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On December 17th, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright
went on the first successful manned
powered-airplane flights, near Kitty Hawk, North
In 1777, France recognized American
In 1830, South
American patriot Simon Bolivar died in Colombia.
In 1925, Colonel
William "Billy" Mitchell was convicted
at his court-martial of insubordination.
In 1939, the
German pocket battleship "Graf Spee"
was scuttled by its crew, ending the World War
Two Battle of the River Plate off Uruguay.
In 1944, the US
Army announced it was ending its policy of
excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast.
In 1957, the
United States successfully test-fired the
"Atlas" intercontinental ballistic
missile for the first time.
In 1969, the US
Air Force closed its Project "Blue
Book" by concluding there was no evidence of
extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of
In 1969, an
estimated 50 million TV viewers watched singer
Tiny Tim marry his fiancee, Miss Vicky, on NBC's
In 1975, Lynette
Fromme was sentenced in federal court in
Sacramento, California, to life in prison for her
attempt on the life of President Ford.
In 1979, in a case
that aggravated racial tensions, Arthur McDuffie,
a black insurance executive, was fatally beaten
after a police chase in Miami. (Four white police
officers were later acquitted of charges stemming
from McDuffie's death.)
Ten years ago:
More than 100,000 Soviet citizens turned out to
honor the late human rights advocate Andrei D.
Sakharov, a day before he was buried in Moscow.
Five years ago:
North Korea shot down a US Army helicopter which
had strayed north of the demilitarized zone --
the co-pilot, Chief Warrant Officer David
Hilemon, was killed; the pilot, Chief Warrant
Officer Bobby Hall, was captured and held for
nearly two weeks. Six shots were fired at the
White House by an unidentified gunman.
One year ago: The
United States hit Iraq with a second wave of
punishing airstrikes. Republicans advanced the
impeachment case against President Clinton to the
House floor for a debate the following day. House
Speaker-designate Bob Livingston shocked fellow
Republicans by admitting he'd had extramarital
"He that's secure is
"Poor Richard's Almanac."