The Big Headlines of 2017

Can you guess the biggest stories of 2017?

We’ve kept track of which headlines grabbed your attention this year.

There was no shortage of news: the deadliest mass-shooting in modern US history; highway commuters watching as a plane crashed into a suburban mall, becoming a ball of fire; Australia’s tropical paradise ravaged by cyclone.

Terrorist attacks created some of the biggest news, including Manchester and London Bridge. Closer to home, vehicles mowed down pedestrians in Melbourne’s CBD twice in one year.

On the political front, the historic same-sex marriage survey was most compelling, with only the federal budget coming close.

You were fascinated by Dubai’s police hoverbikes, a Tinder date that ended in motherhood, beloved author Mem Fox’s detainment, and Lisa Wilkinson’s ballsy departure from Channel nine.

But the story that captured you more than any other addressed a common anxiety around the world: Where can North Korea’s missiles reach? And how much of the world is in potential danger?

Here’s the stories that had you reading, and thinking, in 2017.

1. Where can North Korea’s missiles reach?

North Korea has threatened Australia with “disaster” — but could its missiles reach our shores? And just how much of the world is in potential danger?

An illustration shows the Earth, with a missile launch in front of it.

2. Child among four dead after “evil criminal act” in Melbourne

Four people, including a young child, are killed and more than 20 others injured after a man “deliberately” drives into pedestrians in Melbourne’s CBD before he is shot and arrested.

3. Same-sex marriage: See how people who live near you responded

Explore the full results of the same-sex marriage postal survey, including breakdowns by state and seat-by-seat.

A man wearing a rainbow flag around his neck cheers. Next to him is a screenshot of dot plots

4. Donald Trump too hard to satirise, say South Park creators

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone say US politics is currently “much funnier than anything we could come up with”.

5. Cyclone Debbie’s eye reaches mainland, wall collapses on man

Tropical Cyclone Debbie is downgraded to a category three system, having made landfall along the north Queensland coastline near Airlie Beach as a slow-moving category four system earlier this afternoon.

Before: Hamilton Island in the lead-up to Cyclone Debbie
During: Cyclone Debbie hammers Hamilton Island

6. Australians have 14 days to make sure they’re on electoral roll for postal vote

Australians are given until August 24 to register to vote in the same-sex marriage postal plebiscite, with papers being distributed to all enrolled Australians from next month.

7. What do voters in your neighbourhood think about same-sex marriage?

Polling consistently shows most voters support same-sex marriage — but how do views vary across the country?

8. Federal budget 2017: Winners and losers

Find out who scores and who misses out in Treasurer Scott Morrison’s second budget.

9. Children among 22 killed in Manchester terror attack

At least 22 people, including some children, are killed and 59 wounded when a suicide bomber strikes as thousands of fans stream out of a concert by US popstar Ariana Grande in the British city of Manchester.

UK police escort an injured woman outside Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion.

10. When a ‘friends with benefits’ Tinder match accidentally results in motherhood

Tessa Dijkgraaf joined a dating app to find a no-strings-attached relationship. So you can imagine her surprise when suspected food poisoning turned out to be pregnancy.

Tessa Dijkgraaf  holding her baby Memphis

11. Politics live: Australia to learn results of same-sex marriage

Follow developments and reaction from around Australia as the results of the same-sex marriage survey are revealed by the ABS.

12. Opinion: For a measly $200,000, Channel Nine has bought a PR disaster

The broadcaster had an opportunity to take the lead on equal pay, but its tone-deaf decision on Lisa Wilkinson’s future is from the dinosaur era, writes Alana Schetzer.

Lisa Wilkinson in front of Peter Smeeth's portrait

13. US apologises to ‘shocked’ Mem Fox after LA detention

Australian children’s author Mem Fox has made more than 100 trips to the US over the years, but now says she is unlikely to ever go there again after her wrongful detainment by immigration officials at LA Airport earlier this month.

14. Opinion: Donald Trump can’t lead the world — and that’s bad news for all of us

At G20, Donald Trump underlined he has neither the desire nor the capacity to lead the world and you got the strong sense some leaders were trying to find the best way to work around him, writes Chris Uhlmann.

15. Dubai police announce Star Wars-style hoverbikes for officers

Dubai police reveal they will soon have officers buzzing around the skies on Star Wars-style electric hoverbikes capable of speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour, metres above congested traffic.

16. Four dead after terrorist attack on UK Parliament, Westminster Bridge

Britain’s Parliament is placed in lockdown after an assailant stabs a police officer before being shot and pedestrians are mowed down on Westminster Bridge.

17. More than 50 dead, hundreds injured in Las Vegas Strip mass shooting

At least 58 people are killed and more than 515 are injured when a gunman with a high-powered weapon opens fire on an outdoor music festival from a high-rise hotel in Las Vegas, in what is thought to be the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

18. Melbourne pedestrians hit by car outside Flinders Street station, two arrested

Victoria Police say the man arrested after allegedly driving a car into pedestrians in Melbourne’s CBD today is a 32-year-old Australian citizen of Afghan descent. Another man arrested at the scene is still being interviewed but may not be connected to the incident.

19. ‘His satire served a noble purpose’: Comedian John Clarke dies aged 68

Satirist John Clarke, of Clarke and Dawe fame, “spoke truth to power” and kept politicians on their toes, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.

20. Five killed as light plane hits Essendon shopping centre

A pilot and four passengers die as a result of Victoria’s worst civil aviation accident in 30 years, after a plane crashes into a Melbourne shopping centre.

Smoke coming from DFO

21. Residents “screamed for help” as inferno ripped through London tower block

Police say 12 people are dead and the toll is expected to rise after a giant fire destroyed a 24-storey London apartment block.

22. Is there more to this photo than meets the eye?

An online debate erupts after a photo emerges of a woman wearing a hijab and using her mobile phone while walking past a person injured in the London terrorist attack.

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This photo taken by UK parliament today after the London terrorist attack could end up being one of the most iconic of our time 

23. Actor shot dead as Bliss n Eso music video films in Brisbane bar

Gold Coast actor Johann Ofner is killed after being shot during filming of a music video for Australian band Bliss n Eso in Brisbane’s CBD.