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
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
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
1933 The League of Nations censures Japan in a
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
1945 Gen. MacArthur’s troops land on
Corregidor in the Philippines.
1951 Packard introduces its “250” Chassis
1955 Britain announces its ability to make
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
1969 Russia and Peru sign their first trade
1973 President Richard Nixon names Patrick
Gray director of the FBI.
1975 Art by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van
Gough, 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
1963 Michael Jordan, basketball player for the