On this day: December 17

POSTED: 01:50 PM PST Dec 14, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 16, 2013 

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 - Diamonds are Forever
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1971: "Diamonds Are Forever," the seventh spy film in the James Bond series and the last by Eon Productions to star Sean Connery as the British spy, premieres in the United States. After George Lazenby left the franchise following 1969's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," the studio paid Connery a then-record $1.25 million salary for him to return. Connery would play Bond once again, in 1983's "Never Say Never Again," at the age of 52, although that movie, more or less a remake of the 1965 Bond movie "Thunderball," was not produced by Eon.

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