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

  • 1398
    Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud’s armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur.
  • 1538
    Pope Paul III excommunicates Henry VIII of England.
  • 1577
    Francis Drake sails from Plymouth, England, on a secret mission to explore the Pacific Coast of the Americas for English Queen Elizabeth I.
  • 1583
    Cologne War: Forces under Ernest of Bavaria defeats the troops under Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg at the Siege of Godesberg.
  • 1600
    Marriage of Henry IV of France and Marie de' Medici.
  • 1718
    Great Britain declares war on Spain.
  • 1790
    Discovery of the Aztec calendar stone.
  • 1819
    Simón Bolívar declares the independence of the Republic of Gran Colombia in Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela).
  • 1903
    The Wright Brothers make their first powered and heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  • 1907
    Ugyen Wangchuck is crowned first King of Bhutan
  • 1919
    Uruguay becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1935
    First flight of the Douglas DC-3 airplane.
  • 1941
    World War II: Japanese forces land in Northern Borneo.
  • 1957
    The United States successfully launches the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • 1960
    1960 Munich Convair 340 crash: 20 passengers and crew on board as well as 32 people on the ground are killed.
  • 1960
    Troops loyal to Haile Selassie I in Ethiopia crush the coup that began December 13, returning power to their leader upon his return from Brazil. Haile Selassie absolves his son of any guilt.
  • 1969
    The SALT I talks begin.
  • 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.
  • 2003
    SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight.
  • 2009
    MV Danny F II sinks off the coast of Lebanon, resulting in the deaths of 44 people and over 28,000 animals.

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