December 19, 2016 6:43 AM EST


1: António Guterres takes office as the new U.N. Secretary-General for a five-year term.

1: Malta assumes the presidency of the Council of the European Union for a six-month term.

17–20: The World Economic Forum gathers leaders at its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

20: Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

21: The Women’s March on Washington advocates for women’s rights under Trump’s presidency.

28: Lunar New Year rings in the Year of the Rooster.


1: Fifth annual World Hijab Day

13: First anniversary of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.

23–26: The Democratic National Committee holds its winter meeting and will vote on a new chair.

27: The U.N. Human Rights Council session begins.


1: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Finland.

31: British Prime Minister Theresa May’s self-imposed deadline for triggering Article 50 of the E.U. treaty, which will begin the U.K.’s exit from the union.

31: India’s deadline for exchanging 500- and 1,000-rupee notes, which were discontinued as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s crackdown on crime and corruption.


3: Starbucks founder Howard Schultz steps down as CEO; Kevin Johnson, the company’s president and COO, will take over.

29: President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.

TBD: The NBA opens its first elite basketball training center in India after launching three similar centers in China.


1: Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent steps down; president and COO James Quincey will succeed him.

3–5: The World Economic Forum on Africa takes place in South Africa.

26–27: Italy hosts the G-7 summit with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S., as well as representatives from the E.U.

31: Pope Francis (above) invites Catholics to participate in celebrations in Italy marking the 50th anniversary of the Charismatic Renewal.


5: Bill Cosby is expected to face trial on sexual-assault charges.

10: Expo 2017, a global conference on the future of energy, begins in Kazakhstan.

12: The annual Fortune 500 list hits newsstands.

30: The last day of Ryan Lochte’s 10-month ban from U.S. swimming following his misbehavior at the Rio Olympics.


1: Mexico’s central bank head Agustín Carstens steps down.

7–8: Germany hosts the G-20 summit.

15: France’s state of emergency established after the 2015 terrorist attacks expires.


1: NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s temporary asylum permit in Russia is set to expire.

9–10: Australia-China BusinessWeek, organized by the Australian Business Forum, is held in Melbourne.

23–24: The Healthcare Innovation Summit, run by the African Innovator Group, convenes in Johannesburg.


12: The U.N. General Assembly convenes in New York City for its 72nd regular session.

27–29: The 40th World Energy Engineering Congress, presented by the Association of Energy Engineers, will be held in Atlanta.

TBD: Spain’s Catalonia region is expected to hold an independence referendum.


2: The U.S. Supreme Court begins its annual term.

10: Liberia elects its next president; incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is not running for re-election.

13–15: The World Bank and International Monetary Fund hold annual meetings in Washington.


6–17: The U.N. Convention on Climate Change will hold the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties in Germany.

10: Gambia withdraws from the International Criminal Court.

26: Honduras holds a presidential election; incumbent Juan Orlando Hernández (above) is running for re-election after the Supreme Court overturned a one-term limit.

TBD: North Carolina holds a special legislative election after a federal court found racial gerrymandering and required the state to redraw its district lines.


10: The Nobel Prizes are bestowed on the winners.

31: The deadline for California to begin issuing sales licenses for recreational-marijuana retailers following a 2016 referendum.

TBD: TIME names its Person of the Year.

Compiled by Tessa Berenson and Julie Shapiro

This appears in the December 26, 2016 issue of TIME.

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