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Births for February 17


  • 1444 Rudolf Agricola, (Roelof Huysman), humanist/organist
  • 1490 Karel van Bourbon, military man/mayor (Lombardije)
  • 1519 Fran‡ois Guise, (Balafr‚), French general strategist
  • 1653 Arcangelo Corelli, Fusignano Italy, violinist/comp (Concerto grossi)
  • 1723 Tobias Mayer, "method of lunars" for longitude determination
  • 1774 Raphaelle Peale, US, painter (After the Rain-1823)
  • 1781 Ren‚-Th‚ophile-Hyacinthe La‰nnec, inventor (stethoscope)
  • 1804 Samuel Read Anderson, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1883
  • 1820 Henri Vieuxtemps, Verviers Belgium, composer/teacher (Brussels Cons)
  • 1824 William Farrar "Baldy" Smith, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 190
  • 1837 Francis Jay Herron, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1902
  • 1837 Sam(uel) van Houten, Dutch (lib) minister of child labor
  • 1844 A Montgomery Ward, founded mail-order business
  • 1853 Jaroslav Vrchlicky, (Emil Fr¡da), Czech poet (1 night on Karlstein)
  • 1854 Friedrich A Krupp, German arms manufacturer
  • 1857 Samuel Sidney McClure, Irish-American newspaper editor/publisher
  • 1867 William Cadbury, England, chocolate manufacturer
  • 1870 Louis de Raet, Belgian economist/founder (Flemmish People's Party)
  • 1874 Thomas J Watson, US, representative/founder (IBM)
  • 1879 Dorothy Canfield Fisher, US, novelist (Book-of-Month-Club)
  • 1880 Alvaro Obregon, general/president Mexico
  • 1888 Otto Stern, physicist (Nobel 1943)
  • 1889 Haroldson L Hunt, Texas oil multi-millionaire
  • 1892 Theodor Plievier, German writer (Des Kaisers Kulis, Stalingrad)
  • 1902 Marian Anderson, Phila, operatic contralto/banned by D.A.R.
  • 1904 Albert Kuyle, (Louis Kuitenbrouwer), writer (Rond Jezus' kleed)
  • 1906 Galo Plaza Lasso, pres of Ecuador (1948-52), head of OAS (1968-75)
  • 1907 Alec Wilder, Rochester NY, composer (1973 ASCAP award)
  • 1907 Charles B Timmer, interpreter/writer (Russia Black on White)
  • 1908 Walter L "Red" Barber, Miss, sports announcer (Bkln Dodgers, NY Yanks
  • 1909 Marjorie Lawrence, Australia, soprano (Venus-Tannh„user)
  • 1910 Marc Lawrence, NYC, actor (Man With Golden Gun)
  • 1914 Arthur Kennedy, Worcester Mass, actor (Fantastic Voyage, Peyton Place
  • 1916 Raf Vallone, Italy, actor (El Cid, 2 Women, Greek Tycoon)
  • 1918 Charles A Hayes, (Rep-D-IL, 1983- )
  • 1919 Jock Mahoney, Chicago Ill, actor (Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury)
  • 1919 Kathleen Freeman, Chicago Ill, actress (Beverly Hillbillies)
  • 1923 Alden Winship Clausen, Hamilton Ill, banker (Pres of World Bank)
  • 1924 Margaret Truman, Mo, pres daughter/writer (Murder at FBI)/pianist
  • 1925 Hal Holbrook, Cleveland, actor (All the President's Men, Mark Twain)
  • 1926 Lee Hoiby, Madison Wisconsin, composer (1957 Arts & Letters)
  • 1929 Chaim Potok, novelist (Promise)
  • 1929 Yasser Arafat, PLO-leader
  • 1932 Buck Trent, Spartanburg SC, banjoist/singer (Hee Haw)
  • 1933 Bobby Lewis, rocker (Tossin' & Turnin')
  • 1933 Craig Thomas, (Rep-R-Wyoming)
  • 1934 Alan Bates, actor (Zorba the Greek, Unmarried Woman)
  • 1934 Barry Humphries, Australia TV host (Dame Edna Everage)
  • 1936 Jim Brown, Ga, NFL fullback (Cleveland Browns)/actor (Dirty Dozen)
  • 1939 Mary Ann Mobley, Biloxi Ms, Miss America-1959/actr (Diff'rent Strokes
  • 1941 Gene Pitney, singer/songwriter (Town Without Pity)
  • 1941 Heidi Biebi, German Fed Rep, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1942 Huey Newton, Black Panther leader
  • 1944 Bernie Grant, British politician (Labour)
  • 1945 Brenda Fricker, actress (My Left Foot)
  • 1945 Patricia Morrow, actress (Rita-Peyton Place)
  • 1945 Willie J L Swildens-Rozendal, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (PvdA)
  • 1946 Andr‚ Dussollier, Annecy France, actor (3 Men & a Cradle)
  • 1946 Valdemar Bandolowski, Denmark, yachting (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • 1946 Zina Bethune, NYC, actress (Gail-Nurses)
  • 1947 Ben Cramer, singer (clown)
  • 1947 Dallas Adams, British actor/painter/writer
  • 1947 Dodie Stevens, actress (Mary Hatman!)
  • 1949 Fred Frith, English guitarist/violinist/bassist (Skeleton Crew)
  • 1950 Rick Medlocke, rocker (Blackfoot)
  • 1952 Guillermo Vilas, tennis player (1977 US Open)
  • 1952 Insook Bhushan, Seoul Korea, US US table tennis player (Olympic-92)
  • 1953 Janice Dickinson, Bkln NY, model (Vogue)
  • 1958 Heidi Hagman, actress (Linda-Archie Bunker's Place)
  • 1958 Karen Lende, Concord Mass, US Equestrian athlete (Olympic-92)
  • 1959 Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, US, 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1959 Richard Karn, actor
  • 1961 Michael "Air" Jordan, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1962 David McComb, Australia, singer/songwriter (Triffids)
  • 1962 Lou Diamond Phillips, actor (La Bamba, Stand & Deliver)
  • 1963 Michael Jordan, Bkln NY, US basketball player (Bulls/Olympic-gold-92)
  • 1966 Melissa Brooke-Belland, rocker (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee)
  • 1974 Jerry O'Connell, NYC, actor (Andrew Clements-My Secret Identity)
  • 1974 Michael J O'Connell, actor (Andrew-My Secret Identity)


