History Is Today

There is a website,, where you can search for a specific day of the year and find out all of the notable and possibly world-changing things that happened on that day throughout recorded history.

Below, I've compiled a sample of the most interesting and relevant events that happened today, February 17th, in the United States from brainyhistory's exhaustive list.

On this day in history:

1621: Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony

1691: Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service

1801: House breaks an electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson President over Burr

1817: Baltimore is the 1st U.S. city lit by gas

1864: Confederate submarine "HL Hunley" sinks Union ship "Housatonic"

1865: Columbia, South Carolina, burns down during Civil War

1870: Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to U.S. after Civil War
1870: Esther Morris appointed 1st female judge

1876: Sardines 1st canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine

1878: 1st telephone exchange in San Francisco opens with 18 phones

1897: National Organization of Mothers (Parent Teacher Association) forms

1905: Frances Willard becomes 1st women honored in National Statuary Hall

1906: Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House

1911: 1st hydroplane flight to and from a ship in Glenn Curtiss, San Diego

1913: New York Armory Show introduces Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp to U.S. public
1913: 1st minimum wage law in U.S. takes effect in Oregon

1915: Edward Stone, 1st U.S. combatant to die in WWI, is mortally wounded

1933: U.S. Senate accepts Blaine Act ending prohibition
1933: Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead in the comic strip "Blondie"
1933: 1st issue of Newsweek magazine published

1934: 1st high school auto driving course offered (State College, Penn)

1943: New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio enlists into the U.S. army

1958: Comic strip "BC" 1st appears

1962: Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin"

1964: U.S. House of Representatives accepts Civil Rights Act

1983: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1985: 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents


I don't mean to downplay history or whatever, but after reading through the February 17th timeline, I am inclined to say that our news is one of the happiest -- if not THE happiest -- things to happen on this date. Of course, I may be biased. Maybe some of you are just as giddy about prohibition ending or the minimum wage law as I am about the engagement? But that's ok! Isn't the fun of history that it's completely subjective? :)

I know it'll be hard to remember our engagement anniversary in the years to come with all of this holiday competition, but I guess we'll have to manage.

DUDE, I am getting married! Thanks to Brad for forever making February 17th memorable!


previous next comment


All works copyrighted by Ciara Stella