On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 2017

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend, 2nd largest opening in North America ($220m)

Composer John Williams
John Williams
Actor Adam Driver
Adam Driver
  • Brazilian footballer and former AC Milan and Real Madrid player Kaka retires
  • French sailor François Gabart sets round-the-world record for fastest solo navigation of the globe in 42 days 16 hours
  • Sebastián Piñera wins Chile's presidential election run-off, returning to office after 4 years
  • Set of ink-brush paintings by Qi Baishi sells at auction for 931.5m yuan in Bejing - record for Chinese paintings
  • Terrorist suicide attack on a Methodist church in Quetta, Pakistan kills nine

Famous Deaths

  • Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist (Double Rainbow), dies at 59
  • Robert G Wilmers, American banker ( M&T Bank ), billionaire and philanthropist, dies at 83