17th December

The events happened on 17th December are :

1903 : Flight of the Wright brothers : On this day in 1903 near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful sustained flights in an airplaneā€”Orville first, gliding 120 feet (36.6 metres) through the air in 12 seconds.

1992 : The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed by the leaders of Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

1910 : American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Sy Oliver was born in Battle Creek, Michigan.

1892 : Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker was first presented at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

1853 : Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, one of the great figures of the English theatre and the most successful actor-manager of his time, was born in London.

1843 : English novelist Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol.

1807: With Napoleon's decree of Milan, all neutral countries and allies of France were forbidden to trade with Britain.

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