February 17 Events in History - February 17 Birthdays - February 17 Deaths
2015 Ukrainian forces leave the city of Debaltseve after rebels continue fighting in spite of a negotiated ceasefire; the rebels claim that the city, which connects the rebel-held corridor between Donetsk and Luhansk, was not included in the agreement
2014 Jimmy Fallon officially replaces Jay Leno in his first broadcast as host of 'The Tonight Show'
2014 American ice dancing pair Charlie White and Meryl Davis win the Olympic gold medal - the first gold won by the U.S. in this sport
2013 In Bolivar, Venezuela, the country's government opens a granite processing plant, estimating it will provide 25% of the nation's granite requirements
2013 In racing, Danica Patrick becomes the first woman at the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to win pole position
2012 Between 60 to 70 artifacts of the ancient Olympic games are stolen by thieves who broke into the Archaeological Museum of Olympia in Greece
2012 The Dow Jones Industrial Average achieves its highest level at closing since May 2008
2011 A large, rare, Andy Warhol self-portrait in red and white sells for $10.79 million pounds at Christie's auction house in London, England
2011 Aretha Franklin, singer and the 'Queen of Soul', announces she has overcome medical ailments and plans to return to the stage
2010 The declaration of Victor Yanukovych as President of Ukraine is suspended by the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine
2008 Taliban suicide bombing kills 80 in Kandahar, Afghanistan
2008 Kosovo declares independence from Serbia
1998 Diane Zamora, 20, Naval Academy cadet convicted of capital murder
1998 Larry Wayne Harris and Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax
1997 Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Pasadena California
1997 Weekly Standard shows evidence Larry Flint sex abused his daughter
1996 1st full ODI for the Netherlands, vs. New Zealand, cricket World Cup Nolan Clarke makes ODI debut for Netherlands at age 47
1995 11th Soap Opera Digest Awards
1995 Colin Fergusson found guilty of killing 6 people on the LIRR in NY
1995 Tiger manager Sparky Anderson takes unpaid leave due to baseball strike
1995 Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming U.S. tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive and manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked
1993 Haitian ferry boat capsize in storm, 800-2,000 die
1993 Mark Foster swims world record 50m free style (21.60 sec)
1991 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
1989 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone "hole"
1989 Former baseball player and manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash
1989 Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya form common market
1989 Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs record $7.9M-3 year contract
1989 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1989 Whitesnake's rocker David Coverdale weds actress Tawny Kitaen
1988 Lebanese terrorists kidnap United Nations truce observer Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins
1988 U.S. Lt. Col Wm Higgins kidnapped by Lebanese terrorists and later killed
1987 Don Mattingly wins highest salary arbitration ($1,975,000 per year)
1987 Michelle Renee Royer, 21, Texas, crowned 36th Miss USA
1986 1st Francophone Summit convenes at Versailles
1986 Howard Stern radio show returns to New York City morning radio on WXRK 92.3 FM
1986 Johnson and Johnson announces it no longer sell capsule drugs
1986 Libyan bombers attack N'djamena Airport in Chad
1985 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents
1985 1st day/night game at the MCG, Australia vs. 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
1983 Bob Bourne fails on 8th Islander penalty shot
1983 Netherlands adopts constitution
1983 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1982 Commencement of Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket match, vs. England
1981 Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in U.S. history
1980 Buddy Baker wins Daytona 500 (177.6 MPH/285.8 kph)
1980 Dot Germain wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
1979 China invades Vietnam
1979 Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99)
1976 "Rockabye Hamlet" opens at Minskoff Theater New York City for 7 performances
1976 Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)
1976 New Zealand scores their 1st innings win in Test Cricket, vs. India
1976 Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 vs. India, his 1st match-winning spell
1974 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
1974 Carol Mann wins LPGA Naples Lely Golf Classic
1973 Rodney Redmond scores 107 on debut vs. Pakistan, his only Test Cricket
1972 British Parliament votes to join European Common Market
1972 President Nixon leaves Washington D.C. for China
1971 England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win
1970 Jeffrey McDonald slices up his wife and daughter
1970 Joni Mitchell's final concert at Royal Albert Hall
1970 Robert Marasco's "Child's Play," premieres in New York City
1969 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album (never released)
1969 Golda Meir sworn in as Israel's 1st female prime minister
1968 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Massachusetts, opens
1967 Beatles release "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields"
1967 Kosmos 140 (Soyuz Test) launches into Earth orbit
1966 French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit
1965 U.S. Ranger 8 launched, will transmit 7,137 lunar pictures
1965 U.S. - Japan baseball relations suspended over Masanori Murakami dispute
1964 101st member elected to baseball's hall of fame (Luke Appling)
1964 U.S. House of Representatives accept Law on the civil rights
1964 U.S. Supreme Court rules - 1 man 1 vote (Westberry vs. Sanders)
1964 WMEM TV channel 10 in Presque Isle, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
1963 Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon 2:15:15.8
1962 Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin"
1962 Storm in Hamburg, kills 265
1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs St. Louis
1959 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg
1958 Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
1958 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
1957 Fire in Warreton Mo, kills 72
1957 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
1957 Suez Canal reopens
1956 Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
1956 Ice Pairs Championship at Garmisch won by Schwarz and 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
1955 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
1955 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe and 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 U.S.
