Historical Events on 17th February

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1370 - Battle at Rudau: Germany beats Lithuania
1500 - Battle of Hemmingstedt.
1568 - Holy Roman Emperor agrees to pay tribute to the Sultan for peace
1598 - Boris Godunov chosen tsar of Russia
1600 - Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori in Rome, charged of heresy.
1634 - William Prynne tried in Star Chamber for publishing "Histrio-masti
1670 - France & Bavaria sign military assistance treaty
1691 - Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service
1714 - Parliament of Paris accepts Pope Clemens XI's "Unigenitus" degree
1772 - 1st partition of Poland-Russia & Prussia, joined later by Austria
1776 - 1st volume of Gibbon's "Decline & Fall of Roman Empire" published
1791 - Messier catalogs M83 (spiral galaxy in Hydra)
Historian Edward GibbonHistorian Edward Gibbon 1795 - Thomas Seddal harvests 8.3-kg potato from his garden Chester, England
1801 - US House of Representatives breaks electoral college tie, chooses Thomas Jefferson President over Burr
1814 - Battle of Mormans.
1817 - 1st US city lit by gas (Baltimore)
1818 - Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle)
1836 - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Tasmania
1848 - Toscane gets liberal Constitution
1854 - Britain recognises independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
1859 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Napoli
Composer Giuseppe VerdiComposer Giuseppe Verdi 1864 - Confederate submarine HL Hunley sinks Union ship Housatonic
1865 - -18] Battle of Charleston SC
1865 - Columbia SC burns down during Civil War
1867 - 1st ship passes through Suez Canal
1867 - Gyula Andressy becomes premier of Hungary
1870 - Esther Morris appointed 1st female judge
1870 - Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to US after Civil War
1876 - Sardines 1st canned (Julius Wolff-Eastport, Maine)
1878 - 1st telephone exchange in SF opens with 18 phones
1880 - Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt
1882 - 1st Test Cricket match played at Sydney Cricket Ground
1883 - A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
German Statesman Otto Von BismarckGerman Statesman Otto Von Bismarck 1885 - Bismarck gives Carl Peters' firm management of East-Africa
1896 - Muzzling Order on the London County Council enforced
1897 - National Organization of Mothers forms (Parent Teacher Association)
1902 - A general strike in Barcelona and nearby towns leads to government-troop reprisals that leave 40 dead
1904 - Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly," premieres in Milan
1905 - Frances Willard becomes 1st women honored in National Statuary Hall
1911 - 1st hydroplane flight to & from a ship (Glenn Curtiss, San Diego)
1913 - 1st minimum wage law in US takes effect (Oregon)
Artist Pablo PicassoArtist Pablo Picasso 1913 - NY Armory Show introduces Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp to US public
1915 - Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
1916 - Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith' musical premieres in NYC
1921 - Arthur Honegger's "Pastorale D'ete," premieres
1923 - Ottawa Senator Cy Denneny becomes NHL's all time scorer (143 goals)
1924 - Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds)
1926 - Avalanche buries 75 in Sap Gulch Bingham Utah, 40 die
1930 - French government of Tardieu falls
1931 - 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
1931 - Hockey's Hershey Bears (now with AHL) 1st game
Composer and Lyricist Irving BerlinComposer and Lyricist Irving Berlin 1932 - Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music," premieres in NYC
1933 - 1st issue of "Newsweek" magazine published
1933 - Marinus van der Lubbe arrives in Glindow, at Potsdam
1933 - US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
1934 - 1st high school auto driving course offered (State College, Penn)
1936 - "Phantom" cartoon strip by Lee Falk debuts
1936 - -58°F (-50°C), McIntosh, South Dakota (state record)
1936 - SN Behrmann's "End of Summer," premieres in NYC
1936 - The world's first superhero, The Phantom, makes his first appearance in comics.
1938 - 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
1939 - Katwijk soccer team forms
1940 - Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia
1940 - Crew of the British destroyer Cossack board German Altmark in Jøssingfjord, Norway, and realised 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass.
1941 - Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 1943 - -19] Hitler visits fieldmarshal von Mansteins hq in Zaporozje
1943 - Dutch churches protest at Seyss-Inquart against persecution of Jews
1943 - Gen-major Bradley flies to Wash DC
1943 - NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio, enlists into the US army
1944 - Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins; US victory on Feb 22
1944 - US begins night bombing of Truk
1946 - Humanistic Covenant forms in Amsterdam
1947 - Dutch RC bishops publish manifest against "godless communism"
1947 - Voice of America begins broadcasting to USSR
1949 - Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
1949 - Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Andrea Kekesy/Ede Kiraly of HUN
1949 - Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Paris won by Alena Vrzanova of CZE
1949 - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
1949 - Richard Button retains world figure skating championship in Paris
1950 - 31 die in a train crash in Rockville Center NY
1953 - DSB soccer team forms in Eindhoven
1954 - WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
1955 - Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
1955 - Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe & Bowden of CAN
1955 - KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1955 - Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright US
1955 - Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257
1956 - Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
1956 - Ice Pairs Championship at Garmisch won by Schwarz & Oppelt of AUT
1956 - Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by Carol Heiss USA
1956 - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by H A Jenkins USA
1957 - Fire in Warreton, Mo kills 72
1957 - Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
1957 - Suez Canal reopens
1957 - A fire at a home for the elderly in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72 people.
