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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