Events that shaped the world in 2017

Judy Skatssoon, AAP World Editor
(Australian Associated Press)

A timeline of international events that grabbed our attention, shook our foundations and shaped the world in 2017:

Jan 20 – Donald Trump is inaugurated as 45th US president

Feb 12 – North Korea conducts its first known test of a new mid-range ballistic missile Pukguksong-2

Feb 15 – Kim Jong-un’s half brother Kim Jong-nam is assassinated at an airport in Kuala Lumpur when two women attack him with the VX nerve agent

March 22 – Khalid Masood drives a car over Westminster Bridge in London and kills three pedestrians before stabbing a police officer to death and being shot dead by police

March 29 – UK triggers Article 50 to formally begin Brexit

April 4 – Gas attack kills scores of people in Idlib, Syria

April 7 – US orders a barrage of missile strikes against an airfield in Syria to punish the Assad regime for the Idlib attack

April 12 – Australian woman Cassie Sainsbury is arrested with almost 6kg of cocaine in her luggage at Colombia’s El Dorado airport

May 8 – Emmanuel Macron wins the French presidential election, defeating populist Marine Le Pen

May 10 – Donald Trump fires FBI director James Comey, as Comey steps up investigation into Trump-Russia probe

May 14 – North Korea premiers a newly developed intermediate range missile, Hwasong-12

May 19 – Sweden’s top prosecutor says she is dropping an investigation into rape claims against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

May 22 – Suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonates a bomb at Manchester Arena as fans are leaving an Ariana Grande concert, killing himself and 22 others

June 2 – President Donald Trump announces he is pulling the US out of the Paris Climate accord

June 3 – Eight people, including Australians Sara Zelanak and Kirsty Boden, are killed in a terror attack on London Bridge and Borough Markets

June 8 – Theresa May’s conservatives fail to win a majority in a shock result in the snap British election, forcing her to broker a deal with Northern Ireland’s DUP

June 15 – Fire rips through Grenfell Tower in West London, killing 71 people

July 4 – North Korea conducts its first flight test of an ICBM, the Hwasong-14

July 12 – Scientists confirm that a one trillion tonne iceberg measuring 5800 square km has calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, one of the biggest icebergs on record to break away from the continent

July 15 – Australian woman Justine Damond is fatally shot by a US police officer outside her home in Minneapolis after making an emergency call

July 21 – Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer resigns, following the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci

July 28 – North Korea conducts its second test of the Hwasong-14 ICBM

July 31 – Anthony Scaramucci is ousted by new chief of staff John Kelly after 10 days on the job

Aug 1 – A calf born in Texas makes global headlines for it’s uncanny resemblance to KISS frontman Gene Simmons

Aug 8 -Trump threatens North Korea with ‘fire and fury” if it threatens the US, North Korea responds by saying it will attack Guam

Aug 12 – A woman is