On This Day: December 17th
This is 351st day of the year and 14 days remain in the year.
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.
December 17 BirthdaysJohn Greenleaf Whittier1807–1892, American Poet.
Milla Jovovichmodel, actor, and singer
Sir Humphry Davychemist, physicist
William L. Safirejournalist
W.L. Mackenzie Kingpolitical leader
Sylvia Ashton-Warnernovelist and educator