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December 17: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 17

December 17th is known as Wright Brothers Day and Maple Syrup Day.

We are now on the 351st day of the year, congratulations for making it this far! There’s only 8 days left until Christmas.

If you were born on December 17, your zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

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 interesting facts about December 17th in history!

What Happened On December 17 In History?

2019

Australia recorded its hottest day ever with average temperature of 105°F across the country.

2018

Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster’s stated their word of the year was “justice.”

Source NBC News
2012

NASA completed a successful mission to map the Moon’s gravity field.

2003

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was released in theaters.

The movie made $72 million dollars on its opening weekend, and went on to become the second film to gross over $1 billion worldwide.
1989

The Simpsons created by Matt Groening, premiered on Fox TV as a full animated series with the pilot episode, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.”

1986

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.
1965

The Houston Astrodome opened.

The Astrodome was the world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium, located in Houston, Texas. The first event held was a concert with Judy Garland and The Supremes.
1903

The first sustained motorized aircraft flight took place.

OTD in 1903: The first sustained motorized aircraft flight took place.
Piloted by Orville Wright in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright brothers finally made their first successful aircraft flight. The aircraft traveled about 850 feet in one minute.
1892

The first issue of Vogue magazine was published.

1790

The Aztec Sun Stone was discovered in Mexico City.

OTD in 1790: The Aztec Sun Stone was discovered in Mexico City.
The stone features markings that indicate central components of Aztec beliefs in regards to the universe, the sun, and the link between various ideologies such as warfare.
1538

Pope Paul III excommunicated King Henry VIII of England.

Did you know that on this day, December 17th 1989, The Simpsons premiered on Fox TV as a full animated series?