February 17 in history: Indonesia tsunami, China invades Vietnam, and more

NASA's first cloud cover satellite, Kosovo's independence from Serbia, and more — here's what happened on this day in history

1959

NASA launches first cloud cover satellite "Vanguard 2"

(Photograph:WION)

1979

China invades Vietnam

(Photograph:WION)

1980

Krzysztof Wielicki & Leszek Cichy attempt first winter ascent of Mount Everest

(Photograph:WION)

1996

Earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia kill 108

(Photograph:WION)

2008

Kosovo declares independence from Serbia

(Photograph:WION)

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