Welcome to the year 2017!
Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2017. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.
Affiliate links have been incorporated into this post to provide you with further information about trends and popular items during this period of time.
Printables for 2017:
Or bundle them…
2017 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Minimum Wage~ Highest: $12.50 in Washington D.C. & Lowest: $5.15 in Wyoming & Georgia (ncsl.org)
Gallon of Milk~ $3.15 (bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~ $1.50 (bls.gov)
Loaf of bread (1lb)~ $1.30 (bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 49 cents (Wikipedia)
New Car Price (midsize SUV)~ $34,968 (Kelley Blue Book kbb.com)
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $2.55 (bls.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $8.93 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house in November~ $318,700 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $57,652 (Census.gov)
Living Wage ~ The living wage in the United States is $16.07 per hour in 2017, before taxes to support a family of four (two working adults, two children).
2017 World Leaders:
Donald Trump, President of the United States
Rex W. Tillerson, United States Secretary of State
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Xi Jinping, President of China
Akihito, Emporer of Japan
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Francis of Vatican City
Francois Hollande, President of France
Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
Reuven Rivlin, President of Isreal
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
2017 Top Televisions:
Samsung Electronics UN65MU8000 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
TCL 55S405 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
LG Electronics OLED55C7P 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2017 Model)
Sony XBR55X900E 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017)
2017 Top Smart phones:
2017 Top Wearable Technology:
2017 Top Computer Desktops, Laptops, Tablets & Readers:
HP Envy 34 Curved All-in-One
Acer Predator G1-710-70001
Apple iMac 27-inch with Retina 5k Display
Razer Blade Stealth
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch
Asus ZenBook 3
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming
Microsoft Surface Book
Apple iPad Pro 9.7, Mini 4
Google Pixel C
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
2017 Top Online Social Communities:
2017 Top Gaming systems:
2017 Top Tech Gadgets:
2017 Top Celebrities:
(People.com and TMZ.com)
Taraji P. Henson
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
George and Amal Clooney
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber
Chip and Joanna Gaines
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani
Beyonce’ and JayZ
Kendall & Kylie Jenner
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
2017 Top Athletes:
John Velazquez and Always Dreaming
2017 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl: New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime after being 25 points down.
Daytona 500: Kurt Busch
The Kentucky Derby: Always Dreaming under jockey John Velazquez
The Masters: Sergio Garcia
Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Nashville Predators 4-2 in game series
NBA Championship: Golden State Warriors defeat Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 in game series
Wimbledon: Men’s singles: Roger Federer
Wimbledon: Women’s singles: Garbine Muguruza
FIFA World Cup: TBD
Women’s World Cup: next in 2019
World Series: Houston Astros defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 in game series
Olympics: next in 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea
2017 Top Songs:
(Billboard.com Hot 100)
Black Beatles~ Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane —number 1 in January
Bad and Boujee~ Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert —number 1 in February
Shape Of You~ Ed Sheeran —number 1 in March
Shape Of You~ Ed Sheeran –number 1 in April
Humble~ Kendrick Lamar —number 1 in May
Despacito~ Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber —number 1 in June
Despacito~ Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber —number 1 in July
Despacito~ Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber —number 1 in August
Despacito~ Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber —number 1 in September
Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)~ Cardi B —number 1 in October
Rockstar~ Post Malone feat. 21 Savage —number 1 in November
Perfect~ Ed Sheeran Duet with Beyonce –number 1 in December
Other Popular Songs in 2017:
Paris~ The Chainsmokers
I Don’t Wanna to Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)~ Zayn / Taylor Swift
That’s What I Like~ Bruno Mars
Love On The Brain~ Rihanna
Body Like A Back Road~ Sam Hunt
Million Reasons~ Lady Gaga
Bank Account~ 21 Savage
Attention~ Charlie Puth
Look What You Made Me Do~ Taylor Swift
Thunder~ Imagine Dragons
Female~ Keith Urban
Walk on Water~ Eminem feat Beyonce
Gucci Gang~ Lil Pump
Havana~ Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug
2017 Top Television Shows:
2017 Top Movies:
Hidden Figures–number 1 in January
Fifty Shades Darker –number 1 in February
Beauty and the Beast–number 1 in March
Fate of the Furious –number 1 in April
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 –number 1 in May
Wonder Woman –number 1 in June
Spider-man: Homecoming –number 1 in July
Annabelle Creation –number 1 in August
It –number 1 in September
Blade Runner 2049 —number 1 in October
Thor: Ragnarok —number 1 in November
Star Wars: The Last Jedi —number 1 in December
2017 Top Books:
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI~ David Grann
Little Fires Everywhere~ Celeste Ng
Beartown: A Novel~ Fredrik Backman
Exit West: A Novel~ Mohsin Hamid
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow~ Yuval Noah Harari
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel~ George Saunders
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of A Family and Culture in Crisis~ J.D. Vance
Milk and Honey~ Rupi Kaur
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity~ William P. Young
1984 (Signet Classics)~ George Orwell
The Whole30: The 30-day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom~ Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig
A Man Called Ove: A Novel~ Fredrik Backman
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers~ Timothy Ferriss
First 100 Words~ Roger Priddy
The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life~ Travis Stork, M.D.
