Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 17, 2007
Tuesday, December 17, 1996
The Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement takes 72 hostages in the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru.
Thursday, December 17, 1987
Thursday, December 17, 1981
Tuesday, December 17, 1974
Sunday, December 17, 1967
Saturday, December 17, 1966
Friday, December 17, 1965
The British government begins an oil embargo against Rhodesia the United States
joins the effort.
Sunday, December 17, 1961
Saturday, December 17, 1960
Thursday, December 17, 1953
Saturday, December 17, 1949
Sunday, December 17, 1944
Thursday, December 17, 1942
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
Tuesday, December 17, 1935
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
Friday, December 17, 1926
A democratically elected government is overthrown during the 1926 Lithuanian coup d'état Antanas Smetona assumes power in Lithuania.
Sunday, December 17, 1916
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
Ottoman Empire slaughters thousands of Armenian Christians.
Thursday, December 17, 1903
Friday, December 17, 1886
Wednesday, December 17, 1862
Sunday, December 17, 1837
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".
leads a successful French charge against Fort l'Aiguilette to secure Toulon
The XYZ Affair
inflames tensions between France and the United States.
Saturday, December 17, 1718
The white potato reaches New England from England.
Thursday, December 17, 1637
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 Shimabara Rebellion erupts in Japan.
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.
30,000 peasants in the heavily Catholic
area of northern Kyūshū
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.
Saturday, December 15, 546 (Julianian calendar)
The Byzantines ally with the Lombards against the Gepids.
Monday, December 16, 384 (Julianian calendar)
Ambrosius refuses the request of empress Justina for a church in Milan, where she can worship according to her Arian belief.
Pope Caius succeeds Pope Eutychian as the 28th pope.