What Happened On This Day – February 17
2008 Kosovo declares its independence
The region's secession from Serbia followed an armed conflict referred to as the Kosovo War.
1992 Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is jailed for life
Dahmer was convicted of murdering and dismembering at least 17 young men and boys.
1913 The “Armory Show” opens in New York
The art exhibition featured works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh and marked the advent of artistic modernism in the United States.
1904 “Madama Butterfly” is premiered
Giacomo Puccini's opera, one of the world's most performed works of musical theater, was poorly received in its first performance.
1863 A precursor of the Red Cross and Red Crescent is founded
The “Committee for Relief to the Wounded” was created by a group of citizens in Geneva, Switzerland.
Births On This Day,
1981 Paris Hilton
American model, actress, singer
1963 Michael Jordan
American basketball player, actor
1949 Fred Frith
English guitarist, composer
1904 Hans Morgenthau
624 Wu Zetian
Deaths On This Day,
1998 Ernst Jünger
1986 Jiddu Krishnamurti
Indian/American philosopher, author
1982 Thelonious Monk
American pianist, composer
1856 Heinrich Heine
French playwright, actor