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2017 Fun Facts and Trivia

Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and historical events from the year 2017.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and historical events from the year 2017.

A Look Back at 2017

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 2017?

  1. Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, and Mike Pence was sworn in as the 48th vice president.
  2. America was treated to the first total solar eclipse in 99 years.
  3. More than 70 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes, the USS Indianapolis was re-discovered by civilian researchers 8,000 feet below the Pacific surface.
  4. Health care costs increased in the year 2017 faster than the rate of inflation. Under Obamacare, the average individual health insurance premium was $393, up from $321 in 2016, $286 in 2015, and $271 in 2014. The average family health insurance premium was $1,021, up from $833 in 2016, $727 in 2015, and $667 in 2014.
  5. Uber admitted that hackers had stolen personal data from 57 million customers and drivers during October 2016.
  6. The e-commerce company Alibaba became the world's largest retailer.
  7. Throughout 2017, Europe was hit by a wave of terror attacks. According to ABC News, the attacks included “a truck attack in Stockholm, the shooting of police officers at the Champs-Élysée boulevard in Paris, and twin vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain.”
  8. Facebook had two billion active monthly users.
  9. The top five Google searches were “Hurricane Irma,” “iPhone 8,” “iPhone X,” “Matt Lauer,” and “Meghan Markle.”
  10. Twitter doubled the number of characters that a user could cram into a tweet. Most tweets could now fit up to 280 characters, up from 140.
  11. Amazon merged with Whole Foods, and About.com changed its name to Dotdash.
  12. Mavis Wanczyk won the biggest single-ticket lottery prize in U.S. history—the $758.7 million grand prize in the Massachusetts PowerBall.
  13. About 75% of adults used some form of vision correction.
  14. The Ford F-Series was the best-selling car, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram pickup trucks.
  15. Tsingtao, Bud Light, and Skol were the most popular brands of beer.
  16. The world's largest supermarket chain was the USA-based Kroger Company.
  17. Back in the year 2017, unemployment hovered around 4.1%, inflation averaged 2.13%, and the median household income was $61,372.
  18. The average price for a new home was $384,900, the average wedding cost $33,391, and the average price for a gallon of gas was $2.41.
  19. A gallon of milk cost $3.16, a dozen eggs were $1.43, and one pound of sliced bacon was $5.79.
  20. A 2017 Honda Accord cost about $22,455. On the other hand, a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette had a sticker price of $55,450.

Here are the five most popular TV shows from 2017-18:

  1. NFL Sunday Night Football (NBC)
  2. This Is Us (NBC)
  3. Rosanne (ABC)
  4. NFL Thursday Night Football (CBS + NFLN)
  5. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Here are ten food and beverage trends for the year:

  1. Boozy ice cream
  2. Celery
  3. Cheese-stuffed everything
  4. Healthy snacks
  5. Loaded cheesecake
  6. Over-the-top pizza toppings
  7. Pickles
  8. Portuguese food
  9. Sushi burgers
  10. Tacos

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2017. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, famous authors and novels, cool sports facts, and other interesting pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

For easier reading, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in 2017 vs. 2007
  2. History Facts From the USA
  3. International News
  4. Sports Trivia
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Computer and Internet History
  7. Nobel Prize Winners
  8. Best-Selling Fiction Books
  9. Most Popular Television Shows From 2017-18
  10. Emmy Award Winners
  11. Highest-Grossing Films
  12. Academy Award Winners
  13. Entries Into the National Film Registry
  14. Cool Pop Music Artists
  15. Number One Music Hits for the Year
  16. Grammy Award Winners
  17. Popular Halloween Costumes
  18. Food and Beverage Trivia
  19. Famous People Who Died in 2017
  20. Best-Selling Cars
  21. America’s Largest Companies
In 2017, General Motors was one of America’s largest corporations.

In 2017, General Motors was one of America’s largest corporations.

