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.
1621 - Myles Standish is elected as the first commander of the Plymouth Colony
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
Historian Edward GibbonHistorian Edward Gibbon 1791 - Messier catalogs M83 (spiral galaxy in Hydra)
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
1837 - Charles Lyell makes his presidential address to the Geographical Society, London and announces that Richard Owen has concluded from Darwin's fossils that extinct species were related to current species in the same locality
Geologist Charles LyellGeologist Charles Lyell 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
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
Composer Giuseppe VerdiComposer Giuseppe Verdi 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
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)
1897 - Emilio Aguinaldo and a group of katipuneros defeat Spanish forces led by General Camilo de Polavieja at the Battle of Zapote Bridge in Cavite
Revolutionary General and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio AguinaldoRevolutionary General and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo 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)
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
Artist Pablo PicassoArtist Pablo Picasso 1917 - In Australia, Nationalist Party takes over a coalition government
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
1932 - Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music," premieres in NYC
Composer and Lyricist Irving BerlinComposer and Lyricist Irving Berlin 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
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman 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
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
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 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
Cricketer Richard HadleeCricketer Richard Hadlee 1976 - Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 v India, his 1st match-winning spell
1978 - 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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