February 17

This Day in History

1979

China invades Vietnam

In response to the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia, China launches an invasion of Vietnam. Tensions between Vietnam and China increased dramatically after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. … (more...)

1977

Hydrothermal Vents Discovered

On this day in 1977, one of the greatest biological discoveries was made: hydrothermal vents. It forever changed our understanding of the boundaries and potential of life on our planet. On 8 … (more...)

1821

Lola Montez Born

On this day in 1821, Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, one of the 19th century’s most colourful figures, was born in Ireland. Better known as Lola Montez, she was an adventuress, dancer, and … (more...)