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 - Paula Radcliffe
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1973: Paula Radcliffe, a five-time Olympian long-distance runner who has won the London Marathon three times, the New York Marathon twice and the 2002 Chicago Marathon, is born in Davenham, Cheshire, England.

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