On this day: December 17

POSTED: 01:50 PM PST Dec 14, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 16, 2015 

France recognizes America as a nation, the Wright brothers take flight, Tiny Tim marries Miss Vicki in front of millions of TV viewers, and Kim Jong-il dies, all on this day.

OTD December 17 - Sammy Baugh
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Pro Football Hall of Fame

2008: Former professional football player Sammy Baugh, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the 17-member charter class of 1963, dies of numerous health issues, including Alzheimer's disease, at the age of 94 in Rotan, Texas. Baugh, who set 13 NFL records playing quarterback, defensive back and punter for Washington from 1937 to 1952, is credited for making the forward pass an integral part of the offensive play in the NFL.


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