Passings for February 17


  • 1600 Giordano Bruno, advocate of Copernican theory, burned at stake
  • 1612 Ernst van Bayern, prince/bishop of Luik/archbish Keulen, dies at 57
  • 1673 Jean Baptiste Poquelin, French author/dramatist (Learned Lady), dies
  • 1673 Molire, French playwright, dies in Paris at 51
  • 1688 Rev James Renwick, hanged in Scotland for being a Presbyterian
  • 1803 Louis R E prince de Rohan-Gu‚men‚, archbisp of Straatsburg, dies at 6
  • 1827 Johann H Pestalozzi, Swiss educator, dies
  • 1854 Hugues F R de Lamennais, (the la Mennais), French priest/writer, dies
  • 1856 Heinrich Heine, German poet, dies at 58 in Paris
  • 1905 Serge Alexandrovitsj, gov-gen Moscow, murdered
  • 1907 Henry Steel Olcott, US co-founder (Theosophist United), dies at 74
  • 1908 Geronimo, Apache chief, dies at about 79
  • 1912 Count von Aerenthal, foreign minister (Austria-Hungary), dies
  • 1919 Wilfrid Laurier, Canadian politician, dies
  • 1933 Henri(cus A) Viotta, conductor/composer (Handbook of Music), dies
  • 1934 Albert I LCMM von Saksen-Coburg, king of Belgium (1909-34), dies
  • 1944 Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter, dies
  • 1954 Evert Gorter, children artist (Kindergeneeskunde), dies at 72
  • 1955 Otto J Gombosi, Hungarian/US musicologist, dies
  • 1959 Tim Mara, co-founder of NFL's NY Giants, dies
  • 1962 Bruno Walter, symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • 1962 Joseph Kearns, actor (George-Dennis the Menace), dies at 55
  • 1966 Hans Hofmann, German/US painter (Search for the Real), dies at 85
  • 1970 Agnon, (SJ Czaczkes), Hebrews writer (Guest Comes Overnight), dies
  • 1977 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 76
  • 1980 Jerry Fielding, orch leader (Lively Ones), dies at 57
  • 1982 Lee Strasberg, father of method acting, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1982 Theolonious S Monk, US, jazz pianist/composer (Blue Monk), dies at 64
  • 1984 Lucille Benson, actress (Lilly-Bosom Buddies), dies at 69
  • 1985 Wanda Perry, actress, dies at 67
  • 1989 Lefty Gomez, NY Yankee pitching great, dies at 80
  • 1990 French Kellendonk, writer (Good for Nothing), dies
  • 1990 Keith Herring, US graffiti-artist, dies
  • 1993 Alfredo the Leon, leader (Phillipines Red Scorpio Gang), dies


