17 February in history: Foundation of Red Cross, first winter ascent of Mount Everest and more

From the foundation of the Red Cross to a stampede at a Mardi Gras parade, we've got it all covered! Let's dive into today's history.

1863

 The International Red Cross is founded in Geneva.

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1867

The first ship passes through the Suez Canal.

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1949

Chaim Weizmann begins his term as the first President of Israel.

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1980

First winter ascent of Mount Everest by Krzysztof Wielicki and Leszek Cichy.

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2015

18 people killed in a stampede at a Mardi Gras parade in Haiti

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