On This Day

On This Day in History for December 17 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1965 Dutch government shuts Limburgs coal mine
  • 1965 Largest newspaper-Sunday NY Times at 946 pages (50 cents)
  • 1967 Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, vanishes in mysterious circumstances while swimming near Melbourne
  • 1969 USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings
  • 1970 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1970 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1970 Poland: shipyard workers in Gdańsk strike; soldiers in Gdynia fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.
  • 1971 Cease fire between India & Pakistan in Kashmir
  • 1971 Radio Bangladesh begins transmitting
  • 1972 New line of control agreed to in Kashmir between India & Pakistan
  • 1973 Arabs terrorists shoot passengers on Boeing 737 to Kuwait
  • 1975 John Paul Stevens appointed to the US Supreme Court
  • 1975 Lynette Fromme sentenced to life for attempt on US President Ford's life
  • 1976 Superstation WTBS in Atlanta went national
  • 1977 Bobby Simpson scores 176 Australia v India at the WACA, aged 41
  • 1977 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

  • 1978 Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda
  • 1978 The Workers' Party of Jamaica is founded by Trevor Munroe.
  • 1978 OPEC raises oil prices by 18% and agrees on a 14.5% petroleum price increase for 1979, to be implemented quarterly
  • 1979 Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 kph (record for wheeled vehicle)
  • 1980 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1980 Mauritania provisional constitution published
  • 1981 Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brigadier General James L Dozier
  • 1983 Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die
  • 1983 The Provisional IRA bombs Harrods department store in London, killing six people and injuring 90
  • 1986 US Congress forms "Irangate" committee
  • 1986 Mrs Davina Thompson makes medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski is arrested at a roadblock

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • 1987 Czechoslovak party leader Gustav Husak resigns
  • 1988 USS Tennessee, 1st sub to carry Trident 2 missiles, commissioned
  • 1988 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1989 Brazil elects conservative Fernando Collor de Mello as president
  • 1990 KTBN, Salt Lake City Utah, begins shortwave radio transmissions
  • 1991 Patrick Manning becomes premier of Trinidad & Tobago
  • 1992 Gen Suwa finds tooth of 4.4 million year old Australopithecus ramidus
  • 1993 Muslims in Bangladesh call for the murder of feminist Taslima Nasrin

  • 1993 Kevin Scott skates world record 1000 m (1:12.54)
  • 1993 Northern Exposure star Barry Corbin falls off his horse
  • 1994 KLM's last DC-10 goes out of service

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1995 René Préval wins the Haiti presidential elections for the Fanmi Lavalas party

President of Haiti René Préval
President of Haiti
René Préval
  • 1999 The United Nations General Assembly passes resolution 54/134 designating November 25 as the annual International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women
  • 2002 Second Congo War: The Congolese parties of the Inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord which makes provision for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years.
  • 2003 The Soham murder trial ends at the Old Bailey in London, with Ian Huntley found guilty of two counts of murder. His girlfriend Maxine Carr is found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
  • 2003 SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight
  • 2005 Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • 2007 Republic of Lakotah asserts independence from the United States
  • 2012 Jiroemon Kimura of Japan becomes the world's oldest verified man at 116 years old
  • 2012 17 people are killed and 70 are injured by a blast in a market in the Khyber Agency, Pakistan
  • 2012 10 girls collecting firewood are killed by a mine blast in east Afghanistan
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • 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

  • 2017 Sebastián Piñera wins Chile's presidential election run-off, returning to office after 4 years

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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 US military confirms it has killed 62 fighters from Islamist group al-Shabab in air strikes in Somalia
  • 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 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

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