The ten most popular stories according to Google
Two words best describe the ten most searched news items from 2017. Those words would be weather and politics. In fact, half of this list contains weather-related disasters or phenomena. Politics and human interest both hold down two places and one goes to a human-caused disaster.
10 – Proposed End To DACA
It was announced in September that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would come to an end. US President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the joint statement which could result in roughly 800,000 young immigrants illegally living in the country being faced with deportation.
9 – Newborn Giraffe
New York’s Animal Adventure Park welcomed April the giraffe’s new baby boy in April. The birth of the first giraffe calf born at the park was live streamed on YouTube which attracted 1.2-million viewers causing it to go viral.
8 – Hurricane Maria
The deadliest storm to hit the Caribbean in 2017 was named Maria. Although the official death toll in Puerto Rico from the hurricane was noted as 64, estimates put that actual figure closer to 1,000. Many parts of the island started 2018 without power and some are still without it.
7 – Hurricane Jose
In September, following a string of devastating storms, Jose formed and was predicted to have the power to cause even more destruction. It ended up drifting offshore and went away kicking up a fuss leaving behind strong winds and heavy rains in parts of eastern North America including the Bahamas and Bermuda.
6 – US Vs. North Korea
The leaders of both countries, Presidents Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, got a lot of ink during 2017 thanks to their ongoing disputes. Tensions between the pair, fueled by North Korea’s ongoing development of nuclear weapons, made several headlines.
5 – Top Cryptocurrency Tops $16,000
Bitcoin set the pace for all cryptocurrencies in 2017. It burst onto the scene in 2009 and started a revolution with a virtual payment system that removed banks and any financial institution connections. In December 2017 a single Bitcoin was worth just over $16,000. There is around 700 other cryptocurrencies currently in existence and they all owe their development to Bitcoin.
4 – Hurricane Harvey
In August a storm named Harvey hit Texas and brought with it so much rain that the majority of the City of Houston ended up underwater. The hurricane would later become one of the costliest natural disasters in the history of the US and it forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.
3 – Solar Eclipse
Also in August, the first solar eclipse in 99 years followed a path that crossed from coast to coast in the United States. The path was wide enough to provide spectacular viewing opportunities throughout the northern states and into southern Canada.
2 – Shooting In Las Vegas
A total of 58 people were killed by a lone gunman in October. He opened fire from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel aiming at a crowd gathered at a nearby outdoor country music concert. Over 500 people were injured in the incident.
1 – Hurricane Irma
The strongest recorded storm to ever come from the Atlantic was named Irma. With extreme winds clocked at 185 mph, she was a force to be reckoned with. More than 100 people lost their lives and hundreds of thousands more were evacuated from homes in the southern states as well as the Caribbean.
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