On this day
The Gothic War took place
In 546, the Gothic War took place. The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquered Rome by bribing the Byzantine garrison! The war lasted from 535 to 554 AD – a long time ago now, but a moment in time remembered by historians for time to come!
The Bishop was presented with a skull
No, really! In 1206, the Crusader Wallon de Sarton presented the skull of John the Baptist to the Bishop of Amiens Richard de Gerberoy. The skull had been stolen from Constantinople. Later, Amiens cathedral was built to contain it.
The Sultan was defeated
On this day back in 1398, Sultan Nasir-u Mehmud's forces fell to Tamerlane as Delhi was roundly captured. Believe it or not, the weapons used included loading camels with lit haystacks – who were then sent to charge at the enemy. The Sultan, meanwhile, used armored elephants!
The Wright Brothers took to the skies
An epoch-making moment in aviation history took place today all the way back in 1903! It’s today that the revolutionary Wright Brothers first took their aircraft to the skies – specifically, they made the world’s first-ever sustained flight in a motorized aircraft.
The first heart, lung, and liver transplant took place
In 1986, Davina Thompson made incredible modern medical history by receiving the first-ever heart, lung and liver transplant! The procedure took place at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England.
Special Days Falling on December 17thDecember 17th may not seem like the most important date in December. But, here are a few things that might change your mind about that!
Bhutan National Day
Bhutan’s National Day is celebrated every December 17th. The day dates back as far as 1907, and the holiday commemorates the coronation of the first king of Bhutan, Ugyen Wangchuck, as the first Druk Gyalpo. That’s why his statue is carried during processions on every holiday!
Wright Brothers Day
Wright Brothers Day is celebrated annually on December 17th in the United States of America. The day commemorates the first successful flights ever made in a mechanically propelled airplane. The planes were, of course, made by Orville and Wilbur Wright' in 1903. They were built near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Saturnalia is celebrated every December 17th to 23rd. It is an ancient Roman festival held to celebrate the agricultural god Saturn. It was said to be the most popular holiday on the ancient Roman calendar! “Io Saturnalia” is the salutation during this festival, so if you hear it around, that’s why!