Today in History: February 17

Today in History: February 17

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1454

At a grand feast, Philip the Good of Burgundy takes the "vow of the pheasant," by which he swears to fight the Turks.

1598

Boris Godunov, the boyar of Tarar origin, is elected czar in succession to his brother-in-law Fydor.

1720

Spain signs the Treaty of the Hague with the Quadruple Alliance ending a war that was begun in 1718.

1801

The House of Representatives breaks an electoral college tie and chooses Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr.

1864

The Confederate submarine Hunley sinks the USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina.

1865

The South Carolina capital city, Columbia, is destroyed by fire as Major General William Tecumseh Sherman marches through.

1909

Apache chief Geronimo dies of pneumonia at age 80, while still in captivity at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

1919

Germany signs an armistice giving up territory in Poland.

1925

The first issue of Harold Ross' magazine, The New Yorker, hits the stands, selling for 15 cents a copy.

1933

The League of Nations censures Japan in a worldwide broadcast.

1935

Thirty-one prisoners escape an Oklahoma prison after murdering a guard.

1938

The first color television is demonstrated at the Dominion Theatre in London.

1944

U.S forces land on Eniwetok atoll in the South Pacific.

1945

Gen. MacArthur's troops land on Corregidor in the Philippines.

1951

Packard introduces its "250" Chassis Convertible.

1955

Britain announces its ability to make hydrogen bombs.

1959

The United States launches its first weather station in space, Vanguard II.

1960

Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested in the Alabama bus boycott.

1963

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev visits the Berlin Wall.

1969

Russia and Peru sign their first trade accord.

1973

President Richard Nixon names Patrick Gray director of the FBI.

1975

Art by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van Gogh, valued at $5 million, is stolen from the Municipal Museum in Milan.

1979

China begins a "pedagogical" war against Vietnam. It will last until March.

1985

Murray Haydon becomes the third person to receive an artificial heart.