December 17, 2017
Today is 351st day of the year
15 days remain until the new year

Births Today

  • 1770 - "Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer of Operas & Symphonies"
  • 1778 - "Humphry Davy, Chemist and inventor (The miners 'Davy' lamp)"
  • 1903 - "Erskine Caldwell, Novelist who wrote the classic 'Tobacco Road'"
  • 1927 - "Robert Robinson, Author and broadcaster"
  • 1934 - "Karl Denver, Popular singer of the 60's"
  • 1936 - "Tommy Steele, Popular 'Pop and Rock' star"
  • 1938 - "Peter Snell, New Zealand athlete"
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events today

  • 1843 - "'A Christmas Carol', by Charles Dickens, was published"
  • 1892 - "Tchaikovsky's ballet 'The Nutcracker' was performed in St Petersburg, by the Russian Imperial Ballet"
  • 1903 - "The first ever controlled flight in a powered aircraft took place, at Kill Devil Hill, piloted by Orville Wright"
  • 1933 - "The public were allowed to walk through the recently completed Mersey Road Tunnel, prior to its opening to traffic"
  • 1939 - The German battleship 'Graf Spee' was scuttled after being damaged & cornered by British warships
  • 1954 - The British Petroleum Company (BP) was formed
  • 1967 - "Alec Rose completed a solo 14,500 mile voyage, from Britain to Australia"
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