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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Flash floods triggered by Tropical Storm Washi kill at least 400 people in the Philippines with hundreds more missing. //hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PHILIPPINES_STORM?SITE=WVECSECTION=HOMETEMPLATE=DEFAULT (AP via WVEC) //www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-16229394 (BBC) //www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-18/hundreds-killed-in-massive-philippines-storm/3736782 (AFP via ABC News Australia)

Friday, December 17, 2010

The death toll from the Christmas Island wreck rises to 30 with many still missing. //news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101217/ap_on_re_as/as_australia_boat_sinks (AP via Yahoo! News)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ruins of an entire ancient city belonging to the Wari culture are discovered in northern Peru. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7787053.stm (BBC)

Monday, December 17, 2007

President of Russia Vladimir Putin agrees to become Prime Minister after his term as president ends. //edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/12/17/putin.russia.ap/index.html (CNN)

Tuesday, December 17, 1996

The Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement takes 72 hostages in the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru.

Thursday, December 17, 1987

The Perl programming language is created by Larry Wall.
Square Co., Ltd. releases "Final Fantasy" in Japan for the Famicom.

Thursday, December 17, 1981

American Brigadier General James L. Dozier is kidnapped in Verona by the Italian Red Brigades.

Tuesday, December 17, 1974

WIPO becomes a specialized agency of the United Nations.

Sunday, December 17, 1967

Harold Holt, Australian prime minister, disappears when swimming at a beach 60 km from Melbourne.

Saturday, December 17, 1966

South Africa does not join the trade embargo against Rhodesia.

Friday, December 17, 1965

The British government begins an oil embargo against Rhodesia the United States joins the effort.

Sunday, December 17, 1961

A circus tent fire in Niterói, Brazil kills 323.

Saturday, December 17, 1960

Troops loyal to Emperor Haile Selassie I in Ethiopia overcome the coup that began on December 13, returning the reins to the Emperor upon his return from a trip to Brazil. The Emperor absolves his own son of any guilt.

Thursday, December 17, 1953

Saturday, December 17, 1949

Sunday, December 17, 1944

WWII: German troops carry out the Malmedy massacre.

Thursday, December 17, 1942

The Allies issue the Joint Declaration by Members of the United Nations, the first time they publicly acknowledge the Holocaust.
An airplane carrying prominent Ustashe general Jure Francetić crashes. Francetić dies as result of the injuries on December 27.
An avalanche in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania kills 26, including Vulcan Crucible Steel Co heir-apparent Samuel A. Stafford Sr., when two 100 ton boulders fall on a bus filled with wartime steel workers on their way home.

Tuesday, December 17, 1940

President Roosevelt, at his regular press conference, first sets forth the outline of his plan to send aid to Great Britain that will become known as Lend-Lease.

Saturday, December 17, 1938

Otto Hahn discovers the nuclear fission of Uranium, the scientific and tecnological basis of nuclear energy, which marks the beginning of the Atomic age.

Tuesday, December 17, 1935

The socialist party of Sri Lanka, the Lanka Sama Samaja Party, is founded.
Douglas DST, prototype of the Douglas DC-3 airliner, first flies, in the United States. More than 16,000 of the model will eventually be produced.
Samuel Hoare resigns as British foreign secretary and is replaced by Anthony Eden.

Saturday, December 17, 1927

The "U.S. submarine S-4" is accidentally rammed and sunk by the United States Coast Guard cutter "John Paulding" off Provincetown, Massachusetts, killing everyone aboard despite several unsuccessful attempts to raise the submarine.

Friday, December 17, 1926

A democratically elected government is overthrown during the 1926 Lithuanian coup d'état Antanas Smetona assumes power in Lithuania.
A democratically elected government is overthrown during the 1926 Lithuanian coup d\'état Antanas Smetona assumes power in Lithuania.

Sunday, December 17, 1916

Grigori Rasputin is murdered.

Thursday, December 17, 1914

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signs the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act (initially introduced by Francis Burton Harrison).

Friday, December 17, 1909

King Albert I of Belgium succeeds his uncle, Leopold II, on the throne.
Ottoman Empire slaughters thousands of Armenian Christians.
Karl Landsteiner develops a system of blood grouping.

Thursday, December 17, 1903

Orville Wright flies an aircraft with a petrol engine at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the first documented, successful, controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight.

Friday, December 17, 1886

English adventurer Thomas Stevens concludes the first circumnavigation by bicycle in Yokohama, having set out on his penny-farthing from San Francisco in 1884.

