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What Happened on December 17th This Day in History

Year Name
2014 The United States and Cuba re-establish diplomatic relations after severing them in 1961.
2010 Mohamed Bouazizi sets himself on fire. This act became the catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Spring.
2009 MV Danny F II sinks off the coast of Lebanon, resulting in the deaths of 44 people and over 28,000 animals.
2005 Anti-World Trade Organization protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
2005 Jigme Singye Wangchuck abdicates the throne as King of Bhutan.
2003 The Soham murder trial ends at the Old Bailey in London, with Ian Huntley found guilty of two counts of murder. His girlfriend, Maxine Carr, is found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
2003 SpaceShipOne, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first powered and first supersonic flight.
2003 Sex work rights activists establish December 17 (or "D17") as International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers to memorialize victims of a serial killer who targeted prostitutes, and highlight State violence against sex workers by police and others.
2002 Second Congo War: The Congolese parties of the Inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord which makes provision for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years.
1997 Aerosvit Flight 241: A Yakovlev Yak-42 crashes into the Pierian Mountains near Thessaloniki Airport in Thessaloniki, Greece, killing all 70 people on board.
1989 Romanian Revolution: Protests continue in Timișoara, Romania, with rioters breaking into the Romanian Communist Party's District Committee building and attempting to set it on fire.
1989 Fernando Collor de Mello defeats Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the second round of the Brazilian presidential election, becoming the first democratically elected President in almost 30 years.
1989 The Simpsons premieres on television with the episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire".
1983 Provisional IRA members detonate a car bomb at Harrods Department Store in London. Three police officers and three civilians are killed.
1981 American Brigadier General James L. Dozier is abducted by the Red Brigades in Verona, Italy.
1973 Thirty passengers are killed in an attack by Palestinian terrorists on Rome's Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.
1970 Polish protests: In Gdynia, soldiers fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.
1969 Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closes its study of UFOs.
1967 Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, disappears while swimming near Portsea, Victoria, and is presumed drowned.
1961 Niterói circus fire: Fire breaks out during a performance by the Gran Circus Norte-Americano in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, killing more than 500.
1960 Troops loyal to Emperor Haile Selassie in Ethiopia crush the coup that began December 13, returning power to their leader upon his return from Brazil. Haile Selassie absolves his son of any guilt.
1960 Munich C-131 crash: Twenty passengers and crew on board as well as 32 people on the ground are killed.
1957 The United States successfully launches the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1951 The American Civil Rights Congress delivers "We Charge Genocide" to the United Nations.
1950 The F-86 Sabre's first mission over Korea.
1948 The Finnish Security Police is established to remove communist leadership from its predecessor, the State Police.
1947 First flight of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber.
1945 Kurdistan flag day, the flag of Kurdistan was raised for the first time in Mahabad in eastern Kurdistan (Iran).
1944 World War II: Battle of the Bulge: Malmedy massacre: American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs are shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Joachim Peiper.
1943 All Chinese are again permitted to become citizens of the United States upon the repeal of the Act of 1882 and the introduction of the Magnuson Act.
1939 World War II: Battle of the River Plate: The Admiral Graf Spee is scuttled by Captain Hans Langsdorff outside Montevideo.
1938 Otto Hahn discovers the nuclear fission of the heavy element uranium, the scientific and technological basis of nuclear energy.
1935 First flight of the Douglas DC-3.
1933 The first NFL Championship Game is played at Wrigley Field in Chicago between the New York Giants and Chicago Bears. The Bears won 23–21.
1928 Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru assassinate British police officer James Saunders in Lahore, Punjab, to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police. The three were executed in 1931.
1927 Indian revolutionary Rajendra Lahiri is hanged in Gonda jail, Uttar Pradesh, India, two days before the scheduled date.
1926 Antanas Smetona assumes power in Lithuania as the 1926 coup d'état is successful.
1918 Darwin Rebellion: Up to 1,000 demonstrators march on Government House in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
1907 Ugyen Wangchuck is crowned first King of Bhutan.
1903 The Wright brothers make the first controlled powered, heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1896 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Schenley Park Casino, which was the first multi-purpose arena with the technology to create an artificial ice surface in North America, is destroyed in a fire.
1892 First issue of Vogue is published.
1865 First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert.
1862 American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
1837 A fire in the Winter Palace of Saint Petersburg kills 30 guards.
1835 The second Great Fire of New York destroys 53,000 square metres (13 acres) of New York City's Financial District.
1819 Simón Bolívar declares the independence of Gran Colombia in Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela).
1812 War of 1812: U.S. forces attack a Lenape village in the Battle of the Mississinewa.
1807 Napoleonic Wars: France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.
1790 The Aztec calendar stone is discovered at El Zócalo, Mexico City.
1777 American Revolution: France formally recognizes the United States.
1718 War of the Quadruple Alliance: Great Britain declares war on Spain.
1586 Go-Yōzei becomes Emperor of Japan.
1583 Cologne War: Forces under Ernest of Bavaria defeat troops under Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg at the Siege of Godesberg.
1538 Pope Paul III excommunicates Henry VIII of England.
1398 Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur.
1297 King Kyawswa of Pagan is overthrown by the three Myinsaing brothers, marking the de facto end of the Pagan Kingdom.
942 Assassination of William I of Normandy.
920 Romanos I Lekapenos is crowned co-emperor of the underage Constantine VII.
546 Siege of Rome: The Ostrogoths under king Totila plunder the city, by bribing the Byzantine garrison.
497 The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome.
Famous People Born on December 17

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Year Name
1979 Paul Smith, English footballer
1987 Chelsea Manning, American soldier and intelligence analyst
1983 Sébastien Ogier, French race car driver
1853 Pierre Paul Émile Roux, French physician and immunologist, co-founded the Pasteur Institute (d. 1933)
1967 Karsten Neitzel, German footballer and manager
1939 Eddie Kendricks, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 1992)
1812 Vilhelm Petersen, Danish painter (d. 1880)
1908 Willard Libby, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1980)
1619 Prince Rupert of the Rhine (d. 1682)
1988 David Rudisha, Kenyan runner
Famous People Deaths On December 17

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Date Name
1981 Antiochos Evangelatos, Greek composer and conductor (b. 1903)
1830 Simón Bolívar, Venezuelan general and politician, second President of Venezuela (b. 1783)
2013 Fred Bruemmer, Latvian-Canadian photographer (b. 1929)
1663 Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba (b. 1583)
2020 Jeremy Bullock, English actor (b. 1945)
1187 Pope Gregory VIII (b. 1100)
1847 Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma (b. 1791)
2012 Richard Adams, Filipino-American activist (b. 1947)
2003 Otto Graham, American football player and coach (b. 1921)
1471 Infanta Isabel, Duchess of Burgundy (b. 1397)