2017


 
       

February 4th, hung out with the twins ice skating. Fun night at the Oaks Skate Center. Always love hanging with the boys.

June is LBI time. Biking on the beach is a blast. Getting up with the sun and putting in the work before the family gets up is like a vacation in itself. I look forward to this trip each year.

This year I really got back into vinyl. My collection has grown and every once in a while, you just need to listen to vintage Hooters music.

October is Homecoming month at Salisbury University. I have worked this event for the alumni association for years. Also for years, I work the table along side Michelle. She does a great job and has been a pleasure to know over the years.

Decemember 1st I went to L.A. for a day. Red carpeted premiere for Jonna's film, then a Lee gig at night. Met a lot of Jonna's family this night and a few celebs. A fun time indeed.   In December I hot 4000 miles biked on the year. A crazy accomplishment but one I am very proud of. It was a lot of hard work.

 

Sports History
..Philadelphia Phillies (MBL) 66 - 96

5th Place NL East
Missed Playoffs

..Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) 39 - 33 - 10 6th Place Metroppolitsn Division
missed Playoffs
..Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) 13 - 3 - 0 1st Place NFC East
Super Bowl Champions
..Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) 28 - 54 Last Place, Atlantic Division
Missed Playoffs
..Salisbury University (my college) ..

National Champions -
Men's Lacrosse

Conference Champions -
Baseball

Men's Lacrosse
Field Hockey
Softball


What Happened This Year?

JANUARY

05 - The United States took home the gold at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships upsetting host country Canada in a shootout in the final round.

09 - The Clemson Tigers beat the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.

20 – Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Trump, a Republican New York City businessman, becomes the first person that is not a political office holder or a military general to be elected President of the United States.

21 – Millions of people worldwide join the Women's March in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. 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.

FEBRUARY

05 - History was made several times over when the New England Patriots erased a 25-point deficit to win Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons. It was the first time the Super Bowl ever went into overtime.

11 – North Korea prompts international condemnation by test firing a ballistic missile across the Sea of Japan.

27 - "Moonlight" — not, as it turned out, "La La Land" — won best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset and an unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner swapped for another while the "La La Land" producers were in mid-speech. It was a shocking upset considering that "La La Land" came in with 14 nominations, a record that tied it with "Titanic" and "All About Eve."


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.

14 – March 2017 North American blizzard was a major late-season blizzard that affected the Northeastern United States, New England and Canada, dumping up to 3 feet of snow in the hardest hit areas.

22 - The United States won the fourth annual World Baseball Classic

29 – The United Kingdom triggers article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, starting the Brexit Negotiations, the talks for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

30 – SpaceX conducts the world's first reflight of an orbital class rocket.

APRIL

03 - the North Carolina Tar Heels won the university's sixth NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

06 – 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.

13 – In the 2017 Nangarhar airstrike the U.S. drops the GBU-43/B MOAB, the world's largest non-nuclear weapon, at an ISIL base in Afghanistan.

17 - Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry in 1967, ran the race again with the same number

MAY

12 – Computers around the world are hit by a large-scale ransomware cyberattack,[10] which goes on to affect at least 150 countries.

22 – A terrorist bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England kills 22 people and injures over 500.

JUNE

01 – Amidst widespread criticism, the U.S. announces its decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement in due time.

01 - Chris Cornell, the lead singer in Soundgarden and one of the key voices in the dominant Seattle music scene of the '90s, was found dead while on tour in Detroit. Chris Cornell's widow says she still doesn't know what caused him to hang himself.

03 – An Islamic terror attack on London Bridge, United Kingdom kills 8 and injures 48.

05 – Montenegro joins NATO as the 29th member

05 - In a commercial for Pepsi, Kendall Jenner leaves a fashion photo shoot to join a protest march. Pepsi is served at the march, and Jenner hands a can to a police officer. when the officer sips, the crowd cheers.
The ad made people furious because it appropriated images from Black Lives Matter protests to sell soda. After initially defending the online video, PepsiCo pulled the controversial spot. "Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding," the company said. "Clearly we missed the mark,a nd we apologize."

07 – Two terrorist attacks are simultaneously carried out by five terrorists belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against the Iranian Parliament building and the Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini, both in Tehran, Iran, leaving 17 civilians dead and 43 wounded. It becomes the first ISIL attack in Iran.

08 – In the midst of Brexit, a snap general election is held in the UK, three years before the next one was due, resulting in a hung parliament, with the Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Theresa May, losing their majority in Parliament.
The Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, makes gains for the first time since 1997. Days later, the Conservative Party, now lacking a majority, enters a confidence-and-supply deal with the Northern Irish DUP.

10 – The 2017 World Expo is opened in Astana, Kazakhstan.

11 - the Pittsburgh Penguins won their second-straight Stanley Cup Championship by defeating the Nashville Predators in six games.

12 - the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the teams' third-straight NBA Finals matchup.

12 – American student Otto Warmbier returns home in a coma after spending 17 months in a North Korean prison and dies a week later.

