15 Positive Happenings In 2017

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Some would say 2017 was a relatively bad year. Of course, it was probably a good year for some people. But 2017 had a lot of negative news stories, including stories about innocent people dying, human trafficking and natural disasters. To lighten the mood, here are some of the feel-good stories of the year.

1. Scientists successfully regenerated sections of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Source: Slate

2. When Amazon’s new headquarters is completed, it will include a shelter for 200 homeless people.

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Source: The New York Times

3. The snow leopard has been taken off the endangered species list.

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Source: Science Alert

4. The World Health Organization announced that HIV/AIDS is no longer the leading cause of death in Africa.

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Source: World Economic Forum

5. Honey bee populations have rebounded, increasing by 27 percent since 2016.

Source: Fortune

6. Boy Scouts of America opened its membership to transgender boys.

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Source: Karen Roach/Shutterstock

7. Emmerson Mnangagwa became the president of Zimbabwe, succeeding Robert Mugabe in a democratic election.

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Source: All Africa

8. England's Prince Harry got engaged to former actress Meghan Markle and the couple are planning a royal wedding.

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Source: PopSugar

9. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg received an honorary degree from Harvard University after dropping out in 2004.

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Source: Pinterest

10. Legislation was passed in Australia allowing same-sex couples to marry.

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Source: Bloomberg

11. Emmanuel Macron, 39, became the president of France, beating right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen.

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Source: Slate

12. Tennis star Serena Williams won the Australian Open, and she did it while pregnant.

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Source: Quartz

13. 2017 had the largest protest in American history, which was inspired by President Donald Trump’s election.

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Source: History

14. NASA discovered new exoplanets capable of sustaining life, reminding us that we are not alone.

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Source: NASA

15. Twins joined at the skull were separated by surgeons in landmark operation in India.

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Source: One India

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