On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1988 US Lt Col William Higgins kidnapped in south Lebanon 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1998 NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft overtakes Pioneer 10 to become the farthest object from earth in space
  • 2003 The London Congestion Charge scheme begins in London, England
  • 2006 A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
  • 2008 Kosovo declares independence from Serbia
  • 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
  • 2017 Discovery of a new mostly underwater continent Zealandia in the South Pacific announced in research journal "GSA Today"
  • 2018 3 suicide bombers kill 18 in Konduga, north-east Nigeria
  • 2019 Protests continue by thousands in streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, against government corruption and inflation
  • 2020 India's Supreme Court grants equal rights to women in the armed forces
  • 2020 General Motors announces it is retiring the Holden brand in Australasia

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2020 Amazon boss Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to help fight climate change

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • 2021 South Africa, Africa's worst-affected country begins COVID-19 vaccinations with the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Cape Town
  • 2021 Texan senator Ted Cruz flies to Cancun, Mexico with his family amid a winter disaster in his state, igniting widespread condemnation

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