On This Day: December 17th

This is 351st day of the year and 14 days remain in the year.

in history
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.
December 17 Birthdays
John Greenleaf Whittier1807–1892, American Poet.
Arthur Fiedlerconductor
Milla Jovovichmodel, actor, and singer
Sir Humphry Davychemist, physicist
William L. Safirejournalist
W.L. Mackenzie Kingpolitical leader
Sylvia Ashton-Warnernovelist and educator



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