February 17: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On February 17, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. In the Gregorian calendar, February 17th is the 48th day. The Arab Spring protests in Libya began on this day; Madame Butterfly premiered at La Scala in Milan, Italy; and the Suez Canal’s first ship passed through.

Aquarius is the zodiac sign for February 17th. Michael Jordan and Paris Hilton are two famous people who were born on February 17th. It’s National Random Acts of Kindness Day today.


(February 17, 1864)
The Confederate Hunley became the first submarine to sink an enemy ship during the American Civil War when it successfully attacked the USS Housatonic off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.


(February 17, 1913)
The renowned Armory Show debuted in New York City, bringing art by Impressionists, Symbolists, Post-Impressionists, Fauves, and Cubists to the American public.

(February 17, 1979)
After the Vietnam War, Vietnam boosted its connections with the Soviet Union rather than China, and China invaded its southern neighbour on this day in 1979, following a series of anti-Chinese, pro-Soviet actions by Vietnam.

(February 17, 2014)
Jimmy Fallon, an American comedian, took over as host of The Tonight Show from Jay Leno.

(February 17, 2021)
Rush Limbaugh, an American radio personality and author noted for his ultraconservative and frequently divisive views, died at the age of 70.

(Died on February 17, 2021)
Rush Limbaugh, American talk show host and author (b. 1951).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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