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    12/17 - This day in history

    On this date in history:

    In 1790, the Aztec Calendar or Solar Stone was uncovered by workmen repairing Mexico City's Central Plaza.

    In 1903, Orville Wright made history's first sustained airplane flight, lasting 12 seconds and covering 120 feet near Kitty Hawk, N.C. His brother Wilbur flew 852 feet later that day.

    In 1925, Army Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell, outspoken advocate of a separate U.S. Air Force, was found guilty of conduct prejudicial to the good of the armed services. He was awarded the Medal of Honor 20 years after his death.

    In 1939, the Nazi warship Graf Spee was scuttled off the coast of Uruguay as British vessels pursued it.

    In 1944, the more than 110,000 Japanese Americans who had been relocated from the West Coast shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor were told they would be allowed to return home in less than three weeks, on Jan. 2.

    In 1967, the Clean Air Act was passed by Congress.

    In 1975, a federal jury in Sacramento, California, sentences Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme to life in prison for her attempted assassination of President Gerald R. Ford.

    In 1981, American Brig. Gen. James Dozier was kidnapped in Rome by Italy's Red Brigades. He was freed 42 days later in a raid by Italian anti-terrorist forces.

    In 1986, a Las Vegas federal jury awarded entertainer Wayne Newton $19.3 million in his defamation suit against NBC. A judge later reduced the award to $5.3 million.

    Also in 1986, a federal jury in Detroit cleared automaker John DeLorean of all 15 charges in his fraud and racketeering trial.

    In 1990, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a radical Roman Catholic priest and opponent of the dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier, was elected president of Haiti in a landslide victory. It was the first free election in Haiti's history.

    In 1990, Secretary of State Baker told NATO that Iraq might withdraw from Kuwait around the Jan. 15 deadline. NATO rejected the partial solution.

    In 1991, 15 people were killed and 20 wounded in clashes between Soviet troops and guerrillas in a disputed Armenian enclave.

    In 1992, Israel tried to deport hundreds of Palestinians to Lebanon but Beirut closed the border, trapping them in the Israeli-controlled "security zone."

    Also in 1992, President Bush formally signed the North American Free Trade Treaty simultaneously with the leaders of Mexico and Canada.

    In 1993, President Clinton acknowledged the $500 million gift of philanthropist Walter Annenberg to public-education reform.

    In 1994, North Korea said it shot down a U.S. Army helicopter in North Korean airspace, killing one pilot. The second pilot was reportedly uninjured but was held in North Korea.

    In 1996, the United Nations elected Kofi Annan of Ghana the new secretary-general.

    In 1997, New Jersey became the first state in the United States to permit homosexual couples to adopt children.

    In 1998, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization said 1998 was the warmest year ever recorded.

    In 2001, U.S. officials said they believed they had destroyed Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network in Afghanistan but it became evident in a few days that hundreds of bin Laden's men were escaping through the mountains into Pakistan. And, the whereabouts of bin Laden himself were not known.

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    In 1997, New Jersey became the first state in the United States to permit homosexual couples to adopt children.
    1997??? - Wow, I didn't know that...

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