1958 - Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
1958 - WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1959 - 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg
1962 - Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin"
1962 - Storm in Hamburg kills 265
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain 1962 - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis
1963 - Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon (2:15:15.8
1964 - 101st member elected to baseball's hall of fame (Luke Appling)
1964 - US House of Representatives accept Law on the civil rights
1964 - US Supreme court rules - 1 man 1 vote (Westberry v Sanders)
1964 - WMEM TV channel 10 in Presque Isle, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
1965 - US Ranger 8 launched, will transmit 7,137 lunar pictures
1965 - US-Japan baseball relations suspended over Masanori Murakami dispute
1966 - French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit
1967 - Beatles release "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields"
1967 - Kosmos 140 (Soyuz Test) launches into Earth orbit
1968 - Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Mass, opens
Singer-Songwriter Bob DylanSinger-Songwriter Bob Dylan 1969 - Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released.
1969 - Golda Meir sworn in as the first female prime minister of Israel
1970 - Jeffrey McDonald slices up his wife & daughter
1970 - Joni Mitchell's final concert (Royal Albert Hall)
1970 - Robert Marasco's "Child's Play," premieres in NYC
1971 - England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win
1972 - British Parliament votes to join European Common Market
1972 - President Nixon leaves Washington DC for China
1972 - Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model-T.
1973 - Rodney Redmond scores 107 on debut v Pakistan, his only Test Cricket
1974 - 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
1974 - Carol Mann wins LPGA Naples Lely Golf Classic
1974 - Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House with a stolen helicopter.
1976 - "Rockabye Hamlet" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 7 performances
1976 - Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)
1976 - NZ scores their 1st innings win in Test Cricket, v India
1976 - Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 v India, his 1st match-winning spell
1978 - La Mon restaurant bombing: 11 civilians and 1 RUC officer are killed and 30 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army incendiary bomb at the La Mon Restaurant near Belfast
1979 - China invades Vietnam, marking the start of the Sino-Vietnamese War
1979 - Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99)
1980 - Buddy Baker wins Daytona 500 (177.6 MPH/285.8 kph)
1980 - Dot Germain wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
1981 - Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history
1982 - Commencement of Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket match, v England
1983 - Bob Bourne fails on 8th Islander penalty shot
1983 - Netherlands adopts constitution
1983 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1985 - 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents
1985 - 1st day/night game at the MCG, Australia v England
1985 - 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
1985 - Hein Vergeer becomes world champion skater
1985 - Laffit Pincay Jr is third to ride 6,000th winners at Santa Anita
1986 - 1st Francophone Summit convenes at Versailles
1986 - Howard Stern radio show returns to NYC morning radio (WXRK 92.3 FM)
1986 - Johnson & Johnson announces it no longer sell capsule drugs
1986 - Libyan bombers attack N'djamena Airport in Chad
1987 - Don Mattingly wins highest salary arbitration ($1,975,000 per year)
1987 - Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
1988 - Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
1988 - US Lt Col Williamm Higgins kidnapped by Lebanese terrorists & later killed
1989 - 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone "hole"
Baseball Player and Manager Leo DurocherBaseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher 1989 - Former baseball player/manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash
1989 - Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia & Libya form common market
1989 - Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs record $7.9M-3 year contract
1989 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1991 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
1993 - Haitian ferry boat capsize in storm, 800-2,000 die
1993 - Mark Foster swims world record 50m free style (21.60 sec)
1995 - 11th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
1995 - Colin Fergusson found guilty of killing 6 people on the Long Island Rail Road in NY
MLB Player and Manager Sparky AndersonMLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson 1995 - Tiger Manager Sparky Anderson takes unpaid leave due to baseball strike
1995 - Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive & manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked
1996 - 1st full ODI for the Netherlands, v NZ, cricket World Cup Nolan Clarke makes ODI debut for Netherlands at age 47
1996 - Garry Kasparov defeats Deep Blue 4-2 in chess
1997 - Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Pasadena Calif
1997 - Weekly Standard shows evidence Larry Flint sexually abused his daughter
1998 - US Naval Academy cadet Diane Zamora, 20, convicted of capital murder
1998 - Larry Wayne Harris & Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax
1998 - USA Women's Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal
2002 - Westlife go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.' The Irish boy band's 10th UK No.1 single.
Rapper Ja RuleRapper Ja Rule 2002 - 'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.
2003 - The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
2006 - A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
2008 - Kosovo declares independence from Serbia.
2012 - The President of Germany, Christian Wulff, resigns over a corruption scandal
2012 - Approximately 70 ancient Olympic artifacts are stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Greece
2013 - 37 people are killed and 130 are injured in a series of Baghdad car bombings
2013 - 5 people are killed and 11 are injured after a gas explosion destroyed an apartment complex in Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, Czech Republic
2013 - President Rafael Correa wins the Ecuadorian general election in a landslide victory
2013 - Australia defeat the West Indies to win the women's 2013 Cricket World Cup
2014 - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premieres on NBC

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