Events Throughout History

Historical Events for February 17th

  • Year 364 » Emperor Jovian (Emperor) called Jovian dies after a reign of eight months. He is found dead in his tent at Tyana (Asia Minor) en route back to Constantinople in suspicious circumstances.
  • Year 1370 » Northern Crusades: Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Teutonic Knights meet in the Battle of Rudau.
  • Year 1411 » Following the successful campaigns during the Ottoman Interregnum, Musa Çelebi, one of the sons of Bayezid I, becomes Sultan with the support of Mircea I of Wallachia.
  • Year 1500 » Duke Frederick I of Denmark called Friedrich and Duke John of Denmark named Johann attempt to subdue the peasantry of Dithmarschen, Denmark, in the Battle of Hemmingstedt.
  • Year 1621 » Myles Standish is appointed as first commander of Plymouth, Massachusetts e.g Plymouth colony.
  • Year 1753 » In Sweden February 17 is followed by March 1 as the country moves from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.
  • Year 1801 » An U.S. Electoral College named electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President of the United States called Vice President by the United States House of Rep
  • Year 1814 » War of the Sixth Coalition: The Battle of Mormans.
  • Year 1819 » The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise for the first time.
  • Year 1838 » Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, KwaZulu-Natal Province known as Natal are killed by Zulu people e.g Zulus.
  • Year 1854 » The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
  • Year 1863 » A group of citizens of Geneva founded an International Committee for Relief to the Wounded, which later became known as the ICRC e.g International Committee of the Red Cross.
  • Year 1864 » American Civil War: The Ship H. L. Hunley submarine 6 becomes the first submarine to Sinking of USS Housatonic engage and sink a warship, the USS Housatonic 1861 6.
  • Year 1865 » American Civil War: Columbia, South Carolina, is Capture of Columbia burned as Confederate States of America Confederate forces flee from advancing United States Union forces.
  • Year 1871 » The victorious Prussian Army parades through Paris, France after the end of the Siege of Paris (1870-1871) named Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
  • Year 1904 » 'Madama Butterfly' receives its première at La Scala in Milan.
  • Year 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.
  • Year 1933 » The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.
  • Year 1944 » World War II: The Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins. The battle ends in an American victory on February 22.
  • Year 1949 » Chaim Weizmann begins his term as the first President of Israel.
  • Year 1959 » Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
  • Year 1964 » In 'Wesberry v. Sanders' the Supreme Court of the United States rules that Congress of the United States e.g congressional districts have to be approximately equal in population.
  • Year 1965 » Ranger program e.g 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 program named Apollo missions. 'Mare Tranquillitatis' or the "Sea of Tranquility
  • Year 1968 » In Springfield, Massachusetts, the James Naismith or Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.
  • Year 1972 » Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model-T.
  • Year 1974 » Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House in a stolen helicopter.
  • Year 1978 » The Troubles: The Provisional Irish Republican Army known as Provisional IRA detonates an incendiary bomb at the La Mon restaurant bombing or La Mon restaurant, near Belfast, killing 12 and seriously injuring 30.
  • Year 1979 » The Sino-Vietnamese War begins.
  • Year 1980 » Mount Everest, 1st Winter Ascent by Krzysztof Wielicki and Leszek Cichy.
  • Year 1992 » Nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenian troops Garadaghly Massacre massacre more than 20 Azerbaijani people Azerbaijani civilians in the village of Qaradağlı, Khojavend Qaradağlı
  • Year 1995 » The Cenepa War between Peru and Ecuador ends on a cease-fire brokered by the United Nations called UN.
  • Year 1996 » In Philadelphia, world champion Garry Kasparov beats the IBM Deep Blue called Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.
  • Year 2003 » The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
  • Year 2006 » A 2006 Southern Leyte mudslide known as massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
  • Year 2008 » Kosovo 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence e.g declares independence as the Republic of Kosovo.
  • Year 2011 » 2011 Libyan civil war Libyan protests begin. In Bahrain, Special Security Force Command security forces launched a deadly pre-dawn raid on protesters in Pearl Roundabout in Manama, the day is locally known as Bloody Thursday (2011) Bloody Thursday.

World History for the Month of February