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December 17th Today's Highlights in History

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Thursday, December 17th
The 351st day of 2009.
There are 14 days left in the year.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Dec. 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful man-powered airplane flight, near Kitty Hawk, N.C. (Go to article.)

On Dec. 17, 1894, Arthur Fiedler, the American conductor who conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra , was born. Following his death on July 10, 1979, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On December 17, 1898, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the annexation of Hawaii by the United States. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
On this date in:

1777    France recognized America's independence.

1830    South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar died in Colombia.

1933    In the first NFL championship game, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants 23-21 at Wrigley Field.

1944    The U.S. Army announced the end of its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast.

1957    The United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.

1969    The U.S. Air Force closed its Project "Blue Book" by concluding there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.

1969    An estimated 50 million viewers watched singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky on NBC's "Tonight Show."

1975    Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald R. Ford. (She was released in August 2009.)

1986    Eugene Hasenfus, an American convicted by Nicaragua for his part in running guns to the Contras, was pardoned and released.

1989    The animated TV series "The Simpsons" premiered on Fox.

1992    President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in separate ceremonies.

1996    Kofi Annan of Ghana became United Nations secretary-general.

2002    Congo's government, rebels and opposition parties signed a peace agreement to end four years of civil war.

2004    President George W. Bush signed into law the largest overhaul of U.S. intelligence-gathering in 50 years.

2005    President George W. Bush acknowledged he'd personally authorized a secret eavesdropping program in the U.S. following Sept. 11, calling it "crucial to our national security."

2007    Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed a measure making New Jersey the first state to abolish the death penalty in more than 40 years.

Current Birthdays

Milla Jovovich turns 34 years old today.

AP Photo/Dan Steinberg Actress Milla Jovovich turns 34 years old today.

79    Bob Guccione
Magazine publisher ("Penthouse")

79    Armin Mueller-Stahl

74    George Lindsey

73    Tommy Steele
Singer, actor

72    Art Neville
Rock musician, singer (The Neville Brothers)

66    Christopher Cazenove

65    Bernard Hill

64    Ernie Hudson

63    Eugene Levy
Actor ("American Pie" movies, "SCTV")

62    Wes Studi

61    Jim Bonfanti
Rock musician (The Raspberries)

60    Paul Rodgers
Rock singer (Bad Company)

58    Wanda Hutchinson
R&B singer (The Emotions)

56    Barry Livingston
Actor ("My Three Sons")

56    Bill Pullman

56    Sharon White
Country singer

53    Peter Farrelly
Director, producer

51    Mike Mills
Rock musician (R.E.M.)

48    Sarah Dallin
Singer (Bananarama)

47    Tim Chewning
Country musician

43    Tracy Byrd
Country singer

43    Duane Propes
Country musician

39    DJ Homicide
DJ (Sugar Ray)

39    Sean Patrick Thomas

36    Eddie Fisher
Rock musician (OneRepublic)

35    Sarah Paulson

35    Giovanni Ribisi

35    Marissa Ribisi

34    Bree Sharp
Rock singer

31    Chase Utley
Baseball player

30    Jennifer Carpenter

23    Vanessa Zima

Historic Birthdays

Arthur Fiedler

12/17/1894 - 7/10/1979
American conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra
(Go to obit.)

87    Sir Roger L'Estrange
12/17/1616 - 12/11/1704
English journalist and pamphleteer

51    Domenico Cimarosa
12/17/1749 - 1/11/1801
Italian composer

80    Joseph Henry
12/17/1797 - 5/13/1878
American scientist

84    John Greenleaf Whittier
12/17/1807 - 9/7/1892
American poet and abolitionist

65    Ford Madox Ford
12/17/1873 - 6/26/1939
English novelist and editor

75    Mackenzie King
12/17/1874 - 7/22/1950
Canadian prime minister (1921-26, 1926-30, 1935-48)

60    Edwin Cohn
12/17/1892 - 10/1/1953
American biochemist

83    Erskine Caldwell
12/17/1903 - 4/11/1987
American author

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