Today in History for December 17th

(17 Dec 2018) Wright brothers conduct the first successful manned, powered flight of the airplane. U.S. test-fires the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile; Simon Bolivar dies in Colombia; television’s Tiny Tim marries his fiancee, Miss Vicky. (Dec. 17th)

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Pope celebrates mass in Simon Bolivar Square

Pope Francis leads mass on Simon Bolivar square in the Colombian capital where thousands of Catholic people are gathered. IMAGES

Controversial Venezuela assembly begins first session

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro installs a powerful new assembly packed with his allies Friday, surrounded by images of former president Hugo Chavez and independence hero Simon Bolivar, dismissing an international outcry and opposition protests saying he is burying democracy in his crisis-hit country. IMAGES