1. Grocery Prices in 2017 vs. 2007

Grocery Item 2007 Price2017 Price% Change

All-purpose flour (one pound)

36 cents

52 cents

+44%

White rice (one pound)

55 cents

72 cents

+31%

Sugar (one pound)

51 cents

65 cents

+21%

Pasta (one pound)

88 cents

$1.28

+45%

White bread (one pound)

$1.20

$1.34

+12%

Wheat bread (one pound)

$1.71

$1.99

+16%

Whole milk (one gallon)

$3.50

$3.24

-7%

Salted butter (one pound)

$3.07

$3.38

+10%

American cheese (one pound)

$3.84

$4.28

+11%

Eggs (one dozen)

$1.68

$1.43

-15%

Red delicious apples (one pound)

$1.12

$1.29

+15%

Bananas (one pound)

51 cents

56 cents

+10%

Navel oranges (one pound)

$1.28

$1.33

+4%

Seedless grapes (one pound)

$2.09

$2.67

+28%

Strawberries (12 ounces)

$2.20

$2.21

+0.4%

Lemons (one pound)

$1.86

$2.01

+8%

Tomatoes (one pound)

$1.65

$1.90

+16%

Broccoli (one pound)

$1.59

$1.81

+14%

Dried beans (one pound)

94 cents

$1.36

+14%

Potatoes (one pound)

52 cents

72 cents

+38%

Ground beef (one pound)

$2.85

$4.12

+45%

Top round steak (one pound)

$4.11

$5.78

+41%

Sirloin steak (one pound)

$5.97

$8.07

+35%

Boneless pork chops (one pound)

$3.60

$3.82

+6%

Boneless chicken breasts (one pound)

$3.43

$3.21

-6%

Frozen turkey (one pound)

$1.15

$1.59

+38%

Sliced bacon (one pound)

$3.66

$5.79

+58%

Creamy peanut butter (one pound)

$1.79

$2.56

+43%

Chocolate chip cookies (one pound)

$2.70

$3.47

+29%

Ice cream (½ gallon)

$3.95

$4.70

+19%

In 2017, About.com changed its name to Dotdash.

In 2017, About.com changed its name to Dotdash.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. On January 20, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, and Mike Pence was sworn in as the 48th Vice President.
  2. The unemployment rate was 4.1% at the end of the year.
  3. The average inflation rate was 2.13%. In2013Dollars tells us that purchasing power decreased by 2.13% in 2017 compared to 2016. On the average, you had to spend 2.13% more money in 2017 than in 2016 for the same item. In other words, $1.00 in 2016 was equivalent in purchasing power to $1.02 in 2017.
  4. The average price for a gallon of gas was $2.49. Prices for gasoline in the U.S. reached their highest level in three years, “thanks in large part to efforts by major oil producers to boost crude prices.”
  5. The price of a first-class stamp was 46 cents. The cost to mail a one-ounce mail flat/large envelope was 98 cents.
  6. A 2017 Honda Accord cost about $22,455. On the other hand, a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette had a sticker price of $55,450.
  7. The average price for a gallon of milk was $3.16.
  8. One pound of potatoes cost 72 cents, a dozen eggs were $1.43, and one pound of sliced bacon was $5.79.
  9. Health care costs increased in 2017 faster than the rate of inflation. Under Obamacare, the average individual health insurance premium was $393, up from $321 in 2016, $286 in 2015, and $271 in 2014. The average family health insurance premium was $1,021, up from $833 in 2016, $727 in 2015, and $667 in 2014.
  10. In January 2017, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the United States was $315,200. By December, the median price had increased to $343,300.
  11. On December 31, 2017, the prime rate was 4.50%.
  12. On December 29, 2017, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,732. The S&P 500 ended the year at 2,674, and the Nasdaq Composite Index closed at 6,903. According to MarketWatch.com, “All three indexes ended in positive territory in December, with the S&P and Dow clinching their 9th straight monthly gain. That marks the longest streak for the Dow since 1959.”
  13. On January 6, Elizabeth Warren announced that she was running for a second term as Massachusetts Senator.
  14. On January 22, Jared Kushner was sworn in as President Trump’s Senior Advisor.
  15. On February 1, Rex Tillerson was confirmed as the 69th U.S. Secretary of State.
  16. On February 25, Tom Perez was elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
  17. On March 29, Ivanka Trump took an unpaid position as adviser to the President.
  18. On May 10, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a report saying that some glaciers in Montana’s Glacier National Park have receded by as much as 85% in the last 50 years, while the average loss is 39%. The National Park Service (NPS) confirms that "The current glaciers in the park are estimated to be at least 7,000 years old and peaked in size in the mid-1800s, during the Little Ice Age.” The NPS adds that if the current trends continue, according to glacier recession models, the park will no longer have active glaciers in 2030.
  19. On May 23, President Trump met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
  20. On May 25, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg received an honorary degree from Harvard University. Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard in 2004.
  21. On June 27, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had two billion active monthly users.
  22. On July 19, Senator John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer.
  23. On July 27, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos briefly became the world's richest man, overtaking Bill Gates for half a day.
  24. On August 18, the USS Indianapolis was re-discovered by civilian researchers 8,000 feet below the Pacific surface, more than 70 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes. MentalFloss.com points out that “Around 300 to 400 sailors and Marines were killed in the attack; the rest were stranded in the Pacific Ocean for several days.”
  25. On September 3, California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency due to the La Tuna brush fire near Los Angeles.
  26. On October 17, investor and political activist George Soros announced that he had donated $18 billion to the Open Society Foundation, the international grantmaking network that he founded.
  27. On November 22, Uber admitted that hackers stole personal data from 57 million customers and drivers during October 2016. Bloomberg.com reveals that “compromised data included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world. The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers.”
  28. On December 6, President Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as Israel's capital. He also announced plans to move the U.S. embassy there.

