Ten facts about 2017
2016 saw a referendum, the Olympics and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Here is a look at some interesting facts and things to look forward to in the upcoming year.
1. 2017 is the 2017th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD). It is also the 17th year of the 3rd millennium, the 17th year of the 21st century, and the 8th year of the 2010s decade.
2. 2017 also marks a 1,000 years since King Cnut (Canute) divided England into four earldoms: Wessex, Mercia, East Anglia and Northumbria.
3. According to the Chinese calendar, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. China will celebrate its New Year on Jan. 28, 2017. The lucky colors for the year are gold, brown and yellow, while lucky numbers are 5, 7 and 8.
4. President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the U.S. on Jan. 20, marking the start of his four-year term. He will replace the current U.S. President Barack Obama.
5. 2017 movie-going will be filled with sequels, superheroes, and reboots. More than 20 sequels are coming throughout the year. movies like “Wonder Woman,” “xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Transformers: The Last Knight” and “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”
6. 2017 is the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The initiative aims to educate people how international tourism helps understand different cultures and the heritage of other civilizations.
7. 2,017 is a prime number making this the first prime year since 2011. The next one will be 2027.
8. Google website didn’t officially launch until 1998, the domain name “Google.com” turns 20 in September 2017
9. It is also 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on a church door to launch Protestantism.
10. NASA to launch TESS mission to search for exoplanets, an exoplanet is a planet that orbits a star outside of our solar system. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will launch in December 2017 and aims to survey stars near Earth for transiting exoplanets over a period of two years. TESS is a planned space telescope under NASA’s Explorers program.