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17 Feb
1994
Greece closed its borders with Macedonia in an attempt to get the former Yugoslav state to change its name, flag and constitutionGreece closed its borders with Macedonia in an attempt to get the former Yugoslav state to change its name, flag and constitution
25 years ago
17 Feb
1993
The Iranian parliament voted 2-1 to keep the death sentence imposed on British author Salman RushdieThe Iranian parliament voted 2-1 to keep the death sentence imposed on British author Salman Rushdie
26 years ago
17 Feb
1993
China freed two student leaders arrested after the 1989 pro-democracy uprisingChina freed two student leaders arrested after the 1989 pro-democracy uprising
26 years ago
17 Feb
1993
Students at Somerville College, Oxford, protested at a decision to admit men into their all-female establishmentStudents at Somerville College, Oxford, protested at a decision to admit men into their all-female establishment
26 years ago
17 Feb
1992
Russians drilling in Antarctica reached ice found to be 200,000 years oldRussians drilling in Antarctica reached ice found to be 200,000 years old
27 years ago
17 Feb
1992
U.S. serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms for the murder and mutilation of 15 young menU.S. serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms for the murder and mutilation of 15 young men
27 years ago
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17 Feb
1990
Czechoslovakia's Communist Party expelled former president Gustav Husak, ex-prime minister Lubomir Strougal and 20 other hardliners who came to power after Soviet tanks crushed the…Czechoslovakia's Communist Party expelled former president Gustav Husak, ex-prime minister Lubomir Strougal and 20 other hardliners who came to power after Soviet tanks crushed the 1968 Prague Spring reform era
29 years ago
17 Feb
1989
French fashion designer Guy Laroche, one of the world's best-known exponents of haute couture, diedFrench fashion designer Guy Laroche, one of the world's best-known exponents of haute couture, died
30 years ago
17 Feb
1989
British police confirmed that the Lockerbie air crash that downed Pan Am Flight 103, killing 270 people, was caused by a bomb hidden in a radio cassette playerBritish police confirmed that the Lockerbie air crash that downed Pan Am Flight 103, killing 270 people, was caused by a bomb hidden in a radio cassette player
30 years ago
17 Feb
1983
Richard Attenborough's film Gandhi received 11 Oscar nominationsRichard Attenborough's film Gandhi received 11 Oscar nominations
36 years ago
17 Feb
1982
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Robert Mugabe sacked Joshua Nkomo from the government for allegedly plotting against the ZANU-PF PartyZimbabwean Prime Minister Robert Mugabe sacked Joshua Nkomo from the government for allegedly plotting against the ZANU-PF Party
37 years ago
17 Feb
1982
U.S. jazz pianist Thelonious Monk died. A key figure in the development of bebop, he played with Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie and John ColtraneU.S. jazz pianist Thelonious Monk died. A key figure in the development of bebop, he played with Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane
37 years ago
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17 Feb
1982
Lee Strasberg, U.S. actor and co-founder with Elia Kazan of the Actors Studio in New York, died. The studio developed 'The Method', an acting technique involving pyschological…Lee Strasberg, U.S. actor and co-founder with Elia Kazan of the Actors Studio in New York, died. The studio developed 'The Method', an acting technique involving pyschological preparation
37 years ago
17 Feb
1980
British painter Graham Sutherland died. His portrait of Sir Winston Churchill was so loathed by his wife, Clementine, that she eventually burnt itBritish painter Graham Sutherland died. His portrait of Sir Winston Churchill was so loathed by his wife, Clementine, that she eventually burnt it
39 years ago
17 Feb
1979
China invaded Vietnam in response to Vietnamese 'aggression' over the previous six monthsChina invaded Vietnam in response to Vietnamese 'aggression' over the previous six months
40 years ago
17 Feb
1972
Britain’s lower house of parliament, the House of Commons, voted to join the European CommunityBritain’s lower house of parliament, the House of Commons, voted to join the European Community
47 years ago
17 Feb
1972
The Volkswagen Beetle reached worldwide sales of 15 million, overtaking the Model T FordThe Volkswagen Beetle reached worldwide sales of 15 million, overtaking the Model T Ford
47 years ago
17 Feb
1971
British singer Elton John won his first American gold disc for his self-titled albumBritish singer Elton John won his first American gold disc for his self-titled album
48 years ago
17 Feb
1968
Sir Donald Wolfit, English stage and film actor, died. He was best known for his portrayal of Shakespearean heroesSir Donald Wolfit, English stage and film actor, died. He was best known for his portrayal of Shakespearean heroes
51 years ago
17 Feb
1968
French skier Jean-Claude Killy won all three men’s alpine gold medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, FranceFrench skier Jean-Claude Killy won all three men’s alpine gold medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France
51 years ago
17 Feb
1964
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its 'one man, one vote' decision, ruling that congressional districts within each state must be roughly equal in populationThe U.S. Supreme Court issued its 'one man, one vote' decision, ruling that congressional districts within each state must be roughly equal in population
55 years ago
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17 Feb
1958
The "Ban The Bomb" Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was formed in Britain, spurred by the threat of U.S. nuclear weapons on British soil. Veteran peace campaigner…The "Ban The Bomb" Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was formed in Britain, spurred by the threat of U.S. nuclear weapons on British soil. Veteran peace campaigner Bertrand Russell served as its first president
61 years ago
17 Feb
1945
A Soviet offensive forced the rocket expert Wernher von Braun and other scientists to evacuate the V2 rocket site at Peenemunde, eastern GermanyA Soviet offensive forced the rocket expert Wernher von Braun and other scientists to evacuate the V2 rocket site at Peenemunde, eastern Germany
74 years ago
17 Feb
1938
The first public experimental demonstration of Baird colour television was transmitted from Crystal Palace to the Dominion Theatre, LondonThe first public experimental demonstration of Baird colour television was transmitted from Crystal Palace to the Dominion Theatre, London
81 years ago
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