17 FEBRUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Montgomery Ward, 1844
  • Frederick Krupp, 1854
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1879
  • H.L. Hunt, 1889
  • Red Barber, 1908
  • Margaret Truman, 1924
  • Hal Holbrook, 1925
  • Chaim Potok, 1929
  • Barry Humphries, 1934
  • Alan Bates, 1934
  • Jim Brown, 1936
  • Gene Pitney, 1941
  • Huey Newton, 1942
  • Rene Russo, 1954
  • Lou Diamond Phillips, 1962
  • Michael Jordan, 1963
  • Michael Bay, 1965
  • Denise Richards, 1972
  • Paris Hilton, 1981

Died On This Day:

  • Tamerlane the Great, 1405
  • Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin), 1673
  • Heinrich Heine, 1856
  • Geronimo (Apache Chief), 1909
  • Joachin Miller, 1913
  • Albert I, King of Belgians, 1934
  • Bruno Walter, 1962
  • William Gargan, 1979
  • Thelonious Monk, 1982
  • Lee Strasberg, 1982
  • Guy Laroche, 1989
  • 'Lefty' Gomez, 1989
  • Kathryn Grayson, 2010

Today's Events:

  • 1673 - Actor/playwright Moliere makes last appearance; has seizure onstage during 'Imaginary Invalid.'
  • 1801 - US House of Representatives choose Thomas Jefferson as 3rd President after he and Burr tie Electoral.
  • 1817 - First gas streetlights lit in US at Baltimore from America's first gas company.
  • 1818 - Early bicycle, called a 'draisine,' patented by inventor Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun.
  • 1874 - Conservatives under Disraeli win first majority since 1841-Gladstone resigns as PM.
  • 1897 - Nat'l Congress of Mothers, later the PTA, founded in D.C. by Phoebe Apperson Hearst & Alice Birney.
  • 1904 - 'Madame Butterfly' by Puccini premieres at La Scala Opera House in Milan. It's booed.
  • 1913 - International Exhibition of Modern Art at Armory in NY first introduces Cubism, Post-impressionism.
  • 1914 - Women suffragettes in UK turn violent; set fire to Lawn Tennis Club, break windows of Home Sec.
  • 1919 - First car self-starter, based on GM engineers Clyde Coleman and Chas Kettering, installed in a Cadillac.
  • 1923 - Burial chamber of King Tut opened.
  • 1933 - Newsweek Magazine first published at 10˘; founded by former Time staff member Thomas Martyn.
  • 1938 - Color television first demonstrated in Britain - transmission from Crystal Palace to Dominion Theatre.
  • 1947 - Voice of America begins broadcasts beamed to the Soviet Union.
  • 1972 - British Parliament votes to join European Common Market.
  • 1993 - MA General Hospital says that med student Yung-Kang Chow has made anti-AIDS drug in test tubes.
  • 1996 - All tobacco and alcohol advertising banned in Russia by Boris Yeltsin.
  • 2005 - Hunting with dogs becomes illegal in Britain at midnight tonight.
  • 2009 - World record common carp landed by German ace Dieter Markus Stein weighing in at 85lb 9 oz, as reported by AnglingTimes.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Finan
  • Fintan of Cloneenagh

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • PRESIDENT'S DAY 3rd Monday in February observing births of Washington & Lincoln
  • SHROVE TUESDAY (or Fat Tuesday). Day before Ash Wednesday. Also called Fasnacht (eve of the fast) in Germany and Austria, Carnival (farewell to meat) in Italy, Mardi Gras in Brazil and U.S., Street Urchins' Carnival in Denmark & Pancake Tuesday in Britain.
  • ASH WEDNESDAY, moveable feast day celebrated 40 days (ex-Sundays) before Easter.
  • PURIM or Feast of Lots (Jewish), celebrated on 14th or 15th of lunar month Adar.
  • HOLI (Hindu festival of Spring and Vernal Fire)
  • HOLA MOHALLA, Sikh Festival celebrated in India
  • LENT, called Careme in France, Quaresima in Italy and the Great Fast in Eastern Orthodoxy. (between Feb and April)
  • SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FIRES, first Sunday in Lent.
  • CARLING SUNDAY, fifth Sunday in Lent celebrated in Britain
  • MAHA SHIVARATRI, Hindu Festival of the Night of Shiva, celebrated mid-February
  • TENG CHIEH, Feast of lanterns in China (Fifteenth day of the First Moon)
  • CHINESE NEW YEAR celebrated all over the world in February
  • SUPER BOWL SUNDAY - first Sunday in February from 2004

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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