Welcome to “Today in History”. On this day, February 17th, we will explore some of the most significant events throughout history. From major political milestones to scientific breakthroughs and cultural moments, today’s article will provide a look at what has happened on this date over time. Let’s journey through history and discover what makes February 17th special.
From celebrity birthdays to historical events, this date has something for everyone. Here are just a few of the things that have happened on February 17th over the years:
In 1801, Thomas Jefferson was elected as the third president of the United States. Jefferson’s election set America on a path of secular democracy and began one of the country’s most prosperous periods with the expansion of cross-continental trade.
Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008.
In 1897, the Parent-Teacher Association formed in Washington, D.C.
Columbia, S.C., the state’s capital was captured by Union forces in 1865 by General William T. Sherman and suffered significant fire damage due, in-part, to acts of arson by Union troops.
Oregon’s state legislature passed one of America’s first minimum wage laws on this day 110 years ago.
U.S. Senate passes bill ending prohibition in 1933, known as the Blaine Act.
Arts and Entertainment
100 years ago, the Armory Show opened in New York, introducing various styles of art.
For cinephiles, February 17th is a day noted for well-received and anticipated movie releases. In 1984, “Footloose“, starring Kevin Bacon was released. “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” hit theaters on this date in 1989. And in 2023, Marvel’s “Antman and the Wasp: Quantumania” opens at the box office.
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” premiered on this date in 2014.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened on this day in 1968 in Springfield, Mass.
NASCAR’s Richard Petty became the first driver to win consecutive Daytona 500’s in 1974.
The U.S Women’s Ice Hockey Team won its first Olympic Gold Medal in 1998, defeating Canada by a score of 3-1.
Singer Ed Sheeran, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, socialite Paris Hilton and sports legends Michael Jordan and Jim Brown were all born on February 17th.
It’s National Public Science Day today.
Friedrich Beilstein, a Russian chemist, was born today. He authored the Handbook of Organic Chemistry in 1881.
Dow Chemical teams up with what is now known as Corning Inc. to form a subsidiary in 1943 called Dow Corning Corp. to make silicone products.
Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer received a life sentence in 1992.
The Red Crescent (a precursor to the Red Cross) was founded in 1863.
The February 17th Martyr’s Brigade, an Islamist militia, shares its name and history with today’s date.
And on a lighter note, did you know that it’s National Random Acts of Kindness Day? So go out there and spread some joy!
“Today in History”: February 17th marks the anniversary of many important events throughout history., This day has been filled with moments that have shaped our world. As we look back on these significant milestones, let’s remember their importance as we see what the future holds.
Edited by Steven London & James Sutton
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