1955 Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257
1953 Baseball star/pilot Ted Williams uninjured as plane shot down in Korea
1953 DSB soccer team forms in Eindhoven
1950 31 die in a train crash in Rockville Center, New York
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
1947 Dutch RC bishops publish manifest against "godless communism"
1947 Voice of America begins broadcasting to U.S.S.R.
1946 Humanistic Covenant forms in Amsterdam
1944 Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins; U.S. victory on Feb 22
1944 U.S. begins night bombing of Truk
1943 Hitler visits Field Marshal von Mansteins hq in Zaporozje
1943 Dutch churches protest at Seyss-Inquart against persecution of Jews
1943 General-major Bradley flies to Washington D.C.
1943 New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio, enlists into the U.S. army
1941 Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
1940 Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA vs. West Australia
1940 British destroyers board German Altmark off Norway
1939 Katwijk soccer team forms
1938 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV in London
1936 "Phantom" cartoon strip by Lee Falk debuts
1936 -58 degrees F (-50 degrees C), McIntosh, South Dakota (state record)
1936 SN Behrmann's "End of Summer," premieres in New York City
1934 1st high school auto driving course offered (State College, Penn)
1933 1st issue of Newsweek magazine published
1933 Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead in the comic Blondie
1933 Marinus van der Lubbe arrives in Glindow, at Potsdam
1933 U.S. Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
1932 Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music," premieres in New York City
1931 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
1931 Hockey's Hershey Bears (now with AHL) 1st game
1930 French government of Tardieu falls
1926 Avalanche buries 75 in Sap Gulch Bingham Utah, 40 die
1926 Tennis star Suzanne Lenglen beats Helen Wills in their only match
1924 Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds)
1923 British egyptologist Howard Carter finds sarcophagus of Tutankhamun
1923 Ottawa Senator Cy Denneny becomes NHL's all time scorer (143 goals)
1921 Arthur Honegger's "Pastorale D'ete," premieres
1916 Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith' musical premieres in New York City
1915 Edward Stone, 1st U.S. combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
1913 1st minimum wage law in U.S. takes effect in Oregon
1913 New York Armory Show introduces Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp to U.S. public
1911 1st hydroplane flight to and from a ship (Glenn Curtiss, San Diego)
1906 Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House
1905 Frances Willard becomes 1st women honored in National Statuary Hall
1904 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly," premieres in Milan
1897 National Organization of Mothers forms (Parent Teacher Association)
1896 London Country Councils' Muzzling Order becomes effective
1885 Bismarck gives Carl Peters' firm management of East-Africa
1883 A. Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
1882 1st Test Cricket match played at Sydney Cricket Ground
1880 Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt
1878 1st telephone exchange in San Francisco opens with 18 phones
1876 Sardines 1st canned by Julius Wolff-Eastport, Maine
1870 Esther Morris appointed 1st female judge
1870 Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to U.S. after Civil War
1867 1st ship passes through Suez Canal
1867 Gyula Andressy becomes premier of Hungary
1865 Battle of Charleston South Carolina
1865 Columbia South Carolina burns down during Civil War
1864 Confederate sub "HL Hunley" sinks Union ship "Housatonic"
1859 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Napoli
1854 British recognize independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
1848 Toscane gets liberal Constitution
1841 Dutch ex-king Willem I marries Henriette d'Oultremont de Wegimont
1836 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin leave Tasmania
1818 Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle)
1817 Baltimore is the 1st U.S. city lit by gas
1801 House breaks electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson President over Burr
1795 Thomas Seddal harvests 8.3-kg potato from his garden Chester, England
1791 Messier catalogs M83 (spiral galaxy in Hydra)
1776 1st volume of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of Roman Empire" published
1772 1st partition of Poland-Russia and Prussia, joined later by Austria
1714 Parliament of Paris accepts Pope Clemens XI's "Unigenitus" degree
1691 Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service
1676 Kings Charles II and Louis XIV sign secret treaty
1670 France and Bavaria sign military assistance treaty
1634 William Prynne tried in Star Chamber for publishing "Histrio-masti"
1621 Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony
1598 Boris Godunov chosen tsar of Russia
1568 Holy Roman Emperor agrees to pay tribute to the Sultan for peace
1370 Battle at Rudau: Germany beats Lithuania