Today in History (December 17)

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Today is Friday, December 17, the 351st day of 2021. This is today in history.

Today in history

  • A year ago, a government advisory panel endorsed a second COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for a shot from Moderna and the National Institutes of Health to be added to the US vaccination campaign.
  • In 1777, France recognized American independence.
  • In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, made the first successful flight of a manned engine-powered aircraft near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, using their experimental vehicle, the Wright Flyer.


  • In 2014, the United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations, wiping out one of the last vestiges of the Cold War.
  • In 1992, President George HW Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in separate ceremonies.
  • Ten years ago, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died after more than a decade of iron rule; According to official records, he is 69 years old, but some reports say he is 70 years old.


  • In 1933, in the inaugural game of the NFL football championship, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants, 23-21, at Wrigley Field.
  • In 1969, the US Air Force ended Project “Green Book” by concluding that there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spacecraft behind thousands of UFO sightings.

Local news history


Actor Armin Mueller-Stahl is 91 years old. Pope Francis is 85 years old. Singer and actor Tommy Steele 85 years old. Actor Bernard Hill is 77 years old. Actress Ernie Hudson is 76 years old. Comedian Eugene Levy is 75 years old. Actress Marilyn Hassett is 74 years old. Actor Wes Studi is 74 years old. Pop musician Jim Bonfanti (The Raspberries) is 73 years old. Actor Joel Brooks is 72 years old. Rock singer Paul Rodgers 72 years old. R&B singer Wanda Hutchinson Vaughn (The Emotions) 70 years old. Actor Bill Pullman is 68 years old. Actor Barry Livingston is 68 years old Country singer Sharon White is 68 years old. Producer-director-writer Peter Farrelly is 65 years old. Rock musician Mike Mills (REM) 63 years old. Pop singer Sarah Dallin (Bananarama) 60 years old. Country singer Tracy Byrd 55 years old. Country musician Duane Propes is 55. Actor Laurie Holden is 52 years old. DJ Homicide (Sugar Ray) 51 years old. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas is 51 years old. Actress Claire Forlani 50 years old. Pop-rock musician Eddie Fisher (OneRepublic) 48 years old. Actress Sarah Paulson 47 years old. Actress Marissa Ribisi 47 years old. Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 47 years old. Actor Milla Jovovich (YO’-vuh-vich) 46 years old. Singer Bree Sharp 46 years old Singer and songwriter Ben Goldwasser (MGMT) 39 years old. Rock singer Mikky Ekko 38 years old. Actor Shannon Woodward is 37 years old. Actress Emma Bell 35 years old. Actress Vanessa Zima is 35 years old. Rock musician Taylor York (Paramore) 32. Actor Graham Rogers 31 years old. Actress and singer Nat Wolff is 27 years old.

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