Daily Calendar for Sunday, December 17, 2023 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Sunday, December 17, 2023


  • John Greenleaf Whittier (poet) –
  • Arthur Fiedler (conductor) –
  • Eugene Levy (actor) –
  • Bill Pullman (actor) –
  • Milla Jovovich (actress) –


  • Dorothy L. Sayers (author) –
  • Hank Luisetti (basketball player) –
  • Jennifer Jones (actress) –
  • Penny Marshall (actress & director) –


  • Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was baptized. His birth date is not known for certain.–
  • France formally recognized American independence–
  • Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker premiered, St. Petersburg, Russia–
  • First National Football League championship game was played at Wrigley Field—the Chicago Bears beat the New York Giants 23-21–
  • The Canadian β€œMaple leaf” flag was approved by the Senate–
  • 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. At the time of the program’s termination, 701 UFOs remained unexplained.–
  • First heart, lung, and liver transplant–
  • The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport officially changed its name to Bob Hope Airport–
  • 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–
  • Bob Fisher made 2,371 basketball free throws in 1 hour, in Centralia, Kansas–


  • Snow fell for three weeks in Portland, Oregon, accumulating to 34 inches for a December record–
  • A severe ice storm hit central Illinois–
  • Australia beat a record with its hottest day ever. The average temperature across the country was 105 degrees F.–

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