What Happened on December 17, 2012

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 10 girls collecting firewood are killed by a mine blast in east Afghanistan
  • 17 people are killed and 70 are injured by a blast in a market in the Khyber Agency, Pakistan
  • 18 people drown after an overloaded boat sinks in Cotonou, Benin
  • Jiroemon Kimura of Japan becomes the world's oldest verified man at 116 years old
  • NASA completes a successful mission to map the Moon’s gravity field

Famous Weddings

  • Minnesota Vikings football quarterback Christian Ponder (25) weds ESPN reporter Samantha Steele (27) in Hudson, Wisconsin

Famous Deaths

  • Daniel K. Inouye, American politician, dies from respiratory complications at 88