December 17


France recognized American independence.


Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first flight in a heavier-than-air plane at Kitty Hawk, N.C.


The U.S. Army announced the end of its policy of holding Japanese-Americans in internment camps, allowing "evacuees" to return home.


The U.S. Air Force ended its "Project Blue Book" and concluded that there was no evidence of extraterrestrial activity behind UFO sightings.


North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed by U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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