In 2017, we witnessed some historic events all across the world, from acts of terror, to major Republican party defeats and Donald Trump being sworn in as our new President of the United States. As 2017 draws closer to the end, take a look back at some of the major headlines from this year.
1. Florida airport shooting
An Army veteran later identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago of Anchorage, Alaska opened fire in a baggage claim area of the Ft. Lauderdale airport, killing 5 and wounding 8. This shooting shined a light on how exposed ticket counters and baggage claim areas are in comparison to the gates and all points beyond the security checkpoints.
2. Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns
National Security Advisor Michael Fynn resigned from his post, just 24 days after accepting the job, because he gave inaccurate accounting of conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to those in the administration including Vice President Mike Pence. Flynn was later indicted on charges stemming from the Russia investigation.
3. Republican’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican’s plan to ‘repeal and replace’ Obama’s healthcare law. Instead he was forced to cancel a vote and admitted “we’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”
4. Syria chemical attack
More than 80 people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, were killed in a chemical attack allegedly launched by Syrian President Bashar Assad. 30 children and 20 women were killed in the attack. U.S. intelligence claims that Russia knew in advance of the chemical leak, but has no proof of Russian involvement.
5. President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey
President Donald Trump fired James Comey in the midst of an investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Trump said the firing was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the FBI. Democrats were furious over this firing and criticized Trump for this claiming Trump was interfering in the Russia investigation.
6. Congressional baseball practice shooting
James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on a Republican baseball practice in Virginia, five people were wounded in the shooting, including House majority whip Rep. Steve Scalise. Hodgkinson had been arrested on multiple occasions for a variety of reasons including suspicion of battery and domestic battery. It was later revealed that Hodgkinson was a volunteer for Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Sanders later condemned the shooting saying: “Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society, and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”
7. Sean Spicer resigns as White House Press Secretary
White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned over President Trump’s decision to tap Anthony Scaramucci to lead the White House communications team. Scaramucci was later fired only serving 10-days with the White House. The resignation marked the end of one of the most tumultuous tenures for a White House press secretary.
8. Massive protests erupt in Charlottesville
Massive demonstrations by both white nationalists, white supremacists and the “alt-right” erupted into violence with other protesters in Charlottesville, as the right wing groups were planning to defend a statue of Civil War confederate General Robert E. Lee from being removed. Two people were injured and one person died from the massive protests.
9. NFL players continue protesting
After President Trump criticized players who kneel during the national anthem, 200 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance. Prior to his criticism, only six players had protested. As the protests continue NFL ratings began to plummet.
10. Las Vegas Shooting
64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel onto a crowd of 22,000 people who were attending a country music concert in Las Vegas. Paddock killed 58 people and injured more than 500. Police discovered he had stockpiled 23 guns. This shooting became the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
11. Hollywood reeling from mass sexual harassment allegations.
Over the course of a few months, many people have come forward and claimed that dozens of Hollywood elite harassed them sexually including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. Kevin Spacey offered an apology that was criticized by many after he quickly pivoted from an apology to a declaration that “I choose now to live as a gay man.”
12. Bitcoin value skyrockets
Bitcoin has become the cryptocurrency of the year. The price of Bitcoin has risen as high as $18,850. Trading in Wall Street began on Dec. 11. While Bitcoin has become a popular form of currency, doing away with bankers, it has been reported that hackers have been targeting Bitcoin exchanges.
Now that 2017 is coming to a close, we wonder where the country and rest of the world will be headed. In the United States, we will be having some important Senate elections in 2018 as well as President Trump entering year two of his first term in office.