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On this day: December 17

Published On: Dec 14 2012 03:50:06 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 17 2013 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 - Manny Pacquiao
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1978: Boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao, the first eight-division world champion, is born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines. He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America, World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization. He was also long rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by several sporting news and boxing websites.

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