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February 17th, 2008 (February 17 2008)EventKosovo declares independence from Serbia.
February 17th, 2006 (February 17 2006)EventA massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
February 17th, 2003 (February 17 2003)EventThe London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
February 17th, 1996 (February 17 1996)EventIn Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, world champion Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.Garry Kasparov Quotes
February 17th, 1995 (February 17 1995)EventColin Ferguson is convicted of six counts of murder for the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings and later receives a 200+ year sentence.
February 17th, 1995 (February 17 1995)EventThe Cenepa War between Peru and Ecuador ends on a cease-fire brokered by the UN.
February 17th, 1992 (February 17 1992)EventA court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin sentences serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer to life in prison.
February 17th, 1979 (February 17 1979)EventThe Sino-Vietnamese War begins.
February 17th, 1974 (February 17 1974)EventRobert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House with a stolen helicopter.
February 17th, 1972 (February 17 1972)EventSales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model-T.
February 17th, 1968 (February 17 1968)EventIn Springfield, Massachusetts the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.
February 17th, 1964 (February 17 1964)EventIn Wesberry v. Sanders the Supreme Court of the United States rules that congressional districts have to be approximately equal in population.
February 17th, 1962 (February 17 1962)EventA storm kills more than 300 people in Hamburg, West Germany.
February 17th, 1959 (February 17 1959)EventProject Vanguard: Vanguard The first weather satellite launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
February 17th, 1958 (February 17 1958)EventPope Pius XII declares Saint Clare of Assisi (1193~1253) the patron saint of television.
February 17th, 1957 (February 17 1957)EventA fire at a home for the elderly in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72 people.
February 17th, 1947 (February 17 1947)EventThe Voice of America begins to transmit radio broadcasts into the Soviet Union.
February 17th, 1944 (February 17 1944)EventWorld War II: Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins. The battle ends in an American victory on February 22.
February 17th, 1944 (February 17 1944)EventWorld War II: Operation Hailstone begins. U.S. naval air, surface, and submarine attack against Truk (Chuuk), Japan s main base in the central Pacific, in support of the Eniwetok invasion.
February 17th, 1936 (February 17 1936)EventThe world s first superhero, The Phantom, makes his first appearance in comics.
February 17th, 1933 (February 17 1933)EventThe magazine Newsweek is published for the first time.
February 17th, 1933 (February 17 1933)EventThe Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.
February 17th, 1925 (February 17 1925)EventHarold Ross and Jane Grant found The New Yorker magazine; the debut issue is dated February 21, 1925.
February 17th, 1924 (February 17 1924)EventIn Miami, Florida, Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the 100-yard freestyle swimming competition with a time of 52-2/5 seconds.
February 17th, 1913 (February 17 1913)EventThe 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.
February 17th, 1904 (February 17 1904)EventMadama Butterfly premiers at La Scala in Milan.
February 17th, 1871 (February 17 1871)EventThe victorious Prussian Army parades though Paris, France after the end of the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
February 17th, 1867 (February 17 1867)EventThe first ship passes through the Suez Canal.
February 17th, 1865 (February 17 1865)EventAmerican Civil War: Columbia, South Carolina is burned as Confederate forces flee from advancing Union forces.
February 17th, 1864 (February 17 1864)EventAmerican Civil War: The H. L. Hunley becomes the first submarine to engage and sink a warship, the USS Housatonic.
February 17th, 1854 (February 17 1854)EventThe British recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
February 17th, 1819 (February 17 1819)EventThe United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise.
February 17th, 1814 (February 17 1814)EventBattle of Mormans.
February 17th, 1801 (February 17 1801)EventAn electoral tie 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.Thomas Jefferson Quotes
February 17th, 1753 (February 17 1753)EventFebruary 17 is followed by March 1 as Sweden moves from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Julian Quotes
February 17th, 1621 (February 17 1621)EventMyles Standish is appointed as first commander of Plymouth colony.
February 17th, 1600 (February 17 1600)EventPhilosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de Fiori in Rome, charged of heresy.Giordano Bruno Quotes
February 17th, 1500 (February 17 1500)EventBattle of Hemmingstedt.

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