Today in history 2/17/2020

Today in history, At a grand feast, Philip the Good of Burgundy takes the “vow of the pheasant,” by which he swears to fight the Turks in 1454.

Today in history, Boris Godunov, the boyar of Tarar origin, is elected czar in succession to his brother-in-law Fydor in 1598.

Today in history, Spain signs the Treaty of the Hague with the Quadruple Alliance ending a war that was begun in 1718 in 1720.

Today in history, The House of Representatives breaks an electoral college tie and chooses Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr in 1801.

Today in history, The Confederate submarine Hunley sinks the USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina in 1864.

Today in history, The South Carolina capital city, Columbia, is destroyed by fire as Major General William Tecumseh Sherman marches through in 1865.

Today in history, The first issue of Harold Ross’ magazine, The New Yorker, hits the stands, selling for 15 cents a copy in 1925.

Today in history, The first color television is demonstrated at the Dominion Theatre in London in 1938.

Today in history, Gen. MacArthur’s troops land on Corregidor in the Philippines in 1945.

Today in history, Britain announces its ability to make hydrogen bombs in 1955.

Today in history, Art by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van Gogh, valued at $5 million, is stolen from the Municipal Museum in Milan in 1975.

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Today in history, Fort Donelson, Tennessee, falls to Grant‘s Federal forces, but not before Nathan Bedford Forrest escapes in 1862.

Today in history, Columbia, South Carolina, surrenders to Federal troops in 1865.

Today in history, Bessie Smith makes her first recording “Down Hearted Blues” in 1923.

Today in history, Dupont patents a new thread, nylon, which will replace silk in a number of products and reduce costs in 1937.

Today in history, The British destroyer HMS Cossack rescues British seamen from a German prison ship, the Altmark, in a Norwegian fjord in 1940.

Today in history, Tojo outlines Japan’s war aims to the Diet, referring to “new order of coexistence” in East Asia in 1942.

Today in history, American paratroopers land on Corregidor, in a campaign to liberate the Philippines in 1945.

Today in history, A U.S. flag flies over an outpost in Wilkes Land, Antarctica in 1957.

Today in history, Four persons are held in a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument in 1965.

Today in history, China and Japan sign a $20 billion trade pact, which is the most important move since the 1972 resumption of diplomatic ties in 1978.

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Today in history, By the Treaty of Abo, Sweden cedes southeast Finland to Russia, ending Sweden’s failed war with Russia in 1743.

Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte‘s army defeats the Russians at the Battle of Smolensk during the Russian retreat to Moscow in 1812.

Today in history, The first steam ship to cross the Atlantic entirely on its own power, the Canadian ship Royal William (see picture below), begins her journey from Nova Scotia to The Isle of Wight in 1833.

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Today in history, Union gunboats attack Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, for the first time in 1863.

Today in history, Upon hearing confirmation that Japan has surrendered, Sukarno proclaims Indonesia’s independence in 1945.

Today in history, Three Americans complete the first crossing of the Atlantic in a balloon in 1978.

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Today in history, A solar eclipse interrupts a battle outside Sardis in western Turkey between Medes and Lydians. The battle ends in a draw in 585 BC.

Today in history, Napoleon Bonaparte (see picture below) is crowned in Milan, Italy. in 1805.

Today in history, The 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African-American recruits, leaves Boston, headed for Hilton Head, South Carolina in 1863.

Today in history, Britain annexes the Orange Free State in South Africa in 1900.

Today in historyMelody (see picture below), the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers in 1953.

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Today in history, Amnesty International, a human rights organization, is founded in 1961.

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Today in history, The Thirty Years War begins in 1618.

Today in history, Captain William Kidd, the Scottish pirate, is hanged on the banks of the Thames in 1701.

Today in historyBenjamin Franklin (see picture below) announces his invention of bifocals in 1785.

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Today in history, South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788.

Today in history, Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson (see picture below) takes Front Royal, Virginia in 1862.

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Today in history, Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney (see picture below) becomes the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, thirty-seven years after the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1900.

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Today in history, Gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow (see picture below) are killed by Texas Rangers in 1934.

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Today in history, Israel announces the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960.