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts~ Gary Chapman
2017 Top Children’s Books:
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow~ Jessica Townsend
The Antlered Ship~ Dashka Slater, Terry Fan
Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties~ Dav Pilkey
The Stars Beneath Our Feet~ David Barclay Moore
We’re All Wonders~ R. J. Palacio
Malala’s Magic Pencil~ Malala Yousafzai
Pashima~ Nidhi Chanani
Professional Crocodile~ Giovanna Zoboli, Mariachiara Di Giorgio
See You in the Cosmos~ Jack Cheng
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3, The Ship of the Dead~ Rick Riordan
Refugee~ Alan Gratz
Mighty, Mighty Construction Site~ Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld
2017 Top Fashion and Trends:
Beachy long hair on women
Shoulder-length bob hair on women
Pastel-colored hair and highlights
Skinny jeans and pants with heels or booties
Athletic inspired pieces
Women’s mule shoes
Boho skirts and dresses
Mid-drift baring tops
Yoga Pants, leggings, and patterned running tights
High-waisted pants and shorts for women
Fitted and skinny jeans on men paired with converse
Cole Haan Zerogrand dress shoes for men
Beards on men
Lumberjack look for men
2017 World Population:
7,443,135,000 and counting…
2017 Top News and Major Events:
January 20 – Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.
January 21 – Millions of people worldwide join the Women’s March in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump. 420 marches were reported in the U.S. and 168 in other countries, becoming the largest single-day protest in American history and the largest worldwide protest in recent history.
January 27 – Worldwide controversy results after United States president Donald Trump signs an executive order restricting travel and immigration from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
February 11 – North Korea prompts international condemnation by test firing a ballistic missile across the Sea of Japan.
March 10 – Park Geun-hye is removed as President of South Korea by the Constitutional Court.
March 10 – The UN warns that the world is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II, with up to 20 million people at risk of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria
March 29 – The United Kingdom invokes Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, beginning the formal EU withdrawal process.
April 6 – In response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town, the U.S. military launches 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at an air base in Syria. Russia describes the strikes as an “aggression”, adding they significantly damage U.S.–Russia ties.
May 22 – A terrorist bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England kills 22 people and injures over 100.
June 10 – The 2017 World Expo is opened in Astana, Kazakhstan.
June 12 – American student Otto Warmbier returns home in a coma after spending 17 months in a North Korean prison and dies a week later.
July 4 – Russia and China urge North Korea to halt its missile and nuclear programs after it successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.
August 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.
August 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.
September 3 – North Korea conducts its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.
September 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.
September 19 – An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 strikes Central Mexico, killing 369 people and leaving thousands more homeless.
September 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 causes at least 94 deaths and damages estimated in excess of $51 billion (2017 USD).
October – 250 wildfires ignited across Northern California starting the most destructive wildfire season has ever seen. By the end of the year a total of 9,054 fires burned 1,381,405 acres (5,590.35 km2), according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, including five of the 20 most destructive wildland-urban interface fires in the state’s history.
October 1 – Fifty-eight people are killed and 546 injured when Stephen Paddock opens fire on a crowd in Las Vegas, surpassing the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting as the deadliest mass shooting perpetrated by a lone gunman in U.S. history.
October 12 – The United States announces its decision to withdraw from UNESCO.
November 5 – A mass shooting occurred at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 30 miles (48 km) east of the city of San Antonio. The gunman was 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley of nearby New Braunfels, who killed 26 and injured 20. He was shot twice by a male civilian as he exited the church. Fleeing in his SUV, Kelley crashed after a high-speed chase and was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
November 15 – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is placed under house arrest, as the military take control of the country. He resigns six days later, after 37 years of rule.
November 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.
December 5 – Russia is banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee, following an investigation into state-sponsored doping.
December 6 – The United States officially recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
December 9 – The Iraqi military announces that it has “fully liberated” all of Iraq’s territory from “ISIS terrorist gangs” and retaken full control of the Iraqi-Syrian border.
2017 Pop Culture:
(Wikipedia.com & People.com)
January 25 – Beloved American actress, Mary Tyler Moore died at the age of 80. She was best known for her television roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show during the ‘60’s and ‘70’s.
February 1 – American singer Beyonce breaks the internet when she announces on Instagram that she is pregnant with twins.
February 2 – American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry step out for the first time in public as a couple while they go on a date in London.
February 9 – American actor George Clooney and his wife Amal announce that they are expecting twins.
February 13 – Adele wins big at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. She makes humble speech claiming Beyonce should have won album of the year.
February 25 – American actor, Bill Paxton, died at the age of 61. He was best known for his movie roles in The Terminator, Aliens, Apollo 13, Twister, and Titanic.
February 26 – During the 89th Academy Awards a mix-up for best picture was announced after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong card. La La Land was mistakenly announced as best picture, but Moonlight was in fact the winner.
