This is old news: a recap of 2017’s biggest stories

This is old news: a recap of 2017’s biggest stories


2017 has been a very busy year. Every new month brought another scandal, protest, disaster, or tragedy. In a year packed to the brim with earth-shaking headlines, it can be hard to remember what happened last week, let alone last month. 

The Quaker Campus has compiled a list of 12 of the largest events that took place over the last twelve months. This list is not comprehensive; it is just an attempt to recount some of the significant events of this year. And it is a bit Americentric, but a majority of events that permeate the membrane of American mass media are American events. So, here is a list of twelve notable events of the last twelve months.


• January: On January 21, the first in a series of Women’s Marches on Washington, one of the largest single-day protests in history, took place. According to data compiled by University of Connecticut Associate Professor of Political Science Jeremy Pressman and University of Denver Professor and Associate Dean for Research Erica Chenoweth, between 3,267,134 and 5,246,670 U.S. citizens marched, with more joining in at various locations worldwide.

February: On February 3, U.S. District Court Judge James Roback blocked the travel ban placed across the U.S. on Jan. 27 via executive order, President Donald Trump. On Feb. 9, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals voted against reinstating Trump’s executive order. On Dec. 4, the Supreme Court voted in favor of lifting certain restrictions placed on the travel ban by lower courts.

March: On March 30, the UK began negotiations to exit the European Union. This is when “Brexit” was put into action.

April: On April 9, a passenger, David Dao, was yanked out of his seat by a pair of security officers when he refused to give up his seat on an overbooked United Airlines flight. Dao hit his head on a seat accross the asile, and was dragged down the plane’s aisle with his glasses askew and his midriff exposed. The incident was recorded and uploaded to social media by passengers Tyler Bridges and Jayse D. Anspach. It went viral, prompting widespread criticism of United Airlines.

• May: On May 9, the FBI director James Comey was dismissed by President Trump. A memo by Rod Rosenstein cited his mishandling of the Clinton email investigation as the reason for his dismissal. However, in an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News, President Trump claimed that he was thinking about “the Russia thing” when considering firing James Comey.

June: On June 1, President Trump announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, claiming that it is an unfair deal for the U.S., and will cost jobs.

July: On July 21, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stepped down after a turbulent career. He was replaced by Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

August: On August 2, James Alex Fields Jr. drove a car into a crowd of counter protesters at the “Unite the Right” Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. He killed Heather D. Heyer, a 32-year-old woman attending the rally to counter-protest against the alt-right, and injured 19 other people.

September: On September 3, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, successfully launching and detonating a hydrogen bomb.

October: On October 5, the New York Times published a story describing numerous sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The Weinstein Company board fired Weinstein in response to the allegations on Oct. 8. A number of other allegations have come out against other powerful men in the entertainment industry, including Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and Dustin Hoffman, among others.

November: On November 21, Uber disclosed that, in October, the data of 57 million users was stolen. They paid the hacker $100,000 to stay quiet and delete the information. It took Uber about a month to reveal to their customers and regulators that they had been hacked.

• December: On December 1, former national security advisor Michael Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his discussions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.