Big World Events Happening in 2017

In the opinions of many, 2016 was not the best year. From the deaths of notable celebrities to a handful of political upsets, there was plenty to be unhappy about in the previous year. However, it’s a new year, which means there’s another chance for a positive impact on the world. Here are some of the biggest events to look out for this coming year.

The United States Presidential Inauguration

The 2016 presidential election was surely one of the most divisive elections in modern political history, and it’s one that’s still seeing plenty of debate from both sides. President-elect Donald Trump ran his campaign as a political outsider, so it’s with great curiosity that the United States and the rest of world watch as he rises to the most powerful political position in the world. No matter your opinion on the man and his past experience, nearly everyone can agree that his presidency will look a bit different from past American presidencies.

The United Kingdom’s Leave from the European Union

America wasn’t the only country to vote on a controversial issue last year. The United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, which it’s been a member of since the 1970s. Although the vote occurred last year, it will become official when the U.K. government triggers Article 50, making the process official. The decision has already had a large impact on U.K. politics, with England’s prime minister, David Cameron, having resigned from his position. However, those on both sides of the issue still aren’t certain how this decision will affect the future of the U.K. and the rest of the world.

Other Elections Throughout the World

While the United States will see a new president take office, other countries will hold their elections this year, including France, Germany, and the Netherlands. With Europeans feeling turmoil over the European economy, Brexit, and the refugee crisis, there’s been a growing streak of populism that may affect who’s voted in for these elections. Elsewhere in the world, other countries like Hong Kong, Germany, Iran, and South Korea will also hold their elections, each with its own complexities. For instance, South Korea’s president, Park Geun-Hye was recently voted to be impeached after it was found that she had been allowing a family friend to guide her presidential decisions in secret throughout the course of her presidency, leaving the next election unexpectedly up for grabs.

Total Solar Eclipse in the United States

A nice change from the uncertainties of global politics, here’s an event that won’t draw a million different opinions. While solar eclipses occur every so often, they’re often best seen in remote areas of the world. On August 21, however, the United States will get its best look at a solar eclipse in about 40 years, as the path of the moon and sun pass over the middle of the continental United States. Just don’t stare directly at it!

The Release of Star Wars: Episode VIII

While a film release might not seem as “important” as some of the other events on this list, no one can deny the impact “Star Wars” has on our culture and audiences around the world. While little is known right know about “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” one thing is for certain: it will be one of the, if not the, biggest film of the year. In a year of geopolitical uncertainty, a blockbuster film will likely be a good distraction for everyone.

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