On This Day In History, 17 February

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World Events Today

  • Charged with heresy, the Italian philosopher and cosmological theorist Giordano Bruno, was burned alive in Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori today in 1600
  • The tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun was opened today in 1923
  • China invaded Vietnam today in 1979, it was the start of the Sino-Vietnamese War, a brief border war which lasted less than a month

Entertainment Events Today

  • Madama Butterfly, the popular opera by the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, premiered today in 1904 in Milan
  • The double A-side single by the Beatles, Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane, was released in the UK today in 1967, it was released in the US 4 days after
  • The Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, received a record 17 curtain calls today in 1972, after his performance in La fille du régiment at New York’s Metropolitan Opera

Family Events Today

  • The Apache leader Geronimo, “the one who yawns”, died today in 1909, he is buried in the Fort Sill Indian Agency Cemetery
  • The American professional basketball player Michael Jordan, perhaps the greatest basketball player of all time, was born today in 1963 in New York City
  • The English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was born today in 1991 in West Yorkshire

Main Event Today

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Random Acts of Kindness Day

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