Saturday February 17 2018
Historical events of February 17
1985Murray Haydon becomes the third person to receive an artificial heart.
1979China begins a "pedagogical" war against Vietnam. It will last until March.
1975Art by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van Gough, valued at $5 million, is stolen from the Municipal Museum in Milan.
1973President Richard Nixon names Patrick Gray director of the FBI.
1969Russia and Peru sign their first trade accord.
1963Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev visits the Berlin Wall.
1963Michael Jordan, basketball player for the Chicago Bulls.
1960Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested in the Alabama bus boycott.
1959The United States launches its first weather station in space, Vanguard II.
1955Britain announces its ability to make hydrogen bombs.
1951Packard introduces its "250" Chassis Convertible.
1945Gen. MacArthur's troops land on Corregidor in the Philippines.
1944U.S forces land on Eniwetok atoll in the South Pacific.
1938The first color television is demonstrated at the Dominion Theatre in London.
1935Thirty-one prisoners escape an Oklahoma prison after murdering a guard.
1933The League of Nations censures Japan in a worldwide broadcast.
1929Chaim Potok, novelist (The Chosen, The Promise).
1925The first issue of Harold Ross' magazine, The New Yorker, hits the stands, selling for 15 cents a copy.
1919Germany signs an armistice giving up territory in Poland.
1909Apache chief Geronimo
1908Walter Lanier "Red" Barber, baseball announcer for the Cincinnati Reds, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.
1902Marian Anderson, American singer.
1874Thomas J. Watson Sr., U.S. industrialist.
1865The South Carolina capital city, Columbia, is destroyed by fire as Major General William Tecumseh Sherman marches through.
1864A(ndrew) B(arton) "Banjo" Paterson, Australian poet and journalist.
1864The Confederate submarine Hunley sinks the USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina.
1801The House of Representatives breaks an electoral college tie and chooses Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr.
1774Raphaelle Peale, U.S. painter
1720Spain signs the Treaty of the Hague with the Quadruple Alliance ending a war that was begun in 1718.
1598Boris Godunov, the boyar of Tarar origin, is elected czar in succession to his brother-in-law Fydor.
1454At a grand feast, Philip the Good of Burgundy takes the "vow of the pheasant," by which he swears to fight the Turks.
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