What happened This day in History on February 17th

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1967 U.S.A. Beatle's Release Double A Side Single 17th February, 1967 : The Beatles release the double A-sided single in the United States with Penny Lane ( Paul McCartney ) on one side and "Strawberry Fields Forever" ( John Lennon ) on the other side. Find More What happened in 1967

1992 U.S.A. Jeffrey Dahmer 17th February, 1992 : Jeffrey Dahmer, was sentenced today to 15 consecutive life sentences and will never be eligible for parole by a Wisconsin court, he had practiced necrophilia and cannibalism on 15 young men and boys. On November 28th 1994 he was murdered by a fellow inmate, who bludgeoned him to death with a metal bar.

2003 U.S.A. Chicago Nightclub Stampede Feb. 17th, 2003 : 21 people are killed in a stampede at the crowded "The Epitome" nightclub in Chicago.

1911 U.S.A. Electric Start Feb. 17th, 1911 : The First Electric Self Start was installed in a Cadillac By GM. Up till this time and all cars needed to be started by cranking a starting handle which was hard work and caused multiple minor injuries when the car backfired during the starting process.

1911 Italy Madame Butterfly Feb. 17th, 1911 : Puccini's opera 'Madame Butterfly' which tells the story of an American sailor, B.F. Pinkerton, who marries and abandons a young Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San, or Madame Butterfly has its world premiere at La Scala in Milan, Italy.

1925 U.S.A. The New Yorker Feb. 17th, 1925 : The New Yorker is published for the first time. The New Yorker is a weekly magazine with a focus on the cultural life of New York City.

1933 U.S.A. Blaine Act Feb. 17th, 1933 : After many years of prohibition in the United States the senate passed the Blaine Act which would signal the end of prohibition after many dry years.

1937 U.S.A. James Curley Feb. 17th, 1937 : James Curley had been let out of jail after the fourth jury ballot had taken place. He was originally charged of killing eight men and seven women on the evening of December 5th. Although he was acquitted of murder charges, he faced jail for another reason. He was charged of illegally entering this country (the United States).

1938 U.S.A. Farming Controls 17th February, 1938 : On this day, a future date has been set for voting on cotton and tobacco farming controls. The voting for this legislation has been set for March 12, tentatively. Over two million farmers were expected to participate in a referendum regarding farming control. The referendum (yes or no) question that was to be presented to farmers was the following: “Do you favor marketing quotas for cotton (or tobacco) in 1938?” This referendum was intended to stop too much crop from being produced. A two-thirds majority would be needed to pass this law.

1947 Russia Voice Of America Feb. 17th, 1947 : With the start of the cold war following World War II America introduced the transmission of Voice Of America to the Russian People as part of it's propaganda campaign against Communism and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

1950 U.S.A. British Spy Feb. 17th, 1950 : American businessman Robert A. Vogeler Jr’s assistant Edgar Sanders from Britain had pleaded guilty of espionage (spying activities) and sabotage. He was believed to be a spy for the British for about ten years (since 1940).

1956 Canada St. Lawrence Seaway Feb. 17th, 1956 : With the construction of The St. Lawrence Seaway Continuing at an intense pace the Canadian Authorities are now facing the relocation of 6,500 people who lived in 1 town, 8 villages and 225 farms who live in the area where the Long Sault Dam will flood over 20,000 acres. They are committed to creating complete new villages for all these people as part of the project which when finished will be a truly great feat of construction and engineering expertise.

1965 Gambia Independence Feb. 17th, 1965 : Gambia becomes the smallest sovereign state in Africa and the last of Britain's West African colonies to gain independence

1972 Germany Volkswagen Beetle 17th February, 1972 : The 15,007,034th Volkswagen Beetle rolled out of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, surpassing the Ford Model T's previous production record to become the most heavily produced car in history, By by June 23rd, 1992 there had been over 21 million Beetles produced. The Beetle is the world's best selling car design, but the Toyota Corrola has sold more ( currently over 30 million cars ) since introduced in 1966 but with many major design changes.

1979 Vietnam China Invades Feb. 17th, 1979 : As of the Vietnam War was not enough, the country of China had invaded Vietnam during this year, on this date. Tensions between these two countries had increased dramatically since the end of the Vietnam War. A major reason for the increased animosity between these two nations was because of the strengthening of the ties between Vietnam and the Soviet Union (China’s enemy at the time). The Invasion of Vietnam by China was in reaction to an invasion of Cambodia initiated by Vietnam. The worst and bloodiest of fighting occurred within the first nine days of this battle. However, these countries remained cold towards one another for ten years after this fierce battle. China invaded Vietnam with 90,000 troops supported by tanks, the invasion was short lived and China withdrew from Vietnam within 1 month.

1986 U.S.A. Ann Tyler Feb. 17th, 1986 : The National Critics Book Circle Award was given to Ann Tyler. She had written a book The Accidental Tourist, for which the award she received was given. This book was about the death of the son of the main character, and of his divorce. It was later made into a movie.

1987 England Asylum Seekers Feb. 17th, 1987 : A group of Tamils from Sri Lanka seeking asylum in Britain protest at Heathrow airport by removing their clothes as they are about to be deported, The group were taken to a detention centre. They were eventually deported after a lengthy high court case back to Sri Lanka .

1993 Haiti Ferry Disaster Feb. 17th, 1993 : The Neptune, a passenger ferry, had sunk after it had overturned . Approximately 900 people had drowned.

