December 17 in History
1807December 17, 1807:
Napoleon issues his decree of Milan, forbidding France’s allies and all neutral countries from engaging in trade with Great Britain.
1865December 17, 1865:
Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” is premiered in Vienna, Austria.
1892December 17, 1892:
Vogue magazine is published for the first time as a weekly newspaper.
1903December 17, 1903:
The Wright Brothers (Orville and Wilbur) make the first successful sustained flights in an airplane.
1961December 17, 1961:
A circus tent in Niterói, Brazil catches fire, eventually killing an estimated 500 people.
1986December 17, 1986:
Davina Thompson, a British woman, becomes the first patient to successfully undergo surgery to receive heart, lung and liver transplants simultaneously.
1989December 17, 1989:
The animated television sitcom, “The Simpsons” debuts on Fox.
2010December 17, 2010:
Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, sets himself on fire due to his frustrations with harassment from municipal officials and the country’s harsh economic conditions, leading to the Jasmine Revolution.
2011December 17, 2011:
The President of North Korea, Kim Jong Il dies and is succeeded by his son, Kim Jong-Un.
2014December 17, 2014:
Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, which had been severed for over 50 years, are reestablished.