December 17th falls on the 351st day of the Gregorian calendar (352th in leap years).
546 - Gothic Wars: Ostrogothic tortillas bribe the Byzantine garrison and conquer Rome.
942 - William I of Normandy is assassinated.
1538 - Pope Paul III excommunicates Henry VIII of England.
1600 - Henry IV of France and Marie de Medicis marry.
1718 - Britain declares war on Spain.
1819 - Simon Bolivar declares the independence of Gran Colombia from Angostura (now Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela).
1874 - Dongqi, the tenth emperor of the Qing Dynasty, takes up the throne by his cousin, younger brother, Guangxi.
1939 - World War II: Battle of the Plate River, the German battlecruiser Admiral Graf Schiffe is sunk by Captain Hans Langsdorf off the coast of Montevideo.
The Siege of Sevastopol begins during World War II.
During World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army invades the northern island of Borneo.
1944 - World War II: Battle of the Bulge - Malmedy Massacre POWs from the US Army's 285th Artillery Observation Battalion are slaughtered by WaffenSS (WaffenSS) Joachim Pfeiffer Combat Team.
1945 - Honduras joins the United Nations
1963 - Park Chung-hee inaugurated as the 5th President of the Republic of Korea
1987 - The 13th presidential election of the Republic of Korea was held, and as a result, candidate Roh Tae-woo was elected as the 13th president.
1997 - More than 600 children while watching Pokemon Unmanned Episode 38, Polygon, an unmanned Pokémon in Japan, had seizures and were not aired for 119 days until April 15, 1998.
2007 - The Republic of Lakota claims independence from the United States.
2008 - Kang Ki-gap, leader of the Democratic Labor Party, was sentenced to a fine of 3 million won for violating the election law.
The approval of Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) was announced at the WTO headquarters in Geneva.
Chairman Kim Jong-il of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) died on a train at 8:30 am due to a combination of acute myocardial infarction and heart attack (shock).
2013 - Clashes between government forces and opposition groups broke out in South Sudan, in northeastern Africa, killing more than 1,000.
546 - Siege of Rome: Due to the betrayal of Byzantine soldiers, Ostrogothian soldiers infiltrate the castle at night and open the gates. King Tortila's army captures and sacks the city.
1903 - The Wright brothers make their first powered flight with the Light Flyer from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1922 - The tomb of Tutankhamun is excavated in Egypt.
1935 - The Douglas DC-3 plane makes its first flight.
1983 - Seoul Subway Line 2 Gyodae Station to Seoul National University Station section opened.
1991 - 1992 academic achievement test held in Korea
2013 - PlayStation 4 is released in South Korea.
2015 - Started construction of Byeolnae Line, an extension of Seoul Subway Line 8.
1267 - Gouda, the 91st emperor of Japan
1770 – Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (b.
1830 – Jules de Goncourt, French critic (d.
1905 – Shimo Hae-hai, a Finnish soldier and sniper.
1923 – Kim Sang-hong, a South Korean businessman (b.
1936 - Pope Francis, 266th Pope.
1939 – Jeong Hyeon-jong, South Korean poet (b.
1953 – Bill Pullman, American actor (b.
1955 – Gil Yong-woo, a South Korean actor.
Seo Jung-won, South Korean footballer.
Kim Young-sun, South Korean voice actress.
Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial artist.
1974 – Sarah Paulson, an American actress.
1975 – Milla Jovovich, Ukrainian actress (b.
Kim Sang-sik, South Korean footballer.
Swiss footballer Patrick Muller.
1978 – Lou, South Korean singer