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On December 17th...
National Day (Bhutan)
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1526 Ferdinand of Austria was chosen as King of Bohemia.
1538 Pope Paul III excommunicated England's King Henry VIII.
1718 France, Britain, and Austria declared war on Spain.
1758 U.S. Congressman Nathaniel Macon was born.
1777 France recognized the independence of British colonies in America.
1778 Chemist Humphry Davy was born.
1790 An Aztec calendar stone was discovered in Mexico City.
1791 New York City created the first one-way street.
1798 The first impeachment trial against a U.S. Senator (William Blount of Tennessee) began.
1807 Poet John Greenleaf Whittier was born.
1830 South American revolutionary Simón Bolivar died.
1874 William Lyon Mackenzie King, three-time Prime Minister of Canada, was born.
1894 Conductor Arthur Fiedler was born.
1895 The Anti-Saloon
League of America was formed in Washington, D.C.
1903 Orville Wright made the first heavier-than-air flight, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1908 Chemist Willard Libby was born.
1909 King Leopold II of Belgium died.
1916 Russian mystic Gregory Rasputin was murdered.
1920 The British Empire
received a League of Nations mandate over Nauru.
1924 The first diesel electric locomotive in the United States entered service in Bronx, New York.
1935 The Douglas DC-3 airplane flew for the first time.
1947 America's first swept-wing multi-engine bomber, the B-47 Stratojet, made its first flight.
1954 The first fully automated railroad freight yard began operations in Gary, Indiana.
1957 The U.S. successfully test-fired an Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile.
1965 The Houston Astrodome opened to the public.
1969 The U.S. Air Force officially closed Project Blue Book.
1989 "The Simpsons" debuted.
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