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This Day In History

  • This Day In History
  • December 17, 1777: France recognized American independence.
  • December 17, 1903: Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first flight in a heavier-than-air plane at Kitty Hawk, N.C.
  • December 17, 1944: The U.S. Army announced the end of its policy of holding Japanese-Americans in internment camps, allowing "evacuees" to return home.
  • December 17, 1969: The U.S. Air Force ended its "Project Blue Book" and concluded that there was no evidence of extraterrestrial activity behind UFO sightings.
  • December 17, 1992: North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed by U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
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