The U.S.S. Housatonic was on blockade duty when the H.L. Hunley's spar placed a torpedo inside her hull. There were eight crewmen aboard the submarine.
The Hunley, named after its builder Horace L. Hunley, disappeared shortly after sinking the Houstonic
The H.L. Hunley has been recovered and is on public display today in Charleston, South Carolina.
by Barbara Voulgaris
Naval Historical Center
August 8, 2000
Moscow (JFK+50) The Soviet government announced 57 years ago today, February 17, 1957, Andrei Gromyko had been appointed Foreign Minister for the USSR.
Mr. Gromyko started in the foreign service in 1939 and after WWII became an expert in Cold War diplomacy.
Gromyko would be invited to the White House in October 1962 before the US announced it had evidence of a Soviet build up of nuclear missile sites in Cuba.
President John F. Kennedy had photographs showing the missiles in his desk but did not let on to Gromyko who continued to say that the USSR was not installing nuclear missiles in Cuba.
The VOA hoped to "give listeners in the USSR a picture of life in America."
The sound quality of the broadcast was poor due to bad weather and technical problems.
GERONIMO DIED 105 YEARS AGO TODAY
Apache chief Geronimo, known for fighting against both the United States and Mexico, died today 105 years ago today, February 17, 1909.
The chief, born in 1829, was famous for his daring exploits as well as his ability to escape capture for many years.