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Sunday, December 17th 2017

Today is the 351st day of 2017.  There are 14 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1777 France recognized American independence.
1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright took the first successful man-powered airplane flights, at Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1939 The German pocket battleship Graf Spee was scuttled by its crew, ending the World War II Battle of the Rio de la Plata off Uruguay.
1942 British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden condemns the persecution of Jews in Eastern Europe.
1944 The U.S. Army announced the end of its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast.
1944 German tanks, aircraft and paratroops cross the Luxembourg and Belgian borders in massive counter-offensive.
1957 The United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.
1969 The U.S. Air Force closed its Project ''Blue Book'' by concluding there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.
1969 An estimated 50 million TV viewers watched singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky on NBC's ''Tonight Show.''
1975 Lynette Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Ford.
1976 Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates reject Opec's recommended 15% oil price increase and choose to impose a lower price rise.
1979 In a case that aggravated racial tensions, Arthur McDuffie, a black insurance executive, was fatally beaten after a police chase in Miami. Four white police officers were later acquitted of charges stemming from McDuffie's death.
1986 Eugene Hasenfus, the American convicted by Nicaragua for his part in running guns to the Contras, was pardoned and released.
1992 President Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in separate ceremonies.
1996 Peruvian guerrillas took hundreds of people hostage at the Japanese embassy in Lima.
1996 Kofi Annan of Ghana was appointed United Nations secretary-general.
1996 Six Red Cross workers are shot dead as they sleep in a hospital in Chechnya.
1998 House Speaker-designate Bob Livingston shocked fellow Republicans by admitting he'd had extramarital affairs.

Born on this day

1778 Humphry Davy, English chemist and inventor.
1807 John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet, abolitionist, reformer, and founder of the Liberal Party.
1894 Arthur Fiedler, American, conductor Boston Pops Orchestra.
1908 Willard Frank Libby, American chemist who won a Nobel Prize for his part in creating the carbon-14 method of dating artifacts.

Died on this day

1830 Simón Bolívar, South American patriot, revolutionary leader and statesman died in Columbia.
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