December 17th

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The December 17 is the 351st day of the Gregorian calendar (352nd in leap years ), so stay 14 days until the end of the year.

Historic anniversaries
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Politics and world events

King's seal of Otto I.
1637: Jizo statues beheaded by the rebels
1763: Elector Friedrich August
1819: Simón Bolívar
1939: The wreck of the Admiral Graf Spee
1944: dead after the Malmedy massacre
1967: Harold Holt
  • 1967: Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappears without a trace while swimming south of Melbourne.
  • 1969: In Chile , parties and groups from the left-wing political spectrum join forces to form the Unidad Popular electoral alliance in order to seek a change of power.
1970: Flag of Oman


1906: The Wiener Postsparkasse
2001: German starter kit

science and technology

1790: Piedra del Sol
1903: The first flight




Pope Paul III.


  • 1859: In Frederiksborg Castle , the Danish royal residence, a major fire raged the day before and destroyed the furnishings in the entire main building.
  • 1961: In Niterói , Brazil , dissatisfied employees set a circus tent on fire during a performance . 323 people die and around 500 are injured.

Minor accidents are listed in the sub-articles of Disaster .


Entries of track and field world records can be found under the respective discipline under track and field .


Before the 18th century

18th century

19th century



Hope Bridges Adams Lehmann (* 1855)

20th century



Pope Francis (* 1936)


Milla Jovovich (* 1975)
  • 1975: Milla Jovovich , American model, actress, musician and fashion designer of Serbian-Russian origin
  • 1975: Nina Juraga , German actress


21st century


Before the 19th century

19th century

Simón Bolívar († 1830)
Georg von Wyss († 1893)

20th century



21st century

Holidays and memorial days

  • Church memorial days
    • St. Sturmius , German abbot, missionary and theologian, founder of a monastery and patron saint (Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox)
    • St. Daniel , Israelite prophet (Armenian, Orthodox, Evangelical: LCMS )
    • Schadrach, Meschach and Abed-Nego , Israelite youths and witnesses of faith (Armenian, Orthodox, Protestant: LCMS )

The list of commemorative and action days contains further entries .

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