80 Years Ago—December 17, 1939: Damaged German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee is scuttled in Montevideo, Uruguay as British ships wait offshore; the Graf Spee had sunk nine ships with no lives lost in those sinkings.
First Canadian troop convoy, TC-1, arrives in Britain, at the Clyde.
75 Years Ago—Dec. 17, 1944: In Belgium, German SS troops massacre 84 US POWs at Malmédy, 11 African-American soldiers at Wereth, plus another 200 US POWs and 100 Belgian civilians at various locations.
US War Department revokes West Coast exclusion order against Japanese-Americans, effective Jan. 2, 1945.
Ernest King, US Chief of Naval Operations, is promoted to fleet admiral.