December 17

This Day in History

2011

Mohamed Bouazizi Ignites the Arab Spring

"On this day in 2011, Mohamed Bouazizi self-immolated, sparking a wave of revolutions across the Muslim world known as the Arab Spring. Born 29 March 1984 in Sidi Bouzid, a small town in … (more...)

1903

First Airplane Flies

Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Americans Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. The Wright brothers, self-taught … (more...)

1790

Aztec Calendar Stone Discovered

"On this day in 2011, Mohamed Bouazizi self-immolated, sparking a wave of revolutions across the Muslim world known as the Arab Spring. Born 29 March 1984 in Sidi Bouzid, a small town in … (more...)