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This Day in History: Dec. 17

1777: France recognizes the independence of the 13 American colonies.
1819: The republic of Colombia, consisting of Venezuela and New Granada (now Colombia), is proclaimed, with independence leader Simón Bolívar as president.
1903: Orville and Wilbur Wright pilot the first successful flights of a heavier-than-air mechanically propelled airplane , at Kitty Hawk, NC.
1933: The Chicago Bears defeat the NY Giants in the first NFL championship football game, 23-21.
1992: The NAFTA trade agreement is signed by Pres. George Bush , Canadian Prime Min. Brian Mulroney, and Mexican Pres. Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
1996: Kofi Annan of Ghana is elected UN secretary general.
2001: The U.S. reopens its embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan for the first time since 1989 as hundreds of al-Qaeda members appear to escape across the mountains into neighboring Pakistan.
2002: Pres. George W. Bush announces U.S. plans to build a limited missile defense system by 2004.


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