17 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Prince Rupert of the Rhine, 1619
  • Thomas Chandler Haliburton (Sam Slick), 1796
  • John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807
  • Herbert Beerbohm Tree, 1853
  • Ford Madox Ford, 1873
  • Erwin Piscator, 1893
  • Arthur Fiedler, 1894
  • Erskine Caldwell, 1903
  • William Safire, 1929
  • Bob Guccione, 1930
  • Tommy Steele, 1936
  • Paul Butterfield, 1942
  • Bill Pullman, 1954
  • Milla Jovovich, 1975

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Gregory VIII, 1187
  • Saint John of Matha, 1213
  • Simon Bolivar, 1830
  • King Leopold II Belgium, 1909
  • Dorothy Sayers, 1957
  • Thomas Mitchell, 1962
  • Dana Andrews, 1992
  • Jennifer Jones, 2009
  • Kim Jong-il, 2011

Today's Events:

  • 1538 - Pope Paul III excommunicates England's King Henry VIII.
  • 1572 - Spanish army begins fires in Haarlem, the Netherlands.
  • 1745 - Bonnie Prince Charles army retreats to Scotland.
  • 1777 - France recognizes the independence of English colonies in America.
  • 1777 - Gen. George Washington takes troops to Valley Forge, PA for a rotten winter in Revolutionary War.
  • 1790 - Aztec Calendar or Solar Stone uncovered by workmen repairing Central Plaza in Mexico City.
  • 1791 - First one-way street designated in America in New York.
  • 1819 - Simon Bolivar becomes President of newly formed Republic of Columbia.
  • 1900 - French offer 100,000ff for proof of extraterrestrial communications; Mars excluded - too easy.
  • 1903 - Orville Wright makes four flights in first plane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; longest is 850 feet.
  • 1933 - Show business publication Daily Variety first published in Hollywood.
  • 1933 - Chicago Bears defeat NY Giants in first professional world championship football game.
  • 1986 - Medical history made as Davina Thompson gets first heart, lung & liver transplant at Cambridge, UK.
  • 1997 - New Jersey becomes first state of the union to permit gay couples to adopt children.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Begga
  • Olympias
  • Sturm

Holiday:

  • On Matsuri Festival in Nara, Japan
  • National Day in Bhutan
  • Pan American Aviation Day and Wright Brothers Day in the USA

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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