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TODAY IN HISTORY | DECEMBER 17



• 1790 – Discovery of the Aztec calendar stone.

• 1900 – Mary Cartwright’s Birth Day, English mathematician and academic, one of the first people to analyze a dynamical system with chaos (Death : 1998)

• 1903 – The Wright brothers make the first controlled powered, heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

• 1905 – Mohammad Hidayatullah’s Birth Day, 11th Chief Justice of India, and politician, 6th Vice President of India (Death : 1992)

• 1927 – Indian revolutionary Rajendra Lahiri is hanged in Gonda jail, Uttar Pradesh, India, two days before the scheduled date.

• 1928 – Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru assassinate British police officer James Saunders in Lahore, Punjab, to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police. The three were executed in 1931.



• 2003 – SpaceShipOne, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first powered and first supersonic flight.









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