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Calendar for December 17th, 2013

Wright Brothers Day

On this day in 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first recorded flight of a powered heavier-than-air machine. Orville was born in Dayton, Ohio, while his partner and older brother, Wilbur Wright, was born on a farm near Millville, Indiana.


  • 1770: Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was baptized. His birth date is not known for certain.

  • 1777: France formally recognized American independence

  • 1800s

  • Born 1807: John Greenleaf Whittier (poet)

  • 1890s

  • 1892: Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker premiered, St. Petersburg, Russia

  • Born 1894: Arthur Fiedler (conductor)

  • 1930s

  • 1933: First National Football League championship game was played at Wrigley Field--the Chicago Bears beat the New York Giants 23-21

  • 1940s

  • Born 1946: Eugene Levy (actor)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1953: Bill Pullman (actor)

  • Died 1957: Dorothy L. Sayers (author)

  • 1960s

  • 1964: The Canadian "Maple leaf flag" was approved by the Senate

  • 1969: A program dedicated to the investigation of UFOs (called Project Blue Book) was terminated. For more than 20 years, the U.S. Air Force had examined 12,618 sightings. Most of these were found to be caused by man-made objects such as balloons, satellites, and aircraft; natural or astronomical phenomena; weather; and hoaxes. Today, 701 remain unexplained.

  • 1970s

  • Born 1975: Milla Jovovich (actress)

  • 1980s

  • 1986: First heart, lung, and liver transplant

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Hank Luisetti (basketball player)

  • 2003: The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport officially changed its name to Bob Hope Airport

  • 2004: A guitar played by George Harrison on the Beatles' Revolver album and by John Lennon during the recording of the White Album sold to an anonymous bidder for $567,500

  • Died 2009: Jennifer Jones (actress)

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