What Happened on December 17

Historical 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
  • 1538 Pope Paul III excommunicates England's King Henry VIII
  • 1788 Russian army of Grigory Potemkin occupies Ocharov
  • 1986 Mrs Davina Thompson makes medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant (Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England)
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Did You Know?

The Simpsons, America's longest-running sitcom debuts

On December 17, 1989

Famous Weddings

  • 1600 Marriage of Henry IV of France and Marie de' Medici.
  • 1915 Journalist Benito Mussolini marries Rachele Guidi in Treviglio Lombardy
  • 1918 Philippine Senator (and later 2nd President) Manuel L. Quezon (40) weds first cousin Aurora Aragon (30) in Hong Kong
  • 1955 Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (47) weds Cecilia Suyat
  • 1969 50m TV viewers saw singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky, on Tonight Show

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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