On This Day In History, 17 December

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World Events Today

  • The Harrods department store in London, was bombed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army, the IRA, today in 1983, 6 were killed and almost another 100 were injured
  • The first triple transplant, heart, lung and liver, was performed in Cambridge, England, today in 1986, the surgery lasted 7 hours
  • Ian Huntley, who killed the schoolgirls Holly Marie Wells and Jessica Aimee Chapman in Soham, England, was sentenced to life imprisonment today in 2003

Entertainment Events Today

  • The seventh James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever, starring Sean Connery, was released in the US today in 1971
  • The American animated sitcom The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening, premiered on Fox TV today in 1989
  • After losing 9 out of the last 16 Premier League matches, José Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea manager today in 2015

Family Events Today

  • The British long distance runner, Paula Jane Radcliffe, MBE, winner of 3 London Marathons, was born today in 1973 in Davenham
  • The “Queen of Pop”, Céline Dion married her manager, Rene Angelil, today in 1994 at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada
  • The Supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il, died today in 2011 aged 70, he was succeeded by his youngest son, Kim Jong-Un

Main Event Today

  • The Wright brothers made the first sustained motorized aircraft flight today in 1903, the flight lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet, about 37 meters

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Maple Syrup Day

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