December 17 in recent years
is the 351st day of the year (352nd in December 17 leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 14 days remaining until the end of the year.
Events [ ]
546 - Gothic War: The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquer Rome bribing the Byzantine garrison.
920 - Romanos I is crowned co-emperor of the underage Emperor Constantine VII.
942 - Assassination of William I of Normandy.
1398 - Sultan Mehmud's armies in Delhi defeated by Timur.
1531 - Pope Clement VII established a parallel to the Inquisition in Lisbon, Portugal.
1538 - Pope Paul III excommunicates Henry VIII of England.
1577 - Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth, England, on a secret mission to explore the Pacific Coast of the Americas for British Queen Elizabeth I.
1586 - Emperor Go-Yozei becomes Emperor of Japan.
1600 - Marriage of Henry IV of France and Marie de' Medici.
1637 - Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu.
1718 - Great Britain declares war to Spain.
1770 - Ludwig van Beethoven is baptized at Bonn.
1807 - France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.
1819 - Simón Bolívar declares the independence of the Republic of Gran Colombia in Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela).
1834 - The Dublin and Kingstown Railway opened in Ireland, the first public railway on the island of Ireland.
1862 - American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issues , expelling General Order No. 11 Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
1903 - The Wright Brothers made their first powered and heavier-than-air flight in the at Wright Flyer Kitty Hawk.
1919 - Uruguay becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
1935 - First flight of the Douglas DC-3 airplane.
1939 - World War II: Battle of the River Plate - The is scuttled by Captain Admiral Graf Spee Hans Langsdorff outside Montevideo.
1941 - World War II: Beginning of the Siege of Sebastopol. 1941 - World War II:
Japanese forces land in Northern Borneo.
1944 - World War II: Battle of the Bulge - Malmedy massacre - American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs are shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Peiper.
1961 - History of Goa: Operation Vijay - India seizes Goa from Portugal.
1967 - Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt disappears while swimming near Portsea.
1969 - The SALT I talks begin. 1969 -
Project Blue Book: The USAF closes its study of UFOs, stating that sightings were generated as a result of "A mild form of mass hysteria, Individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity, psychopathological persons, and misidentification of various conventional objects."
1970 - Polish 1970 protests: In Gdynia, soldiers fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.
1973 - 32 are killed in an attempt at the Rome Fiumicino Airport.
1978 - The Workers Party of Jamaica is founded by Trevor Munroe.
1981 - Brigadier General James L. Dozier is abducted by the Red Brigade in Verona. 1981 - Founding of the
1983 - The IRA bomb Harrods Department Store in London, killing seven people (see Harrods bombing).
1987 - Mega Man makes his debut on the NES in the video game Mega Man.
1989 - Romanian Revolution: Protests continue in Timişoara with rioters breaking into the Romanian Communist Party's District Committee building and attempting to set it on fire. 1989 - First free elections in
Brazil in 25 years. 1989 - Premiere of hit animated television series
1999 - The United Nations General Assembly passes resolution 54/134 designating November 25 as the annual International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
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.
