Lost and Found – December 17th Edition

What to remember about December 17th…

    • 1777  France formally recognizes the United States as an independent nation; victory at Saratoga convinces them we have a chance
    • 1862  Enraged by black market profiteering and speculation, General U.S. Grant orders all Jews to leave Military district under his authority; later he admits decision rash and criticism justified
    • 1903  Orville and Wilbur Wright make the 1st powered flight of a heavier-than-air craft in history near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
    • 1935  Douglas DC-3 (military C-47) makes its 1st flight; many of these aviation workhorses are still in service today
    • 1941  Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel is relieved of command of U.S. Pacific Fleet following Pearl Harbor attack; no more at fault than many others,FDR makes him a scapegoat
    • 1944  Public Proclamation 21 declares that internment of Japanese Americans is ending and that evacuees can return to their homes
    • 1944  1st of Malmedy massacres is committed by SS Kampfgruppe Peiper; hundreds of U.S. POWs and Belgians executed
    • 1969  USAF closes Project Blue Book; study of purported UFO sightings concludes there is no evidence of extraterrestrial activity
    • 1975  Charles Manson devotee Lynette Alice “Squeaky” Fromme is sentenced to life for attempted assassination of President Ford
    • 1997  Firearms Act of 1997 goes into effect in Great Britain; extends gun ban to include all but antique and show weapons; through 2008 firearms crimes and deaths have doubled in the UK
    • 2003  Privately owned and developed SpaceShipOne makes 1st supersonic flight; piloted by Brian Binnie

UPDATE:  2011  U.S. announces that the last troops have left Iraq; War is over?

UPDATE 2 :  2011  Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jung-il dies

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