Military leaders honored President Obama at the armed forces full honor review farewell ceremony in Virginia on Jan. 4. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanked President Obama for his commitment and accomplishments as Commander-in-Chief.
The 128th annual Rose Parade was held in Pasadena, Calif., on January 2, before the start of the Rose Bowl game between Penn State and USC. The parade features themed floats ornately decorated with flowers.
No. 5 Penn State and No. 9 USC are the "comeback kids" of college football -- the Trojans (9-3) have won eight in a row, including a victory at playoff-bound Washington; while Big Ten champion Penn State (11-2) has won nine straight, including a home victory over playoff-bound Ohio State.
History is made as Japan's Shinzo Abe becomes the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor, the stars of "Captain America" - Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson - visit troops on USO Holiday Tour, remembering Pearl Harbor, and more.
Over 400 hardy participants joined in the 33rd annual Polar Bear Jump on January 1, 2017, in Olalla, Washington, an annual New Year's Day Tradition that involves jumping into the frigid waters of Burley Lagoon.
Clemson set up a second straight College Football Playoff national championship game meeting with Alabama with a dominating 31-0 victory over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday, December 31, 2016.
Unbeaten Alabama is one victory away from a second straight national championship after the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide beat No. 4 Washington 24-7 in the Peach Bowl in a College Football Playoff semifinal on Saturday at the Georgia Dome.
Volunteers use thousands of flowers and other plant material to prepare floats for the 128th annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, on December 31, 2016. The Rose Parade will be televised live on January 2, 2017.
Ryan Seacrest, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan celebrated with an estimated one million people in Times Square as they rang in 2017 with a massive party on New Year's Eve in New York City on December 31, 2016.
Crews in New York City started work on the Waterford Crystal ball set to drop over Times Square on New Year's Eve, and performed their annual Confetti Test in preparation for New Year's Eve festivities.
Perhaps nothing defined 2016 more than the U.S. presidential election. In a showdown, which at one point included Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to secure the nomination on Nov. 9.
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