2003 - SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes the first privately-funded manned supersonic flight. 2005 - Anti- WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Births [ ]
1239 - Kujo Yoritsugu, Japanese Shogun (d. 1256)
1267 - Emperor Go-Uda of Japan (d. 1324)
1619 - Prince Rupert of the Rhine, commander in the English Civil War (d. 1682)
1632 - Anthony Wood, English antiqurian (d. 1695)
1685 - Thomas Tickell, English writer (d. 1740)
1706 - Émilie du Châtelet, French mathematician and physicist (d. 1749)
1734 - Maria I of Portugal, Portuguese queen (d. 1816)
1749 - Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer (d. 1801)
1770 - ( Baptism) - Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (d. 1827)
1778 - Sir Humphry Davy, English chemist and physicist (d. 1829)
1796 - Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian novelist (d. 1865)
1799 - Titian Peale, American artist (d. 1885)
1807 - John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet and abolitionist (d. 1892)
1830 - Jules de Goncourt, French publisher (d. 1870)
1835 - Alexander Emanuel Agassiz, American scientist; son of Louis Agassiz (d. 1910)
1847 - Émile Faguet, French writer and critic (d. 1916)
1853 - Émile Roux, French physician (d. 1933)
1859 - Paul César Helleu, French artist (d. 1927)
1873 - Ford Madox Ford, English writer (d. 1939)
1874 - William Lyon Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1950)
1883 - Raimu, French actor (d. 1946)
1887 - Josef Lada, Czech painter (d. 1957) 1887 -
Hermine Reuss, Empress of Germany and Duchess of Bohemia (d. 1947)
1888 - King Alexander I of Yugoslavia (d. 1934)
1892 - Sam Barry, American basketball coach (d. 1950)
1893 - Erwin Piscator, German film director (d. 1966)
1894 - Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (d. 1979)
1900 - Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (d. 1998) 1900 -
Katina Paxinou, Greek actress (d. 1973)
1903 - Erskine Caldwell, American author (d. 1987) 1903 -
Ray Noble, English bandleader and actor (d. 1978)
1904 - Paul Cadmus, American artist (d. 1999)
1905 - Simo Häyhä, Finnish sniper (d. 2002) 1905 -
Érico Lopes Veríssimo, Brazilian writer (d. 1975)
1906 - Fernando Lopes-Graça, Portuguese composer and musicologist (d. 1994)
1908 - Willard Frank Libby, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1980)
1910 - Sy Oliver, American jazz arranger and bandleader (d. 1988)
1915 - André Claveau, French singer (d. 2003)
1916 - Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer (d. 2000)
1920 - Kenneth E. Iverson, Canadian computer scientist (d. 2004)
1922 - Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (d. 2005)
1923 - Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (d. 2006)
1926 - Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
1927 - Richard Long, American actor (d. 1974)
1929 - Jacqueline Hill, English actress (d. 1993) 1929 -
William Safire, American columnist
1930 - Bob Guccione, American magazine publisher 1930 -
Bob Mathias, American decathlete and congressman (d. 2006) 1930 -
Armin Mueller-Stahl, German actor
1931 - Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor
1934 - Ray Wilson, English footballer
1935 - George Lindsey, American actor 1935 -
Cal Ripken, American baseball coach (d. 1999)
1936 - Tommy Steele, English singer and actor
1937 - Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (d. 2005) 1937 -
John Kennedy Toole, American novelist (d. 1969) 1937 -
Calvin Waller, US Army general (d. 1996)
1938 - Carlo Little, English drummer (d. 2005) 1938 -
Peter Snell, New Zealand runner
1939 - Eddie Kendricks, American singer ( The Temptations) (d. 1992)
1940 - Kåre Valebrokk, Norwegian journalist
1942 - Paul Butterfield, American musician (d. 1987)
1943 - Mary Brunner, American former "Manson Family" member 1943 -
Ron Geesin, Scottish musician and composer
1944 - Jack L. Chalker, American novelist 1944 -
Bernard Hill, English actor
1945 - Ernie Hudson, American actor 1945 -
Chris Matthews, American journalist 1945 -
Jacqueline Wilson, English author
1946 - Eugene Levy, Canadian actor
1947 - Wes Studi, American actor
1949 - Sotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer 1949 -
Paul Rodgers, English singer ( Free; Bad Company)
1950 - Laurence F. Johnson, American educator
1951 - Ken Hitchcock, Canadian ice hockey coach 1951 -
Tatyana Kazankina, Soviet athlete
1953 - Samuel Hadida, film distributor 1953 -
Barry Livingston, American actor 1953 -
Bill Pullman, American actor
1955 - Brad Davis, American basketball player
1956 - Peter Farrelly, American film director
1957 - Earl Hudson, American drummer ( Bad Brains)
1958 - Mike Mills, American musician ( R.E.M.)
