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This Day in History: December 17

December 17: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1577 - Francis Drake sails from Plymouth, England, on a secret mission to explore thePacific coast of the Americas for Queen Elizabeth I of England.
  2. 1790 - Discovery of the Aztec calendar stone.
  3. 1865 - First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert.
  4. 1903 - The Wright brothers make their first powered, heavier-than-air flight in theWright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  5. 2003 - SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight.
  6. Famous Birthdays: émilie du Châtelet (French mathematician and physicist), Ludwig van Beethoven (German pianist and composer), Joseph Henry (American physicist), Mary Cartwright (English mathematician), Willard Libby (American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate)

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