No one really knows what will happen next year, though Bloomberg’s The Pessimist’s Guide to 2017 paints some scenarios.
15th anniversary – Launch of the Euro
20th anniversary – Dolly the sheep was cloned
100th anniversary – USA declares war on Germany
30th anniversary – the Falklands invasion
50th anniversary – The Six-Day War
20th anniversary – The Hong Kong handover
80th anniversary – Amelia Earhart disappeared
55th anniversary – Marilyn Monroe’s death
40th anniversary – Elvis Presley’s death
20th anniversary – Princess Diana’s death
August 21 – A total solar eclipse will take place. This will be the first total solar eclipse of the 21st century for the United States, and the first visible in the continental U.S. since February 26, 1979. Totality will occur along a path curving from Oregon to South Carolina and will last at most for 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds. The location and time of “greatest eclipse” will be on the western edge of Christian County, Kentucky, at 36.9715 degrees north and 87.6559 degrees west, occurring at 18:25 UTC.
45th anniversary – Israeli Olympic team killed
40th anniversary – Steve Biko’s death
September 15 – The spacecraft Cassini-Huygens, after having studied Saturn for 13 years, will be disposed of by plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere
October 26 – The collection of records established by the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 must be completely disclosed to the public.
50th anniversary – First human heart transplant
But for me, the biggie comes on Halloween. On 31 October 1517, the (Protestant) Reformation began with Martin Luther’s composition of his 95 Theses, which Luther started by criticizing the selling of indulgences. The Reformation was aided in no small part by the invention of the printing press.
2017 is a prime number. The last year that was prime was 2011, and the next one will be 2027.
Easter will be on April 16. There will be two times Friday is on the 13th, in January and October.
What do YOU anticipate for the year 2017?