What Happened on February 17

Significant Events

  • 1568 Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II agrees to pay tribute to the Ottoman Empire for peace
  • 1865 Columbia, South Carolina, burns down during American Civil War
  • 1876 Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine
  • 1969 Golda Meir sworn in as the first female Prime Minister of Israel
  • 1972 British Parliament votes to join the European Common Market
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Did You Know?

The world's first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics.

On February 17, 1936

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Famous Weddings

  • 1841 Dutch ex-king Willem I marries Henriette d'Oultremont de Wégimont
  • 1906 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House
  • 1950 Natural history broadcaster David Attenborough (24) weds Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel
  • 1955 Novelist J. D. Salinger (36) weds Claire Douglas
  • 1989 Whitesnake's rocker David Coverdale weds actress Tawny Kitaen
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