This was 352nd day of the year and 14 days remained in the year.

December 17 Birthdays

John Greenleaf Whittier
1807–1892, American Poet.

Sir Humphry Davy
chemist, physicist (1778)

W.L. Mackenzie King
political leader (1874)

Arthur Fiedler
conductor (1894)

Sylvia Ashton-Warner
novelist and educator (1905)

William L. Safire
journalist (1929)

Milla Jovovich
model, actor, and singer (1975)

December 17 in History


France recognized American independence.


Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first flight in a heavier-than-air plane at Kitty Hawk, N.C.


The U.S. Army announced the end of its policy of holding Japanese-Americans in internment camps, allowing "evacuees" to return home.


The U.S. Air Force ended its "Project Blue Book" and concluded that there was no evidence of extraterrestrial activity behind UFO sightings.


North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed by U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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