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Sunday 17 December 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
  • Pan American Aviation Day (United States)
  • Wright Brothers Day, a United States federal observance by Presidential proclamation

Events

  • 2014 – The United States and Cuba re-establish diplomatic relations after severing them in 1960.
  • 2003 – SpaceShipOne, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first powered and first supersonic flight.
  • 1989 – Fernando Collor de Mello defeats Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the second round of the Brazilian presidential election, becoming the first democratically elected President in almost 30 years.
  • 1989 – The Simpsons first premiered on television with the episode, Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.
  • 1981 – American Brigadier General James L. Dozier is abducted by the Red Brigades in Verona, Italy.
  • 1969 – Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closes its study of UFOs.
  • 1961 – Niterói circus fire: Fire breaks out during a performance by the Gran Circus Norte-Americano in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, killing more than 500.
  • 1957 – The United States successfully launches the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • 1951 – The American Civil Rights Congress delivers "We Charge Genocide" to the United Nations.
  • 1950 – The F-86 Sabre's first mission over Korea.
  • 1947 – First flight of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber.
  • 1944 – World War II: Battle of the Bulge: Malmedy massacre: American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs are shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Joachim Peiper.
  • 1943 – All Chinese are again permitted to become citizens of the United States upon the repeal of the Act of 1882 and the introduction of the Magnuson Act.
  • 1938 – Otto Hahn discovers the nuclear fission of the heavy element uranium, the scientific and technological basis of nuclear energy.
  • 1935 – First flight of the Douglas DC-3.
  • 1907 – Ugyen Wangchuck is crowned first King of Bhutan
  • 1903 – The Wright brothers make the first controlled powered, heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  • 1896 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Schenley Park Casino, which was the first multi-purpose arena with the technology to create an artificial ice surface in North America, is destroyed in a fire.
  • 1892 – First issue of Vogue is published
  • 1865 – First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
  • 1790 – Discovery of the Aztec calendar stone.
  • 1777 – American Revolution: France formally recognizes the United States.
  • 497 BC – The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome.