Special events for February 17


  • 1568 Holy Roman Emperor agrees to pay annual tribute to Sultan for peace
  • 1634 William Prynne tried in Star Chamber for publishing "Histrio-masti
  • 1691 Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service
  • 1772 1st partition of Poland-Russia & Prussia, joined later by Austria
  • 1776 1st volume of Gibbon's "Decline & Fall of Roman Empire" published
  • 1791 Messier catalogs M83 (spiral galaxy in Hydra)
  • 1795 Thomas Seddal harvests 8.3-kg potato from his garden Chester, England
  • 1801 House breaks electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson pres over Burr
  • 1817 1st US city lit by gas (Baltimore)
  • 1854 British recognize independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
  • 1859 Opera "Ballo in Maschera" is produced (Rome)
  • 1859 Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premiers in Napoli
  • 1864 CSS "HL Hunley" becomes 1st submarine to sink an enemy ship
  • 1865 -Feb 18th) Battle of Charleston SC
  • 1865 Columbia SC burns down during civil war
  • 1867 1st ship passes through Suez Canal
  • 1868 E W Tempel discovers asteroid #97 Klotho
  • 1868 J Coggia discovers asteroid #96 Aegle
  • 1870 Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to US after Civil War
  • 1873 C H F Peters discovers asteroid #130 Elektra
  • 1876 Sardines 1st canned (Eastport, Maine)
  • 1878 1st telephone exchange in SF opens with 18 phones
  • 1879 J Palisa discovers asteroid #192 Nausikaa
  • 1879 Murder attempt on tsar Alexander in St Petersburg, fails
  • 1896 London Country Councils' Muzzling Order becomes effective
  • 1897 Natl Congress of Parents & Teachers organizes (Wash DC)
  • 1899 M Wolf & A Schwassmann discovers asteroid #443 Photographica
  • 1903 R S Dugan discovers asteroid #506 Marion
  • 1905 Frances Willard becomes 1st women honored in National Statuary Hall
  • 1906 Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House
  • 1911 1st hydroplane flight to & from a ship, by Glenn Curtiss, San Diego
  • 1913 1st minimum wage law in US takes effect, in Oregon
  • 1913 NY Armory Show introduces Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp to US public
  • 1915 Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
  • 1923 Ottawa Senator Cy Denneny becomes NHL's all time scorer (143 goals)
  • 1925 V Albitzkij discovers asteroid #1330 Spiridonia
  • 1926 75 buried in Sap Gulch, Bingham, Utah avalanche, 40 die
  • 1926 Tennis star Suzanne Lenglen beats Helen Wills in their only match
  • 1931 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
  • 1931 Hockey's Hershey Bears (now with AHL) 1st game
  • 1933 Blondie marries Dagwood; Dagwood's father promptly disinherits him
  • 1933 US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
  • 1934 1st high school auto driving course offered, State College, Penn
  • 1936 "Phantom" cartoon strip by Lee Falk debuts
  • 1936 -58ø F (-50ø C), McIntosh, South Dakota (state record)
  • 1939 Y Vaisala discovers asteroid #2535 Hameenlinna
  • 1940 British destroyers board German Altmark off Norway
  • 1941 Joe Louis retains heavyweight boxing crown, KOing Gus Dorazio
  • 1942 L Oterma discovers asteroid #2857
  • 1944 Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins; US victory on Feb 22
  • 1946 Humanistic Covenant forms in Amsterdam
  • 1947 Bishops begin fast against "godless communism"
  • 1947 Voice of America begins broadcasting to USSR
  • 1949 Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
  • 1953 Baseball star/pilot Ted Williams uninjured as plane shot down in Kore
  • 1955 KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257
