On This Day in History, February 17

Every February 17, National Random Acts of Kindness Day grows in popularity. As you show acts of kindness also get to learn the mind-blowing events that occurred on this day in history.

Read below to find out!

  • 1815 – The treaty of Ghent was ratified by the US Senate and signed by President James Madison, ending the War of 1812.
  • 1880 – Alexander II of Russia survived an assassination attempt.
  • 1885 – Bismarck gave Carl Peters’ firm management of East-Africa
  • 1911 – The First Electric Self Start was installed in a Cadillac By GM.
  • 1925 – The New Yorker was published for the first time.
  • 1933 – After many years of prohibition in the United States, the Senate passed the Blaine Act.
  • 1943 – Major General Omar Bradley fled to Washington, D.C.
  • 1943 – Dow Chemical and Corning Glass Works formed a joint venture to explore and produce silicon materials, based on the work of James Franklin Hyde.
  • 1972 – British Parliament vote to join the European Common Market.
  • 1972 – Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceeded those of Ford Model T.
  • 1987 – Don Mattingly won the highest salary arbitration ($1,975,000 per year).
  • 1995 – Tiger Manager Sparky Anderson takes unpaid leave due to a baseball strike.
  • 1995 – Colin Ferguson was convicted of six counts of murder for the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Train murders.
  • 2006 – Washington asked the Palestinian Authority to return $50 million of American aid.
  • 2007 – The Senate decided not to debate a resolution criticizing President Bush’s troop surge in Iraq.
  • 2009 – President Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law in Denver, Colorado.
  • 2014 – US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that climate change requires urgent action and that only a small “window of time” remained open.
  • 2016 – Nike ended endorsement deal with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao over sexuality remarks.
  • 2016 -Chief executive Tim Cook confirmed that Apple will contest an FBI order to unlock the phone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook.
  • 2020 – Amazon boss Jeff Bezos pledged $10 billion to help fight climate change.

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