On this day

In 2011, Libyan protests against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime began. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 17 February?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 2011, Libyan protests against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime began. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 17 February, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


2016 | Military vehicles exploded outside a Turkish military base in Ankara, Turkey, killing at least 29 people and injuring 61 others.

2015 | Eighteen people were killed and 78 others injured in a stampede at the Mardi Gras parade in Haiti.

2011 | On this day eleven years ago, Libyan protests against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime began. In Bahrain, security forces launched a crackdown on protesters at the Pearl Roundabout in Manama.

2008 | Fourteen years ago, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.

2006 | A major landslide occurred in southern Leyte, Philippines; The official death toll was set at 1 126.


2012 | German-American psychologist and academic, Ulric Neisser, 84.

2014 | German politician and diplomat, President of the United Nations General Assembly, Peter Florin, 93.

2015 | Chinese general and pilot, Liu Yudi, 92.

2006 | American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Bill Cowsill, 58.

2014 | American guitarist, keyboard player, and producer, Bob Casale, 62.


1929 | Chilean-French director and screenwriter, Alejandro Jodorowsky.

1945 | American actress, dancer, and choreographer, Zina Bethune, died in 2012.

1985 | Norwegian ski jumper, Anders Jacobsen.

1941 | English actress, singer, and director, Julia McKenzie.

1981 | American movie actor, director, and producer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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1973 | At the Molineux First Division match between Wolves and Newcastle brothers Kenny and Terry Hibbitt were on opposite sides – Kenny beat Wolves and Terry equalised for Newcastle in a 1-1 draw.


1989 | In the United States for the first time, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” was released on this day.


The Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia is the largest known meteorite shower on Earth, covering an area of ​​275 to 100 km, located in the centre of Brukkaros south of Mariental.