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 This day in History - December 17
387 Historic Events for December 17
1977

France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island

Event
1977

Elvis Costello and The Attractions 1st US TV appearance (SNL)

Event
1977

Bobby Simpson scores 176 Australia v India at the WACA, aged 41

Event
1978

OPEC raises oil prices 18%

Event
1978

Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda

Event
1979

Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 kph (record for wheeled vehicle)

Event
1979

Cheri Vivette Alexander, Miss District of Columbia Teen USA (1997)

Birth
1980

Mauritania provisional constitution published

Event
1980

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event
1981

Emma Laaksonen, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)

Birth
1981

Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brig Gen James L Dozier

Event
1982

Philipp Jarnach, composer, dies at 90

Death
1982

Leonid B Kogan, Russian violist, dies at 58

Death
1983

Bomb attack on Harrod's war house in London, 5 killed, 94 injured

Event
1983

"Peg" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 5 performances

Event
1983

Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die

Event
1984

NJ Devils 1st penalty shot-Rocky Trottier scores against Edmonton(?)

Event
1984

NJ Devils 1st shutout, Glenn Resch makes 42 saves beat Minn, 2-0

Event
1985

Otto Gotsche, writer, dies

Death
1986

Ron Kass, record co pres (MGM), dies at 52 of cancer

Death
1986

US Congress forms "Irangate" committee

Event
1986

Mrs Davina Thompson makse medical history by having the 1st heart, lung and liver transplant (Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England)

Event
1987

Czechoslovak party leader Gustav Hus k resigns

Event
1987

Bernard Cardinal Alfrink, archbishop of Utrecht Neth, dies at 87

Death
1987

Marguerite Yourcenard, author (Memoirs of Hadrien), dies at 84

Death