History February 17th

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    1568 - Holy Roman Emperor agrees to pay tribute to the Sultan for peace
    1598 - Boris Godunov chosen tsar of Russia
    1621 - Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony
    1676 - Kings Charles II and Louis XIV sign secret treaty
    1691 - Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service
    1714 - Parliament of Paris accepts Pope Clemens XI's "Unigenitus" degree
    1772 - 1st partition of Poland-Russia and Prussia, joined later by Austria
    1791 - Messier catalogs M83 (spiral galaxy in Hydra)
    1801 - House breaks electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson pres over Burr
    1817 - 1st US city lit by gas (Baltimore)
    1818 - Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle)
    1854 - British recognize independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
    1864 - Confederate sub "HL Hunley" sinks Union ship "Housatonic"
    1865 - Columbia SC burns down during Civil War
    1867 - 1st ship passes through Suez Canal
    1870 - Esther Morris appointed 1st female judge
    1870 - Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to US after Civil War
    1876 - Sardines 1st canned (Julius Wolff-Eastport, Maine)
    1878 - 1st telephone exchange in SF opens with 18 phones
    1880 - Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt
    1883 - A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
    1897 - National Organization of Mothers forms (Parent Teacher Association)
    1911 - 1st hydroplane flight to and from a ship (Glenn Curtiss, San Diego)
    1913 - 1st minimum wage law in US takes effect (Oregon)
    1915 - Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
    1931 - 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
    1933 - 1st issue of "Newsweek" magazine published
    1934 - 1st high school auto driving course offered (State College, Penn)
    1947 - Voice of America begins broadcasting to USSR
    1949 - Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
    1957 - Suez Canal reopens
    1958 - Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
    1959 - 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg
    1964 - US House of Reps accept Law on the civil rights
    1965 - US Ranger 8 launched, will transmit 7,137 lunar pictures
    1966 - French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit
    1967 - Kosmos 140 (Soyuz Test) launches into Earth orbit
    1969 - Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album (never released)
    1969 - Golda Meir sworn in as Israel's 1st female prime minister
    1972 - President Nixon leaves Washington DC for China
    1979 - China invades Vietnam
    1983 - Netherlands adopts constitution
    1985 - 1st class postage rises from 20› to 22›
    1988 - Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
    1988 - US Lt Col Wm Higgins kidnapped by Lebanese terrorists and later killed
    1989 - 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone "hole"
    1995 - Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive and manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked
    1997 - Weekly Standard shows evidence Larry Flint sex abused his daughter
    17/02/1998 - Diane Zamora, 20, Naval Academy cadet convicted of capital murder
    17/02/1998 - Larry Wayne Harris and Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax