On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 2021

Historical Events

  • South Africa, Africa's worst-affected country begins COVID-19 vaccinations with the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Cape Town
  • Texan senator Ted Cruz flies to Cancun, Mexico with his family amid a winter disaster in his state, igniting widespread condemnation

Famous Deaths

  • Doug Grisby, American soul music bassist, composer ND producer (Patti LaBelle; Teena Marie), dies after sufferring a stroke at 57
  • Gianluigi Saccaro, Italian fencer (Olympic gold épée team 1960; silver épée team 1964; bronze épée 1968), dies at 82
  • Martí Vergés, Spanish soccer midfielder (12 caps; FC Barcelona), dies at 86
  • Murray Weideman, Australian rules football CHF (Collingwood VFL premiers 1953, 58 [c]; B&F 1957, 61, 62; Victoria 1956-60) and coach (Collingwood 1975-76), dies at 85
  • Özcan Arkoç, Turkish soccer goalkeeper (9 caps; Hamburger SV) and manager (Hamburger SV, Hannover 96), dies at 81

Person of interestRush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh, American right wing radio personality, dies of lung cancer at 70

Radio Personality and Author Rush Limbaugh
Radio Personality and Author
Rush Limbaugh

2021 Highlights

About February 17, 2021

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 19 days
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aquarius