14 – A fire at Grenfell Tower in London kills 71 people.

18 – Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fire six surface-to-surface mid-range ballistic missiles from domestic bases targeting ISIL forces in the Syrian Deir ez-Zor Governorate in response to the terrorist attacks in Tehran earlier that month.

21 – The Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq, is destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

25 – The World Health Organization estimates that Yemen has over 200,000 cases of cholera.

27 – A series of cyberattacks using the Petya malware begins, affecting organizations in Ukraine.

JULY

04 – Russia and China urge North Korea to halt its missile and nuclear programs after it successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

07 – The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is voted for by 122 states.

10 – Iraqi Civil War: Mosul is declared fully liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

16 - Fourteenth seed Garbine Muguruza upset Venus Williams to win Wimbledon becoming the first ever player to defeat both Williams sisters in finals.

AUGUST

05 - The UN Security Council unanimously approves fresh sanctions on North Korean trade and investment.

05 - Mauritania holds a constitutional referendum for approval of proposed amendments to the constitution

12 – The Unite the Right rally is held in Charlottesville, Virginia, by a variety of white nationalist and other far-right groups; Heather Heyer, a counter-protestor, is killed after being hit by a car.

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.

21 – A total solar eclipse (nicknamed "The Great American Eclipse")[32] is visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States of America, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts.

25 – ongoing – A military operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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 108 deaths are recorded, and total damage reaches $125 billion (2017 USD), making Harvey the costliest natural disaster in United States history, tied with Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

SEPTEMBER

01 – Russian President Vladimir Putin expels 755 diplomats in response to United States sanctions.

03 – North Korea conducts its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

06–10 – 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 146 deaths and $64.2 billion (2017 USD) in damage.

13 – The International Olympic Committee awards Paris and Los Angeles the right to host the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics, respectively.

14 - Four years after Taylor Swift tried to handle her groping allegation against a radio station DJ quietly, the pop superstar got a very public victory in August with a jury's verdict that she hoped would inspire other women. Jurors in U.S. District Court in Denver deliberated fewer than four hours to find that ex-radio host David Mueller assaulted and battered Swift during a pre-concert meet-and-greet in June 2013.

15 – Cassini–Huygens ends its 13-year mission by plunging into Saturn, becoming the first spacecraft to enter the planet's atmosphere.

19 – Eleven days after another powerful earthquake, and on the 32nd anniversary of the deadly 1985 Mexico City earthquake, a Mw 7.1 earthquake strikes central Mexico, killing more than 350, leaving up to 6,000 injured[44] and thousands more homeless.

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 caused at least 112 deaths and damages estimated in excess of $91.6 billion (2017 USD).

25 – Iraqi Kurdistan votes in a referendum to become an independent state, in defiance of Iraq; by October 15, the crisis escalates into a short-lived armed conflict over disputed territories.

OCTOBER

01 – Fifty-eight people are killed and 851 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.

12 – The United States announces its decision to withdraw from UNESCO, and is immediately followed by Israel.

14 – A massive blast caused by a truck bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia kills at least 512 people and injures 316 others.

17 – Syrian Civil War: Raqqa is declared fully liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

25 – At the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping assumes his second term as General Secretary (China's paramount leader), and the political theory Xi Jinping Thought is written into the party's constitution.

27 – Based on the results of a previously held referendum, Catalonia declares independence from Spain, but the Catalan Republic is not recognised by the Spanish government or any other sovereign nation.

NOVEMBER

01 - The Houston Astros celebrate after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3.02 – A new species of orangutan is identified in Indonesia, becoming the third known species of orangutan as well as the first great ape to be described for almost a century.

03 – Syrian Civil War: both Deir ez-Zor in Syria and Al-Qa'im in Iraq are declared liberated from ISIL on the same day.

05 – The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung publishes 13.4 million documents leaked from the offshore law firm Appleby, along with business registries in 19 tax jurisdictions that reveal offshore financial activities on behalf of politicians, celebrities, corporate giants and business leaders. The newspaper shared the documents with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and asked it to lead the investigation.

12 – A magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes the border region between Iraq and Iran leaving at least 530 dead and over 70,000 homeless.

15 - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is placed under house arrest, as the military take control of the country.[59] He resigns six days later, after 37 years of rule.

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.

20 – Nature publishes an article recognising the high-velocity asteroid ?Oumuamua as originating from outside the Solar System, i.e. the first known interstellar object.

22 – The International Court of Justice finds Ratko Mladic 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.

24 – A mosque attack in Sinai, Egypt kills 305 worshippers and leaves hundreds more wounded.[63]

DECEMBER

05 – Russia is banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee, following an investigation into state-sponsored doping.

06 – The United States officially recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

09 – 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.

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.

22 – The UN Security Council votes 15–0 in favor of additional sanctions on North Korea, including measures to slash the country's petroleum imports by up to 90%.

24 – Guatemala follows in the footsteps of the United States by announcing that they will also move their Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, followed by Honduras and Panama two days later.