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DECEMBER 17

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United States: Wright Brothers Day
(Commemoration of Orville Wright's first powered flight: 12/17/1903)
North Carolina The Wright Brothers Historic Firsts
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1853 Johannes Brahms Plays the First Public Performance of His: Piano Sonata No. 1 in C, Op. 1, and "Scherzo" in eb Johannes Brahms Composer Classical Music Historic Firsts American Public Media
1865 Franz Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony in b (No. "8") Is Premiered in Vienna, Austria Franz Schubert Composer Historic Firsts American Public Media
1879 Anton Dvorák's "String Quartet No. 10, Op. 51" Is First Performed in Prague Anton Dvorák Composer Classical Music Historic Firsts American Public Media
1887 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Conducts the Russian Symphony in the Premiere of His "Capriccio Espagnol," in St. Petersburg Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Composer Historic Firsts American Public Media
1892 Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker First Performed Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky Composers Ballet Historic Firsts
1897 Steamship Service from Miami to Nassau and Cuba Is Inaugurated by Henry M. Flagler Nassau, Bahamas Cuba Miami, Florida Henry Flagler Steamboats Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1903 Orville Wright Makes the First Sustained, Controlled, Powered Flight: 12 secs/120 ft The Wright Brothers Aviation History Historic Firsts Writer's Almanac Library of Congress History Channel New York Times
1925 Colonel William "Billy" Mitchell Is Convicted of Insubordination Billy Mitchell U.S. Military Leaders Law & Legal Resources U.S. Air Force
1947 A Prototype of Boeing's First Jet Bomber, the B-47, Makes Its Maiden Flight Over Washington Washington Aviation Military History Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1951 The Radio Show of Texas Storyteller John Henry Faulk Debuts on WCBS Texas Performing Artists Radio Historic Firsts WCBS Texas State Historical Association
1953 Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 Is First Performed by the Leningrad Philharmonic Dmitri Shostakovich Composer Historic Firsts American Public Media
1957 U.S. Test-Fires Its First Intercontinental Ballistic Missile on a 500-Mile Flight from Cape Canaveral Cape Canaveral, Florida Arms Control Nuclear Weapons Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1963 The C-141A Aircraft Makes Its First Successful Test Flight over Georgia's Dobbins AFB Georgia Avaition Military History Historic Firsts University Georgia
1966 At the University of Minnesota Hospitals, Doctors Perform the World's First Successful Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Minnesota Medical Research Anatomy Historic Firsts University of Minnesota Hospitals Minnestoa Historical Society
1976 Atlanta, Georgia Television Station WTCG-TV Change to WTBS, Broadcasting Via Satellite and Cable as America's First America's Super Station Television Ted Turner Turner Broadcasting System Historic Firsts University Georgia
1981 Leah Aleice Simms Is Appointed County Judge of Dade County; the First African-American Woman to Hold a Judgeship in Florida Dade County, Florida Law and legal Resources Female Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1989 The First Episode of 'The Simpsons' Airs as a Christmas Special The Simpsons Television Historic Firsts Internet Movie Database TV Guide

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