Monday, December 17, 2007

Today in History: December 17, 2007

In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane flights, near Kitty Hawk, N.C., using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer.


1798 1st impeachment trial against a US senator (William Blount, Tennessee) begins.

1986 US Congress forms "Irangate" committee.


1572 Spanish army begins fires in Haarlem Netherlands.

1718 England declares war on Spain.

1745 Bonnie Prince Charles army retreats to Scotland.

1777 France recognizes independence of English colonies in America.

1777 George Washington's army returns to Valley Forge PA.

1862 General US Grant issues order #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee.

1864 Battle of Franklin TN.

1914 Austrian troops beat Russians in Limanova Poland.

1939 German pocket battleship Graf Spee scuttled by its crew off Uruguay.

1941 German troops led by Rommel begin retreating in North Africa.

1941 Dutch & Australian troops lands on Portuguese-Timor.

1942 Allies in London sentence German war criminals.

1961 India seizes Goa & 2 other Portuguese colonies.

1971 Cease-fire between India & Pakistan in Kashmir.


1961 Disgruntled employee set fire to a Niteroi Circus of Rio de Janeiro circus tent in Niteroi Brazil; 323 die.

1973 Arab terrorists shoot passengers on Boeing 737 to Kuwait.

In 1975, Lynette Fromme was sentenced in Sacramento, Calif., to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Ford.

In 1981, members of the Red Brigades kidnapped Brig. Gen. James L. Dozier, the highest-ranking U.S. Army official in southern Europe, from his home in Verona, Italy. (Dozier was rescued 42 days later.)

1983 Bomb attack on Harrod's war house in London, 5 killed, 94 injured.

1993 Bangladesh moslems call for murder of feminist Taslima Nasrin.


1927 US sub 'S-4' sinks after collision kills all 34 aboard.

1944 US destroyers sink in storm off Philippines, 790 killed.

1983 Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die.


In 1970, soldiers fired at workers emerging from trains in Gdynia, Poland, beginning the government's brutal crackdown on mass anti-communist protests across the country.


1969 50 million TV viewers see singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky, on Tonight Show.

1969 USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.

1976 Superstation WTBS in Atlanta went national.


1986 Mrs Davina Thompson makes medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant (Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England).


Venezuela : Bolivar Day (1830)

World : Underdog Day - - - - - ( Friday )

Christian : Fiesta of the Virgin of the Lonely

compiled by Mondoreb

Sources: IndyStar: Today in History
Anyday in History


Death by 1000 Papercuts Front Page.

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