Historical Events for 17th February 2024

1776 – 1st volume of Edward Gibbon’s seminal work “The Decline and Fall of Roman Empire” published
1933 – First issue of American news magazine “Newsweek” is published
1940 – Altmark Incident: Crew of the British destroyer “Cossack” board German “Altmark” in Jøssingfjord, Norway, releasing 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass
1956 – Ice Pairs Championship at Garmisch won by Schwarz and Oppelt of AUT
1969 – Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it is never released
1976 – Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)
1986 – 1st Francophone Summit convenes at Versailles
1996 – Garry Kasparov defeats chess-playing computer Deep Blue 4-2
2012 – The President of Germany, Christian Wulff, resigns over a corruption scandal
2013 – 5 people are killed and 11 are injured after a gas explosion destroyed an apartment complex in Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, Czech Republic

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