The main events happened in 2017
Rome, Italy - From Trump as US President to the terrorist attacks, earthquakes and hurricanes
AVIONEWS remembers at the end of the year the main events in different sectors happened in 2017 at worldwide, divided for month and day. 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 US 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 ballistic missile across the Sea of Japan March 29 – The United Kingdom triggers article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, starting the Brexit Negotiations, the talks for the United Kingdom to Leave the European Union 30 – SpaceX conducts the world's first reflight of an orbital class rocket April 6 – In response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town, the US military launches 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at an air base in Syria. Russia describes the strikes as an "aggression", adding they significantly damage US–Russia ties. 13 – In the 2017 Nangarhar airstrike the US drops the GBU-43/B MOAB, the world's largest non-nuclear weapon, at an ISIL base in Afghanistan May 12 – Computers around the world are hit by a large-scale ransomware cyberattack, which goes on to affect at least 150 countries 22 – A terrorist bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England kills 22 people and injures over 500 June 7 – Two terrorist attacks were simultaneously carried out by five terrorists belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against the Iranian Parliament building and the Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini, both in Tehran, Iran, leaving 17 civilians dead and 43 wounded. It became the first ISIL attack in Iran 10 – The "2017 World Expo" is opened in Astana, Kazakhstan 8 – Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fired six surface-to-surface mid-range ballistic missile from domestic bases targeting ISIL forces in the Syrian Deir ez-Zor Governorate in response to the terrorist attacks in Tehran earlier that month 21 – The Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq, is destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant 27 – A series of cyberattacks using the Petya malware begins, affecting organizations in Ukraine July 4 – Russia and China urge North Korea to halt its missile and nuclear programs after it successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile 7 – The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is voted for by 122 of the 193 UN member states 10 – Iraqi Civil War: Mosul is declared fully liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant August 5 – The UN Security Council unanimously approves fresh sanctions on North Korean trade and investment 17 – The first observation of a collision of two neutron stars (GW170817) is hailed as a breakthrough in multi-messenger astronomy when both gravitational and electromagnetic waves from the event are detected. Data from the event provided confirmatory evidence for the r-process theory of the origin of heavy elements like gold 21 – A total solar eclipse (nicknamed "The Great American Eclipse") is visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States of America, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts 25 – ongoing – A military operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 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 $198.6 billion (2017 USD), making "Harvey" the costliest natural disaster in United States history September 1 – Russian President Vladimir Putin expels 755 diplomats in response to United States sanctions 3 – North Korea conducts its sixth and most powerful nuclear test 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 13 – The International Olympic Committee awards Paris and Los Angeles the right to host the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics, respectively 15 – Cassini–Huygens ends its 13-year mission by plunging into Saturn, becoming the first spacecraft to enter the planet's atmosphere 19 – Eleven days after another powerful earthquake, and on the 32nd anniversary of the deadly 1985 Mexico City earthquake, a Mw 7.1 earthquake strikes central Mexico, killing more than 350 and leaving up to 6,000 injured. and leaving thousands more homeless 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 in excess of $103 billion (2017 USD) October 12 – The United States announces its decision to withdraw from UNESCO, and is immediately followed by Israel 14 – A massive blast caused by a truck bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia kills at least 512 people and injures 316 others 17 – Syrian Civil War: Raqqa is declared fully liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant 27 – Catalonia declares independence from Spain, but the Catalan Republic is not recognised by the Spanish government or any other sovereign nation November 12 – A magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes the border region between Iraq and Iran leaving at least 530 dead and over 70,000 homeless 22 – The International Court of Justice finds Ratko Mladić guilty of genocide committed in Srebrenica during the 1990s Bosnian War, the worst massacre in Europe since World War II. He is sentenced to life in prison 24 – A mosque attack in Sinai, Egypt kills 305 worshippers and leaves hundreds more wounded December 5 – Russia is banned from the "2018 Winter Olympics" in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee, following an investigation into state-sponsored doping 6 – The United States officially recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital 14 – The Walt Disney Company announces that it will acquire most of 21st Century Fox, including the 20th Century Fox film studio, for $66 billion 22 – The UN Security Council votes 15–0 in favor of additional sanctions on North Korea, including measures to slash the country's petroleum imports by up to 90% 24 – Guatemala follows in the footsteps of the United States by announcing that they will also move their Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, followed by Honduras and Panama two days later.
World Aeronautical Press Agency