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December 17 - Today in History
By Staff
Dec 17, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0283 - St Gaius begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1187 - Gregory VIII, [Alberto de Morra], Italian Pope (1187), dies
1526 - Ferdinand of Austria chosen as King of Bohemia
1526 - Pope Clemens VII publishes degree Cum ad zero - forms Inquisition
1538 - Pope Paul III excommunicated England's King Henry VIII
1572 - Spanish army begins fires in Haarlem Netherlands
1587 - Earl Leicesters army leaves Netherlands
1638 - French/Swedish troops occupy Breisach on the Rhine
1679 - Don Juan, ruler of Spain, dies
1718 - England declares war on Spain
1728 - Congregation Shearith Israel of NY purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan, to build NY's 1st synagogue
1745 - Bonnie Prince Charles army retreats to Scotland
1777 - France recognizes independence of English colonies in America
1777 - George Washingtons army returns to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
1788 - Russian army of Grigorij Potemkin occupies Ochrov
1790 - Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City
1791 - NYC traffic regulation creates 1st 1-way street
1792 - Opening of 1st legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city
1798 - 1st impeachment trial against a US senator (Wm Blount, TN) begins
1819 - Congress of Angostura establishes Colombia's independence from Spain
1821 - Kentucky abolishes debtors prisons
1830 - Simon Bolivar, president (Colombia), dies at 47 in Colombia
1832 - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin sails in Strait Le Maire
1852 - 1st Hawaiian cavalry organized
1860 - Anaheim Township created in Los Angeles County
1862 - General US Grant issues order #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee
1864 - Battle of Franklin, Tennessee
1875 - Violent bread riots in Montreal
1885 - France declares Madagascar a protectorate
1893 - Russia ratifies Duple Alliance with France
1895 - Anti-Saloon League of America formed, Washington, DC
1895 - George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine (Mass)
1900 - 1st prize of 100,00 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrials. Martians excluded-considered too easy
1900 - New Ellis Island Immigration station completed costing $1.5 million
1903 - At 10:35 AM, 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight (Orville Wright)
1907 - Ugyen Wangchuck became 1st hereditary king of Bhutan
1909 - Leopold II, king of Belgium, buried in Brussels
1914 - Austrian troops beat Russians in Limanova, Poland
1914 - Great Britain declares Egypt a protectorate
1914 - Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv by Turkish authorities
1919 - Austria parliament approves 8-hour day
1920 - AL votes to let spitball pitchers to continue using it
1920 - British Empire receives League of Nations mandate to Nauru
1920 - Japan receives League of Nations mandate over Pacific islands
1920 - South Africa receives League of Nations mandate over SW Africa
1922 - Last British troops leave Ireland Freestate
1923 - Greek King George II overthrown by army/republic
1924 - 1st US diesel electric locomotive enters service, Bronx, NY
1925 - Colonel William "Billy" Mitchell court-martial for insubordination
1925 - Russia & Turkey sign non-aggresion pact
1926 - German Marx govt falls due to cooperation with red army
1926 - Lithuanian military state under gen Augustine Woldemaras
1927 - Bradman scores 118 on 1st-class cricket debut, 188 mins 8 fours
1927 - US sub 'S-4' sinks after collision kills all 34 aboard
1927 - Victoria score 793 against Queensland, Bill Ponsford 437
1928 - John McGraw backs NL Pres John Heydler's designated hitter idea
1932 - Cards trade Jim Bottomley to Reds for Estel Crabtree & Ownie Carroll
1933 - B H Valentine scores 133 on Test Cricket debut, Eng v India at Bombay
1933 - Lala Amarnath scores century on Test Cricket debut (went on to 118)
1933 - Spain's 2nd Govt of Lerroux forms
1933 - NFL starts official stats as Bears beat Giants 23-21 in champ game
1936 - Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen & dummy Charlie McCarthy, appear on TV
1938 - Utrecht Central Station destroyed by fire
1939 - German pocket battleship Graf Spee scuttled by its crew off Uruguay
1940 - British troops occupies Sollum
1941 - Dutch & Australian troops lands on Portuguese-Timor
1941 - German submarine U-31 sunk
1941 - German troops led by Rommel begin retreating in North Africa
1942 - Allies in London sentence German war criminals
1943 - Transport 63 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1944 - Green Bay Packers win NFL championship
1944 - Japanese-Americans released from detention camps
