Today in history: Feb, 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.

    Born on February 17
    1774         Raphaelle Peale, U.S. painter
    1864         A(ndrew) B(arton) "Banjo" Paterson, Australian poet and journalist.
    1874         Thomas J. Watson Sr., U.S. industrialist.
    1902         Marian Anderson, American singer.
    1908         Walter Lanier "Red" Barber, baseball announcer for the Cincinnati Reds, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.
    1929         Chaim Potok, novelist (The Chosen, The Promise).
    1963         Michael Jordan, basketball player for the Chicago Bulls.

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