3. International News

  1. On January 1, Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres became the Secretary-General of the United Nations, replacing Ban Ki-moon of South Korea.
  2. On April 4, China-based Alibaba became the world's largest retailer.
  3. On April 16, Charlie Chaplin lookalikes set a world record. BBC.com tells us that “Charlie Chaplin fans gathered at Manoir de Ban in Vevey, Switzerland, to mark the first anniversary of the museum dedicated to the star, and his 128th birthday. Some 662 people turned up, setting a world record for the largest gathering of Charlie Chaplins.”
  4. On May 5, Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue Magazine, was made a dame by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.
  5. On May 7, Emmanuel Macron won France's presidential election by defeating Marine Le Pen.
  6. On June 8, Britain's Conservatives lost their majority "in a snap general election that resulted in a hung Parliament."
  7. On June 22, Prince Harry remarked that no one in UK royal family wanted to be King or Queen.
  8. On November 11, Alibaba’s “Singles’ Day” celebration was the biggest shopping day of the year. WeForum.org tells us that “More than one billion delivery orders were placed over the course of the 24 hours, the first time Alibaba's Singles' Day sales surpassed the billion-package landmark. Last year, 812 million orders were placed on 11/11.”
  9. On November 27, Britain's Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement.
  10. Throughout 2017, Europe was hit by a wave of terror attacks. According to ABCNews.go,com, the attacks included “a truck attack in Stockholm, the shooting of police officers at the Champs-Élysée boulevard in Paris, and twin vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain.”

4. Sports Trivia

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  1. World Series Champions: Houston Astros
  2. Super Bowl Champions: New England Patriots
  3. NBA Champions: Golden State Warriors
  4. Stanley Cup Champs: Pittsburgh Penguins
  5. U.S. Open Golf: Brooks Koepka
  6. Kentucky Derby: Always Dreaming
In 2017, “The Handmaid’s Tale” won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

In 2017, “The Handmaid’s Tale” won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

PBS.org explains that pop culture is that loose blend of books, music, fashion and other daily ephemera that contributes to the identity of a society at a particular point in time. In the 2000s, radio, film, television, books, and the internet defined the essence of American pop culture.

