The drapes have closed on 2017, a year in which much history was made, full of controversy. Here are some of the important events that took America by storm:
January 21: The largest protest worldwide in recent history occurs due to millions of people joining the Woman’s March in opposition to Donald Trump, the recently inaugurated president of the United States. Investigations into the White House colluding with Russia begin.
February-Present: North Korea continues its testing of nuclear weapons, prompting worldwide condemnation.
May 22: The Manchester Arena terrorist bombing kills 22 and injures many more. Salmon Ramadan Abedi was subsequently arrested for the attack. Ariana Grande (the singer at said concert) organized the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims as a result.
June 1: The United States announces its decision to eventually withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
July 10-December 9: Coalition forces take Mosul and Raqqa from ISIS, as the Islamic State is slowly crushed to about 2% of its previous territory.
August 21: The Great American Eclipse (which I witnessed) occurs, the first total solar eclipse seen in America since 1979.
August 25-September 20: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit America and the Caribbean.
October 1: Stephen Paddock kills 58 and injures over 500 in the Las Vegas Shooting, which goes down as the deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history. His motive is still unclear.
October 24-November 1: The Houston Astros defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, making their second appearance in the World Series and winning for the first time.
October 27: Catalonia declares independence from Spain, but its Republic goes unrecognized.
December 6: The United States officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, despite criticism from the U.N.
December 14: The Walt Disney Company announces its plans to acquire most of 21st Century Fox for $52 Billion.
In a perfect World, there wouldn’t be so many of these headlines. Living in an era with little good news and hope to go on, faith and prayer is very important. Let us all hope for a better 2018, and think of ways to make it so.