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 - Otto Graham
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2003: Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham dies of a heart aneurysm at age 82 in Sarasota, Fla. Graham played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League and was one of the most dominant players of his era. He took the Browns to league championship games every year between 1946 and 1955, winning seven of them. He also starred collegiately at Northwestern University and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955.

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