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1398Timur (Tamerlane) captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies which include elephants

1865Franz Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony" premieres

1903At 10:35 AM, 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight (Orville Wright)

1927Bradman scores 118 on 1st-class cricket debut, 188 mins 8 fours

1957The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship

1989The longest-running American sitcom the simpsons had its debut.

1946Bradman & Barnes complete 405 run 5th wkt stand, score 234 ea

1832HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin sails in Strait Le Maire

1941German troops led by Rommel begin retreating in North Africa

1862General Ulysses S. Grant issues order #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee

1538Pope Paul III excommunicates England's King Henry VIII

1965Astrodome opens, 1st event is Judy Garland & Supremes concert

2013Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, and Nirvana are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1986American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski is arrested at a roadblock

December 17th Historical Events
Date Event
283
St Gaius begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
546
Gothic War (535-554): The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquer Rome by bribing the Byzantine garrison. 
920
Romanos I is crowned as co-emperor of the underage Emperor Constantine VII. 
942
Assassination of William I Longsword, 2nd Duke of Normandy. 
1398
Timur (Tamerlane) captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies which include elephants 
1526
Ferdinand of Austria chosen as King of Bohemia 
1526
Pope Clemens VII publishes degree Cum ad zero - forms Inquisition 
1531
Pope Clement VII establishes a parallel body to the Inquisition in Lisbon, Portugal. 
1538
Pope Paul III excommunicates England's King Henry VIII 
1572
Spanish army begins fires in Haarlem Netherlands 
1586
Emperor Go-Yozei becomes Emperor of Japan. 
1587
The Earl Leicester's army leaves Netherlands 
1637
Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu. 
1638
French/Swedish troops occupy Breisach on the Rhine 
1718
France, Britain and Austria declare war on Spain. 
1728
Congregation Shearith Israel of NY purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan, to build NY's 1st synagogue 
1745
Bonnie Prince Charlie's army retreats to Scotland 
1777
France recognizes independence of British colonies in America 
1777
George Washington's army returns to Valley Forge, Pa 
1788
Russian army of Grigorij Potemkin occupies Ocharov 
1790
Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City 
1791
NYC traffic regulation creates 1st 1-way street 
1792
Opening of 1st legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city 
1798
1st impeachment trial against a US senator (Wm Blount, TN) begins 
1807
France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System. 
1819
Congress of Angostura establishes Colombia's independence from Spain 
1821
Kentucky abolishes debtors' prisons 
1832
HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin sails in Strait Le Maire 
1845
German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt arrives in Port Essington after a nearly 4,800 km (3,000 mi) overland journey to explore Australia's Northern Territory 
1852
1st Hawaiian cavalry organized 
1860
Anaheim Township created in Los Angeles County 
1862
General Ulysses S. Grant issues order #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee 
1865
Franz Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony" premieres 
1875
Violent bread riots in Montreal 
1885
France declares Madagascar a protectorate 
1887
Georges Feydeau's "Tailleur Pour Dames" premieres in Paris 
1892
Tchaikovski's ballet "Casse-noisette" premieres in St Petersburg 
1893
Russia ratifies Double Alliance with France 
1894
Cricket day 3 1T Aus v Eng Eng 325 all out, 261 behind on 1st inn 
1895
Anti-Saloon League of America formed, Washington, DC 
1895
George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine (Mass) 
1900
1st prize of 100,00 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrials. Martians excluded-considered too easy 
1900
New Ellis Island Immigration station completed costing $1.5 million 
1900
Pope Leo XIII closes the 'Holy Door' of St Peter's in Rome, ending the Jubilee Year of 1900 
1902
Frank Wedekind's "Der Erdgeist" premieres in Berlin 
1903
At 10:35 AM, 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight (Orville Wright
1907
Ugyen Wangchuck became 1st hereditary king of Bhutan 
1908
In Turkey, the new parliament convenes, with reformist Young Turks as the majority 
1909
Leopold II, king of Belgium, buried in Brussels 
1914
Austrian troops beat Russians in Limanova Poland 
1914
Great Britain declares Egypt a protectorate 
1914
Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv by Turkish authorities 
1919
Austria parliament approves 8-hour day 
1920
AL votes to let spitball pitchers to continue using it 
1920
