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.
  • 1398
    Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud’s armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur.
  • 1583
    Cologne War: Forces under Ernest of Bavaria defeats the troops under Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg at the Siege of Godesberg.
  • 1718
    Great Britain declares war on Spain.
  • 1777
    France formally recognizes the United States of America.
  • 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).
  • 1837
    Fire in the Winter Palace of Saint Petersburg occurred.
  • 1865
    First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert.
  • 1928
    Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru assassinate British police officer James Saunders in Lahore, Punjab to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police. The three were executed in 1931.
  • 1939
    World War II: Battle of the River Plate – The Admiral Graf Spee is scuttled by Captain Hans Langsdorff outside Montevideo.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    Fire in the Gran Circus American in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the biggest tragedy in circus history.
  • 1969
    Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closes its study of UFOs, stating that sightings are generated as a result of “A mild form of mass hysteria, Individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity, psychopathological persons, and misidentification of various conventional objects.”
  • 1973
    Terrorism: 30 passengers are killed in an attack by Palestinian terrorists on Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport.
  • 1983
    The IRA bombs Harrods Department Store in London, killing six people.
  • 2003
    SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight.
  • 2005
    Jigme Singye Wangchuck abdicate the throne as King of Bhutan.

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