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  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Tuesday Feb 17, 1863

    United Nations

    International Committee of the Red Cross

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Tuesday Feb 17, 1863

    In the century prior to the UN's creation, several international treaty organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross were formed to ensure protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and strife.




  • South Africa
    Saturday Feb 17, 1900

    Second Boer War

    Pincer movement involving both French's cavalry and the main British force attempted to take the entrenched position

    South Africa
    Saturday Feb 17, 1900

    On 17 February, a pincer movement involving both French's cavalry and the main British force attempted to take the entrenched position, but the frontal attacks were uncoordinated and so were easily repulsed by the Boers. Finally, Roberts resorted to bombarding Cronjé into submission, but it took a further ten precious days, and with the British troops using the polluted Modder River as water supply, there was a typhoid epidemic killing many troops. General Cronjé was forced to surrender at Surrender Hill with 4,000 men.




  • Russian Empire
    Friday Feb 17, 1905

    1905 Russian Revolution

    The Tsar made new concessions

    Russian Empire
    Friday Feb 17, 1905

    Following the assassination of his uncle, the Grand Duke Sergei Aleksandrovich, on 17 February [O.S. 4 February] 1905, the Tsar made new concessions.




  • Moscow, Russian Empire
    Friday Feb 17, 1905

    1905 Russian Revolution

    Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia killed

    Moscow, Russian Empire
    Friday Feb 17, 1905

    Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia killed 17 February [O.S. 4 February] 1905 in Moscow.




  • Truk, Caroline Islands
    Thursday Feb 17, 1944

    World War II

    Operation Hailstone

    Truk, Caroline Islands
    Thursday Feb 17, 1944

    Operation Hailstone took place 17 to 18 February 1944, was a massive United States Navy air and surface attack on Truk Lagoon conducted as part of the American offensive drive against the Imperial Japanese Navy. As a result, Japanese reinforcement of Eniwetok garrison prevented.




  • Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Feb 17, 1963

    Michael Jordan

    Birth

    Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Feb 17, 1963

    Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York.




  • Tabriz, Iran
    Friday Feb 17, 1978

    Iranian Revolution

    Demonstrations broke out in various different cities

    Tabriz, Iran
    Friday Feb 17, 1978

    According to the Shi'ite customs, memorial services (referred to as chehelom) are held forty days after a person's death. Encouraged by Khomeini (who declared that the blood of martyrs must water the "tree of Islam"), radicals pressured the mosques and moderate clergy to commemorate the deaths of the students, and used the occasion to generate protests. The informal network of mosques and bazaars, which for years had been used to carry out religious events, increasingly became consolidated as a coordinated protest organization. On 18 February, forty days after Qom clashes, demonstrations broke out in various different cities. The largest was in Tabriz, which descended into a full-scale riot. "Western" and government symbols such as cinemas, bars, state-owned banks, and police stations were set ablaze. Units of Imperial Iranian Army were deployed to the city to restore order, and the death toll, according to government was six, while Khomeini claimed hundreds were "martyred".


  • Kuwait
    Sunday Feb 17, 1991

    Gulf War

    The Task Force took enemy mortar fire

    Kuwait
    Sunday Feb 17, 1991

    On 17 February 1991 the Task Force took enemy mortar fire, but the enemy forces managed to escape.


  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Thursday Feb 17, 1994

    Bosnian War

    The large-scale removal of Bosnian-Serb heavy weapons

    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Thursday Feb 17, 1994

    The large-scale removal of Bosnian-Serb heavy weapons began on 17 February 1994.


  • New York, New York City, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 17, 2010

    HTC

    Fast company ranking

    New York, New York City, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 17, 2010

    On 17 February 2010, Fast Company ranked HTC as the 31st most innovative company in the world.


  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    Wednesday Feb 17, 2010

    IKEA

    The First IKEA Store In Latin America

    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    Wednesday Feb 17, 2010

    The company later expanded into more countries in the 1990s and 2000s. The first IKEA store in Latin America opened on 17 February 2010 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.


  • Dalarna County, Sweden
    Thursday Feb 17, 2011

    IKEA

    The Wind Farm

    Dalarna County, Sweden
    Thursday Feb 17, 2011

    On 17 February 2011, IKEA announced its plans to develop a wind farm in Dalarna County, Sweden, furthering its goal of using only renewable energy to fuel its operations.


  • New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
    Sunday Feb 17, 2013

    Dwayne Johnson

    Elimination Chamber (2013)

    New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
    Sunday Feb 17, 2013

    Punk received a title rematch with The Rock, at Elimination Chamber, with the added stipulation that if The Rock was disqualified or counted out, he would still lose the WWE Championship. The Rock would pin Punk to retain the championship.


  • France
    Tuesday Feb 17, 2015

    Emmanuel Macron

    Special 49.3 procedure

    France
    Tuesday Feb 17, 2015

    As Minister of the Economy, Macron was at the forefront of pushing through business-friendly reforms. On 17 February 2015, Prime Minister Manuel Valls pushed Macron's signature law package through a reluctant parliament using the special 49.3 procedure.


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