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Sunday, December 17, 2017
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1431Infant King Henry VI of England crowned king of France
1653Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland & Ireland
1689Parliament adopts the [English] "Bill of Rights"
1809Napoleon divorces Josephine
1821American Colonization Society buys what will become Liberia
1835Great fire of New York, over 600 buildings burn, $20 million in damages;
1838Boers defeat Zulu King Dingane in South Africa
18971st submarine with an internal combustion engine demonstrated
1900Anglo-Boer War: Kritzinger enters Cape Colony
1901Anglo-Boer War: Kritzinger captured
1907Great White Fleet leaves Hampton Roads on its world cruise
1941Japanese Carriers Hiryu and Soryu attack Wake Island .
1941Borneo: Japanese troops land at Miri, Sarawak.
1941Malaya: Japanese forces land at Penang.
1942Papua: Eichelberger takes over 32nd Div, after 2 commanders are WIA.
1942Burma: Br take Maungdaw, which has been abandoned by the Japanese.
1943Japanese sub I-29 departs Penang for blockaded run to France.
1944German V-2 strikes Antwerp theatre, 638 killed
1944Chinese forces in northern Burma capture Bhamo.
1944Battle of Bulge begins in Belgium
  Today in Military History 

Dec 17, 2017
1538Pope Paul III excommunicates England's King Henry VIII
1777France recognizes independence of English colonies in America
1846Commo Matthew C. Perry's squadron captures Laguna de Terminos, Mexico.
1852Hawaiian Army organizes a cavalry detachment
1861Combat at Rowlett's Station/Mumfordsville, WVa
1862Gen US Grant issues G.O. #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee
1914Austrian troops beat Russians in Limanova, Poland
1923Greek King George II overthrown by army
1925Col William "Billy" Mitchell court-martialed for insubordination
1927US sub S-4 sinks after collision, all 34 aboard die
1939German pocket battleship Graf Spee scuttled by its crew off Uruguay
1940British troops capture Sollum
1941Japanese troops land in British North Borneo.
1941Adm Husband Kimmel, CINCUS and CINCPAC, relieved
1942U.S. aircraft bomb Munda.
1942Elms U.S. 25th Div land on Guadalcanal.
1942Americal Div attacks towards Mt. Austen on Guadalcanal.
1943Allies battle last Japanese on the Arawe Peninsula, New Britain.
1944Japanese-Americans released from detention camps
1957US successfully test-fires Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile
1961Indo-Portuguese War begins, Portugal loses and other colonies by 18th.
1969USAF closes Project Blue Book, on UFOs
1971Ceasefire between India & Pakistan in Kashmir
1981Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brig Gen James L Dozier
1988USS Tennessee, 1st sub to carry Trident 2 missiles, commissioned
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1774Jews expelled from Bohemia & Moravia by Empress Maria Theresa
1813British take Ft Niagara in War of 1812
1861Combat at Milford/Shawnee Mound, WVa'
1899Anglo-Boer War: Roberts appointed to succeed Buller as C-in-C in South Africa, with Kitchener as Chief of Staff
1941Japanese troops attack Hong Kong
1941Japanese destroyer Shinonome mined and sunk off Borneo
1941Japanese aircraft begin operating from strips in northern Luzon.
1941Japanese 38th Div lands on Hong Kong Island.
1941In Malaya British reorganize forces and prepare for further withdrawal.
1941British and Dutch troops occupy Portuguese Timor
1942Japanese CL Tenryu sunk by U.S. sub Albacore near the Bismarcks.
1942Papua: U.S. and Australian troops begin a major assault on Sanananda
1943Stilwell given command of all Chinese forces in India and Burma.
1943Japanese air raids on Kunming, to halt Chinese advancing into Burma.
1944DDs Hull, Spence, & Monaghan sink in Pacific typhoon, 800 die
1944c. 300 US aircraft raid the Japanese base at Hankow, China
1972US begins "Christmas bombing" of North Vietnam