On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 2019

Historical Events

  • Australia has its hottest day ever with average temperature of 40.9 across the country
  • China's 1st domestically built aircraft carrier, the Shandong, enters naval service
  • England's Fallon Sherrock becomes first woman to win a match at the PDC World Darts Championship, beating compatriot Ted Evetts, 3-2 at the Alexandra Palace in London

Historic Event

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf sentenced to death in absentia for high treason

  • Young girl's 5,700 year old DNA extracted from birch tar used as chewing gum, from Lolland Island, southern Denmark

Famous Deaths

  • Hayden Fry, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (SMU 1962-72, North Texas State University 1973-78, University of Iowa 1979-98), dies from cancer at 90
  • Karin Balzer, German athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1964; bronze 100m hurdles 1972), dies at 81
2019 Highlights

About December 17, 2019

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 2 years, 6 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Alpha
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
  • UK #1 Song: Dance Monkey - Tones and I