British Empire receives League of Nations mandate to Nauru 
1920
Japan receives League of Nations mandate over Pacific islands 
1920
South Africa receives League of Nations mandate over SW Africa 
1922
Last British troops leave Irish Free State 
1923
Greek king George II overthrown by army/republic 
1924
1st US diesel electric locomotive enters service, Bronx, NY 
1925
Col William "Billy" Mitchell court-martialed for insubordination 
1925
Russia & Turkey sign non-aggresion pact 
1926
German Marx government falls due to cooperation with red army 
1926
KYA-AM in San Francisco CA begins radio transmissions 
1926
Lithuanian military state under gen Augustine Woldemaras 
1926
Antanas Smetona assumes power in Lithuania as the ‎1926 coup d'état‎ is successful. 
1927
Bradman scores 118 on 1st-class cricket debut, 188 mins 8 fours 
1927
US sub 'S-4' sinks after collision kills all 34 aboard 
1927
Victoria score 793 against Queensland, Bill Ponsford 437 
1928
John McGraw backs NL Pres John Heydler's designated hitter idea 
1932
Cards trade Jim Bottomley to Reds for Estel Crabtree & Ownie Carroll 
1933
B H Valentine scores 133 on Test Cricket debut, Eng v India at Bombay 
1933
Lala Amarnath scores century on Test Cricket debut (went on to 118) 
1933
Spain's 2nd government of Lerroux forms 
1933
NFL starts official stats as Bears beat Giants 23-21 in champ game 
1935
First flight of the Douglas DC-3 airplane. 
1936
Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen & dummy Charlie McCarthy, appear on TV 
1938
Discovery of nuclear fission using uranium by Otto Hahn and his assistant Fritz Strassmann 
1938
Utrecht Central Station destroyed by fire 
1939
German pocket battleship Graf Spee scuttled by its crew off Uruguay 
1940
British troops occupy Sollum, Egypt 
1941
Dutch & Australian troops lands on Portuguese Timor 
1941
German submarine U-31 sunk 
1941
German troops led by Rommel begin retreating in North Africa 
1941
World War II: Beginning of the Siege of Sebastopol. 
1942
Allies in London sentence German war criminals 
1943
Transport 63 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
1944
Green Bay Packers win NFL championship 
1944
M-Ocean View streetcar resumes service & is extended to Market St 
1944
US Army announces end of excluding Japanese-Americans from West Coast, detainees released. 
1944
US destroyers sink in storm off Philippines, 790 killed 
1946
Bradman & Barnes complete 405 run 5th wkt stand, score 234 ea 
1946
US V-2 rocket reaches 183 km, White Sands Proving Grounds, NM 
1947
NY struck by a blizzard, resulting with 27" of snow 
1947
WEWS TV channel 5 in Cleveland, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1949
"Regina" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 86 performances 
1949
Burma recognizes People's Republic of China 
1951
Dutch Communist Party members forbidden to be civil servants 
1953
Dmitri Shostakovitch's 10th Symphony premieres in Leningrad 
1953
FCC approves RCA's black & white-compatible color TV specifications 
1954
1st fully automated railroad freight yard (Gary, Indiana) 
1954
WEAU TV channel 13 in Eau Claire, WI (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1957
US successfully test-fires Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile 
1957
The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship 
1959
"On The Beach" is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain 
1959
1st movie opening simultaneously in major cities (On The Beach) 
1960
"La Plume de Ma Tante" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 835 perfs 
1960
"Take Me Along" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 448 performances 
1960
Pablo Casals' oratorio "El Pesebrio" premieres 
1961
Disgruntled employee set fire to a circus tent in Niteroi Brazil 
1961
India seizes Goa & 2 other Portuguese colonies 
1961
Niteroi Circus of Rio de Janeiro catches fire; 323 die 
1962
Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places) 
1962
Current constitution of Monaco promulgated 
1963
Tsjoi Doo Sun forms government in South Korea 
1963
West & East Berlin sign accord about travel rules 
1965
Astrodome opens, 1st event is Judy Garland & Supremes concert 
1965
British government proclaims ends oil-embargo against Rhodesia 
1965
David Levy begins his search for comets 
1965
Dutch government shuts Limburgs coal mine 
1965
Largest newspaper-Sunday NY Times at 946 pages (50 cents) 
1967
WEDW TV channel 49 in Bridgeport, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1967
Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, vanishes in mysterious circumstances while swimming near Melbourne. 
1969
USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings 
1970
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1970
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1970
Poland: shipyard workers in Gdansk strike; soldiers in Gdynia fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens. 
1971
"Diamonds are Forever" premieres in US 
1971
Cease fire between India & Pakistan in Kashmir 
1971
Radio Bangladesh begins transmitting 
1972
