Today in History

    What happened on the 17th of December in history?

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    • 1538
      Pope Paul III excommunicated England's King Henry VIII
    • 1777
      France recognizes independance of the 13 colonies
    • 1790
      Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City
    • 1791
      NYC traffic regulation creates 1st one-way street
    • 1792
      Opening of 1st legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city
    • 1843
      Charles Dickens's classic: A Christmas Carol published
    • 1852
      1st Hawaiian cavalry organized
    • 1860
      Anaheim Township created in LA County
    • 1875
      Violent bread riots at Montreal
    • 1903
      At 10:35AM 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight by Wright Bros
    • 1920
      Japan receives League of Nations mandate over Pacific islands
    • 1933
      1st professional NFL football game: Chicago Bears vs NY Giants
    • 1944
      M-OceanView streetcar resumes service & is extended to Market St
    • 1954
      1st fully automated railroad freight yard - Gary In
    • 1959
      1st movie opening simultaneously in major cities - On The Beach
    • 1975
      1st time Islanders shut-out Rangers 3-0 - Billy Smith's 5th
    • 1979
      Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 kph (record for wheeled vehicle)