About December 17

December 17, 2021 is the 351st day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 14 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Sagittarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 46 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 17

  • 942
    Assassination of William I of Normandy.
  • 1538
    Pope Paul III excommunicates Henry VIII of England.
  • 1583
    Cologne War: Forces under Ernest of Bavaria defeats the troops under Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg at the Siege of Godesberg.
  • 1790
    Discovery of the Aztec calendar stone.
  • 1807
    France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.
  • 1812
    War of 1812: U.S. forces attack a friendly Lenape village in the Battle of the Mississinewa.
  • 1837
    Fire in the Winter Palace of Saint Petersburg occurred.
  • 1865
    First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert.
  • 1907
    Ugyen Wangchuck is crowned first King of Bhutan
  • 1944
    World War II: Battle of the Bulge – Malmedy massacre – American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs are shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Peiper.
  • 1947
    First flight of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber.
  • 1950
    The F-86 Sabre’s first mission over Korea.
  • 1960
    1960 Munich Convair 340 crash: 20 passengers and crew on board as well as 32 people on the ground are killed.
  • 1961
    Fire in the Gran Circus American in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the biggest tragedy in circus history.
  • 1969
    The SALT I talks begin.
  • 1981
    Brigadier General James L. Dozier is abducted by the Red Brigade in Verona, Italy.
  • 1989
    Fernando Collor de Mello defeats Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the second round of the Brazilian presidential election, becoming the first democratically elected President in almost 30 years.
  • 1989
    Romanian Revolution: Protests continue in Timişoara with rioters breaking into the Romanian Communist Party’s District Committee building and attempting to set it on fire.
  • 1997
    The United Kingdom commences its Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997, which extends the state’s gun ban to include all handguns—with the exception of antique and show weapons.
  • 2010
    Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire.This act became the catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution. The success of the Tunisian protests sparked protests in several other Arab countries.

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