On this day: December 17

POSTED: 01:50 PM PST Dec 14, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 16, 2014 

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 - Pope Francis
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1936: Pope Francis is born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was elected pope on March 13, 2013, following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI the previous month. Francis had become the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was made a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

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