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.

OTD December 17 - Peter Farrelly
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1956: Film director Peter Farrelly (left), best known for directing movies such as "There's Something About Mary," "Dumb and Dumber," "Kingpin" and "Fever Pitch" with his brother Bobby (right), is born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

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