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17 December

283 – Rome – Caius became Pope. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Caius

942 – Normandy – William I assassinated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_I_of_Normandy

1187 – Rome – Pope Gregory VIII died. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Gregory_VIII

1583 – Germany – Siege of Godesberg ended (Cologne War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Godesberg

1586 – Japan – Go-Yozei became Emperor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Y%C5%8Dzei


1718 – Europe/America – War of the Quadruple Alliance began. https://youtu.be/GCuLL8MNGTU https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_Quadruple_Alliance


1790 – Mexico – Aztec Calendar Stone discovered. https://youtu.be/Zn03u3-U1fk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztec_calendar_stone

1812 – USA – Battle of the Mississinewa began (War of 1812). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Mississinewa

1835 – USA – Great fire of New York. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Fire_of_New_York

1837 – Russia – Fire at Winter Palace, St Petersburg, 30 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_in_the_Winter_Palace

1862 – USA – General Order No. 11 issued, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi & Kentucky (American Civil War). http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/anti-semitism/grant.html

1883 – North Vietnam – Son Tây Campaign ended (Tonkin Campaign). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C6%A1n_T%C3%A2y_Campaign

1892 – USA – First issue of Vogue magazine published. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vogue_(magazine)

1907 – Bhutan – Coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugyen_Wangchuck

1918 – Australia – Darwin Rebellion. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_Rebellion

1926 – Lithuania – Coup D’état, Antanas Smetona assumes power. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1926_Lithuanian_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat

1942 – Pacific Ocean – US Navy plane missing, 7 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19421217-0

1943 – Kiribati – USAAF plane crashed at Sydney Island, 9 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19431217-1

1943 – Ireland – USAAF plane crashed at Knocknapeasta, County Kerry, 5 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19431217-2

1943 – UK – BOAC plane crashed near Leichars, Scotland, 10 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19431217-3

1944 – Germany – RAF bombers attacked Ulm (WWII). http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55/Bombing-of-Hamburg-Dresden-and-Other-Cities-World-War-II-Database

1944 – USA – USAAF plane crashed at Memphis Municipal Airport, TN, 3 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19441217-1

1944 – Belgium – Malmedy massacre, 80 killed (WWII). http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/ww2/malmedy2.html

1945 – Honduras – Joined the United Nations. http://www.un.org/en/members/

1946 – Costa Rica – Winged Cargo Inc plane crashed near Tilaran, 7 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19461217-0

1949 – Chile and Argentina – Earthquake measuring 7.8Mw.

1955 – USA – Riddle Airlines plane crashed near Hollywood, SC, 2 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19551217-0

1960 – Germany – USAF plane crashed near München-Riem Airport, 52 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19601217-0

1961 – Brazil – Gran Circus American fire, 500+ killed. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/circus-catches-fire-in-brazil

1973 – Italy – Pan Am Flight 110 fire bombed at Roma-Fiumicino Airport, 30 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19731217-3


1983 – UK – Harrods Bombing, 6 killed. https://youtu.be/urk3BcSXTgs http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/17/newsid_2538000/2538147.stm

1997 – UK – Firearms (Amendment) (No.2) Act commenced, gun ban included all handguns except antique and show weapons. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1997/64/contents

2009 – Lebanon – MV Danny F II sank, 44 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Danny_F_II

2010 – Tunisia – Tunisian Revolution began (Arab Spring). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunisian_Revolution

2011 – Puerto Rico – Earthquake measuring 5.4Mw, epicentre in Mona Passage.

York

1846 – Celebratory dinner for George Hudson held at Guildhall.