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 This day in History - December 17
387 Historic Events for December 17
1899

Frederick "Freddy" Roberts, son of Brit field marshal, dies in battle

Death
1900

Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslavia, composer/conductor

Birth
1900

1st prize of 100,00 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrials. Martians excluded-considered too easy

Event
1900

New Ellis Island Immigration station completed costing $1.5 million

Event
1902

Simon Drach, writer

Birth
1902

Frank Wedekind's "Der Erdgeist," premieres in Berlin

Event
1903

At 10:35 AM, 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight (Orville Wright)

Event
1903

Erskine P Caldwell, author (Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre)

Birth
1904

Dmitri B Kabalevsky, St Petersburg Russia, composer (In the Fire) [OS]

Birth
1904

Paul Cadmus, NYC, etcher/painter (Sailors and Floozies)

Birth
1905

Joseph Heifitz, film director

Birth
1906

Fernando Lopez-Garcia, composer

Birth
1907

Kelvin of Largs, [William Thomson], Br physicist (Kelvin), dies at 83

Death
1907

Ugyen Wangchuck became 1st hereditary king of Bhutan

Event
1908

Willard Frank Libby, inventor (carbon-14 "atomic clock" (Nobel 1960))

Birth
1908

William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer

Birth
1909

Ferdinand H Aus der Fnten, German war criminal (Breda 4)

Birth
1909

Leopold II, king of Belgium, buried in Brussels

Event
1910

Keki Khursedji Tarapore, cricketer (0-72 in his only Test for India)

Birth
1911

William Roerick, actor (Guiding Light)

Birth
1913

Stefano Gobatti, composer, dies at 61

Death
1914

Mushtaq Ali, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 30's and 40's)

Birth
1914

Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv by Turkish authorities

Event
1914

Austrian troops beat Russians in Limanova Poland

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1914

Great Britain declares Egypt a protectorate

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