February 17

History events
1921 — (9th of Adar-1, 5681) After having been informed by the New York World that “the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which he has been reprinting with anti-Semitic commentary in his own newspaper the Dearborn Independent, are a forgery” Ford said he did not care replying «The only statement I care to make about the Protocols is that they fit in with what is going on. They are sixteen years old, and they have fitted the world situation up to this time. Indeed they do.»
1938 — (16th of Adar-1, 5698) The Palestine Post reported that there was a major, festive ceremony when the District Commissioner, Mr. Keith Roach, opened Kalia, the first hotel and health resort on the Dead Sea, with the keys handed to him by Major T.C. Tuloch, Chairman of the Kalia Health Resort Company
1947 — (27th Shevat, 5707) “The deportation ship Empire Rival left Haifa this morning carrying 800 would-be Jewish immigrants to Palestine to internment camps in Cyprus which Jews in Palestine staged “a one-hour strike” in protest to this latest deportation
1949 — (18th Shevat, 5709) Chaim Weizmann was sworn in as the first president of Israel
1969 — (29th Shevat, 5729) Golda Meir sworn in as Israel’s 1st female prime minister
1988 — (29th Shevat, 5748) A dozen Israeli playwrights, poets and other intellectuals made an urgent appeal to the Government tonight to «talk peace with the Palestinians»

1525 — (24th of Adar-1, 5285) Rabbi Isaac Eizik Margoliot author of Seder Gitten ve-Halizah passed away
1856 — (11th of Adar-1, 5616) Heinrich Heine, German poet, died