On This Day in History, December 17

In case you’ve wondered if there’s any special occasion on December 17, then this list of historic events that happened on this day will keep you informed.

  • 1903 – The Wright brothers made the 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight.
  • 1967 – Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, vanished in mysterious circumstances while swimming near Melbourne.
  • 1969 – Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki Budinger were married on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.
  • 1973 – Thirty-one people were killed at Rome airport when Arab guerrillas hijacked a German airliner.
  • 1978 – OPEC decided to raise oil prices by 14.5% by end of 1979.
  • 1986 – Mrs. Davina Thompson made medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England.
  • 1992 – “Christmas Carol” opened at Broadhurst Theater, NYC for 22 performances.
  • 1992 – U.S. President George W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • 1997 –  U.S. President Clinton signed the No Electronic Theft Act.
  • 2002 – McDonald’s Corp. warned that they would report its first quarterly loss in its 47-year history.
  • 2003 – The Soham murder trial ends at the Old Bailey in London.
  • 2004 –  U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law the largest overhaul of U.S. intelligence gathering
  • 2005 – Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
  • 2012 – Jiroemon Kimura of Japan became the world’s oldest verified man at 116 years old.
  • 2012 – NASA completed a successful mission of mapping the Moon’s gravity field.
  • 2013 – Angela Merkel was elected Chancellor of Germany for a third term.
  • 2015 – Jose Mourinho was sacked from being a manager of  Chelsea football club.
  • 2017 – Set of ink-brush paintings by Qi Baishi was sold at auction for 931.5m yuan ($US140m) in Beijing.
  • 2018 – US poacher was sentenced to watch the film “Bambi” repeatedly during his year in prison, for killing hundreds of deer in Missouri.
  • 2019 – Australia has its hottest day ever, with an average temperature of 40.9 across the country.

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