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December 17th, 2007 (December 17 2007)BirthJames Windsor, Viscount Severn, son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
December 17th, 2006 (December 17 2006)DeathLarry Sherry, American baseball player (born in 1935)
December 17th, 2005 (December 17 2005)EventAnti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
December 17th, 2005 (December 17 2005)DeathJack Anderson, American journalist (born in 1922)
December 17th, 2005 (December 17 2005)DeathMarc Favreau, French Canadian humourist (Sol) (born in 1929)
December 17th, 2004 (December 17 2004)DeathTom Wesselmann, American collage artist (born in 1931)
December 17th, 2003 (December 17 2003)EventThe 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.
December 17th, 2003 (December 17 2003)EventSpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight.
December 17th, 2003 (December 17 2003)DeathEd Devereaux, Australian actor (born in 1925)
December 17th, 2003 (December 17 2003)DeathOtto Graham, American football player (born in 1921)
December 17th, 2002 (December 17 2002)EventSecond 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.
December 17th, 2002 (December 17 2002)DeathJames Hazeldine, English actor (born in 1947)
December 17th, 1999 (December 17 1999)EventThe United Nations General Assembly passes resolution 54/134 designating November 25 as the annual International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
December 17th, 1999 (December 17 1999)DeathRex Allen, American actor, singer and songwriter (born in 1920)
December 17th, 1999 (December 17 1999)DeathGrover Washington, Jr., American saxophonist (born in 1943)
December 17th, 1992 (December 17 1992)BirthThomas Law, British Actor
December 17th, 1992 (December 17 1992)BirthJordan Garrett, American actor
December 17th, 1992 (December 17 1992)DeathDana Andrews, American actor (born in 1909)
December 17th, 1989 (December 17 1989)EventRomanian Revolution: Protests continue in Timisoara with rioters breaking into the Romanian Communist Party s District Committee building and attempting to set it on fire.
December 17th, 1989 (December 17 1989)EventFirst free elections in Brazil in 25 years.
December 17th, 1989 (December 17 1989)EventThe longest-running American sitcom The Simpsons had its debut.
December 17th, 1987 (December 17 1987)DeathLinda Wong, American porn star (born in 1951)
December 17th, 1987 (December 17 1987)DeathMarguerite Yourcenar, Belgian novelist (born in 1903)Marguerite Yourcenar Quotes
December 17th, 1986 (December 17 1986)BirthVanessa Zima, American actress
December 17th, 1985 (December 17 1985)BirthRyuichi Ogata, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
December 17th, 1984 (December 17 1984)BirthAndrew Davies, English footballer
December 17th, 1983 (December 17 1983)EventThe IRA bombs Harrods Department Store in London, killing six people.
December 17th, 1982 (December 17 1982)BirthJosh Barfield, American baseball player
December 17th, 1982 (December 17 1982)BirthCraig Kielburger, Canadian labour activist
December 17th, 1982 (December 17 1982)BirthStephane Lasme, Gabonese basketball player
December 17th, 1982 (December 17 1982)BirthRyan Moats, National Football League runningback
December 17th, 1982 (December 17 1982)DeathHomer S. Ferguson, American politician (born in 1889) Homer Quotes
December 17th, 1981 (December 17 1981)EventBrigadier General James L. Dozier is abducted by the Red Brigade in Verona, Italy.
December 17th, 1981 (December 17 1981)EventThe Senegambia Confederation is founded.
December 17th, 1980 (December 17 1980)BirthRyan Hunter-Reay, American race car driver
December 17th, 1980 (December 17 1980)BirthEli Pariser, American political activist (MoveOn.org)
December 17th, 1979 (December 17 1979)BirthJaimee Foxworth, American actress and porn star
December 17th, 1979 (December 17 1979)BirthRyan Key, American musician and songwriter (Yellowcard)
December 17th, 1979 (December 17 1979)BirthMatt Murley, American ice hockey player
December 17th, 1978 (December 17 1978)EventThe Workers Party of Jamaica is founded by Trevor Munroe.