  1. According to the Social Security Administration, favorite baby names in 2017 were Liam, Noah, William, James, Logan, Benjamin, Mason, Elijah, Oliver, Jacob, Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella, Sophia, Mia, Charlotte, Amelia, Evelyn, and Abigail.
  2. Fashion trends included Crocs, latex dresses, ultra-cropped sweatshirts, clear-knee jeans, furry sandals, legging shoes, tracksuits, sock booties, newsboy hats, extended sleeves, and shoulder pads.
  3. The Merriam Webster Online Dictionary announced that “feminism” was the “word of the year.” Merrill Perlman tells us that searches for the word “feminism” “spiked several times in 2017—after the women’s marches in January; with the arrival of movies featuring strong female characters, like Wonder Woman and The Handmaid’s Tale; and with the tsunami of sexual harassment accusations against powerful men.”
  4. Other popular dictionary words in 2017 were complicit, recuse, empathy, dotard, syzygy, gyro, federalism, hurricane, and gaffe.
  5. In 2017, “low-key” meant “secretly enjoying something,” “hundo p,” was an abbreviation for 100%, and “extra” described someone who’s “over-the-top or trying too hard.”
  6. On the Chinese lunar calendar, 2017 was designated as the “Year of the Rooster.”
  7. The top five Google searches for 2017 were “Hurricane Irma,” “iPhone 8,” “iPhone X,” “Matt Lauer,” and “Meghan Markle.” Factinate confirms that “how to” searches were also popular, “with people wondering how to make slime, how to make glasses for the solar eclipse, and how to buy bitcoin ranking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.”
  8. Savvy Shields (Arkansas) was crowned Miss America.
  9. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Japan) was named Miss Universe.
  10. Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, premiered in Los Angeles. It was the first superhero film directed by a woman.
  11. Matt Damon’s movie Suburbicon was the biggest box-office flop of 2017. Other box-office bombs for the year included Tulip Fever, A Cure for Wellness, Unforgettable, Life, Collide, The House, King Arthur: The Last Sword, and Ghost in the Shell.
  12. Dear Evan Hansen won a Tony Award for best musical; Oslo received a Tony for best play.
  13. Volvo was the first automaker to announce that all new models by 2019 would either be hybrids or battery-powered.
  14. In 2017, over a billion people around the world needed glasses; another 36 million were blind.
  15. According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, life expectancy in the U.S. dropped for the second year in a row to 78.7 years. The new average life expectancy puts the U.S. behind other “developed countries” such as Canada, Germany, and Japan. Steven Woolf, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, tells us that “addiction and a decline in the emotional wellbeing of Americans have been significant enough to drag down the country’s average length of life.”
  16. In 2017, the average American spent nearly 25 hours a week watching television and another 135 minutes per day on social media.
  17. The Silence Breakers--those who spoke out against sexual assault and harassment--were Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year.” According to Deadline.com, the shortlist of candidates included Jeff Bezos, the Dreamers, Patty Jenkins, Kim Jong Un, Colin Kaepernick, the #MeToo movement, Robert Mueller, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Donald Trump, and Xi Jinping.
  18. In January, the most expensive house in the U.S. went on the market in Bel Air, CA. Its asking price was $250 million.
  19. On January 18, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez were added to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  20. In February, the heavy-metal band “Black Sabbath” played their last concert in their hometown of Birmingham, England.
  21. In March, French fashion house Givenchy hired Clare Waight Keller as its first female designer.
  22. In April, Starbucks introduced a “limited-edition menu item” called a “Unicorn Frappuccino.” Factinate explains that “The drink was a bright purple color with blue syrup drizzle, topped with whipped cream and blue and purple sprinkles. The drink quickly became a social media fad, and increased sales at least 4% over the previous quarter.”
  23. On August 21, most of North America was treated to an eclipse of the sun. Space.com tells us that “skies darkened from Oregon to South Carolina in the first total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast across the United States in 99 years.”
  24. In August, Emma Stone became the highest-paid actress for 2017.
  25. In August, Fifty-three-year-old Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts won $758.7 million in the Powerball Jackpot. It was the “largest single-ticket lottery prize U.S. history.”
  26. In December, astronauts aboard the International Space Station held the first pizza party in space.
  27. In December, Starbucks opened its largest cafe in the world in Shanghai. It was 30,000 square-feet, one-half the size of a football field.

6. Computer and Internet History

These fun facts and trivia from 2017 have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com.

