It happened one 17 February

1904 : Madame Butterfly at La Scala in Milan

On February 17, 1904 the premiere of Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly was held at La Scala in Milan.

1933 : Prohibition

On 17 February 1933, the U.S. Senate voted the Blaine Act which ended Prohibition.

1965 : Independence of Gambia

On February 17, 1965, Gambia became the smallest independent State in Africa, after 300 years of colonial rule.

1968 : 3rd Gold Medal for Jean Claude Killy

On February 17, 1968, Jean Claude Killy won the slalom and thereby its third gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Grenoble.

1979 : Beginning of the Sino-Vietnamese war

On February 17, 1979, 90,000 Chinese troops invaded Vietnam. China wanted to punish Vietnam for having taken Phnom Penh to liberate Cambodia from the Khmer Rouge. The conflict lasted one month during which 100,000 people were killed.

1993 : Neptune sank near Haiti

On February 17, 1993, the ferry Neptune,carrying 1,200 people - 2 times the maximum allowed - overturned near Port-au-Prince in Haiti. The vessel had neither lifeboats nor emergency gear. 900 people drowned.

2006 : Mudslide in the Philippines

On February 17, 2006, a mudslide buried the village of Guinsaugonin in the province of Southern Leyte in the Philippines. 1100 people were killed and among them nearly 250 children who were in the local elementary school.

Quote of the day : 17 February

Paris Hilton
You don't have to be an heiress to look like one, if you act like one then everyone will just presume you are one.

Birthdays : 17 February

François dit le Balafré, Duc de Guise, French politician (1519)
Arcangelo Corelli, Italian composer (1653)
Tobias Mayer, German astronomer (1723)
René Laënnec, French physician (1781)
Lola Montez, Irish dancer (1821)
Louisa Lawson, Australian writer (1848)
Thomas J. Watson, President of IBM (1874)
Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss writer and explorer (1877)
André Maginot, French politician (1877)
Otto Stern, German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (1888)
Arthur Kennedy, American actor (1914)
Raf Vallone, Italian actor (1916)
Kathleen Freeman, American actress (1919)
Margaret Truman, American novelist (1924)
Hal Holbrook, American actor (1925)
Ruth Rendell, English writer (1930)
Alan Bates, English actor (1934)
Jim Brown, American football player (1936)
Brenda Fricker, Irish actress (1945)
Rashid Minhas, Pakistani pilot (1951)
Rene Russo, American actress (1954)
Lou Diamond Phillips, American actor (1962)
Michael Jordan, American basketball player (1963)
Michael Bay, American director (1965)
Tuesday Knight, American actress (1969)
David Douillet, French judoka (1969)
Tommy Moe, American skier (1970)
Dominic Purcell, English actor (1970)
Denise Richards, American actress (1971)
Philippe Candeloro, French figure skater (1972)
Billie Joe Armstrong, American musician (Green Day) (1972)
Raphaël Ibañez, French rugby player (1973)
Jerry O'Connell, American actor (1974)
Kelly Carlson, American actress (1976)
Jason Ritter, American actor (1980)
Paris Hilton, American heiress (1981)
Adriano, Brazilian footballer (1982)
Rebecca Adlington, British swimmer (1989)
Meaghan Jette Martin, American actress and singer (1992)

They left us one 17 February

Molière, French playwright (1673)
Antoine Galland, French archaeologist (1715)
Ferdinando Carulli, Italian guitarist (1841)
Vasudeo Balwant Phadke, Indian revolutionary (1883)
Geronimo, Apache leader (1909)
Albert Ier, King of the Belgians (1934)
Alfred Newman, American film composer (1970)
Lee Strasberg, Acting teacher (1982)
Hervé Bazin, French writer (1996)
José López Portillo, President of Mexico (2004)

Tip of the Day : 17 February

Replace the white wine

If you do not have white wine to make your white wine sauce, take vinegar diluted with water and add a spoonful of honey.

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