.
Monday 9 October 2017 – 20,000 people are forced to evacuate in California due to forest fires.
Tuesday 10 October 2017 – A state of emergency is declared in California due to the forest fires.
Thursday 12 October 2017 – Investigations begin concerning the allegations are made against Harvey Weinstein due to sexual misconduct.
Saturday 21 October 2017 – Storm Brian hits the UK and Ireland.
Thursday 26 October 2017 – Over 3000 files connected to the assassination of President John F Kennedy are released.
Tuesday 31 October 2017 – A truck deliberately mounts the pavement and mows down pedestrians in Manhattan, killing 8 and injuring many more before crashing into a school bus.
Wednesday 1 November 2017 – France ends its State of Emergency following the terrorist attacks last year and new Counter-terrorism Laws are introduced.
Thursday 2 November 2017 – Donald Trumps Twitter Account is suspended for 11 minutes.
Friday 3 November 2017 – Netflix announces that it will no longer be working with Kevin Spacey following sexual assault allegations.
Wednesday 15 November 2017 – A submarine from Argentina disappears with 44 crew members on board while on a routine voyage.
Tuesday 21 November 2017 – The death of David Cassidy was announced.
– Robert Mugabe resigns as President of Zimbabwe.
Friday 24 November 2017 – Oscar Pistorius has his jail sentance increased to 13 years and 5 months.
Monday 27 November 2017 – Prince Harry announces his engagement to Megan Markle.
Friday 1 December 2017 – The draw for the 2018 Fifa World Cup took place in Russia.
Tuesday 5 December 2017 – The last King of Romania, Michael 1 dies aged 96 years.
Wednesday 6 December 2017 – Donald Trump announces the USA will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Thursday 14 December 2017 – Walt Disney Company announces that it has brought a bulk of 21 Century Fox.
Thursday 21 December 2017 – 19 people are injured in Melbourne, Australia after a car mounts the pavement. It was a deliberate attack but not terrorism.
Sunday 24 December 2017 – Heather Menzies best known for her role in The Sound of Music passed away aged 68.
Friday 29 December 2017 – New York fire leaving 12 dead. The worst fire in New York for half a century. There were also other fires all around the globe mentioned in the news over the last weekend of the year.
Saturday 30 December 2017 – The New Years Honour’s List was announced – Michael Morpergo is getting an OBE, Ringo Starr and Barry Gibb are being Knighted and Hugh Laurie gets a CBE. There are also a lot more people from various fields who are being honoured but too many to name.
END OF YEAR…
We began the year with Ed Sheeran dominating the UK charts and we end the year with Ed in the number 1 slot with Perfect. Admittedly I have liked everyone of Ed Sheeran’s songs on his new album with my favourite being “The castle on the Hill”.