Births

  • 1994 – Nat Wolff, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player and actor
  • 1991 – James Hurst, American football player
  • 1987 – Chelsea Manning, American soldier and intelligence analyst
  • 1986 – Emma Bell, American actress
  • 1984 – Mikky Ekko, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1984 – Shannon Woodward, American actress
  • 1982 – Craig Kielburger, Canadian activist and author, co-founded Free the Children and Me to We
  • 1982 – Josh Barfield, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Ryan Moats, American football player
  • 1981 – Jerry Hsu, American skateboarder and photographer
  • 1980 – Eli Pariser, American activist and author, co-founded Avaaz.org
  • 1980 – Ryan Hunter-Reay, American race car driver
  • 1979 – Matt Murley, American ice hockey player
  • 1978 – Alex Cintrón, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1978 – Chase Utley, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Takeo Spikes, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1975 – Milla Jovovich, Ukrainian-American actress
  • 1975 – Nick Dinsmore, American wrestler and trainer
  • 1974 – Giovanni Ribisi, American actor
  • 1974 – Sarah Paulson, American actress
  • 1973 – Rian Johnson, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial artist and kick-boxer
  • 1969 – Laurie Holden, American actress and model
  • 1966 – Tracy Byrd, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1964 – Joe Wolf, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962 – Rocco Mediate, American golfer and journalist
  • 1959 – Bob Stinson, American songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)
  • 1958 – Mike Mills, American bass player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1957 – Bob Ojeda, American baseball player and coach
  • 1956 – Peter Farrelly, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1955 – Brad Davis, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1953 – Bill Pullman, American actor
  • 1951 – Pat Hill, American football player and coach
  • 1950 – Laurence F. Johnson, American educator and author
  • 1950 – Maurice Peoples, American sprinter and coach
  • 1948 – Jim Bonfanti, American rock drummer
  • 1947 – Wes Studi, American actor and producer
  • 1945 – Chris Matthews, American journalist and author
  • 1945 – Ernie Hudson, American actor
  • 1944 – Carlo M. Croce, Italian-American oncologist and academic
  • 1944 – Jack L. Chalker, American author and educator (d. 2005)
  • 1942 – Paul Butterfield, American singer and harmonica player (d. 1987)
  • 1939 – Eddie Kendricks, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 1992)
  • 1939 – James Booker, American pianist (d. 1983)
  • 1937 – Art Neville, American singer and keyboard player
  • 1937 – Calvin Waller, American general (d. 1996)
  • 1937 – John Kennedy Toole, American novelist (d. 1969)
  • 1937 – Kerry Packer, Australian businessman, founded World Series Cricket (d. 2005)
  • 1935 – Cal Ripken, Sr., American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1999)
  • 1934 – Irving Petlin, American painter and academic
  • 1931 – Dave Madden, Canadian-American actor (d. 2014)
  • 1931 – Gerald Finnerman, American director and cinematographer (d. 2011)
  • 1931 – James McGaugh, American neurobiologist and psychologist
  • 1930 – Bob Guccione, American photographer and publisher, founded Penthouse (d. 2010)
  • 1929 – William Safire, American journalist and author (d. 2009)
  • 1928 – Doyle Conner, American farmer and politician, 7th Florida Commissioner of Agriculture (d. 2012)
  • 1928 – Eli Beeding, American captain and pilot (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Marilyn Beck, American journalist (d. 2014)
  • 1927 – Edward Meneeley, American painter and sculptor (d. 2012)
  • 1927 – Richard Long, American actor and director (d. 1974)
  • 1926 – John Hans Krebs, American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1926 – Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1923 – Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian and scholar (d. 2006)
  • 1922 – Alan Voorhees, American engineer and academic (d. 2005)
  • 1914 – Fernando Alonso, Cuban ballet dancer, co-founded the Cuban National Ballet (d. 2013)
  • 1913 – Burt Baskin, American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (d. 1967)
  • 1910 – Eknath Easwaran, Indian-American educator and author (d. 1999)
  • 1910 – Sy Oliver, American singer-songwriter and trumpet player (d. 1988)
  • 1908 – Willard Libby, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1980)
  • 1906 – Russell C. Newhouse, American pilot and engineer (d. 1998)
  • 1904 – Paul Cadmus, American painter and illustrator (d. 1999)
  • 1903 – Erskine Caldwell, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1987)
  • 1900 – Mary Cartwright, English mathematician and academic, one of the first people to analyze a dynamical system with chaos (d. 1998)
  • 1898 – Loren Murchison, American sprinter (d. 1979)
  • 1894 – Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (d. 1979)
  • 1894 – Patrick Flynn, Irish-American runner and soldier (d. 1969)
  • 1892 – Sam Barry, American basketball player and coach (d. 1950)
  • 1853 – Pierre Paul Émile Roux, French physician and immunologist, co-founded the Pasteur Institute (d. 1933)
  • 1835 – Alexander Emanuel Agassiz, Swiss-American ichthyologist and engineer (d. 1910)
  • 1807 – John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet and activist (d. 1892)
  • 1797 – Joseph Henry, American physicist and engineer (d. 1878)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Benjamin A. Gilman, American soldier and politician (b. 1922)
  • 2016 – Gordon Hunt, American voice director (b. 1929)
  • 2016 – Henry Heimlich, American doctor (b. 1920)
  • 2015 – Hal Brown, American baseball player and manager (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – Michael Wyschogrod, German-American philosopher and theologian (b. 1928)
  • 2015 – Osamu Hayaishi, American-Japanese biochemist and academic (b. 1920)
  • 2014 – Dieter Grau, German-American scientist and engineer (b. 1913)
  • 2014 – Lowell Steward, American captain (b. 1919)
  • 2014 – Richard C. Hottelet, American journalist (b. 1917)
  • 2013 – Janet Rowley, American geneticist and biologist (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Richard Heffner, American historian and television host (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Daniel Inouye, American captain and politician (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Frank Pastore, American baseball player and radio host (b. 1957)
  • 2012 – James Gower, American priest and activist, co-founded the College of the Atlantic (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – Richard Adams, Filipino-American activist (b. 1947)
  • 2010 – Captain Beefheart, American singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2010 – Walt Dropo, American basketball and baseball player (b. 1923)
  • 2009 – Alaina Reed Hall, American actress (b. 1946)
  • 2009 – Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2009 – Jennifer Jones, American actress (b. 1919)
  • 2008 – Dave Smith, American baseball player and coach (b. 1955)
  • 2008 – Sammy Baugh, American football player and coach (b. 1914)
  • 2006 – Larry Sherry, American baseball player and coach (b. 1935)
  • 2005 – Jack Anderson, American journalist and author (b. 1922)
  • 2004 – Tom Wesselmann, American painter and sculptor (b. 1931)
  • 2003 – Otto Graham, American football player and coach (b. 1921)
  • 1999 – C. Vann Woodward, American historian and academic (b. 1908)
  • 1999 – Grover Washington, Jr., American singer-songwriter and saxophonist (b. 1943)
  • 1999 – Rex Allen, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1920)
  • 1992 – Dana Andrews, American actor (b. 1909)
  • 1987 – Linda Wong, American porn actress (b. 1951)
  • 1987 – Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian-American author and poet (b. 1903)
  • 1982 – Homer S. Ferguson, American lawyer, judge, and politician (b. 1889)
  • 1978 – Don Ellis, American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (b. 1934)
  • 1970 – Oliver Waterman Larkin, American historian, author, and educator (b. 1896)
  • 1964 – Victor Francis Hess, Austrian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1883)
  • 1962 – Thomas Mitchell, American actor (b. 1892)
  • 1956 – Eddie Acuff, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1928 – Frank Rinehart, American photographer (b. 1861)
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