17th December

Born on this day 17th December
1927 Robert Robinson
1934 Karl Denver
1936 Tommy Steele
1937 Kerry Packer
1943 Dave Dee
1944 Bernard Hill
1945 Christopher Cazanove
1947 Simon Bates
1973 Paula Radcliffe
1976 Andrew Simpson
1979 Charlotte Edwards
1979 Paul Smith
1982 Dynamo
1984 Julian Bennett
1984 Andrew Davies
1985 Craig Reid
2007 James, Viscount Severn

Music
1892 ‘The Nutcracker’ was performed for the first time at St. Petersburg with music by Tchaikovsky and danced by the Russian Imperial Ballet.
1954 Bill Haley and the Comets entered the UK singles chart with ‘Shake Rattle and Roll’.
1964 Georgie Fame entered the UK charts with future number one ‘Yeh, Yeh’.
1971 David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ LP was released in the US, his first album to be released there.

Sport
1903 At Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina, Orville Wright made the first successful controlled flight in a powered aircraft.
1967 Greengrocer Alec Rose completed a 14,500 mile lone voyage from Britain to Australia

People & Showbiz
1843 Charles Dickens published ‘A Christmas Carol’.
1989 The first complete episode of ‘The Simpsons’ was broadcast on American television. The episode was called ‘The Simpsons Christmas Special: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire’

General Events
1897 The first radio transmission at sea occurred when a signal was sent from Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight to the steamer ‘Solent’ in the Solent.
1954 The British Petroleum company was formed.
1986 Mrs Davina Thompson made medical history when she became the first person in the world to be given new heart, lungs and liver, at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.
1991 The Fun House on Blackpool’s pleasure beach was destroyed by fire, causing an estimated £10million damage.

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