February 17: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1801 - An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.
- 1863 - A group of citizens of Geneva founded an International Committee for Relief to the Wounded, which later became known as the International Committee of the Red Cross.
- 1913 - The Armory Show opens in New York City, displaying works of artists who are to become some of the most influential painters of the early 20th century.
- 1959 - Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 - The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
- 1965 - Project Ranger: The Ranger 8 probe launches on its mission to photograph the Mare Tranquillitatis region of the Moon in preparation for the manned Apollo missions. Mare Tranquillitatis or the "Sea of Tranquility" would become the site chosen for the Apollo 11lunar landing.
- Famous Birthdays: Tobias Mayer (German astronomer), Horace-Bénédict de Saussure (Swiss physicist), René Laennec (French physician, invented the stethoscope), Otto Stern (German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate), Mo Yan (Chinese author, Nobel Prize laureate)
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