Birthdays of Monday, December 17
Actor Ernie Hudson is 67.
Political commentator Chris Matthews is 67.
Comedian-actor Eugene Levy is 66.
Actor Bill Pullman is 59.
Actor Barry Livingston is 59.
Country singer Sharon White is 59.
Producer-director-writer Peter Farrelly is 56.
Pop singer Sarah Dallin (Bananarama) is 51.
Country musician Tim Chewning is 50.
Country singer Tracy Byrd is 46.
Country musician Duane Propes is 46.
Actress Laurie Holden is 43.
Actor Sean Patrick Thomas is 42.
Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 38.
Actress Milla Jovovich is 37.
Singer Bree Sharp is 37.
Actress Jennifer Carpenter is 33.
Actor-singer Nat Wolff is 18.
On December 17 in
1777 France recognized American independence.
1830 South American patriot Simon Bolivar died in Colombia.
1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane flights near Kitty Hawk, N.C., using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer.
1944 The U.S. Army announced it was ending its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast.
1957 The United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.
1979 In a case that aggravated racial tensions, Arthur McDuffie, a black insurance executive, was fatally injured after leading police on a chase with his motorcycle in Miami. (Four white police officers accused of beating McDuffie were later acquitted, sparking riots.)
In The Star
Dec. 17, 1937, in The Star: Congressman Lister Hill, who’s seeking the Democratic Party nomination to run for U.S. Senate, will make three speeches in Calhoun County three days from now. He’ll be in Piedmont late morning, Jacksonville mid-afternoon and in Anniston in the evening. Also this date: An editorial on “The Danger of Dope” states, “most common of the habit-forming ‘weeds’ today is marihuana,” which is “often sold to school children, as are other drugging concoctions which stupefy the brain, make beasts of gentlemen and murderers of the meek.”
Dec. 17, 1987, in The Star: Two Anniston High School seniors were recently given an insider’s view of the American political process at the Youth Congressional Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Allyson Lee and Coke Williams were selected by Anniston High School Principal John Toland and guidance counselor Marti Warren to attend the conference, which was held from Nov. 10-15. Miss Lee is president of the AHS student Senate and Williams is senior class president.