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The year began with a bomb cyclone (intense winter storm like a hurricane) hitting the East Coast of the United States. The world is wondering whether President Trump will start a nuclear war with North Korea, which claims to be nuclear ready, "with a button on my desk" says, Kim Jong Un. The cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, maintains its high valuation, hovering around $16,000 at the beginning of January. It's a time when machines are smarter, and humans, perhaps not so much. Countries are divided, unrest rocks Iran with unprecedented protests against the ruling Ayatollah. It's a time of hope, the hope that is that we haven't completely destroyed the Earth, the hope that industry doesn't take the attitude, "How can you ruin what's already ruined?" It's the hope that AI might have an answer and the hope that the answer isn't "Get rid of humans."



February 15 - Ethio­pian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn submitted his resignation while the country is in deep turmoil.


January 22 - George Weah became Liberia's 24th President.

§South Africa

January 26 - Cape Town’s leaders have instructed residents to use only 50 liters of water daily beginning February 1st, down from the 87-liter limit. “Day Zero” is projected to arrive on April 12th. Some fear it could come sooner, while others hope it won’t happen if rationing works and it eventually rains.

February 15 - Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa elected President of South Africa.



January 25 - The great Nutella Riots - Intermarché, a French supermarket chain, reduced the price of Nutella by 70% causing rioting in the stores trying to purchase this nut and cocoa product.


March 14 - Germany’s parliament has elected Angela Merkel for her fourth term as chancellor

§Great Britain

March 14 - Britain expels 23 Russian diplomats over chemical attack on ex-spy

§North America

§United States

January 13 - People throughout the State of Hawaii thought they had 15 minutes to live when they received a civil defense alert on their cell phones telling them that there was an inbound ballistic missile and that this was not a drill. It took the government 38 minutes to issue an all clear message letting people know that this message was sent by accident. The person responsible for the error resigned his position.

January 19 - For the first time in U.S. history the Federal government shut down while a single political party controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. There was a failure to come to terms on immigration policy, the building and funding of a Mexican border wall, and reprieve for the DACA "Dreamers", people brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

January 22 - An agreement was reached between the two political parties that will keep the federal government open until February 8 This give the parties time to negotiate on a more permanent arrangement. As part of the deal for a temporary fix, the Children’s Health Insurance Program was guaranteed funding for six years.

March 14 - Students at thousands of schools across the country began walking out of class at 10 am to protest gun violence and to mark one month since a mass shooting left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

March 14 - President Trump fired the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

§U.S. Business

March 15 - Toys 'R' Us goes out of business. Children are choosing app-based games or Amazon and other online retailers for toys. This closure will impact 30,000 jobs. Toys 'R' Us failed in its attempt to find a buyer to maintain payments on its debt.

§Western Asia


January 27 - A suicide bomber in a Kabul ambulance kills 94 and wounds another 15 people.


  • January 3 - Thomas Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • February 21 - Billy Graham, the Father of Modern Christian Evangelism, aged 99.
  • February 24 - Richard Taylor, Nobel-winning physicist who helped discover quarks, aged 88
  • March 13 - Stephen Hawking, physicist, author and one of the world's great minds, died of Motor neurone disease (MND), age 76.


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