Feb. 17, Michel Aoun, leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, born

1934 – Hundreds of protesters killed in Austria.
1956 – Gambia gains independence from Britain.
1959 – First satellite for monitoring the weather, named Vankard, was launched.
1972 – British Parliament votes in favor of joining the European common market.
1996 – 8.2 magnitude-earthquake hits Irian Jaya region in Indonesia, killing 108 people.
Born today:
1935 – Michel Aoun, Lebanese MP and leader of the Free Patriotic Movement.
Passes away:
1968 – Martin Luther King, civil rights defender in USA.

R. Milhem / Ghossoun

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