On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 2020

Historical Events

  • China's Chang'e-5 mission successfully returns from collecting rock samples from the Moon, landing in Siziwang Banner, Mongolia
  • Cyclone Yasa makes landfall as a category 5 storm over Bula province, Fiji, killing two people
  • French President Emanuel Macron tests positive for COVID-19, sending other European leaders into isolation
  • King Carl XVI Gustaf says Swedish authorities have failed in their response to COVID-19, criticizing the country's controversial anti-lockdown strategy
  • More than 300 school boys rescued after they were kidnapped from their school in Katsina state, northern Nigeria

Famous Deaths

  • Pelle Svensson, Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler (World C'ship gold 100kg 1970, 71; Olympic silver 97kg 1964), dies from cancer at 77
  • Stanley Cowell American jazz pianist (Heath Brothers), record label co-founder (Strata-East), and educator, dies from hypovolemic shock at 79
2020 Highlights

About December 17, 2020

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 1 year, 1 month and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Sagittarius