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 - Douglas DC-3
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1935: A prototype of the Douglas DC-3 airplane flies for the first time, on the 32nd anniversary of the Wright Brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk, at Clover Field in Santa Monica, California. The speed and range of the fixed-wing propeller-driven airliner would revolutionize air transport in the 1930s and 1940s.


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