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What Happened on February 17th This Day in History

Year Name
2016 Military vehicles explode outside a Turkish Armed Forces barracks in Ankara, Turkey, killing at least 29 people and injuring 61 others.
2015 Eighteen people are killed and 78 injured in a stampede at a Mardi Gras parade in Haiti.
2011 Arab Spring: Libyan protests against Muammar Gaddafi's regime begin.
2011 Arab Spring: In Bahrain, security forces launch a deadly pre-dawn raid on protesters in Pearl Roundabout in Manama; the day is locally known as Bloody Thursday.
2008 Kosovo declares independence from Serbia.
2006 A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
1996 In Philadelphia, world champion 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 and land on an asteroid, 433 Eros.
1996 The 8.2 Mw  Biak earthquake shakes the Papua province of eastern Indonesia with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). A large tsunami followed, leaving one-hundred sixty-six people dead or missing and 423 injured.
1995 The Cenepa War between Peru and Ecuador ends on a ceasefire brokered by the UN.
1992 First Nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenian troops massacre more than 20 Azerbaijani civilians during the Capture of Garadaghly.
1991 Ryan International Airlines Flight 590 crashes during takeoff from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, killing both pilots, the aircraft's only occupants.
1980 First winter ascent of Mount Everest by Krzysztof Wielicki and Leszek Cichy.
1979 The Sino-Vietnamese War begins.
1978 The Troubles: The Provisional IRA detonates an incendiary bomb at the La Mon restaurant, near Belfast, killing 12 and seriously injuring 30 others, all Protestants.
1974 Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House in a stolen helicopter.
1972 Cumulative sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model T.
1970 Jeffrey R. MacDonald, United States Army captain, is charged with murder of his pregnant wife and two daughters.
1969 American aquanaut Berry L. Cannon dies of carbon dioxide poisoning while attempting to repair a leak in the SEALAB III underwater habitat. The SEALAB project was subsequently abandoned.
1965 Project Ranger: The Ranger 8 probe launches on its mission to photograph the Mare Tranquillitatis region of the Moon in preparation for the manned Apollo missions. Mare Tranquillitatis or the "Sea of Tranquility" would become the site chosen for the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
1964 In Wesberry v. Sanders the Supreme Court of the United States rules that congressional districts have to be approximately equal in population.
1964 Gabonese president Léon M'ba is toppled by a coup and his rival, Jean-Hilaire Aubame, is installed in his place.
1959 Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2: The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
1959 A Turkish Airlines Vickers Viscount crashes near Gatwick Airport, killing 14; Turkish prime minister Adnan Menderes survives the crash.
1949 Chaim Weizmann begins his term as the first President of Israel.
1944 World War II: The Battle of Eniwetok begins. The battle ends in an American victory on February 22.
1944 World War II: Operation Hailstone begins: U.S. naval air, surface, and submarine attack against Truk Lagoon, Japan's main base in the central Pacific, in support of the Eniwetok invasion.
1919 The Ukrainian People's Republic asks the Entente and the US for help fighting the Bolsheviks.
1913 The Armory Show opens in New York City, displaying works of artists who are to become some of the most influential painters of the early 20th century.
1867 The first ship passes through the Suez Canal.
1865 American Civil War: Columbia, South Carolina, is burned as Confederate forces flee from advancing Union forces.
1864 American Civil War: The H. L. Hunley becomes the first submarine to engage and sink a warship, the USS Housatonic.
1863 A group of citizens of Geneva found an International Committee for Relief to the Wounded, which later became known as the International Committee of the Red Cross.
1859 Cochinchina Campaign: The French Navy captures the Citadel of Saigon, a fortress manned by 1,000 Nguyễn dynasty soldiers, en route to conquering Saigon and other regions of southern Viet Nam.
1854 The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
1838 Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
1819 The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise for the first time.
1814 War of the Sixth Coalition: The Battle of Mormant.
1801 1800 United States presidential election: An tie in the Electoral College between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.
1753 In Sweden February 17 is followed by March 1 as the country moves from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.
1739 The Battle of Vasai commences as the Marathas move to invade Portuguese-occupied territory.
1676 Sixteen men of Pascual de Iriate's expedition are lost at Evangelistas Islets at the western end of the Strait of Magellan.
1674 An earthquake strikes the Indonesian island of Ambon. It triggers a 100 m (330 ft) megatsunami which drowns over 2,300 people.
1621 Myles Standish is appointed as first military commander of the English Plymouth Colony in North America.
1600 On his way to be burned at the stake for heresy, at Campo de' Fiori in Rome, the philosopher Giordano Bruno has a wooden vise put on his tongue to prevent him continuing to speak.
1500 Duke Friedrich and Duke Johann attempt to subdue the peasantry of Dithmarschen, Denmark, in the Battle of Hemmingstedt.
1411 Following the successful campaigns during the Ottoman Interregnum, Musa Çelebi, one of the sons of Bayezid I, becomes Sultan of the Ottoman Empire with the support of Mircea I of Wallachia.
1370 Northern Crusades: Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Teutonic Knights meet in the Battle of Rudau.
Famous People Born on February 17

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Year Name
1997 Madison Keys, American tennis player
1930 Roger Craig, American baseball player, coach, and manager
1963 Larry the Cable Guy, American comedian and voice actor
1723 Tobias Mayer, German astronomer and academic (d. 1762)
1954 Lou Ann Barton, American blues singer-songwriter
1934 Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage), Australian comedian, actor, and author
1924 Margaret Truman, American singer and author (d. 2008)
1881 Mary Carson Breckinridge, American nurse midwife, founded Frontier Nursing Service (d. 1965)
1796 Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician and botanist (d. 1866)
1984 AB de Villiers, South African cricketer
Famous People Deaths On February 17

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Date Name
923 Al-Tabari, Persian scholar (b. 839)
2005 Omar Sívori, Argentinian footballer and manager (b. 1935)
1970 Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Ukrainian-Israeli novelist, short story writer, and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
1600 Giordano Bruno, Italian mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher (b. 1548)
1905 William Bickerton, English-American religious leader, leader in the Latter Day Saint movement (b. 1815)
1856 Heinrich Heine, German journalist and poet (b. 1797)
1962 Joseph Kearns, American actor (b. 1907)
1715 Antoine Galland, French orientalist and archaeologist (b. 1646)
1986 Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian-American philosopher and author (b. 1895)
1972 Friday Hassler, American race car driver (b. 1935)