Today In History

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 1997

In 1777: France recognized American independence.

In 1944: The U.S. Army announced the end of its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast.

In 1957: The United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.

In 1969: The U.S. Air Force closed its Project “Blue Book” by finding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.

In 1975: Lynette Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Ford.

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