December 17th is known as Wright Brothers Day and Maple Syrup Day.
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This day in history has been a truly magnificent day for various reasons. Keep reading to understand what makes December 17th so special.
Did you know that on this day in 1989, The Simpsons premiered on Fox TV as a full animated series? The pilot episode was called “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.”
Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about December 17th in history!
What memorable events happened on December 17 in history? Keep reading to find out!
Australia recorded its hottest day ever with an average temperature of 105°F across the country.
Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster’s stated their word of the year was “justice.”
NASA completed a successful mission to map the Moon’s gravity field.
American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski was arrested at a roadblock.
After Special Agent Polifrone went undercover to lure out Kuklinski, Polifrone gave Kuklinski some fake cyanide to use for a murder. Kuklinski found out later that it was fake and decided to not go through with the hit but was arrested at a roadblock on his way home.
Terrorists attacked Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino International Airport, leaving thirty dead.
Shortly before Pan-Am flight 110 departed from the airport, five armed Palestinian terrorists walked out onto the tarmac and started shooting at the plane. During the attack, the aircraft itself was destroyed, but most passengers were able to escape with their lives.
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Unfortunately, December 17th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…
Kim Jong-il was a North Korean politician born on February 16, 1941. He died on this day in 2011, at age 70 in Pyongyang, North Korea.
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Below you’ll find the most popular things people have said on this day throughout history.
Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.
South African President
People seem good while they are oppressed, but they only wish to become oppressors in their turn: life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!
Wright Brothers Day
On this day in 1903, the Wright Brothers became the first people to fly a mechanically propelled airplane, and the world changed forever. Celebrate these early inventors and pioneers of aviation today and learn more about the history of human flight!
National Maple Syrup Day
Whether you like to pour maple syrup on your pancakes, bacon, or just down your throat, you know it’s going to be a good time. It doesn’t really matter how you eat maple syrup today; it just matters that you do!
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Fun Fact Of The Day
Research shows that people will pick the Ace of Spades 25% of the time when asked to choose or name a random card.
Birthday & Zodiac
If you were born on December 17, your zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
Though honesty is a critical trait in Sagittarians, sometimes this truth can be overbearing. So be careful what you ask because you will always get a truthful answer, even if the revelations leave scars.
The Blue Topaz birthstone is given to people born during the month of December. The icy-blue topaz provides special healing powers to those who wear it.
If you were born on this day, you were likely conceived on the week of March 26th in the same year.
A baby conceived on this day will likely be due around September 9th, 2024.