On this day: December 17

Published On: Dec 14 2012 03:50:06 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 17 2015 01:00:00 AM CST

France recognizes America as a nation, the Wright brothers take flight, Tiny Tim marries Miss Vicki in front of millions of TV viewers, and Kim Jong-il dies, all on this day.

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2011: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, the dictator who for 17 years had presided over the world's most isolated regime, dies of a suspected heart attack at the age of 70.

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