December 17 Events in History - December 17 Birthdays - December 17 Deaths
2014 The U.S. will end its 1960 embargo and reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba; the agreement took place after an exchange of three Cuban spies for aid worker Alan Gross and an unnamed American spy
2014 Sony Pictures cancels release of its movie "The Interview" after hacking attacks and threats thought to be ordered by the North Korean government; the movie is reportedly a comedy depicting an attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
2013 It is announced that Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Nirvana, KISS and Cat Stevens will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014
2013 Harry Styles, the 19 year-old member of the band One Direction, wins a court order banning certain paparazzi from pursuing him on the street and from lingering outside his home
2012 Outgoing U.S. Senator Jim DeMint is replaced by GOP Congressman Tim Scott, the first black senator from the South since 1881
2012 Ceremonies commemorating the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il were held outside the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun mausoleum in Pyongyang; the nation observed three-minutes of silence to honor him
2011 In the Philippines, flash floods from Tropical Storm Washi killed at least 400 people, with more missing
2011 Protesters in Cario's Tahir Square are beaten by Egyptian Army soldiers in a second day of skirmishes resulting in 10 deaths and hundreds of injured
2010 The first ever HIV infection is announced in the Cook Islands
2010 The United Kingdom gives prisoners serving less than four years the right to vote
2004 President Bush signs the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Act of 2004 which reorganizes intelligence agencies and creates position of national security director
1995 "School after Scandal" closes at Lyceum Theater New York City after 23 performances
1994 KLM's last DC-10 goes out of service
1993 Bangladesh moslem call for murder of feminist Taslima Nasrin
1993 Kevin Scott skates world record 1000 m (1:12.54)
1993 Northern Exposure star Barry Corbin falls off his horse
1993 Tennis star Boris Becker (26) weds Barbara Feltus (27)
1992 "Christmas Carol" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 22 performances
1992 General Suwa finds tooth of 4.4 million year old Australopithecus ramidus
1991 Cleveland Cavaliers beat Miami Heat 148-80, by record 68 pts
1991 NBA's most lopsided game Cleveland beats Miami 148-80
1991 Patrick Manning becomes premier of Trinidad and Tobago
1991 Soap opera "One Life To Live" airs its 6,000th episode
1990 KTBN, Salt Lake City Utah, begins shortwave radio transmissions
1989 78th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Stuttgart (3-2)
1989 Brazil elects conservative Fernando Collor de Mello president
1989 Michael Bevan scores cricket century on 1st-class debut (114 SA vs. WA)
1989 Patti Rizzo/Mike Hill wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
1988 77th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Gothenburg (4-1)
1988 Bryan Murray becomes 17th NHL coach to win 300 games (Washington Caps)
1988 New York Islanders break 12 game losing streak, beat Devils 5-2
1988 USS Tennessee, 1st sub to carry Trident 2 missiles, commissioned
1988 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1987 Czechoslovakian party leader Gustav Husak resigns
1986 U.S. Congress forms Irangate committee
1986 Mrs Davina Thompson makse medical history by having the 1st heart, lung and liver transplant (Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England)
1984 New Jersey Devils 1st penalty shot-Rocky Trottier scores against Edmonton
1984 New Jersey Devils 1st shutout, Glenn Resch makes 42 saves beat Minn, 2-0
1983 "Peg" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City after 5 performances
1983 Bomb attack on Harrod's war house in London, 5 killed, 94 injured
1983 Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die
1981 Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brigadier General James L Dozier
1980 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980 Mauritania provisional constitution published
1979 Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 kph
1978 OPEC raises oil prices 18%
1978 Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda
1977 Bobby Simpson scores 176 Australia vs. India at the WACA, aged 41
1977 Elvis Costello and The Attractions 1st U.S. TV appearance (SNL)
1977 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1976 Superstation WTBS in Atlanta went national
1975 1st time New York Islanders shut-out New York Rangers, 3-0-Billy Smith's 5th
1975 Lynette Fromme sentenced to life for attempt on President Ford's life
1973 Arabs terrorists shoot passengers on Boeing 737 to Kuwait
1972 New line of control agreed to in Kashmir between India and Pakistan
1972 WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast
1971 "Diamonds are Forever" premieres in US
1971 Cease fire between India and Pakistan in Kashmir
1971 Radio Bangladesh begins transmitting
1970 Gdansk, Poland shipworkers strike
1970 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1970 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1969 50m TV viewers saw 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
1967 WEDW TV channel 49 in Bridgeport, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1965 Astrodome opens, 1st event is Judy Garland and Supremes concert
1965 British government proclaims ends oil-embargo against Rhodesia
1965 David Levy begins his search for comets
1965 Dutch government shuts Limburgs coal mine
1963 Tsjoi Doo Sun forms government in South Korea
1963 West and East Berlin sign accord about travel rules
1962 Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People and Places)
1962 Current constitution of Monaco promulgated
1961 Disgruntled employee set fire to a circus tent in Niteroi Brazil
1961 India seizes Goa and 2 other Portuguese colonies