New line of control agreed to in Kashmir between India & Pakistan 
1972
WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast 
1973
Arabs terrorists shoot passengers on Boeing 737 to Kuwait 
1975
1st time NY Islanders shut-out NY Rangers, 3-0-Billy Smith's 5th 
1975
John Paul Stevens appointed to Supreme Court 
1975
Lynette Fromme sentenced to life for attempt on US President Ford's life 
1976
Superstation WTBS in Atlanta went national 
1977
Bobby Simpson scores 176 Australia v India at the WACA, aged 41 
1977
Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1st US TV appearance (SNL) 
1977
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
1978
OPEC raises oil prices 18% 
1978
Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda 
1978
The Workers Party of Jamaica is founded by Trevor Munroe. 
1978
OPEC decides on a 14.5 percent petrolium price increase for 1979, to be implemented quarterly 
1979
Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 kph (record for wheeled vehicle) 
1980
Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1980
Mauritania provisional constitution published 
1981
Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brig Gen James L Dozier 
1983
"Peg" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 5 performances 
1983
Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die 
1983
The Provisional IRA bombs Harrods department store in London, killing six people and injuring 90 
1984
NJ Devils 1st penalty shot-Rocky Trottier scores against Edmonton 
1984
NJ Devils 1st shutout, Glenn Resch makes 42 saves beat Minn, 2-0 
1986
US Congress forms "Irangate" committee 
1986
Mrs Davina Thompson makes medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant (Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England) 
1986
American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski is arrested at a roadblock 
1987
Czechoslovak party leader Gustav Husak resigns 
1988
77th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Gothenburg (4-1) 
1988
Bryan Murray becomes 17th NHL coach to win 300 games (Wash Caps) 
1988
NY Islanders break 12 game losing streak, beat Devils 5-2 
1988
USS Tennessee, 1st sub to carry Trident 2 missiles, commissioned 
1988
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1989
78th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Stuttgart (3-2) 
1989
Brazil elects conservative Fernando Collor de Mello as president 
1989
Michael Bevan scores cricket century on 1st-class debut (114 SA v WA) 
1989
Patti Rizzo/Mike Hill win LPGA Mazda Golf Championship 
1989
The longest-running American sitcom the simpsons had its debut. 
1990
KTBN, Salt Lake City Utah, begins shortwave radio transmissions 
1991
Cleveland Cavaliers beat Miami Heat 148-80, by record 68 pts 
1991
NBA's most lopsided game Cleveland beats Miami 148-80 
1991
Patrick Manning becomes premier of Trinidad & Tobago 
1991
Soap opera "One Life To Live" airs its 6,000th episode 
1992
"Christmas Carol" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 22 performances 
1992
Gen Suwa finds tooth of 4.4 million year old Australopithecus ramidus 
1993
Bangladesh moslem call for murder of feminist Taslima Nasrin 
1993
Kevin Scott skates world record 1000 m (1:12.54) 
1993
Northern Exposure star Barry Corbin falls off his horse 
1994
KLM's last DC-10 goes out of service 
1995
"School after Scandal" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 23 perfs 
1999
The United Nations General Assembly passes resolution 54/134 designating November 25 as the annual International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. 
2002
Second Congo War: The Congolese parties of the Inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord which makes provision for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years. 
2003
The Soham murder trial ends at the Old Bailey in London, with Ian Huntley found guilty of two counts of murder. His girlfriend Maxine Carr is found guilty of perverting the course of justice. 
2003
SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight. 
2005
Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong 
2007
Republic of Lakotah asserts independence from the United States 
2012
Jiroemon Kimura of Japan becomes the world's oldest verified man at 116 years old 
2012
17 people are killed and 70 are injured by a blast in a market in the Khyber Agency, Pakistan 
2012
10 girls collecting firewood are killed by a mine blast in east Afghanistan 
2012
18 people drown after an overloaded boat sinks in Cotonou, Benin 
2012
NASA completes a successful mission to map the Moon's gravity field 
2013
Australia wins the 3rd test to take win the 2013-14 Ashes test cricket series 
2013
Angela Merkel is elected Chancellor of Germany for a third term 
2013
Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, and Nirvana are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 
2015
Wolf 1061 exoplanet: 'Super-Earth' discovered only 14 light-years away 
2016
FBI backs CIA assessment on Russian motives in US hacking - official 
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