From the Pentagon's UFO program to death by cyanide at the UN court: 17 unbelievable stories that got lost in the relentless news cycle of 2017

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President Donald Trump. Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma. The Russia investigation. The #MeToo movement. Las Vegas.

There were so many huge, consequential stories in 2017, and they all came at a breakneck pace, one after another. The news cycle was so quick that many stories that would have otherwise made a massive impact either were forgotten soon after they broke, or fell by the wayside entirely.

Here are 17 consequential news stories from 2017 that you might have missed, but should definitely remember:The Pentagon's 22 million UFO investigation program

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From 2007 to 2012, the Pentagon investigated whether UFOs existed, and what threats they posed for the US military.

Initially pushed for by Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the program interviewed pilots and military officers who had encounters with unexplained objects over the years. Intelligence official Luis Elizondo led it, and told The New York Times that he resigned in October because he said the Defense Department didn't take his findings seriously.

Essentially, the US military was studying whether aliens existed. Aliens!

1 million people contracting cholera in Yemen

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Yemen's cholera outbreak, which started in 2016, has grown at an alarming pace amid the country's ongoing civil war.

In December, the Red Cross confirmed that 1 million people in the country have contracted the disease, an astronomical number considering it is treatable and preventable.

But the conflict in Yemen has led to a perfect storm that has allowed the disease to flourish.

Puerto Rico burning the dead after Hurricane Maria

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While the official number of deaths in Puerto Rico that have occurred as a result of Hurricane Maria sits only at 64, at least 1,052 people have died in the aftermath of the hurricane.

They weren't included in the official death toll because their bodies were not examined to determine the cause of death. The government had also allowed funeral homes to burn the bodies of the dead to cut down on burial costs.

While Puerto Rico dominated the headlines as the Category 4 storm ravaged the island, the US territory's woes have only grown as the news cycle moved on. As much as half of the island's people remain without power over three months after the disaster.

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