  • 1957 Fire in Warreton Mo, kills 72
  • 1957 Suez Canal reopens
  • 1958 Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
  • 1958 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcastin
  • 1959 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg
  • 1962 Storm in Hamburg, kills 265
  • 1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis
  • 1964 101st member elected to baseball's hall of fame (Luke Appling)
  • 1964 US House of Reps accept Law on the civil rights
  • 1964 US Supreme court rules - 1 man 1 vote
  • 1964 WMEM TV channel 10 in Presque Isle, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 US Ranger 8 launched, will transmit 7,137 lunar pictures
  • 1966 French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit
  • 1967 Beatles release "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields"
  • 1967 Kosmos 140 (Soyuz test) launches into Earth orbit
  • 1968 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Mass, opens
  • 1969 Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash record an album (never released)
  • 1970 Jeffrey McDonald slices up his wife & daughter
  • 1970 Joni Mitchell's final concert (Royal Albert Hall)
  • 1972 President Nixon leaves Washingto DC for China
  • 1974 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1976 Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)
  • 1976 Organic statute makes Macao autonomous
  • 1978 H-E Schuster discovers asteroid #2608 Seneca
  • 1979 China invades Vietnam
  • 1980 Buddy Baker wins Daytona 500 (177.6 MPH/285.8 kph)
  • 1981 Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history
  • 1983 Bob Bourne fails on 8th Islander penalty shot
  • 1983 Netherlands adopts constitution
  • 1985 1st class postage rises from 20› to 22›
  • 1985 3rd person to recieve an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
  • 1986 1st Francophone Summit convenes at Versailles
  • 1986 Johnson & Johnson announces it no longer sell capsule drugs
  • 1987 Don Mattingly wins highest salary arbitration ($1,975,000 per year)
  • 1988 Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
  • 1989 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone "hole"
  • 1989 Former baseball player/manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash
  • 1989 Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia & Libya form common market
  • 1989 Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs record $7.9M-3 year contract
  • 1989 Whitesnake's rocker David Coverdale weds actress Tawny Kitaen
  • 1993 Ha‹tian ferry boat capsize in storm, 800-2,000 die
  • 1993 Mark Foster swims world record 50m freestyle (21.60 sec)


Songs for date February 17


  • 02/17/44 --- Mairzy Doats (Merry Macs)
  • 02/17/50 --- Rag Mop (Wills, Johnnie Lee)
  • 02/17/54 --- Cross Over The Bridge (Page, Patti)
  • 02/17/58 --- Wonderful Time Up There, A (Boone, Pat)
  • 02/17/58 --- It's Too Soon To Know (Boone, Pat)
  • 02/17/62 --- Percolator (Twist) (Billy Joe & The Checkmates)
  • 02/17/62 --- Midnight In Moscow (Ball, Kenny)
  • 02/17/62 --- Her Royal Majesty (Darren, James)
  • 02/17/62 --- Twistin' The Night Away (Cooke, Sam)
  • 02/17/68 --- I Thank You (Sam & Dave)
  • 02/17/73 --- Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) (Deodato)
  • 02/17/73 --- Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First) (Knight, Gladys & The Pips)
  • 02/17/79 --- Sultans Of Swing (Dire Straits)
  • 02/17/90 --- I Wish It Would Rain Down (Collins, Phil)
  • 02/17/90 --- Keep It Together (Madonna)
  • 02/17/90 --- Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over) (Technotronic)
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