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17 February

364 – Roman Empire – Emperor Jovian died. http://www.roman-empire.net/collapse/jovian-index.html

1370 – Prussia – Battle of Rudau (Northern Crusades). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rudau

1500 – Germany – Battle of Hemmingstedt. http://burnpit.us/2014/02/battle-hemmingstedt-peasant-militia-defeats-danish-army-opening-dikes-and-drowning-them

1600 – Italy – Philospher Giordano Bruno burned alive for heresy, at Campo de’ Fiori, Rome. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giordano_Bruno

1753 – Sweden – Adopted Gregorian Calendar. http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/julian-gregorian-switch.html

1814 – France – Battle of Mormant (War of the Sixth Coalition). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mormant

1838 – South Africa – Weenen Massacre, 534 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weenen_massacre

1863 – Switzerland – International Committee for Relief to the Wounded founded. http://www.redcross.org.hk/rcmovement/history.html


1864 – USA – Submarine H L Hunley sank warship USS Housatonic (American Civil War).  https://youtu.be/2xiytlBI_n0 http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08443.htm  http://www.civilwaracademy.com/uss-housatonic.html


1865 – USA – Burning of Columbia ended (American Civil War). https://youtu.be/2_rVsIrW2JI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia,_South_Carolina_in_the_American_Civil_War

1933 – USA – The Blaine Act ended Prohibition. http://www.rarenewspapers.com/view/608295

1942 – USA – US Navy plane crashed at Kaneohe Bay, HI, 8 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19420217-0

1943 – Tunisia – Battle of Sidi Bou Zid ended (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sidi_Bou_Zid

1943 – USSR – Soviet Air Force plane crashed at Pisarevka village, 6 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19430217-0

1944 – Marshall Islands – Battle of Eniwetok began (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Eniwetok

1944 – Caroline Islands – Operation Hailstone ended (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Hailstone

1945 – Papua New Guinea – RAAF plane crashed near Nadzab, 6 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19450217-0

1949 – Argentina – USAF plane crashed near San Antonio de los Cobres, SA, 8 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19490217-1


1959 – USA – Vangard 2 weather satellite launched. https://youtu.be/kwcQa3WvSHs http://www.nrl.navy.mil/accomplishments/rockets/vanguard-project/

1959 – UK – Turkish Airlines Plane crashed near Gatwick Airport, 14 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19590217-0


1965 – The Gambia – Independence from UK. http://youtu.be/weQ9-BlQ6V0


1965 – USA – Ranger 8 probe launched to photograph moon. https://youtu.be/qG1NV4pEcwU http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/ranger-8/

1978 – Northern Ireland – Provisional IRA detonated incendiary bomb at La Mon restaurant, near Belfast, 12 killed. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/18/newsid_2550000/2550869.stm  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mon_restaurant_bombing 

1996 – Indonesia – Earthquake measuring 8.1Mw, epicentre in Biak Island, 108 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Biak_earthquake


1996 – USA – NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft launched to orbit and land on asteroid 433 Eros. https://youtu.be/QlsRFwYDufA http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/near.html

2003 – UK – London Congestion Charge started. http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/feb/17/transport.london

2006 – Philippines – Mudslide in Southern Leyte, 1,126 killed. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4722702.stm

2008 – Kosovo – Independence from Serbia. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7249677.stm

2011 – Bahrain – Bloody Thursday, 4 killed (Bahraini Uprising). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahrain_Bloody_Thursday

2015 Haiti – Carnival stampede, 18 killed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-31501543

York

1689 – William of Orange and Mary proclaimed King and Queen throughout city.

1891 – Rowntree & Co opened a private siding with 3 trains running daily. http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/9577557.Sweet_memories_recall_the_birth_of_the_Rowntree_chocolate_empire/