- 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 European Common Market
The world's first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics.
On February 17, 1936