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February 17 - General (Calendar Date)

February 17th - Basic Facts:
  • February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
  • There are 317 days remaining until the end of the year (318 in leap years).
  • The preceding day is February 16
  • Next day is February 18.
February 17th Births (Here)

February 17th Deaths (Here)

February 17 Events:

1370 – The Battle of Rudau.
1500 – The Battle of Hemmingstedt.
1600 – Giordano Bruno (philosopher) is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori in Rome for heresy.
1621 – Myles Standish is appointed as f1st commander of Plymouth colony.
1753 – Sweden moves from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar - February 17 is followed by March 1.
1801 – Thomas Jefferson & Aaron Burr havde electoral tie - resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States & Burr becomes Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.
1809 – Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio.
1814 – The Battle of Mormans.
1819 – United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise.
1854 – United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
1864 – The H. L. Hunley becomes the first submarine to engage & sink a warship, the USS Housatonic (American Civil War).
1865 – Columbia, South Carolina, is burned as Confederate forces flee from advancing Union forces (American Civil War).
1867 – The first ship passes through the Suez Canal.
1871 – Prussian Army parades though Paris, France after winning the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
1903 – El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
1904 – Madama Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan.
1913 – The Armory Show opens in New York City.
1924 – Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the 100-yard freestyle swimming competition, in Miami, Florida, with a time of 522⁄5 seconds.
1925 – The New Yorker magazine is founded by Harold Ross & Jane Grant.
1933 – Newsweek magazine is published for the first time.
1933 – Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.
1944 – The Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins (World War II).
1944 – Operation Hailstone begins. U.S. naval air, surface, & submarine attack against Truk (Chuuk), Japan's main base in the central Pacific (World War II).
1947 – The Voice of America (VoA) begins transmitting radio broadcasts to the Soviet Union.
1958 – Pope Pius XII declares Saint Clare of Assisi (1193~1253) the patron saint of television.
1959 – Project Vanguard - Vanguard 2 is 1st weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
1964 – In Wesberry v. Sanders the Supreme Court of the United States ruling - congressional districts have to be ~ equal in population.
1964 – Leon M'ba (Gabonese president) is toppled by a coup - his rival, Jean-Hilaire Aubame, is installed.
1965 – The Ranger 8 probe launches on its mission to photograph the Mare Tranquillitatis region of the Moon in preparation for the manned Apollo missions (Project Ranger).
1968 – Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1972 – Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model-T.
1974 – Robert K. Preston buzzes the White House in a stolen helicopter.
1978 – The Provisional IRA detonates an incendiary bomb at the La Mon restaurant, near Belfast.
1979 – The Sino-Vietnamese War begins.
1995 – The Cenepa War - between Peru & Ecuador ends with cease-fire brokered by the UN.
1996 – Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.
1996 – NASA's Discovery Program begins as the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft lifts off on the first mission ever to orbit & land on an asteroid, 433 Eros.
2003 – London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
2006 – Mudslide in Southern Leyte, Philippines - the official death toll ~ 1,126.
2008 – Kosovo declares independence.

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