December 17th, 1978 (December 17 1978)BirthAlex Cintron, Puerto Rican baseball player
December 17th, 1978 (December 17 1978)BirthRiteish Deshmukh, Indian actor
December 17th, 1978 (December 17 1978)BirthManny Pacquiao, Filipino boxer
December 17th, 1978 (December 17 1978)BirthNeil Sanderson, Canadian drummer (Three Days Grace)
December 17th, 1978 (December 17 1978)BirthChase Utley, American baseball player
December 17th, 1978 (December 17 1978)DeathDon Ellis, American jazz band leader (born in 1934)
December 17th, 1977 (December 17 1977)BirthArnaud Clement, French tennis player
December 17th, 1976 (December 17 1976)BirthEric Bedard, Canadian speed skater
December 17th, 1976 (December 17 1976)BirthZsanett Egerhazi, Hungarian-born porn actress
December 17th, 1976 (December 17 1976)BirthNir Davidovich, Israeli footballer
December 17th, 1976 (December 17 1976)BirthPatrick Muller, Swiss footballer
December 17th, 1976 (December 17 1976)BirthTakeo Spikes, American football player
December 17th, 1975 (December 17 1975)BirthNick Dinsmore (Eugene), American professional wrestler
December 17th, 1975 (December 17 1975)BirthMilla Jovovich, Ukrainian-born actress
December 17th, 1975 (December 17 1975)BirthSarah Paulson, American actress
December 17th, 1975 (December 17 1975)BirthBree Sharp, American singer/songwriter
December 17th, 1974 (December 17 1974)BirthDuff Goldman, American chef
December 17th, 1974 (December 17 1974)BirthGiovanni Ribisi, American actor
December 17th, 1973 (December 17 1973)EventTerrorism: 30 passengers are killed in an attack by Palestinian terrorists on Rome s Leonardo da Vinci Airport.
December 17th, 1973 (December 17 1973)BirthKonstadinos Gatsioudis, Greek javelin thrower
December 17th, 1973 (December 17 1973)BirthPaula Radcliffe, English runner
December 17th, 1972 (December 17 1972)BirthJohn Abraham, Indian actor Abraham Quotes
December 17th, 1972 (December 17 1972)BirthLaurie Holden, American actress
December 17th, 1971 (December 17 1971)BirthAlan Khan, South African radio disc jockey
December 17th, 1971 (December 17 1971)BirthAntoine Rigaudeau, French basketball player
December 17th, 1970 (December 17 1970)EventPolish 1970 protests: In Gdynia, soldiers fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.
December 17th, 1970 (December 17 1970)BirthSean Patrick Thomas, American actor
December 17th, 1969 (December 17 1969)EventThe SALT I talks begin.
December 17th, 1969 (December 17 1969)EventProject 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."
December 17th, 1969 (December 17 1969)BirthChuck Liddell, American mixed martial artistChuck D Quotes
December 17th, 1969 (December 17 1969)BirthChris Mason, English darts player
December 17th, 1968 (December 17 1968)BirthAndrey Golovatiuk, Russian politician
December 17th, 1968 (December 17 1968)BirthPaul Tracy, Canadian race car driver
December 17th, 1967 (December 17 1967)EventPrime Minister of Australia Harold Holt disappears while swimming near Portsea, Victoria and was presumed drowned.
December 17th, 1967 (December 17 1967)BirthGigi D Agostino, Italian DJ and musician
December 17th, 1967 (December 17 1967)BirthVincent Damphousse, Canadian ice hockey player
December 17th, 1967 (December 17 1967)DeathHarold Holt, Australian Prime Minister (born in 1908)
December 17th, 1967 (December 17 1967)DeathJack Perrin, American actor (born in 1896)
December 17th, 1966 (December 17 1966)BirthTracy Byrd, American musician
December 17th, 1966 (December 17 1966)BirthValeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast
December 17th, 1966 (December 17 1966)BirthKristiina Ojuland, Estonian politician
December 17th, 1965 (December 17 1965)BirthCraig Berube, Canadian ice hockey player
December 17th, 1964 (December 17 1964)BirthGinger, English singer and guitarist (The Wildhearts)
December 17th, 1964 (December 17 1964)BirthFrank Musil, Czech ice hockey player
December 17th, 1964 (December 17 1964)BirthMichele Tafoya, American sportscaster
December 17th, 1964 (December 17 1964)DeathVictor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (born in 1883)
December 17th, 1962 (December 17 1962)BirthPaul Dobson, English footballer
December 17th, 1962 (December 17 1962)BirthRichard Jewell, central figure in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing (died in 2007)
December 17th, 1962 (December 17 1962)BirthRocco Mediate, American golfer
December 17th, 1962 (December 17 1962)DeathThomas Mitchell, American actor (born in 1892)
December 17th, 1961 (December 17 1961)EventHistory of Goa: Operation VijayIndia seizes Goa from Portugal.