March – Singer/actress, Jennifer Lopez and retired baseball player, Alex Rodriguez, begin dating.
March 16 – Kendall Jenner’s home is robbed of $200k worth of jewelry. She is one of the many celebrity’s being targeted by thieves in the Hollywood area.
April 16 – Singers, Selena Gomez and The Weeknd, go public with their romance at the Coachella Festival.
May 1 – Ryan Seacrest is announced as Kelly Ripa’s Live cohost.
May 18 – Amercian musician, Chris Cornell dies by suicide.
June 4 – American singer, Ariana Grande, hosts One Love Manchester tribute concert to honor those killed at her concert days earlier because of a bombing.
June 13 – American musicians Beyonce and JayZ, welcome their twins, Rumi and Sir Carter.
August 8 – American icon, singer, song-writer, and actor, Glen Campbell dies at the age of 81 in Nashville, TN.
August 31 – 20 years ago Princess Diana died.
September 1 – American tennis icon, Serena Williams, gives birth to a baby girl.
September 4 – Prince William and Dutchess Kate announce they’re pregnant with their third child.
September 6 – Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West unofficially announce that they are expecting baby number 3 via surrogate. Soon after is another unofficial announcement of Kim’s sisters, Khloe and Kylie, expecting their first babies.
September 14 – American singer/actress, Selena Gomez takes to Instagram to reveal she underwent a kidney transplant because of her lupus.
September 27 – Hugh Hefner dies at the age of 91. He was best known for publishing Playboy magazine.
October 2 – American singer-songwriter and actor, Tom Petty, dies at the age of 66.
October 5 – American film producer and former film executive, Harvey Weinstein, is exposed in the media as a long-time sexual abuser. Dozens of actresses come forward with their accounts of his abuse of power and sexual abuse. This opens up the opportunity for others to come forward with accounts of sexual abuse in the film and other industries. The social media movement #MeToo gains momentum.
November 2 – American singer/actress Selena Gomez is suspected to be back together with Justin Bieber after her breakup with the Weeknd.
November 7 – American baseball player, Roy Halladay, dies in plane crash over the Gulf of Mexico at the age of 40. Halladay was a Cy Young Award recipient and 8x MLB All-Star player.
November 15 – A Leonardo da Vinci painting, Salvator Mundi, sells for US$450 million at Christie’s in New York, a new record price for any work of art.
November 19 – American criminal and cult leader, Charles Manson, dies at the age of 83.
November 21 – American actor, 70’s heartthrob, and singer, David Cassidy, dies at the age of 67. Best known for his role as Keith Partridge on the 70’s sitcom The Partridge Family.
November 27 – Prince Harry and American actress, Meghan Markle, announce their engagement. Their May 19th wedding date and location, St. Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle, is announced shortly after.
November 29 – NBC fires top news anchor Matt Lauer after reports of his sexual abuse and misconduct.
December 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.
(Wikipedia.com, livescience.com, iflscience.com)
January 18 – Independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show that 2016 was the hottest year on record, at 0.99 °C (1.78 °F) above the mid-20th century global mean average. This follows record warmth in the two preceding years 2015 and 2014.
January 23 – Researchers demonstrate a prototype 3D printer that can print fully functional human skin.
January 26 – Scientists at Harvard University report the first creation of metallic hydrogen in a laboratory.
February 1 – Researchers led by the University of Sussex publish the first practical blueprint for how to build a quantum computer.
February 9 – Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology demonstrate a robotic drone bee able to pollinate flowers.
March 17 – A report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) finds that CO2 emissions have remained flat for the third year in a row, despite continued global economic growth.
March 30 – SpaceX conducts the world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket.
April 3 – Researchers at the University of Manchester demonstrate a graphene-based sieve able to filter seawater, which could improve desalination technologies.
May 10 – A study of nearly 6,000 adults finds that high levels of physical activity equate to a nine-year biological aging advantage. Those who engaged in a minimum of 30 to 40 minutes of running, five days a week, were found to have longer telomere lengths.
June 1 – SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk publishes Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species, his plans for the future colonisation of Mars.
July 10 – NASA’s Juno spacecraft obtains close-range images of Jupiter’s red spot.
August 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.
September 15 – Cassini–Huygens ends its 13-year mission by plunging into Saturn, becoming the first spacecraft to enter the planet’s atmosphere.
October 9 – A study by the Carnegie Institution for Science finds that wind farms in the North Atlantic could, in theory, provide sufficient energy to meet all of humanity’s current needs during wintertime
November 2 – A new species of orangutan is discovered in Indonesia, becoming the third species of orangutan and the first great ape to be described for almost a century.
November 20 – Nature publishes an article recognising the high velocity asteroid ʻOumuamua as originating from outside the Solar System i.e. the first known interstellar object.
December 15 – Researchers at the University of New South Wales publish a complete design for a quantum computer chip that can be manufactured using mostly standard industry processes and components.
December 16 – The Pentagon confirms the existence of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), a secret investigatory effort funded from 2007 to 2012 by the United States Government to research and study unidentified flying objects.