Today in History for Feb. 17: Dahmer sentenced to life in prison

YouTube download / AP video / Highlights of this day in history: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer gets life in prison; House lawmakers pick a president; Garry Kasparov beats IBM's Deep Blue at chess; NBA star Michael Jordan born; The Eagles release their greatest hits. (Feb. 17)
  • 1598 Boris Godunov chosen as Tsar of Russia
  • 1691 Thomas Neale granted English patent for American postal service
  • 1714 Parliament of Paris accepts Pope Clemens XI's "Unigenitus" degree
  • 1776 1st volume of Gibbon's "Decline & Fall of Roman Empire" published
  • 1801 US House of Representatives breaks electoral college tie, chooses Thomas Jefferson President over Aaron Burr
  • 1915 Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
  • 1924 Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds)
  • 1943 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio enlists into the US army
  • 1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis Hawks
  • 1967 Beatles release "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields"
  • 1969 Golda Meir sworn in as the first female Prime Minister of Israel
  • 1970 US army officer Jeffrey MacDonald murders his pregnant wife & two small daughters
  • 1972 Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model T
  • 1974 16th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (140.894 MPH)
  • 1979 China invades Vietnam, marking the start of the Sino-Vietnamese War
  • 1980 22nd Daytona 500: Buddy Baker wins (177.602 MPH)
  • 1981 Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history
  • 1985 27th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (172.265 MPH)
  • 1987 Don Mattingly wins highest salary arbitration ($1,975,000 per year)
  • 1989 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1991 33rd Daytona 500: Ernie Irvan wins (148.148 MPH)
  • 1995 Colin Fergusson found guilty of killing 6 people on the Long Island Rail Road in NY
  • 1995 Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive & manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked
  • 1996 Garry Kasparov defeats Deep Blue 4-2 in chess
  • 2002 44th Daytona 500: Ward Burton wins (130.81 MPH)
  • 2006 A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
  • 2008 50th Daytona 500: Ryan Newman wins (152.672 MPH)
  • 2016 Car bomb attack on military convoy in Ankara, Turkey, by Kurdish militant eaves 28 dead



  • 1989 Lefty Gomez, pitching great (NY Yankees), dies at 80
  • 2006 Bill Cowsill, American singer (The Cowsills), dies at 58
  • 2007 Mike Awesome, American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • 2013 Mindy McCready, American country singer, commits suicide by gunshot at 37
  • 2014 Bob Casale, American musician, dies from heart failure at 61
  • 2016 Tony Phillips, American MLB player (Oakland Athletics), dies at 56

Source: OnThisDay

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.