December 17th, 1961 (December 17 1961)BirthSara Dallin, English singer (Bananarama)
December 17th, 1960 (December 17 1960)BirthMoreno Argentin, Italian cyclist
December 17th, 1958 (December 17 1958)BirthMike Mills, American musician (R.E.M.)
December 17th, 1957 (December 17 1957)EventThe United States successfully launched the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
December 17th, 1957 (December 17 1957)BirthEarl Hudson, American drummer (Bad Brains)
December 17th, 1957 (December 17 1957)DeathDorothy L. Sayers, English writer (born in 1893)
December 17th, 1956 (December 17 1956)BirthPeter Farrelly, American film director
December 17th, 1955 (December 17 1955)BirthBrad Davis, American basketball player
December 17th, 1953 (December 17 1953)BirthSamuel Hadida, film distributor
December 17th, 1953 (December 17 1953)BirthBarry Livingston, American actor
December 17th, 1953 (December 17 1953)BirthBill Pullman, American actor
December 17th, 1951 (December 17 1951)BirthKen Hitchcock, Canadian ice hockey coach
December 17th, 1951 (December 17 1951)BirthTatyana Kazankina, Soviet athlete
December 17th, 1950 (December 17 1950)BirthLaurence F. Johnson, American educator
December 17th, 1949 (December 17 1949)BirthSotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer
December 17th, 1949 (December 17 1949)BirthPaul Rodgers, English singer (Free; Bad Company)
December 17th, 1947 (December 17 1947)BirthWes Studi, American actor
December 17th, 1946 (December 17 1946)BirthEugene Levy, Canadian actor
December 17th, 1945 (December 17 1945)BirthErnie Hudson, American actor
December 17th, 1945 (December 17 1945)BirthChris Matthews, American journalist
December 17th, 1945 (December 17 1945)BirthJacqueline Wilson, English author
December 17th, 1944 (December 17 1944)EventWorld War II: Battle of the BulgeMalmedy massacreAmerican 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs are shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Peiper.
December 17th, 1944 (December 17 1944)BirthJack L. Chalker, American novelist (died in 2005)
December 17th, 1944 (December 17 1944)BirthBernard Hill, English actor
December 17th, 1943 (December 17 1943)BirthMary Brunner, American former "Manson Family" member
December 17th, 1943 (December 17 1943)BirthRon Geesin, Scottish musician and composer
December 17th, 1942 (December 17 1942)BirthPaul Butterfield, American musician (died in 1987)
December 17th, 1941 (December 17 1941)EventWorld War II: Beginning of the Siege of Sebastopol.
December 17th, 1941 (December 17 1941)EventWorld War II: Japanese forces land in Northern Borneo.
December 17th, 1940 (December 17 1940)BirthKare Valebrokk, Norwegian journalist
December 17th, 1940 (December 17 1940)DeathAlicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician (born in 1860)
December 17th, 1939 (December 17 1939)EventWorld War II: Battle of the River PlateThe Admiral Graf Spee is scuttled by Captain Hans Langsdorff outside Montevideo.
December 17th, 1939 (December 17 1939)BirthEddie Kendricks, American singer (The Temptations) (died in 1992)
December 17th, 1938 (December 17 1938)BirthCarlo Little, English drummer (died in 2005)
December 17th, 1938 (December 17 1938)BirthPeter Snell, New Zealand runner
December 17th, 1937 (December 17 1937)BirthKerry Packer, Australian businessman (died in 2005)
December 17th, 1937 (December 17 1937)BirthJohn Kennedy Toole, American novelist (died in 1969)
December 17th, 1937 (December 17 1937)BirthCalvin Waller, US Army general (died in 1996)
December 17th, 1936 (December 17 1936)BirthTommy Steele, English singer and actor
December 17th, 1935 (December 17 1935)EventFirst flight of the Douglas DC-3 airplane.
