December 17

1777

France recognized American independence.

1903

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

1944

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

1969

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

1992

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

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