1995 U.S.A. Colin Ferguson 17th February, 1995 : Colin Ferguson is convicted of six counts of murder for the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Train murders

2006 Philippine Mud Slide Feb. 17th, 2006 : A massive mudslide buries the village of Guinsaugonin in the Philippine province of Southern Leyte including burying the local elementary school with nearly 250 children, only one of the children was rescued alive. The number of deaths in total in the village and surrounding area is estimated at 1,100

2006 United States The Palestinian Authority is asked to return U.S. aid funds Feb. 17th, 2006 : Washington has asked the Palestinian Authority to return $50 million of American aid. The State Department has said that it is unhappy with the aid going to the Hamas-led government that refuses to recognise Israel. The State Department later said that Mahmoud Abbas' caretaker government have agreed to return the money, which was given for infrastructure projects in the light of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the West Bank.

2007 United States Hillary Clinton says she will withdraw troops from Iraq 17th February, 2007 : Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has called for a ninety-day deadline to start pulling American troops out of Iraq. Senator Clinton has been criticized by some members of her Party for supporting the war in 2002, and not renouncing her vote. 'Now it's time to say the redeployment should start in ninety days or Congress will revoke authorisation for the war,' she said in the video that was on her campaign website. This is the second Democratic presidential hopefull to have called for a pull out of troops from Iraq following Barack Obama's call for U.S. troops should withdraw from Iraq earlier in the week

2007 United States Senate blocks a vote on Iraqi surge Feb. 17th, 2007 : The Senate has decided not to debate a resolution criticising President Bush's troop surge in Iraq. The rare Saturday session followed a non-binding vote on the resolution in the House of Representatives. Seventeen Republicans had joined the majority Democrats to oppose the increase of 21,500 troops. Democrats needed the support of sixty of the one hundred senators to advance the same motion in the Senate, but they only managed to gain fifty-six votes in favour. Mr. Bush will still face a battle with Congress over funding for U.S. troops in Iraq.

2007 Australia Sylvester Stallone is held by Australian customs Feb. 17th, 2007 : Customs officers in Sydney have freed actor Sylvester Stallone after holding him for several hours, and confiscating items from his staffs' suitcases. Officials have said that X-rays revealed banned products, but would not give any further details on them. Stallone dismissed his detention as 'a misunderstanding,' and said that the officers were 'doing a great job.' He was in Australia to promote Rocky Balboa. .

2008 Kosovo Kosovo Declares independence 17th February, 2008 : Kosovo's parliament has endorsed a declaration of independence from Serbia. The Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, has promised a democracy that respects the rights of all ethnic communities, and the Serbian Prime Minister has denounced the United States for helping create a 'false state.' The Security Council was split on the issue, with Russia saying that there was no basis for changing a 1999 resolution that handed Kosovo to the U.N.
European Union foreign ministers have ended talks on Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia with member states being divided on their recognition of it. France said that it would recognize its independence, but several member states, led by Spain, were unhappy about the legal ramifications it held. President Bush has said that Kosovo's people were 'independent,' but stopped short of a formal recognition of the state. Russia backed Serbia in its refusal to recognize the secession.

2009 United States The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act becomes law Feb. 17th, 2009 : President Obama signs the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) into law in Denver, Colorado. The plan is aimed at saving or creating 3.5 million jobs, boosting consumer spending and rebuilding the economy's infrastructure. Republicans have said that its tax cuts are insufficient, and that the economy will be saddled with debt for years to come.

2010 France Recriminations for the fake French wine that was sold to America 17th February, 2010 : A dozen French winemakers and traders have been found guilty of a scam to sell 18 million bottles of fake Pinot Noir to a leading U.S. buyer. The judge in Carcassonne has said that the producers' and traders' actions had damaged the reputation of the Languedoc region of France. The guilty parties more than doubled their profits by falsely labeling the wine as a Pinot Noir, and selling it to the E & J Gallo winery. E & J Gallo, themselves, were not involved in the case, and some 13.5m litres of fake wine have been shipped to the United States. The French press have laughed at the Americans' inability to tell the difference between bouquets.

Vietnam   2011 Vietnam Tourist Boat Sinks in Vietnam Feb. 17th, 2011 :  A boat carrying tourists across Halong Bay in Vietnam sank carrying over twenty-five passengers. Fifteen people were rescued while another twelve, including the tour guide, drowned.  

Greece 2012 Greece Robbers Take Priceless Artifacts from Greek Museum Feb. 17th, 2012 : Thieves raided a Greek museum that showcased the history of the Olympics in the city of Olympia and stole dozens of priceless artifacts after overpowering the guard. Some officials have stated that recent cuts due to Greece's financial crisis have compromised the security of Museums and other places that showcase the historical treasures of the country.

2013 Greece Attack on Gold Mine

17th February, 2013 : Masked attackers raided the Hellas gold mine in Greece, dozens of people set fire to machinery and vehicles. The site had been a subject of protesters worried that it would damage the environment.

Saudi Arabia
2014 Saudi Arabia First Woman Newspaper Editor in Chief

17th February, 2014 : The Saudi Gazette made Somayya Jibarti the newspaper's editor in chief, marking the first time a woman would hold such a position in the country. Her successor wrote about the decision to put her in charge and made sure to state that her position was granted solely on merit. The decision marked a huge moment for women's rights in Saudi Arabia.