February 17

Facts & Historical Events On This Day

2020

$10 billion was pledged to help fight climate change by Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos.

2017

A potential new continent was discovered in the South Pacific.

2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to college students in Jakarta, Indonesia, about the looming threat of Climate Change.

2012

Thieves stole up to 68 Olympic artifacts from a museum in Greece.

2010

Casey Neistat uploaded his first-ever YouTube video.

2008

The Republic of Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia.

1998

The Pioneer 10 spacecraft passed NASA's Voyager 1 to become the farthest artificial object in space.

1980

Polish mountaineers Krzysztof Wielicki and Leszek Cichy became the first to ascend Mt. Everest in winter.

1974

A stampede at a soccer match killed forty-nine people in Cairo, Egypt.

1969

Friends Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan recorded 'Girl From The North' at CBS Studios.

1936

The Phantom, the world's first superhero, appeared in the self-titled comic strip by Lee Falk.

1913

Oregon became the first US state to pass a minimum wage law.

1876

Julius Wolff supplied the first canned sardines from Maine, USA.

1753

Sweden changed their calendar to the Gregorian calendar, making the next day March 1 instead of February 18.