December 17th, 1935 (December 17 1935)BirthGeorge Lindsey, American actor
December 17th, 1935 (December 17 1935)BirthCal Ripken, Sr., American baseball coach (died in 1999)
December 17th, 1934 (December 17 1934)BirthRay Wilson, English footballer
December 17th, 1933 (December 17 1933)DeathThubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama (born in 1876)
December 17th, 1931 (December 17 1931)BirthDave Madden, Canadian-born American actor
December 17th, 1930 (December 17 1930)BirthBob Guccione, American magazine publisher
December 17th, 1930 (December 17 1930)BirthBob Mathias, American decathlete and congressman (died in 2006)
December 17th, 1930 (December 17 1930)BirthArmin Mueller-Stahl, German actor
December 17th, 1929 (December 17 1929)BirthJacqueline Hill, English actress (died in 1993)
December 17th, 1929 (December 17 1929)BirthWilliam Safire, American columnist
December 17th, 1929 (December 17 1929)DeathManuel Gomes da Costa, 96th Prime Minister of Portugal and 10th President of Portugal (born in 1863)
December 17th, 1927 (December 17 1927)BirthRichard Long, American actor (died in 1974)
December 17th, 1926 (December 17 1926)EventAntanas Smetona assumes power in Lithuania as the ?1926 coup d etat? is successful.
December 17th, 1926 (December 17 1926)BirthRay Jablonski, American baseball player (died in 1985)
December 17th, 1923 (December 17 1923)BirthJaroslav Pelikan, American historian (died in 2006)
December 17th, 1922 (December 17 1922)BirthAlan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (died in 2005)
December 17th, 1920 (December 17 1920)BirthKenneth E. Iverson, Canadian computer scientist (died in 2004)
December 17th, 1919 (December 17 1919)EventUruguay becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
December 17th, 1917 (December 17 1917)DeathElizabeth Garrett Anderson, English physician (born in 1836)Beth Anderson Quotes
December 17th, 1917 (December 17 1917)DeathFrank Gotch, American professional wrestler (born in 1878)
December 17th, 1916 (December 17 1916)BirthPenelope Fitzgerald, English writer (died in 2000)
December 17th, 1915 (December 17 1915)BirthAndre Claveau, French singer (died in 2003)
December 17th, 1910 (December 17 1910)BirthSy Oliver, American jazz arranger and bandleader (died in 1988)
December 17th, 1909 (December 17 1909)DeathLeopold II of Belgium (born in 1835)
December 17th, 1908 (December 17 1908)BirthWillard Frank Libby, American chemist, Nobel laureate (died in 1980)
December 17th, 1907 (December 17 1907)DeathWilliam Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Irish-born physicist (born in 1824)William Thomson Quotes
December 17th, 1906 (December 17 1906)BirthFernando Lopes-Graca, Portuguese composer and musicologist (died in 1994)
December 17th, 1905 (December 17 1905)BirthSimo Hayha, Finnish sniper (died in 2002)
December 17th, 1905 (December 17 1905)BirthErico Lopes Verissimo, Brazilian writer (died in 1975)
December 17th, 1904 (December 17 1904)BirthPaul Cadmus, American artist (died in 1999)
December 17th, 1903 (December 17 1903)EventThe Wright Brothers make their first powered and heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
December 17th, 1903 (December 17 1903)BirthErskine Caldwell, American author (died in 1987)
December 17th, 1903 (December 17 1903)BirthRay Noble, English bandleader and actor (died in 1978)
December 17th, 1900 (December 17 1900)BirthMary Cartwright, English mathematician (died in 1998)
December 17th, 1900 (December 17 1900)BirthKatina Paxinou, Greek actress (died in 1973)
December 17th, 1894 (December 17 1894)BirthArthur Fiedler, American conductor (died in 1979)
December 17th, 1893 (December 17 1893)BirthErwin Piscator, German film director (died in 1966)
December 17th, 1892 (December 17 1892)BirthSam Barry, American basketball coach (died in 1950)
December 17th, 1888 (December 17 1888)BirthKing Alexander I of Yugoslavia (died in 1934)
December 17th, 1887 (December 17 1887)BirthJosef Lada, Czech painter (died in 1957)
December 17th, 1887 (December 17 1887)BirthHermine Reuss, Empress of Germany and Duchess of Bohemia (died in 1947)
December 17th, 1883 (December 17 1883)BirthRaimu, French actor (died in 1946)
December 17th, 1874 (December 17 1874)BirthWilliam Lyon Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (died in 1950)William Lyon Mackenzie King Quotes
December 17th, 1873 (December 17 1873)BirthFord Madox Ford, English writer (died in 1939)Ford Madox Ford Quotes
December 17th, 1862 (December 17 1862)EventAmerican Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.Ulysses S. Grant Quotes
December 17th, 1860 (December 17 1860)DeathDesiree Clary, Queen of Sweden and Norway (born in 1777)
December 17th, 1859 (December 17 1859)BirthPaul Cesar Helleu, French artist (died in 1927)
December 17th, 1853 (December 17 1853)BirthEmile Roux, French physician (died in 1933)
December 17th, 1847 (December 17 1847)BirthEmile Faguet, French writer and critic (died in 1916)
December 17th, 1847 (December 17 1847)DeathArchduchess Marie Louise of Austria, second wife of Napoleon (born in 1791)
December 17th, 1835 (December 17 1835)BirthAlexander Emanuel Agassiz, American scientist; son of Louis Agassiz (d.