1944 - US Army announces end of excluding Jap-Americans from West Coast
1944 - US destroyers sink in storm off Philippines, 790 killed
1946 - Bradman & Barnes complete 405 run 5th wkt stand, score 234 ea
1946 - US V-2 rocket reaches 183 km, White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico
1947 - NY struck by a blizzard, resulting with 27" of snow
1949 - Burma recognizes People's Republic of China
1951 - Dutch Communist Party members forbidden to be civil servants
1953 - FCC approves RCA's black & white-compatible color TV specifications
1954 - 1st fully automated railroad freight yard (Gary, Indiana)
1957 - US successfully test-fires Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile
1959 - "On The Beach," is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain
1959 - 1st movie opening simultaneously in major cities (On The Beach)
1961 - Disgruntled employee set fire to a circus tent in Niteroi Brazil
1961 - India seizes Goa & 2 other Portuguese colonies
1961 - Niteroi Circus of Rio de Janeiro catches fire; 323 die
1962 - Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places)
1962 - Current constitution of Monaco promulgated
1963 - Tsjoi Doo Sun forms government in South Korea
1963 - West & East Berlin sign accord about travel rules
1965 - Astrodome opens, 1st event is Judy Garland & Supremes concert
1965 - British government proclaims ends oil-embargo against Rhodesia
1965 - Dutch government shuts Limburgs coal mine
1965 - Largest newspaper-Sunday NY Times at 946 pages (50�)
1969 - 50m TV viewers saw singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky, on Tonight Show
1969 - USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings
1970 - Gdansk, Poland shipworkers strike
1970 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1970 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1971 - Cease fire between India & Pakistan in Kashmir
1971 - Radio Bangladesh begins transmitting
1972 - New line of control agreed to in Kashmir between India & Pakistan
1973 - Arabs terrorists shoot passengers on Boeing 737 to Kuwait
1975 - 1st time NY Islanders shut-out NY Rangers, 3-0-Billy Smith's 5th
1975 - John Paul Stevens appointed to Supreme Court
1975 - Lynette Fromme sentenced to life for attempt on President Ford's life
1977 - Bobby Simpson scores 176 Australia v India at the WACA, aged 41
1977 - Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1st US TV appearance (SNL)
1977 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1978 - OPEC raises oil prices 18%
1978 - Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda
1979 - Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 kph (record for wheeled vehicle)
1980 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980 - Mauritania provisional constitution published
1981 - Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brig General James L Dozier
1983 - Bomb attack on Harrod's war house in London, 5 killed, 94 injured
1983 - Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die
1984 - NJ Devils 1st penalty shot-Rocky Trottier scores against Edmonton(?)
1984 - NJ Devils 1st shutout, Glenn Resch makes 42 saves beat Minn, 2-0
1986 - US Congress forms "Irangate" committee
1986 - Mrs Davina Thompson makes medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant (Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England)
1987 - Czechoslovak party leader Gustav Husk resigns
1988 - 77th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Gothenburg (4-1)
1988 - Bryan Murray becomes 17th NHL coach to win 300 games (Wash Caps)
1988 - NY Islanders break 12 game losing streak, beat Devils 5-2
1988 - USS Tennessee, 1st sub to carry Trident 2 missiles, commissioned
1988 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1989 - 78th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Stuttgart (3-2)
1989 - Brazil elects conservative Fernando Collor de Mello president
1989 - Michael Bevan scores cricket century on 1st-class debut (114 SA v WA)
1989 - Patti Rizzo/Mike Hill wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
1991 - Cleveland Cavaliers beat Miami Heat 148-80, by record 68 pts
1991 - NBA's most lopsided game Cleveland beats Miami 148-80
1991 - Patrick Manning becomes premier of Trinidad & Tobago
1991 - Soap opera "One Life To Live" airs its 6,000th episode
1992 - General Suwa finds tooth of 4.4 million year old Australopithecus ramidus
1993 - Bangladesh moslem call for murder of feminist Taslima Nasrin
1993 - Kevin Scott skates world record 1000 m (1:12.54)
1993 - Northern Exposure star Barry Corbin falls off his horse
1993 - Tennis star Boris Becker (26) weds Barbara Feltus (27)
1994 - KLM's last DC-10 goes out of service

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