December 17th
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For Those With Birthdays 17th December or looking for specific year these years are Included on this date 1903, 1911, 1924, 1931, 1941, 1942,1944, 1957, 1961, 1966, 1968, 1969,1976, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1992, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, Born This Day,
U.S. 1903 U.S.A Orville and Wright December 17th, 1903 : Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful man-powered airplane flight, near Kitty Hawk, N.C. . The craft is referred to as an airship and Orville and Wright are looking for buyers for their machine which is capable of speeds up to 10 mph.

U.S. 1969 U.S.A. U.S. Air Force Project "Blue Book" December 17th, 1969 : The U.S. Air Force closed its Project ''Blue Book'' which was started in 1952 to determine if Unidentified flying objects (UFOs) were a threat to national security, and to scientifically analyze UFO related data, concluding there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind 12,618 UFO sightings it had collected.

U.S. 1911 U.S.A Prohibition 17th Dec. , 1911 : Eastern Oklahoma was under federal orders to enforce prohibition in the Indian area and the Osaga reservation. Shipments of liquor to Indians were forbidden and liquor control was put under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

China 1931 China Student Rebellion 17th Dec. , 1931 : Chaing Kai-Shek resigned suddenly propelling the Chinese government into a crisis. A student rebellion had forced his resignation and representatives from the Canton government were arriving to shore up the failing government.

U.S. 1941 World War II Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel 17th Dec. , 1941 : Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel is relieved of his command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet as part of a shake up in the wake of the Pearl Harbor disaster, His superiors believed that Kimmel was accountable, to a certain degree, for the devastation of the U.S. Pacific Fleet by the Japanese attack.

Germany 1942 World War II Mass Executions of Jews 17th Dec. , 1942 : News is filtering out of German occupied Europe of atrocities and the mass executions of Jews by killing squads and in Poland, Jewish ghettoes were being "systematically emptied" except for the able-bodied who were being sent to labour camps.

Italy 1944 Italy Armistice Terms 17th Dec. , 1944 : Premier Bonomi of Italy penned a 100 page missive to President Roosevelt complaining about the armistice terms that Britain imposed on Italy. “The armistice terms have never been published, and one big reason is that the Allies are fearful of public reaction to the frankly imperialistic demand of Churchill.”

Belgium 1944 World War II Day 2 Battle of the Bulge December 17th, 1944 : The Germans mount a series of counter attacks and are attacking with paratroops, tanks and aircraft along the 70-mile front guarded by American forces in the Ardennes region with some success allowing them to re cross the borders of Luxembourg and Belgium

Mexico 1957 Mexico Soviet Influence 17th Dec. , 1957 : Senator Mike Mansfield undertook a study tour in Mexico and brought back warnings that the Soviet Union was aggressively trying to infiltrate Mexico with a disproportionate number of representatives and communist propaganda. Mansfield cautioned that Mexico, Uruguay, and Argentina still maintained diplomatic contact with the U.S.S.R. . 1957

Brazil 1961 Brazil Circus Fire 17th Dec. , 1961 : A fire at the Gran Circo Norte Americano in Brazil kills 320 and severely burns hundreds more when the big top tent sets fire causing panic with many trampled to death and others caught in the fire.

Venezuela 1966 Venezuela Terrorists 17th Dec. , 1966 : At Central University of Venezuela soldiers braved sniper fire to search for terrorist communists. The military uncovered a big cache of weapons and personal information about police officers. Many police had been the target of the terrorists and the university begged the government to help them, as the campus had become a hotbed for terrorist activities.

UK 1968 England Mary Bell 17th Dec. , 1968 : An 11-year-old girl ( Mary Bell ) is sentenced to life in detention after being found guilty at Newcastle Assizes of the manslaughter of two small boys aged 3 and 4.

Saudi Arabia 1976 Saudi Arabia OPEC Price Rises December 17th, 1976 : The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are to increase the price of oil further next year with an increase of 10% in January and a further 5% in July taking the price of oil to $13.30 a barrel ( A barrel is 42 gallons ) . Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will not be implementing these increases and will only increase the price oil by 5% as they are concerned on the effect of large increases on the worlds economy.

Russia 1978 U.S.S.R. Immigration to Israel 17th Dec. , 1978 : The U.S.S.R. had been allowing only certain individuals out of the country such as a Jewish couple who sought medical help for their ailing baby and top scientist Venjamin Levich and his wife who wanted to immigrate to Israel. American senators were meeting in Moscow to get the Soviets to allow 200 Jews to immigrate to Israel.

UK 1983 England Harrods Department Store Bomb 17th Dec. , 1983 : A terrorist car bomb planted by the IRA is exploded outside the Harrods Department store in Knightsbridge, central London killing 9 and injuring 75 other Christmas shoppers during the busiest time of the year. After the explosion panic and chaos caused other minor injuries as people panicked scared that more bombs may explode.

