On This Day

Historical Events on December 17 (Part 2)

  • 2012 18 people drown after an overloaded boat sinks in Cotonou, Benin
  • 2012 NASA completes a successful mission to map the Moon’s gravity field
  • 2013 Australia wins the 3rd test to take win the 2013-14 Ashes test cricket series

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2013 Angela Merkel is elected Chancellor of Germany for a third term

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel

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2014 Sony Pictures cancels the release of "The Interview", starring Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, and James Franco, after a cyber attack on the studio

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • 2014 103-year-old Gus Andreone records the 8th ace of his career on the 113-yard, 14th hole of the Lakes Course, Palm Aire, Sarasota, FL; oldest golfer to record a hole-in-one
  • 2015 José Mourinho is sacked as manager of British Premier football club Chelsea
  • 2015 Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals is arrested on fraud charges in New York by the FBI
  • 2015 Libyan warring political factions sign a UN-brokered deal to form a unified government
  • 2017 French sailor François Gabart sets round-the-world record for fastest solo navigation of the globe in 42 days 16 hours
  • 2017 Terrorist suicide attack on a Methodist church in Quetta, Pakistan kills nine

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2017 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend, 2nd largest opening in North America ($220m)

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
Actor Adam Driver
Actor
Adam Driver
  • 2017 Sebastián Piñera wins Chile's presidential election run-off, returning to office after 4 years
  • 2017 Brazilian footballer and former AC Milan and Real Madrid player Kaka retires

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2017 Set of ink-brush paintings by Qi Baishi sells at auction for 931.5m yuan ($US140m) in Bejing, a record for Chinese paintings

Painter Qi Baishi
Painter
Qi Baishi
  • 2018 CBS announces former Chief Executive Les Moonves will not receive his $120 million exit payout

  • 2018 US military confirms it has killed 62 fighters from Islamist group al-Shabab in air strikes in Somalia
  • 2018 US poacher sentenced to watch the film "Bambi" repeatedly during year in prison, for killing hundreds of deer in Missouri
  • 2018 Malaysia files criminal charges against US bank Goldman Sachs for it role in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal
  • 2018 Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster's word of the year is "justice"
  • 2018 Astronomers identify furtherest object in the solar system as 2018 VG18 (nicknamed Farout), 120 x further from the sun than earth
  • 2018 New reports to US Senate say Russian propaganda efforts on social media much more extensive than thought, including targeting African Americans

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2019 Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf sentenced to death in absentia for high treason

General and 10th President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf
General and 10th President of Pakistan
Pervez Musharraf
  • 2019 Young girl's 5,700 year old DNA extracted from birch tar used as chewing gum, from Lolland Island, southern Denmark
  • 2019 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
  • 2019 Australia has its hottest day ever with average temperature of 40.9 across the country
  • 2019 China's 1st domestically built aircraft carrier, the Shandong, enters naval service
  • 2020 China's Chang'e-5 mission successfully returns from collecting rock samples from the Moon, landing in Siziwang Banner, Mongolia
  • 2020 French President Emanuel Macron tests positive for COVID-19, sending other European leaders into isolation
  • 2020 King Carl XVI Gustaf says Swedish authorities have failed in their response to COVID-19, criticizing the country's controversial anti-lockdown strategy
  • 2020 More than 300 school boys rescued after they were kidnapped from their school in Katsina state, northern Nigeria
  • 2020 Cyclone Yasa makes landfall as a category 5 storm over Bula province, Fiji, killing two people