At the moment in Historical past: At the moment is Wednesday, Feb. 17, the forty eighth day of 2021 –

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At the moment’s Spotlight in Historical past:
On Feb. 17, 1815, the USA and Britain exchanged the devices of ratification for the Treaty of Ghent, ending the Battle of 1812.
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In 1801, the U.S. Home of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, electing Jefferson president; Burr grew to become vice chairman.
In 1863, the Worldwide Pink Cross was based in Geneva.
In 1864, through the Civil Battle, the Union ship USS Housatonic was rammed and sunk in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, by the Accomplice hand-cranked submarine HL Hunley within the first naval assault of its form; the Hunley additionally sank.
In 1897, the forerunner of the Nationwide PTA, the Nationwide Congress of Moms, convened its first assembly in Washington.
In 1944, throughout World Battle II, U.S. forces invaded Eniwetok (ehn-eh-WEE’-tahk) Atoll, encountering little preliminary resistance from Imperial Japanese troops. (The Individuals secured the atoll lower than per week later.)
In 1964, the Supreme Court docket, in Wesberry v. Sanders, dominated that congressional districts inside every state needed to be roughly equal in inhabitants.
In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon departed the White Home along with his spouse, Pat, on a historic journey to China.
In 1988, Lt. Col. William Higgins, a Marine Corps officer serving with a United Nations truce monitoring group, was kidnapped in southern Lebanon by Iranian-backed terrorists (he was later slain by his captors).
In 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer “Deep Blue,” successful a six-game match in Philadelphia (nonetheless, Kasparov misplaced to Deep Blue in a rematch in 1997).
In 2006, Tanja Frieden of Switzerland received the Olympic girls’s snowboardcross, rushing previous American Lindsey Jacobellis, who’d fallen on her next-to-last bounce earlier than the end line.
In 2015, Vice President Joe Biden opened a White Home summit on countering extremism and radicalization, saying the USA wanted to make sure that immigrants had been absolutely included within the material of American society to stop violent ideologies from taking root at dwelling.
In 2018, President Donald Trump’s nationwide safety adviser, H.R. McMaster, advised a convention in Germany that there was now “incontrovertible” proof of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election; the assertion stood in stark distinction to Trump’s declare that Russian interference in his election victory was a hoax.
Ten years in the past: A gaggle of Democratic Wisconsin lawmakers blocked passage of a sweeping anti-union invoice, refusing to indicate up for a vote after which abruptly leaving the state in an effort to pressure Republicans to the negotiating desk. Iowa highschool wrestler Joel Northrup defaulted on his first-round state match match moderately than face Cassy Herkelman, one of many first ladies ever to qualify for the occasion, saying that wrestling a woman would battle along with his spiritual beliefs.
5 years in the past: A 3-way feud among the many GOP’s main White Home contenders escalated, with Ted Cruz daring Donald Trump to sue him for defamation and dismissing Marco Rubio’s costs of dishonesty throughout a CNN discussion board simply days earlier than South Carolina’s high-stakes major. Travis Hittson, a former Navy crewman, was executed in Georgia for killing a fellow sailor, Conway Utterbeck.
One yr in the past: Greater than 300 American cruise ship passengers, together with 14 who examined constructive for coronavirus, had been quarantined at army bases in California and Texas after arriving from Japan on constitution flights. A push by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to ban the sale of assault weapons failed after a few of his fellow Democrats within the state Senate balked on the proposal. Denny Hamlin received the rain-delayed Daytona 500 for a 3rd time, beating Ryan Blaney within the second-closest end in race historical past; Ryan Newman suffered a head damage in a spectacular crash on the ultimate lap. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos stated he deliberate to spend $10 billion of his personal fortune to assist combat local weather change. Novelist Charles Portis, whose best-seller “True Grit” was twice tailored into Oscar-nominated movies, died at 86. Corridor of Fame golfer Mickey Wright, winner of 82 LPGA tournaments together with 13 majors, died in Florida; she was 85.
At the moment’s Birthdays: Actor-comedian Barry Humphries (aka “Dame Edna”) is 87. Actor Christina Pickles is 86. Soccer Corridor of Famer Jim Brown is 85. Actor Brenda Fricker is 76. Actor Becky Ann Baker is 68. Actor Rene Russo is 67. Actor Richard Karn is 65. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 59. Basketball Corridor of Famer Michael Jordan is 58. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Man is 58. TV character Rene Syler is 58. Film director Michael Bay is 57. Singer Chante Moore is 54. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 51. Actor Dominic Purcell is 51. Olympic gold and silver medal skier Tommy Moe is 51. Actor Denise Richards is 50.
Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Inexperienced Day) is 49. Rock musician Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) is 49. Actor Jerry O’Connell is 47. Nation singer Bryan White is 47. Actor Kelly Carlson is 45. Actor Ashton Holmes is 43. Actor Conrad Ricamora is 42. Actor Jason Ritter is 41. TV character Paris Hilton is 40. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 40. TV host Daphne Oz is 35. Actor Chord Overstreet is 32. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 30. Actor Meaghan Martin is 29. Actor Sasha Pieterse is 25.
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