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 This day in History - December 17
387 Historic Events for December 17
1961

Niteroi Circus of Rio de Janeiro catches fire; 323 die

Event
1961

India seizes Goa and 2 other Portuguese colonies

Event
1962

Rocco Anthony Mediate, Greensburg PA, PGA golfer (1991 Doral-Ryder)

Birth
1962

Giulla Boschi, Italian actress (Act of Contrition, Bonus Malus)

Birth
1962

Thomas Mitchell, US, actor (Outlaw), dies of cancer at 70

Death
1962

Current constitution of Monaco promulgated

Event
1962

Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People and Places)

Event
1963

West and East Berlin sign accord about travel rules

Event
1963

Tsjoi Doo Sun forms govt in South Korea

Event
1964

Frank Musil, Pardubice Cze, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)

Birth
1964

Tyrone Braxton, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)

Birth
1964

Joe Wolf, NBA forward/center (Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets)

Birth
1964

Eric Brown, NYC, actor (Buzz-Mama's Family)

Birth
1965

British government proclaims ends oil-embargo against Rhodesia

Event
1965

Jeff Grayer, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Olympics-bronze-1988)

Birth
1965

Craig Berube, Calahoo, NHL left wing (Washington Capitals)

Birth
1965

Tito [Raffaele A] Schipa, Italian tenor/composer (Rondine), dies at 76

Death
1965

Astrodome opens, 1st event is Judy Garland and Supremes concert

Event
1965

Largest newspaper-Sunday NY Times at 946 pages (50›)

Event
1965

Dutch govt shuts Limburgs coal mine

Event
1965

David Levy begins his search for comets

Event
1965

Scott Edward Gump, Rockledge FL, PGA golfer (1991 International-2nd)

Birth
1966

Hans Visser, Dutch soccer player (MVV, FC Utrecht)

Birth
1966

Gustaf Paulson, composer, dies at 68

Death
1967

Harold Holt, Australian premier (1966-67), drowns at 59

Death