A to Z This Day in World History | December 17th

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Here are some historical events that occurred on December 17th:

1777: France formally recognized the United States as an independent nation.

1903: Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful powered airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

1938: Otto Hahn discovered nuclear fission, a significant breakthrough in understanding the structure of the atom.

1975: Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California.

1989: The “Simpsons” premiered as a half-hour prime time show on FOX.

2010: The Arab Spring began when Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, set himself on fire in protest of police corruption and ill-treatment.

2011: Kim Jong-il, the leader of North Korea, died. His son, Kim Jong-un, succeeded him.

These are just a few examples, and many more events have taken place on December 17th throughout history.

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