17th February

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1996 Gary Kasparov beats IBM computer at chess World chess champion Gary Kasparov beats IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue" winning a six-game match in Philadelphia.
1993 1700 feared killed after ferry sinks Up to 1700 people are feared to have died when a Haitian ferry sinks.
1979 Vietnam War - China invades China sends hundreds of troops into Vietnam after weeks of tension and a military build-up along the border
1972 US Presidents President Richard Nixon departs on his historic trip to China.
1904 Giacomo Puccini - Madame Butterfly Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" has its world premiere at La Scala.
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