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Events of December 17th:

December 17th is the 351st day of the year (352nd day in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 14 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this page, we have placed information about December 17th, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on December 17th:

1778 Sir Humphry Davy (chemist, inventor)

1797 Joseph Henry (weather scientist)

1874 William Lyon Mackenzie King (Canadian Prime Minister 1921-1926, 1926-1930, 1935-1948)

1930 Bob Guccione (founder and publisher of Penthouse magazine)

1936 Tommy Steele (singer, guitarist, actor)

1936 Pope Francis (Pope 2013-)

Pope Francis

1937 Kerry Packer (businessman)

1953 Bill Pullman (actor)

1956 Peter Farrelly (film director/producer, screenwriter)

1972 Laurie Holden (actress)

1973 Paula Radcliffe (runner)

1974 Giovanni Ribisi (actor)

1975 Milla Jovovich (actress, model, fashion designer)

1987 Bradley Manning (soldier - leaked material to Wikileaks)

December 17th in History:

1538 Pope Paul III excommunicates King Henry VIII of England.

Henry VIII

1819 Simón Bolívar declares the independence of Gran Columbia.

1903 Wright Brothers make the first powered flight.

Orville Wright   Wilbur Wright

1916 Grigori Rasputin is murdered.

Grigori Rasputin

1938 Otto Hahn discovers the nuclear fission of Uranium.

December 17th is also:

National Day (Bhutan)

Wright Brothers Day (USA)


People born on December 17th are Sagittarius


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