On this day: December 17

Published On: Dec 14 2012 03:50:06 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 17 2014 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 - Giovanni Ribisi
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1974: Actor Giovanni Ribisi, best known for his movie roles in "Boiler Room," "Saving Private Ryan" and "Avatar," is born in Los Angeles, California.

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