1960 - Moreno Argentin, Italian cyclist
1960 - Sara Dallin, English singer ( Bananarama)
1962 - Paul Dobson, English footballer 1962 -
Richard Jewell, central figure in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing (d. 2007) 1962 -
Rocco Mediate, American golfer
1964 - Ginger, English singer and guitarist ( The Wildhearts) 1964 -
Frank Musil, Czech ice hockey player 1964 -
Michele Tafoya, American sportcaster
1966 - Tracy Byrd American musician 1966 -
Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast 1966 -
Kristiina Ojuland, Estonian politician
1967 - Gigi D'Agostino, Italian DJ and musician 1967 -
Vincent Damphousse, Canadian ice hockey player 1967 -
Chris Mason PDC Darts player
1968 - Andrey Golovatiuk, Russian politician 1968 -
Paul Tracy, Canadian race car driver
1969 - Chuck Liddell, American martial artist
1970 - Joshua Seth, American voice actor
1971 - Alan Khan, South African radio disc jockey 1971 -
Antoine Rigaudeau, French basketball player
1972 - John Abraham, Indian actor 1972 -
Laurie Holden, American actress
1973 - Paula Radcliffe, English runner 1973 -
Konstadinos Gatsioudis, Greek javelin thrower
1974 - Duff Goldman, American chef 1974 -
Giovanni Ribisi, American actor
1975 - Nick Dinsmore (Eugene), American professional wrestler 1975 -
Milla Jovovich, Ukrainian-born actress 1975 -
Sarah Paulson, American actress 1975 -
Bree Sharp, American singer/songwriter
1976 - Éric Bédard, Canadian speed skater 1976 -
Zsanett Égerházi, Hungarian-born porn actress 1976 -
Patrick Müller, Swiss footballer 1976 -
Takeo Spikes, American football player
1977 - Arnaud Clement, French tennis player
1978 - Alex Cintrón, Puerto Rican baseball player
1978 - Neil Sanderson, Drummer for rock band "Three Days Grace" 1978 -
Riteish Deshmukh, Indian actor 1978 -
Manny Pacquiao, Filipino boxer 1978 -
Chase Utley, American baseball player
1979 - Jaimee Foxworth, American actress 1979 -
Ryan Key, American musician and songwriter ( Yellowcard) 1979 -
Matt Murley, American ice hockey player
1980 - Eli Pariser, American political activist ( MoveOn.org) 1980 -
Ryan Hunter-Reay, American race car driver
1982 - Josh Barfield, Venezuelan baseball player 1982 -
Craig Kielburger, Canadian labour activist 1982 -
Stephane Lasme, Gabonese basketball player
1984 - Andrew Davies, English footballer
1985 - Ryuichi Ogata, member of Japanese boy band w-inds. 1994 - Nat Wolff, American Singer, actor and songwriter
Deaths [ ]
942 - William Longsword
1187 - Pope Gregory VIII
1195 - Baldwin V (b. 1150)
1273 - Rumi (b. 1207)
1663 - Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba (b. 1583)
1721 - Richard Lumley, English statesman (b. 1640)
1830 - Simón Bolívar, Venezuelan-born libertator, six nations (b. 1783)
1833 - Kaspar Hauser, German foundling (b. 1812)
1847 - Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, second wife of Napoleon (b. 1791)
1897 - Alphonse Daudet, French writer (b. 1840)
1907 - William Thomson, Irish-born physicist (b. 1824)
1909 - Léopold II of Belgium (b. 1835)
1917 - Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, British physician (b. 1836) 1917 -
Frank Gotch, wrestler (b. 1878)
1933 - Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama (b. 1876)
1940 - Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician (b. 1860)
1957 - Dorothy L. Sayers, British writer (b. 1893)
1962 - Thomas Mitchell, American actor (b. 1892)
1964 - Victor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1883)
1967 - Harold Holt, Australian Prime Minister (b. 1908) 1967 -
Jack Perrin, American actor (b. 1896)
1978 - Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)
1982 - Homer S. Ferguson, American politician (b. 1889)
1987 - Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian novelist (b. 1903) 1987 -
Linda Wong, pornographic actress (b. 1951)
1992 - Dana Andrews, American actor (b. 1909)
1999 - Grover Washington, American saxophonist (b. 1943) 1999 -
Rex Allen, American actor, singer and songwriter (b. 1920)
2002 - James Hazeldine, British actor (b. 1947)
2003 - Ed Devereaux, Australian actor (b. 1925) 2003 -
Otto Graham, American football player (b. 1921)
2004 - Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist (b. 1931)
2005 - Jack Anderson, American journalist (b. 1922) 2005 -
Marc Favreau, French Canadian humourist ( Sol) (b. 1929) 2006 - Larry Sherry, American baseball player (b. 1935)
Holidays and observances [ ]
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92 Familypedia people were born on December 17
130 Familypedia people died on December 17
80 Familypedia people were first married on December 17