  1. In January, Norway completed its transition to digital audio broadcasting (DAB), becoming the first country in the world to end FM radio broadcasts. TheGuardian.com tells us that “The transition . . . allows for better sound quality and more channels and functions at an eighth of the cost of FM radio.”
  2. In April, Microsoft released the Windows 10 Creators Update.
  3. In May, the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm infected over 300,000 computers that used the Microsoft Windows operating system. It attacked Britain’s National Health Service as well as companies in Spain, Russia, the Ukraine, and Taiwan.
  4. In May, About.com rebranded to Dotdash. The Dotdash network includes Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, Verywell Mind, The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, The Spruce Crafts, The Balance, The Balance Careers, The Balance Small Business, Investopedia, Lifewire, TripSavvy, and ThoughtCo.
  5. In June, Amazon announced plans to merge with Whole Foods Market, Inc.
  6. In July, Apple announced that it would discontinue all iPod devices that were not running iOS.
  7. In September, Apple introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
  8. In November, Twitter increased the character limit for most users from 140 to 280 characters. Money.CNN.com reports that "The new character length won't apply to Japanese, Korean or Chinese-language tweets. Those languages can convey twice as much information in less space, so tweets will remain at 140 characters."
  9. In November, Mozilla released Firefox Quantum.
In 2017, Alibaba became the world’s largest retailer.

In 2017, Alibaba became the world’s largest retailer.

7. Nobel Prize Winners

These history facts have been made available courtesy of NobelPrize.org.

  1. Peace: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
  2. Physics: Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne
  3. Physiology or Medicine: Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young
  4. Chemistry: Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson
  5. Literature: Kazuo Ishiguro
  6. Economics: Richard H. Thaler

8. Best-Selling Fiction Books

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of Cosmopolitan.com.

  1. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
  2. The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances
  3. Lies by TM Logan
  4. He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
  5. The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney
  6. The Missing Wife by Sheila O'Flanagan
  7. Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil
  8. The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher
  9. Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
  10. Friend Request by Laura Marshall

9. Most Popular Television Shows From 2017-18

This TV trivia has been made available courtesy of Deadline.com. Please note that these rankings are from adults 18-49.

  1. NFL Sunday Night Football (NBC)
  2. This Is Us (NBC)
  3. Rosanne (ABC)
  4. NFL Thursday Night Football (CBS + NFLN)
  5. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  6. NFL Sunday Night Football Pre-Kickoff (NBC)
  7. NFL Thursday Night Football (NBC + NFLN)
  8. The OT (Fox)
  9. The Good Doctor (ABC)
  10. Young Sheldon (CBS)

10. Emmy Award Winners

This television news has been made available courtesy of VanityFair.com.

  1. Drama Series: The Handmaid’s Tale
  2. Lead Actress, Drama: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
  3. Lead Actor, Drama: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
  4. Limited Series: Big Little Lies
  5. TV Movie: San Junipero
  6. Lead Actress, TV Movie Limited Series: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
  7. Lead Actor, TV Movie Limited Series: Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
  8. Comedy Series: Veep
  9. Lead Actress, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  10. Lead Actor, Comedy: Donald Glover, Atlanta
  11. Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  12. Directing for a Variety Series: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
  13. Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Charlie Brooker, San Junipero
  14. Directing for a Drama Series: Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale
  15. Beauty Competition Series: The Voice
  16. Writing for a Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari, Master of None
  17. Supporting Actress, Drama: Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
  18. Writing for a Variety Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  19. Supporting Actor, TV Movie Limited Series: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
  20. Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Jean-Marc Vallee, Big Little Lies
  21. Supporting Actor, Comedy: Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
  22. Writing for a Drama Series: Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale
  23. Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live
  24. Directing for a Comedy Series: Donald Glover, Atlanta
  25. Supporting Actress, TV Movie Limited Series: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
  26. Supporting Actress, Comedy: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
  27. Supporting Actor, Drama: John Lithgow, The Crown
In 2017, Twitter increased the character limit for most users from 140 to 280 characters.

In 2017, Twitter increased the character limit for most users from 140 to 280 characters.

11. Highest-Grossing Films

This film news has been made available courtesy of IMDB.com. Generally suitable for all age groups, movie trivia questions and answers are a welcome addition to any party game.

