On This Day in History for February 17 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 141 of 141

  • 1983 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1984 34th Berlin International Film Festival: "Love Streams" wins the Golden Bear
  • 1985 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents
  • 1985 1st day/night game at the MCG, Australia v England
  • 1985 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
  • 1985 Laffit Pincay Jr is third to ride 6,000th winners at Santa Anita
  • 1985 27th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (172.265 MPH)
  • 1986 1st Francophone Summit convenes at Versailles
  • 1986 Howard Stern radio show returns to NYC morning radio (WXRK 92.3 FM)
  • 1986 Johnson & Johnson announces it no longer sell capsule drugs
  • 1986 Libyan bombers attack N'djamena Airport in Chad
  • 1987 Don Mattingly wins highest salary arbitration ($1,975,000 per year)
  • 1988 Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
  • 1988 US Lt Col Williamm Higgins kidnapped by Lebanese terrorists & later killed
  • 1989 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone "hole"
  • 1989 Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia & Libya form common market
  • 1989 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1991 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • 1991 33rd Daytona 500: Ernie Irvan wins (148.148 MPH)
  • 1993 Haitian ferry boat capsize in storm, 800-2,000 die
  • 1995 Colin Fergusson found guilty of killing 6 people on the Long Island Rail Road in NY
  • 1995 Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive & manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked
  • 1996 Garry Kasparov defeats Deep Blue 4-2 in chess
  • 1997 Weekly Standard shows evidence Larry Flint sexually abused his daughter
  • 1998 US Naval Academy cadet Diane Zamora, 20, convicted of capital murder
  • 1998 Larry Wayne Harris & Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax
  • 2002 Westlife go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.' The Irish boy band's 10th UK No.1 single.
  • 2002 44th Daytona 500: Ward Burton wins (130.81 MPH)
  • 2003 The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
  • 2006 A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
  • 2008 Kosovo declares independence from Serbia.
  • 2008 50th Daytona 500: Ryan Newman wins (152.672 MPH)
  • 2012 The President of Germany, Christian Wulff, resigns over a corruption scandal
  • 2013 37 people are killed and 130 are injured in a series of Baghdad car bombings
  • 2013 5 people are killed and 11 are injured after a gas explosion destroyed an apartment complex in Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, Czech Republic
  • 2013 President Rafael Correa wins the Ecuadorian general election in a landslide victory

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2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry claims climate change requires urgent action and that only a small "window of time" remained open

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State
John Kerry
  • 2016 Oldest known case of human-Neanderthal sex (100,000 yrs ago) revealed by Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig), 50,000 yr old Neanderthal woman's remains from Altai mountains show traces of Homo Sapiens DNA
  • 2016 Channing Dungey announced new President of ABC Entertainment Group, first African-American to lead a major US broadcast network
  • 2016 Car bomb attack on military convoy in Ankara, Turkey, by Kurdish militant eaves 28 dead

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2016 Chief executive Tim Cook confirms Apple will contest an FBI order to unlock the phone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook

CEO of Apple Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
Tim Cook

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