1987 South Korea Boeing 707 Disappears 17th Dec. , 1987 : A Korean Boeing 707 disappeared near Burma with 115 passengers on board. Pieces of the wreckage washed up 130 miles southeast of Rangoon. An Asian female was apprehended as a possible suspect who bombed the plane. Her mouth was bound with a bandage so she wouldn’t commit suicide by swallowing her tongue.

U.S. 1987 U.S.A. The Simpsons Debuts December 17th, 1987 : The Simpsons featuring the Simpson Family including Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie debuts on Fox as a half-hour prime time show. The Simpsons has become the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program. The program had originally been created as a series of shorts for The Tracey Ullman Show with the first showing on April 19, 1987.

U.S. 1992 North America North American Free Trade Agreement 17th Dec. , 1992 : President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in separate ceremonies

Peru 1996 Peru Hostages Japanese Embassy 17th Dec. , 1996 : 14 Peruvian guerrillas who were members of the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) take hundreds of people hostage at a party at the official residence of Japan's ambassador to Peru in Lima.
After 4 months of unsuccessful negotiations, the group of remaining hostages was freed via a raid by Peruvian Armed Forces commandos, during which one hostage, two commandos, and all the MRTA militants were killed.

Barbados 1996 Barbados Drug Trafficking 17th Dec. , 1996 : A sharp increase in drug trafficking led the U.S. to push Caribbean countries into allowing U.S. vessels to pursue criminals into Caribbean waters. However, an emergency meeting of Caribbean government officials protested loudly that the U.S. was coercing them into fighting the drug traffickers and were going to confront President Clinton.

U.S. 2005 U.S.A. Terrorist Surveillance Program 17th Dec. , 2005 : President George W. Bush acknowledged he'd personally authorized a secret eavesdropping program in the U.S. following Sept. 11, calling it "crucial to our national security.", referred to by the Bush administration as the "terrorist surveillance program", and is authorized by executive order to monitor, without warrants, phone calls and other communication involving any party believed by the NSA ( National Security Agency ) to be a threat to the security of the United States.

Cuba 2006 Cuba Guantanamo Bay 17th Dec. , 2006 : Guantanamo Bay holds the most dangerous, despicable criminals in the world according to the Pentagon. A crowd of suspects was rounded up after September 11th when two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Centre. However, since January 2002, the U.S. had released 360 prisoners from Guantanamo Bay and sent them to other countries. Of these former prisoners 205 out of 245 were freed which casts doubt on their guilt in the first place.
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Russia 2006 Russia Rallies in Moscow December 17th, 2006 : About seventy thousand young people held a rally to honor the war veterans who defended Moscow in December 1941. The rally received coverage on a number of TV channels, and was named one of the major events of the year by some of them. It was well covered by the print and electronic media. Police and the security service were deployed, although many of the participants were dressed as Dyet Moroz, the Russian Santa Claus. Another rally was held to remember reporters killed in Russia from 1993-2006. About two hundred and fifty reporters from across Russia were killed over this period, and most of their cases are still unsolved. Moscow refused to officially sanction this demonstration, and denied permission to the activists to march on Tverskaya Street.

England 2009 England No U.K. copyright for Stormtrooper uniforms 17th Dec. , 2009 : George Lucas's Lucasfilm company has lost the latest round in a legal battle against a prop designer who sells replica Stormtrooper costumes. The British Court of Appeal rejected claims by Lucasfilm that Andrew Ainsworth, of Shepperton Design Studios, who created the original Stormtrooper suits and helmets, was breaching copyright. It ruled that the helmets were not works of art and were therefore not covered by copyright law in the U.K. The decision allows Mr. Ainsworth to continue producing the uniforms in the U.K.

Tunisia 2010 Tunisia Mohamed Bouazizi sets himself on fire 17th December, 2011 : The Tunisian street vendor "Mohamed Bouazizi" sets himself on fire in protest of the confiscation of his wares and the harassment and humiliation by the local municipal official and her aides, Many believe his act proved to be the catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and later the wider Arab Spring. Bouazizi barely survived suffering severe burns over 90% of his body before locals managed to douse the flames, he later died from his burn injuries on January 4th 2011

North Korea 2011 North Korea North Korean Leader Kim Jong-il Dies 17th December, 2011 : North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-il, reportedly died after suffering a heart attack according to state media in the tightly controlled and highly isolated Communist country. His death signaled the possibility for increased instability as the transition of power within the country took place. In the days and weeks after Kim Jong-il's death, his youngest son Kim Jong-un was given various important titles such as "the Great Successor", leading to to what most suspect will be his eventual rise to leadership in the country. Citizens reportedly took to the streets in public displays of mourning and were shown through the state media.

United States
2012 United States Senior US Senator Dies

17th December, 2012 : The most senior US Senator, Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, died at the age of eighty-eight. Inouye had been a US Senator since 1963, and had been a member of Congress since 1959 when Hawaii joined the union. Inouye had been the first Japanese-American member of Congress.

2013 Germany Merkel Confirmed as Chancellor

17th December, 2013 : Germany's parliament voted to confirm Angela Merkel as the German Chancellor for a third term. She was confirmed after successful negotiations formed a coalition between Merkel's CDU/CSU party and the SPD.