  1. Okja
  2. Call Me by Your Name
  3. Blade Runner 2049
  4. Lady Bird
  5. The Shape of Water
  6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  7. Molly’s Game
  8. Murder on the Orient Express
  9. Dunkirk
  10. A Cure for Wellness

12. Academy Award Winners

These fun facts have been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. Best Picture: The Shape of Water
  2. Best Director: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
  3. Best Actor: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
  4. Best Actress: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  5. Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  6. Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
  7. Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele (Get Out)
  8. Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory (Call Me by Your Name)
  9. Best Editing: Dunkirk
  10. Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
  11. Best Art Direction: The Shape of Water
  12. Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread
  13. Best Makeup: Darkest Hour
  14. Best Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049
  15. Best Sound: Dunkirk
  16. Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk
  17. Best Original Score: The Shape of Water
  18. Best Original Song: Remember Me (Coco)
  19. Best Animated Feature: Coco
  20. Best Foreign Language Picture: A Fantastic Woman
  21. Best Documentary - Feature (Icarus)
  22. Best Documentary - Short Subject (Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405)
  23. Best Animated Short: Dear Basketball

13. Entries Into the National Film Registry

CBSNews.com tells us that the National Film Registry is a “compendium of motion pictures that have been judged to be culturally, aesthetically[,] or historically important and worthy of preservation for future generations. In addition to Hollywood studio classics and box office hits, the Registry also protects independent films, documentaries, experimental works, cartoons, music videos, educational and training films, ads, and even home movies, in what is the most democratic, and American, of all film lists.” Here are the 2017 additions to the National Film Registry:

  1. 4 Little Girls (1997)
  2. Ace in the Hole (1951)
  3. Boulevard Nights (1979)
  4. Decaying Nitrate Film (1923)
  5. Die Hard (1988)
  6. Dumbo (1941)
  7. Field of Dreams (1989)
  8. Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection (beginning in the 1920s)
  9. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
  10. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
  11. He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
  12. Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)
  13. La Bamba (1987)
  14. Lives of Performers (1972)
  15. Memento (2000)
  16. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
  17. Spartacus (1960)
  18. Superman (1978)
  19. The Goonies (1985)
  20. The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)
  21. Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)
  22. Time and Dreams (1976)
  23. Titanic (1987)
  24. To Sleep with Anger (1990)
  25. Wanda (1970)
  26. With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (1938)
In 2017, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were the most popular Halloween candy.

In 2017, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were the most popular Halloween candy.

14. Cool Pop Music Artists

This pop culture news has been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, Migos, Justin Bieber, Future, BTS, Coldplay, Lil Uzi Vert, Guns N’ Roses, Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, U2, Post Malone, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, Metallica, Halsey, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Rae Sremmurd, Big Sean, Sam Hunt, twenty one pilots, Niall Horan, Selena Gomez, Logic, Chris Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Maroon 5, The Rolling Stones, Thomas Rhett, Eminem, and Calvin Harris.

15. Number One Music Hits for the Year

This music trivia has been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

  1. Shape of You, Ed Sheeran
  2. Despacito, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
  3. That’s What I Like, Bruno Mars
  4. Humble, Kendrick Lamar
  5. Something Just Like This, The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  6. Bad And Boujee, Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert
  7. Closer, The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
  8. Body Like A Back Road, Sam Hunt
  9. Believer, Imagine Dragons
  10. Congratulations, Post Malone featuring Quavo

16. Grammy Award Winners

These fun facts have been made available courtesy of Grammy.com.

  1. Record of the Year: 24K Magic
  2. Song of the Year: That’s What I Like
  3. Album of the Year: 24K Magic
  4. Best New Artist: Alessia Cara
  5. Best Pop Solo Performance: Shape of You
  6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Feel It Still
  7. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Prototype
  8. Best Pop Vocal Album: + (Divide)
  9. Best Dance Recording: Tonite
  10. Best Dance/Electronica Album: 3-D The Catalogue
  11. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett Celebrates 90
  12. Best Rock Performance: You Want It Darker
  13. Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance: Sultan’s Curse
  14. Best Rock Song: Run
  15. Best Rock Album: A Deeper Understanding
  16. Best Alternative Music Album: Sleep Well Beast
  17. Best R&B Performance: That’s What I Like
  18. Best Traditional R&B Performance: Redbone
  19. Best R&B Song: That’s What I Like
  20. Best Urban Contemporary Album: Starboy
  21. Best R&B Album: 24K Magic
  22. Best Rap Performance: Humble.
  23. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Loyalty
  24. Best Rap Song: Humble
  25. Best Rap Album: Damn
  26. Best Country Solo Performance: Either Way
  27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Better Man
  28. Best Country Song: Broken Halos
  29. Best Country Album: From A Room: Volume I
  30. Best New Age Album: Dancing on Water
  31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Miles Beyond
  32. Best Jazz Vocal Album: Dreams And Daggers
  33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Rebirth
  34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Bringin’ It
  35. Best Latin Jazz Album: Jazz Tango
  36. Best Gospel Song: Never Have To Be Alone
  37. Best Gospel Album: Let Them Fall In Love
  38. Best Latin Pop Album: El Dorado
  39. Best Tropical Latin Album: Salsa Big Band
  40. Best Americana Album: The Nashville Sound
In 2017, Starbucks introduced the “Unicorn Frappuccino,” which quickly became a social media fad.

