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Notable Historical Events for December 17th

1903At 10:35 AM, 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight (Orville Wright)

1832HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin sails in Strait Le Maire

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

1538Pope Paul III excommunicates England's King Henry VIII

1927Bradman scores 118 on 1st-class cricket debut, 188 mins 8 fours

1965Astrodome opens, 1st event is Judy Garland & Supremes concert

1941German troops led by Rommel begin retreating in North Africa

1946Bradman & Barnes complete 405 run 5th wkt stand, score 234 ea

1989The longest-running American sitcom the simpsons had its debut.

1398Timur (Tamerlane) captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies which include elephants

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Notable Birthdays on December 17th

1975Milla Jovovich, Kiev Ukraine, actress (Return to Blue Lagoon, Chaplin)

1929William Safire, political columnist (NY Times)/speech writer (Nixon), (d. 2009)

1874William Lyon Mackenzie King, (L), 10th Canadian PM (1921-30, 1935-48)

1908Willard Frank Libby, Grand Valley Colorado, American chemist (carbon-14 "atomic clock" - Nobel 1960)

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Notable Weddings on December 17th

1918Philippine Senator (and later 2nd President) Manuel L. Quezon (40) weds first cousin Aurora Aragon (30) in Hong Kong

1993Tennis star Boris Becker (26) weds designer Barbara Feltus (27)

1915Journalist Benito Mussolini marries Rachele Guidi in Treviglio Lombardy

1986Actor Harry Morgan (71) weds Barbara Bushman

1955Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (47) weds Cecilia Suyat

1994Actress Heather Locklear (33) weds Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora (35) at The American Cathedral in Paris, France

December 17th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on December 17th

2003Otto Graham, NFL Quarterback, dies of a heart aneurysm at 82

2008Sammy Baugh, American football player, dies at 94

December 17th Deaths
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