Today in History Today is Friday, December 17, the 351st day of 2021. There are 14 days left in…
Today in history
Today is Friday, December 17, the 351st day of 2021. There are 14 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On December 17, 1944, the US War Department announced it was ending its policy of excluding people of Japanese descent from the West Coast.
To this date :
In 1777, France recognized American independence.
In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, made the first successful flights of manned powered airplanes near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer.
In 1933, in the first game of NFL Championship football, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants, 23-21, at Wrigley Field.
In 1969, the US Air Force shut down its “Blue Book” project concluding that there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spacecraft behind thousands of UFO sightings.
In 1975, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme was sentenced in Sacramento, California, to life in prison for her assassination of President Gerald R. Ford. (She was paroled in August 2009.)
In 1979, Arthur McDuffie, a black insurance executive, was fatally injured after leading police on a motorcycle chase in Miami. (Four white police officers accused of beating McDuffie were later acquitted, triggering riots.)
In 1992, President George HW Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (muhl-ROO’-nee) and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari (sah-LEE’-nuhs deh gohr-TAHR’-ee) signed the North American Free Trade Agreement. in separate ceremonies. (After President Donald Trump called for a new deal, the three countries signed a replacement agreement in 2018.)
In 2000, President-elect George W. Bush named Stanford Professor Condoleezza Rice his National Security Advisor and Alberto Gonzales as White House Legal Advisor on the same day Bush was named Personality of the Year. by Time magazine.
In 2001, the Marines flew the star-spangled banner above the long-abandoned US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
In 2007, Iran received its first nuclear fuel from Russia, paving the way for the start-up of its reactor.
In 2014, the United States and Cuba reestablished diplomatic relations, sweeping away one of the last vestiges of the Cold War.
In 2018, a Senate Intelligence Committee report found that Russia’s political disinformation campaign on American social media was more ambitious than originally thought, with troll farms scrambling to discourage black voters and “blur the lines between fact and fiction” to help elect Donald Trump.
Ten years ago: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il passed away after more than a decade of iron rule; he was 69, according to official records, but some reports indicated he was 70.
Five years ago: President-elect Donald Trump said he intends to appoint Mick Mulvaney, a conservative Republican congressman from South Carolina, as White House budget manager. Dr. Henry Heimlich (HYM’-lihk), the surgeon who created the Heimlich Maneuver that saves lives for suffocation victims, has died in Cincinnati at the age of 96.
A year ago: A government advisory group approved a second COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for the addition of Moderna and the National Institutes of Health vaccine to the U.S. vaccination campaign. California reported 52,000 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day – the equivalent of what the entire country had on average two months earlier – as the state became the last epicenter of the US outbreak. French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for COVID-19 after a week in which he met numerous European leaders. Federal authorities have expressed increased concern about a long-undetected intrusion into U.S. and other computer systems that officials suspected was carried out by Russian hackers. Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed claims that the Kremlin was behind the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and accused US intelligence agencies of fomenting the claims.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Armin Mueller-Stahl is 91 years old. Pope Francis is 85 years old. Singer-actor Tommy Steele is 85 years old. Actor Bernard Hill is 77 years old. Actor Ernie Hudson is 76 years old. Comedian-actor Eugene Levy is 75 years old. Actress Marilyn Hassett is 74 years old. Actor Wes Studi is 74 years old. Pop musician Jim Bonfanti (The Raspberries) is 73 years old. Actor Joel Brooks is 72 years old. Rock singer Paul Rodgers is 72 years old. R&B singer Wanda Hutchinson Vaughn (The Emotions) is 70 years old. Actor Bill Pullman is 68 years old. Actor Barry Livingston is 68 years old. Country singer Sharon White is 68 years old. Producer-director-writer Peter Farrelly is 65 years old. Rock musician Mike Mills (REM) is 63 years old. Pop singer Sarah Dallin (Bananarama) is 60 years old. Country singer Tracy Byrd is 55 years old. Country musician Duane Propes is 55 years old. Actor Laurie Holden is 52 years old. DJ Homicide (Sugar Ray) is 51 years old. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas is 51 years old. Actor Claire Forlani is 50 years old. Pop-rock musician Eddie Fisher (OneRepublic) is 48 years old. Actor Sarah Paulson is 47 years old. Actor Marissa Ribisi is 47 years old. Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 47 years old. Actor Milla Jovovich (YO’-vuh-vich) is 46 years old. Sing Bree Sharp is 46 years old. Singer-songwriter Ben Goldwasser (MGMT) is 39 years old. Rock singer Mikky Ekko is 38 years old. Actor Shannon Woodward is 37 years old. Actor Emma Bell is 35 years old. Actor Vanessa Zima is 35 years old. Rock musician Taylor York (Paramore) is 32. Actor Graham Rogers is 31 years old. Actor-singer Nat Wolff is 27 years old.
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