In 2017, Starbucks introduced the “Unicorn Frappuccino,” which quickly became a social media fad.

17. Popular Halloween Costumes

This Halloween trivia has been made available courtesy of Thrillist.com. Please note that this list is in descending order.

  1. Wonder Woman
  2. Harley Quinn
  3. Clown
  4. Unicorn
  5. Rabbit
  6. Witch
  7. Mouse
  8. Pirate
  9. Zombie
  10. Dinosaur
  11. Princess
  12. Moana
  13. Ninja
  14. Superhero
  15. Mermaid

18. Food and Beverage Trivia

Here are some foods and beverages that were popular in 2017:

  1. Boozy ice cream
  2. Celery
  3. Cheese-stuffed everything
  4. Healthy snacks
  5. Insta-ready food
  6. Loaded cheesecake
  7. Mega cocktails
  8. Mermaid desserts
  9. Over-the-top pizza toppings
  10. Pickles galore
  11. Portuguese food
  12. Rum
  13. Sea vegetables
  14. Showstopping sundaes
  15. Sushi burgers
  16. Tacos
  17. Turmeric
  18. Unicorn drinks
In 2017, the Honda Civic was America’s best-selling car.

In 2017, the Honda Civic was America’s best-selling car.

19. Famous People Who Died in 2017

This celebrity news been made available courtesy of FiftiesWeb.com.

  1. Adam West: Actor
  2. Al Jarreau: Jazz singer
  3. Barbara Hale: Actress
  4. Barbara Sinatra: Performer/model
  5. Bernard Sherman,: Entrepreneur/pharmaceutical CEO
  6. Buddy Greco: Jazz singer
  7. Clare Hollingworth: Journalist
  8. Curly Seckler: Bluegrass musician
  9. David Cassidy: Actor/singer
  10. David Rockefeller: Banker
  11. Dick Enberg: Sportscaster
  12. Dick Gregory: Comedian/civil rights activist
  13. Dina Merrill: Actress/heiress
  14. Edwin Mah Lee: Politician/attorney
  15. Fats Domino: Singer/songwriter
  16. Jerry Lewis: Comedian/actor/humanitarian
  17. Jim Nabors: Actor/singer
  18. Keely Smith: Jazz singer
  19. Lou Elias: Stuntman/actor
  20. Mary Tyler Moore: Actress
  21. Paul Goble: Children’s books writer
  22. Rose Marie: Actress/singer
  23. Sam Shepard: Actor/playwright/author
  24. Shelley Berman: Actor/comedian
  25. Syd Silverman: Publisher

20. Best-Selling Cars

This auto news has been made available courtesy of Cars.com.

1. Ford F-Series

2. Chevrolet Silverado

3. Ram pickup trucks

4. Toyota RAV4

5. Nissan Rogue

6. Toyota Camry

7. Honda CR-V

8. Honda Civic

9. Toyota Corolla

10. Honda Accord

21. America’s Largest Companies

  1. Walmart
  2. Berkshire Hathaway
  3. Apple
  4. Exxon Mobil
  5. McKesson
  6. UnitedHealth Group
  7. CVS Health
  8. General Motors
  9. Ford
  10. AT&T
In 2017, America was treated to the first total solar eclipse in 99 years.

In 2017, America was treated to the first total solar eclipse in 99 years.

References

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