Wednesday, December 17, 1862

"General Order No. 11", which expelled all Jews from his military district, is issued by General Ulysses S. Grant. This order is rescinded a just few weeks later.

Sunday, December 17, 1837

At Le Mans, France, Father Basil Moreau, CSC, founds the Congregation of Holy Cross by joining the Brothers of St. Joseph and the Auxiliary Priests of Le Mans.
The 5th century BC Berlin Foundry Cup is acquired for the Antikensammlung Berlin in Germany.

Sunday, December 17, 1797

Joseph Haydn composes the music to "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser," the tune of which also became the music to the German national anthem, "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles".
Napoleon leads a successful French charge against Fort l'Aiguilette to secure Toulon.
The XYZ Affair inflames tensions between France and the United States.
Foundation of the Lautaro Lodge by Francisco de Miranda, membership will include many independence leaders such as Bernardo O'Higgins and José de San Martín.

Saturday, December 17, 1718

Austria, Great Britain, and France declare war on Spain, launching the War of the Quadruple Alliance.
The white potato reaches New England from England.
Austria completes its conquest of Hungary, formerly a part of the Ottoman Empire.
The Funj warrior aristocracy deposes the reigning "mek" and places one of their own ranks on the throne of Sennar (History of Sudan).

Thursday, December 17, 1637

The first opera house, "Teatro San Cassiano", opens in Venice.
Second Manchu invasion of Korea: The Joseon court reluctantly submits to the Manchu's demands of vassalhood while continuing to pledge loyalty to the Chinese Ming Dynasty.
Six European ships dock at a port in China, bringing 38,421 pairs of eyeglasses to China during the late Ming Dynasty, the first recorded European-made eyeglasses to enter China. Now the Daoist unconcern with sight will change, along with their favorable attitude towards lack of intricate detail in painting (although those with good eyesight often favor intricate details in their painting). Refer to page 57 of Timothy Brook's book "The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China". However, the historian Kaiming Chiu argues in his "The Introduction of Spectacles Into China" that spectacles were introduced into China as far back as the late 13th century.
The Blessed Virgin is proclaimed Queen of Genoa.
The Kingdom of England wages war against the Mashantucket Pes.
The Shimabara Rebellion erupts in Japan.
France places a few missionaries in the Côte d'Ivoire, a country it will rule more than 200 years later.
Elizabeth Poole becomes the first woman to have founded a town (Taunton, Massachusetts) in the Americas.
Pierre de Fermat makes a notation, in a document margin, claiming to have proof of what would become known as Fermat's last theorem.
30,000 peasants in the heavily Catholic area of northern Kyūshū revolt.

Wednesday, December 17, 1586

English explorer Thomas Cavendish begins his circumnavigation of the globe.
The cities of Voronezh, Samara, and Tyumen in Russia are founded.
Simon Stevin, a Flemish mathematician, demonstrates that two objects of different weight fall with the same speed.
The first HMS "Vanguard" is launched in England.
St. Augustine, Florida, and Santo Domingo in the modern day Dominican Republic are plundered and burned by English sea captain Sir Francis Drake.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi becomes grand minister of Japan.
The reign of Emperor Ogimachi of Japan ends and Emperor Go-Yozei ascends to the throne of Japan.
Jacobus Gallus composes his motet "O magnum mysterium".

Saturday, December 15, 546 (Julianian calendar)

The Ostrogoths under Totila retake Rome, bribing the Byzantine garrison.
Audoin succeeds Waltari as king of the Lombards
c. 545ndash546 (approximate date) ndash The Diocese of Bangor is established in the Welsh Kingdom of Gwynedd with Deiniol consecrated as first Bishop
The Byzantines ally with the Lombards against the Gepids.
Pope Vigilius arrives in Constantinople to meet with Justinian I future pope Pelagius is sent by Totila to negotiate with Justinian.
c. 546ndash548 (approximate date) ndash Mosaics of Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy, are made

Monday, December 16, 384 (Julianian calendar)

Pope Siricius succeeds Damasus I as the 38th pope. He takes the title "Pontifex Maximus", after it is relinquished by late emperor Gratian.
Ambrosius refuses the request of empress Justina for a church in Milan, where she can worship according to her Arian belief.
A synod is held in Bordeaux (France).

Monday, December 17, 283

Pope Caius succeeds Pope Eutychian as the 28th pope.
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