1961 Niteroi Circus of Rio de Janeiro catches fire; 323 die
1960 "La Plume de Ma Tante" closes at Royale Theater New York City after 835 performances
1960 "Take Me Along" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 448 performances
1960 Pablo Casals' oratorio "El Pesebrio," premieres
1959 "On The Beach," is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain
1959 1st movie opening simultaneously in major cities (On The Beach)
1957 U.S. successfully test-fires Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile
1954 1st fully automated railroad freight yard (Gary, Indiana)
1954 WEAU TV channel 13 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 Dmitri Shostakovich' 10th Symphony, premieres in Leningrad
1953 FCC approves RCA's black and white - compatible color TV specifications
1951 Dutch Communist Party members forbidden to be civil servants
1949 "Regina" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 86 performances
1949 Burma recognizes People's Republic of China
1947 NY struck by a blizzard, resulting with 27" of snow
1947 WEWS TV channel 5 in Cleveland, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
1946 Bradman and Barnes complete 405 run 5th wkt stand, score 234 ea
1946 U.S. V-2 rocket reaches 183 km, White Sands Proving Grounds, NM
1944 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship
1944 Japanese-Americans released from detention camps
1944 M-Ocean View streetcar resumes service and is extended to Market St
1944 U.S. Army announces end of excluding Japanese-Americans from West Coast
1944 U.S. destroyers sink in storm off Philippines, 790 killed
1943 Transport 63 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1942 Allies in London sentence German war criminals
1941 Dutch and Australian troops lands on Portuguese-Timor
1941 German submarine U-31 sunk
1941 German troops led by Rommel begin retreating in North Africa
1940 British troops occupies Sollum
1939 German pocket battleship Graf Spee scuttled by its crew off Uruguay
1938 Utrecht Central Station destroyed by fire
1936 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and dummy Charlie McCarthy, appear on TV
1933 B H Valentine scores 133 on Test Cricket debut, England vs. India at Bombay
1933 Lala Amarnath scores century on Test Cricket debut (went on to 118)
1933 Spain's 2nd Government of Lerroux forms
1933 NFL starts official stats as Bears beat Giants 23-21 in champ game
1932 Cards trade Jim Bottomley to Reds for Estel Crabtree and Ownie Carroll
1928 John McGraw backs NL President John Heydler's designated hitter idea
1927 U.S. submarine 'S-4' sinks after collision kills all 34 aboard
1927 Victoria score 793 against Queensland, Bill Ponsford 437
1926 German Marx government falls due to cooperation with red army
1926 KYA-AM in San Francisco, California begins radio transmissions
1926 Lithuanian military state under General Augustine Woldemaras
1925 Col William "Billy" Mitchell court-martial for insubordination
1925 Russia and Turkey sign non-aggresion pact
1924 1st U.S. diesel electric locomotive enters service, Bronx, New York
1923 Greek king George II overthrown by army/republic
1922 Last British troops leave Ireland Freestate
1920 AL votes to let spitball pitchers to continue using it
1920 British Empire receives League of Nations mandate to Nauru
1920 Japan receives League of Nations mandate over Pacific islands
1920 South Africa receives League of Nations mandate over SW Africa
1919 Austria parliament approves 8-hour day
1914 Austrian troops beat Russians in Limanova Poland
1914 Great Britain declares Egypt a protectorate
1914 Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv by Turkish authorities
1909 Leopold II, king of Belgium, buried in Brussels
1907 Ugyen Wangchuck became 1st hereditary king of Bhutan
1903 At 10:35 AM, 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight (Orville Wright)
1902 Frank Wedekind's "Der Erdgeist," premieres in Berlin
1900 1st prize of 100,00 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrials. Martians excluded-considered too easy
1900 New Ellis Island Immigration station completed costing $1.5 million
1895 Anti-Saloon League of America formed, Washington, D.C.
1895 George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine (Mass)
1893 Russia ratifies Duple Alliance with France
1892 Tsjaikovski's ballet "Casse-noisette," premieres in St. Petersburg
1887 Georges Feydeaus' "Tailleur Pour Dames" premieres in Paris
1885 France declares Madagascar a protectorate
1875 Violent bread riots in Montreal
1865 Franz Schubert's "Unvolendete" Symphony," premieres
1864 Battle of Franklin, TN
1862 General U.S. Grant issues order #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee
1860 Anaheim Township created in Los Angeles County
1852 1st Hawaiian cavalry organized
1832 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin sails in Strait Le Maire
1821 Kentucky abolishes debtors prisons
1819 Congress of Angostura establishes Colombia's independence from Spain
1798 1st impeachment trial against a U.S. senator (Wm Blount, TN) begins
1792 Opening of 1st legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city
1791 New York City traffic regulation creates 1st 1-way street
1790 Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City
1788 Russian army of Grigorij Potemkin occupies Ocharov
1777 France recognizes independence of English colonies in America
1777 ,George Washingtons army returns to Valley Forge Pennsylvania
1745 Bonnie Prince Charles army retreats to Scotland
1728 Congregation Shearith Israel of New York purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan, to build New York's 1st synagogue
1718 England declares war on Spain
1638 French/Swedish troops occupy Breisach on the Rhine
1587 Earl Leicesters army leaves Netherlands
1572 Spanish army begins fires in Haarlem Netherlands
1538 Pope Paul III excommunicated England's King Henry VIII
1526 Ferdinand of Austria chosen as King of Bohemia
1526 Pope Clemens VII publishes degree Cum ad zero - forms Inquisition
283 St. Gaius begins his reign as Catholic Pope