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 airplane—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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