What Happened on December 17

Significant Events

  • 1398 Timur (Tamerlane) captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies which include elephants
  • 1526 Pope Clemens VII publishes degree Cum ad zero - forms Inquisition
  • 1788 Russian army of Grigory Potemkin occupies Ocharov
  • 1903 The Wright Brothers make the first sustained motorized aircraft flight at 10:35 AM, piloted by Orville Wright at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • 1986 Mrs Davina Thompson makes medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England
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Did You Know?

The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening, debuts - America's longest-running sitcom

On December 17, 1989

Would You Believe?

Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, vanishes in mysterious circumstances while swimming near Melbourne.

On December 17, 1967

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 2007 Actor Dermot Mulroney (44) divorces actress Catherine Keener (48) due to irreconcilable differences after 17 years of marriage
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