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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
1778 Humphrey Davy (English Chemist Who Discovered Sodium, Barium, Magnesium, Potassium and Strontium Humphrey Davy Chemistry Sodium Barium Magnesium Potassium Strontium
1797 Joseph Henry (New York-born Physicist; Pioneer in the Study of Electromagnetism) Joseph Henry Electricity & Magnetisim
1839 Newton H. Winchell (New York-born State Geologist for Minnesota) New York Scientists & Mathematicians Minnesota Scientists & Mathematicians Geology Minnestoa Historical Society
1861 Arthur Edwin Kennelly (English-American Electrical Engineer Who Discovered the Ionosphere) Arthur Edwin Kennelly Earth Science Electricity & Magnetisim
1892 Edwin J. Cohn (New York City-born Biochemist; Pioneer in Protein Chemistry) Edwin J. Cohn Biochemistry
1904 William Lipkind (New York City-born Poet, Children's Author) New York City Authors & Illustrators Primary Authors Archaeology & Anthropology Poetry
1908 William Libby (Colorado-born Chemist; 1960 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry for Development of Radiocarbon Dating) William Libby Chemistry Archaeology Carbon Radiation 1960  Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1790 The Aztec Sun Stone Is Unearthed in Mexico City Mexico Aztecs Calendars American Philosophical Society
1817 A New Steamboat, Superior, Begins Daily Trips from Philadelphia to Baltimore via Wilmington, Delaware Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Baltimore, Maryland Wilmington, Delaware Steamboats Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1884 The Northern Pacific Railroad Reaches Yakima City, Washington, But Won't Stop Yakima, Washington Railroad History Link
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
1929 A Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Near Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
1931 A Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake Is the Largest in Mississippi's Recorded History Mississippi Earthquakes USGS
1932 In Garland County, Arkansas, Construction Is Completed on the Ouachita River's Carpenter Dam Garland County, Arkansas Carpenter Dam Encyclopedia of Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1942 In Minneapolis, the Elizabeth Kenny Institute for the Treatment of Infantile Paralysis Is Dedicated in Honor of the Australian Nurse Australian Scientists & Mathematicians Minneapolis, Minnesota Polio Minnestoa Historical Society
1953 The FCC Approves RCA's Color Television Specifications As Industry Standard Television Standard History of Technology RCA
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 Congress Passes the Clean Air Act U.S. Congress Air Quality History Channel
1969 US Air Force Closes 22-yr Investigation into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) U.S. Government Aviation History New York Times
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
1979 Missouri Stunt Man, Stan Barrett Drives the First Rocket Car to Break the Sound Barrier at 739.666 mph. Missouri Sports Figures Automobile Sound Historic Firsts History Channel
1990 Winter Storms Cause More Than $3 Million Damage to the Vessels and Ferry Terminals Operated by Washington State Ferries Washington Naval History Storms Economics Washington State Ferries History Link

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