December 17th, 1834 (December 17 1834)EventThe Dublin and Kingstown Railway the first public railway on the island of Ireland, opens in Ireland.
December 17th, 1833 (December 17 1833)DeathKaspar Hauser, German foundling (born in 1812)
December 17th, 1830 (December 17 1830)BirthJules de Goncourt, French publisher (died in 1870)
December 17th, 1830 (December 17 1830)DeathSimon Bolivar, Venezuelan-born libertator, six nations (born in 1783)Simon Bolivar Quotes
December 17th, 1819 (December 17 1819)EventSimon Bolivar declares the independence of the Republic of Gran Colombia in Angostura (now Ciudad Bolivar in Venezuela).Simon Bolivar Quotes
December 17th, 1807 (December 17 1807)EventFrance issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.
December 17th, 1807 (December 17 1807)BirthJohn Greenleaf Whittier, American poet and abolitionist (died in 1892)John Greenleaf Whittier Quotes
December 17th, 1796 (December 17 1796)BirthThomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian novelist (died in 1865)
December 17th, 1778 (December 17 1778)BirthSir Humphry Davy, English chemist and physicist (died in 1829)
December 17th, 1770 (December 17 1770)Birth(Baptism)Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (died in 1827)Ludwig van Beethoven Quotes
December 17th, 1749 (December 17 1749)BirthDomenico Cimarosa, Italian composer (died in 1801)
December 17th, 1734 (December 17 1734)BirthMaria I of Portugal, Portuguese queen (died in 1816)
December 17th, 1721 (December 17 1721)DeathRichard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough, English statesman (born in 1640)
December 17th, 1718 (December 17 1718)EventGreat Britain declares war on Spain.
December 17th, 1706 (December 17 1706)BirthEmilie du Chatelet, French mathematician and physicist (died in 1749)
December 17th, 1685 (December 17 1685)BirthThomas Tickell, English writer (died in 1740)
December 17th, 1663 (December 17 1663)DeathNzinga of Ndongo and Matamba (born in 1583)
December 17th, 1637 (December 17 1637)EventShimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu.
December 17th, 1632 (December 17 1632)BirthAnthony Wood, English antiqurian (died in 1695)
December 17th, 1619 (December 17 1619)BirthPrince Rupert of the Rhine, commander in the English Civil War (died in 1682)
December 17th, 1600 (December 17 1600)EventMarriage of Henry IV of France and Marie de Medici.
December 17th, 1586 (December 17 1586)EventEmperor Go-Yozei becomes Emperor of Japan.
December 17th, 1577 (December 17 1577)EventFrancis Drake sets sail from Plymouth, England, on a secret mission to explore the Pacific Coast of the Americas for English Queen Elizabeth I.
December 17th, 1538 (December 17 1538)EventPope Paul III excommunicates Henry VIII of England. Henry VIII of England Quotes
December 17th, 1531 (December 17 1531)EventPope Clement VII establishes a parallel body to the Inquisition in Lisbon, Portugal.
December 17th, 1398 (December 17 1398)EventSultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud s armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur.
December 17th, 1273 (December 17 1273)DeathRumi (b.1207)
December 17th, 1267 (December 17 1267)BirthEmperor Go-Uda of Japan (died in 1324)
December 17th, 1239 (December 17 1239)BirthKujo Yoritsugu, Japanese Shogun (died in 1256)
December 17th, 1195 (December 17 1195)DeathBaldwin V, Count of Hainaut (born in 1150)
December 17th, 1187 (December 17 1187)DeathPope Gregory VIII
December 17th, 0942 (December 17 0942)EventAssassination of William I of Normandy.
December 17th, 0942 (December 17 0942)DeathWilliam Longsword
December 17th, 0920 (December 17 0920)EventRomanos I is crowned as co-emperor of the underage Emperor Constantine VII.
December 17th, 0546 (December 17 0546)EventGothic War (535-554): The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquer Rome by bribing the Byzantine garrison.
December 17th, 0535 (December 17 0535)DeathEmperor Ankan of Japan (born in 466)

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