WHAT WILL THIS YEAR BRING
Added on: 1st Jan 2017
DONALD TRUMP'S INAUGURATION
After his unlikely election victory, Donald Trump will be
sworn in as America’s 45th president at a
ceremony in Washington D.C. on January 20,
bringing to an end Barack Obama’s eight years
in the White House.
Mr Trump has already outlined some of the
measures he plans to take in his first 100 days in office,
but America and the world will be waiting to see
what kind of president the billionaire Republican will be.
PM TRIGGERS ARICLE 50…PROBABLY
Theresa May has a busy year ahead of her. She has said she will
trigger Article 50 to formally begin the process of leaving the EU
by the end of March. However, a High Court ruling that said
Parliament must vote on Brexit could delay this. The
Government is challenging the ruling in the Supreme
Court and remains determined to activate Article 50 before April.
APRIL – MAY:
FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Could Marine Le Pen be France's next president? All eyes will be on
National Front leader Marine Le Pen to see what impact she can
have in France’s presidential election. Former president Nicolas
Sarkozy was eliminated in the conservative nomination
contest, with Francois Fillon set to go up against Le Pen.
President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party will hold a primary
in January to choose a candidate, but he will not be running.
The first round of voting in the general election will take place
on April 23, with the potential for a final run-off on May 7.
TEN YEARS SINCE MADELEINE MCCANN DISAPPEARED
Mystery remains over the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann, who
disappeared from the holiday apartment she was staying in with
her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal, when she was just three-years-old.
MAY – JUNE:
AINSLIE AIMS FOR AMERICA’S CUP HISTORY
Sir Ben Ainslie and his Land Rover BAR team will bid to become the
first British crew to win sailing’s America’s Cup. Sir Ben, the most
successful sailor in Olympic history, will have to navigate the
qualifying series first to earn the right to face defending
champions Oracle Team USA in the final in Bermuda.
LONDON HOSTS IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hoping to recreate the magic of London 2012, the capital will host
the athletics world championships, with the biggest
names in track and field on show.
The first total solar eclipse of the 21st century for the United
States will take place for around two and a half minutes. The
UK will experience a partial solar eclipse on the same day.
20 YEARS SINCE DIANA DIED
The death of Diana, Princess of Wales, on August 31, 1997,
sent shockwaves around the world and triggered an
outpouring of grief. The 36-year-old mother of Prince William
and Harry died from injuries sustained in a car crash in Paris,
as did Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul, the driver.
GERMAN FEDERAL ELECTIONS
Angela Merkel will seek a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor as
the country votes in federal elections. She became Germany’s
first female head of government in 2005. The country will also
vote in a presidential election earlier in the year.