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February 17: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 17

February 17th celebrates World Human Spirit Day and Random Act of Kindness Day.

We are now on day 48 out of 365, and have 317 days left of the year.

Everyone who was born on this day shares the same zodiac sign, Aquarius.

Today is your lucky day as we have collected some top-notch historical events that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1936, the world’s first superhero appeared in a comic strip? “The Phantom” is a costumed crime-fighter who operates from the fictional country of Bangalla.

Keep reading for more facts about February 17th in history!

What Happened On February 17 In History?

2020

$10 billion was pledged to help fight climate change by Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos.

Source NY Times
2017

A potential new continent was discovered in the South Pacific.

Zealandia is 94% underwater but is close to being recognized as its own continent that would include New Zealand.
2014

US secretary of State John Kerry spoke in from of college students in Jakarta Indonesia about the looming threat of Climate Change.

He talked of the urgency needed to address the issue and the dangers of interest groups who willfully deny the dangers it poses.
Source CNN
2012

Thieves stole up to 68 Olympic artifacts from a museum in Greece.

Source CNN
2010

Casey Neistat uploaded his first ever YouTube video.

However he didn't make his first vlog until March 25, 2013.
1998

The Pioneer 10 spacecraft passed NASA’s Voyager 1 to become the farthest man-made object in space.

OTD in 1998: The Pioneer 10 spacecraft passed NASA's Voyager 1 to become the farthest man-made object in space.
1974

A stampede at a soccer match killed 49 people in Cairo, Egypt.

The incident happened after the venue for the match was switched to a smaller stadium. 80,000 fans rushed in to get their seats at a stadium that could only accommodate 40,000 fans. The stadium's supports crumbled and 49 died and more were injured.
1969

Friends Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan recorded “Girl From The North” at CBS Studios.

1936

The Phantom, the world’s first superhero, appeared in the self-titled comic strip by Lee Falk.

1913

Oregon became first US State to pass a minimum wage law.

OTD in 1913: Oregon became first US State to pass a minimum wage law.
It limited work to 50 hours per week, 9-hour days, and required at least one 45-minute break. Minimum wage was fixed to $8.64 USD per week.
1876

Julius Wolff supplied the first canned sardines from Maine, USA.

Did you know that on this day, February 17th 1936, the world's first superhero appeared in a comic strip?