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Notable Historical Events on February 17th

1962Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis

1859Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Napoli

1904Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly," premieres in Milan

1913NY Armory Show introduces Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp to US public

1989Former baseball player/manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash

1923Ottawa Senator Cy Denneny becomes NHL's all time scorer (143 goals)

1995Tiger Manager Sparky Anderson takes unpaid leave due to baseball strike

1837Charles 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

1801US House of Representatives breaks electoral college tie, chooses Thomas Jefferson President over Burr

1885Bismarck gives Carl Peters' firm management of East-Africa

1621Myles Standish is elected as the first commander of the Plymouth Colony

1836HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Tasmania

1941Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

1976Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 v India, his 1st match-winning spell

1940Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia

1943-19] Hitler visits fieldmarshal von Mansteins hq in Zaporozje

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.

1932Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music," premieres in NYC

February 17th Historical Events
Date Event
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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" 
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 
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. 
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 
2016
Apple Chief Calls Court Order to Unlock iPhone 'Unprecedented Step' 
2016
Judge Tells Apple to Help Unlock iPhone Used by San Bernardino Gunman 
2016
CJ, a German Shorthaired Pointer, Wins Best in Show at Westminster 
2016
FDA issues guidelines to keep Zika virus out of donated blood 
2016
California Journey wins top prize at Westminster Dog Show 
2016
Sandra Day O'Connor: Obama should name Scalia's replacement 
2016
Peyton Manning cited in Title IX lawsuit against University of Tennessee 
2016
Kanye West's new album pirated over 500000 times 
2017
House GOP Leaders Outline Plan to Replace Obama Health Care Act 
2017
Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Heir, Is Arrested on Bribery Charges 
2017
Pakistan Shrine Bombing Kills Scores in Worst Attack in Months 
2017
US Vice President Pence heads to Europe on reassurance tour 
2017
US Democrats challenge Republicans to conduct credible Russia probe 
2017
Trump dismisses Russia controversy as 'scam' by hostile media 
2017
Trump asks black reporter to set up meeting with black lawmakers 
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