2017 Events, Highlights and Headlines

Year 2017 (MMXVII)
Headlines, Events and Highlights of 2017
so far…

 1/2/2017 – 4 children die when pesticide, water mix creates toxic gas

(CNN)Four children died after someone at their home sprayed water on a previously applied pesticide, causing a reaction that produced toxic phosphine gas, officials in Amarillo, Texas, said. At least five other people were hospitalized in Monday’s incident. Fire Capt. Larry Davis said a family member had used water in an attempt to wash away the pesticide — aluminum phosphide — which had been applied under the home. The incident preliminarily has been ruled an accidental poisoning, Davis said. There were 10 people inside the mobile home at the time, according to Davis. Crews arrived at the scene just after 5 a.m. after receiving a call that something was wrong and that people at the address were sick.

1/12/2017 – William Peter Blatty (wrote “The Exorcist”) dies at the age of 89

William Peter Blatty (January 7, 1928 – January 12, 2017) was an American writer and filmmaker best known for his 1971 novel The Exorcist (Wikipedia)

1/12/2017 – Sean McVay becomes the youngest head coach of the National Football League at the age of 30

Previously, the youngest head coach was Lane Kiffin, who was 31 when he was hired by the Oakland Raiders in 2007. “I am incredibly honored by this opportunity and I want to start by thanking Mr. Kroenke and Kevin Demoff for their faith in me to lead the Los Angeles Rams as head coach,” McVay said. “Collectively, we are committed to building a championship caliber team, and I’m excited to start that process and make our fans proud.” Despite his age, McVay has several years’ experience in the league. He comes from the Washington Redskins, where he just completed his third year as the team’s offensive coordinator. McVay, who was a wide receiver at Miami University in Ohio from 2004-2007, got a job as an assistant wide receivers coach in 2008 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent 2009 as a tight ends coach with the Florida Tuskers in the United Football League. In 2010, he joined the Washington Redskins as an offensive assistant and was the tight ends coach from 2011-2013. (CNN)

1/13/2017 – Tommy Allsup (Guitarist who avoided Buddy Holly plane crash by losing a coin toss) dies at the age of 85


The musician famously lost a coin toss for a seat on the plane. His place was taken by teen star Ritchie Valens, who also perished when the plane crashed. Allsup went on to become a Grammy-winning musician, who played with Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson. He said he thought about the crash, and thanked God, every day of his life. The musician died on Wednesday at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, due to complications from a hernia operation, said his son Austin. “Tommy Allsup was one of western swing and rockabilly music’s finest,” said Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy. “The Oklahoma native and was admired by his peers and fans alike [and] heralded by Paul McCartney as one of the finest guitar players in the world. (BBC.com)

1/14/2017 – After 146 Years, Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus announces to Shut Down in May of this year

Related: Ringling couldn’t survive without elephants


1/15/2017 – Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka, former professional wrestler, dies at 73

Professional wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka died Sunday, shortly after the murder case over the 1983 killing of his mistress was dismissed. He was 73 and had been battling cancer. (NBC News)

1/16/2017 – Eugene A. Cernan, the last astronaut to leave his footprints on the surface of the moon, has died at the age of 82

Eugene AndrewGeneCernan (March 14, 1934 – January 16, 2017), (Captain, USN), was an American astronaut, naval aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, and fighter pilot.He traveled into space three times: as Pilot of Gemini 9A in June 1966, as Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 10 in May 1969, and as Commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972, the final Apollo lunar landing. On Apollo 17, Cernan became the eleventh person, and most recent man, to walk on the Moon, since he was the last to re-enter the Lunar Module Challenger after the mission’s third and final extravehicular activity (EVA). Cernan was also a backup crew member for the Gemini 12, Apollo 7 and Apollo 14 space missions.  Read more…

1/20/2017 – Donald Trump sworn in as the 45th President of the United States

2017-0120 Trump CNNDonald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Friday, vowing to drain power from Washington elites and always put “America first” in its dealings with the world at a moment of transformative political change. He arrived at the White House for the first time as president just before 5 p.m. ET following a day of tradition marking the power shift in the nation’s capital. In a time-honored ceremony on the flag-draped West Front of the Capitol earlier in the afternoon, Trump placed his left hand on a family Bible and another that belonged to Abraham Lincoln and promised to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. As light rain began to fall on a crowd stretching toward the Washington Monument, Trump took the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts with the new first lady, Melania, by his side. President Trump signs first bill into law Trump’s inaugural address centered on the themes that animated his stunning outsider campaign, which shattered political conventions and gave voice to heartland voters who felt badly let down by professional politicians. Though he paid tribute to outgoing President Barack Obama, the new president sketched a vision of America that came across as a repudiation of the last administration. He promised to restore the nation’s strength and purpose and to rebuild it from within, vowing to “bring back” American jobs, borders, wealth and and dreams. (CNN)

1/25/2017 – Mary Tyler Moore dies at the age of 80

TV icon Mary Tyler Moore died on Wednesday after being hospitalized in Connecticut, her rep confirmed to The Huffington Post. She was 80. “Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile,” her rep Mara Buxbaum told The Huffington Post in a statement. – The Huffington Post

1/28/2017 – Miss France, Iris Mittenaere, is crowned Miss Universe 2017

1/28/2017, 1/29/2017 – Serena Williams and Roger Federer (both 35 yo.) wins the Australian Open


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