On This Day

What Happened on December 17

Important Events

  • 1398 Tamerlane captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies by setting camels loaded with hay alight and charging them at the Sultans armored 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 1st 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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Dec 17 in Film & TV

  • 1989 "The Simpsons" created by Matt Groening, premieres on Fox TV as a full animated series with the episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

Dec 17 in Music

  • 1865 Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished Symphony" premieres in Vienna with Johann von Herbeck conducting

Dec 17 in Sport

  • 1927 Australian cricketing prodigy Don Bradman scores 118 in his 1st-class debut for NSW against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval

Did You Know?

1st prize of 100,000 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrials. Martians excluded-considered too easy.

On December 17, 1900


Would You Believe?

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

On December 17, 1967

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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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