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This Day in History

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Born on this day
1778  - Humphry Davy, inventor of the Davy miner's safety lamp and discoverer of numerous elements, is born. [more]
Australian Explorers
1845  - After a gruelling journey of 4827km, Leichhardt reaches Port Essington in Australia's north. [more]
Australian History
1967  - Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt goes missing whilst swimming at Portsea, Victoria. [more]
World History
1538  - King Henry VIII is excommunicated from the Catholic Church, paving the way for him to establish a new Christian denomination. [more]
1903  - The Wright brothers make the first sustained, controlled flights in a powered aircraft. [more]

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