Friday, February 17, 2017

History for February 17

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History for February 17 -
Thomas Malthus 1766, Rene Laennec 1781, Montgomery Ward 1843
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Gene Pitney 1941, Larry the Cable Guy 1963 - Actor, comedian ("Blue Collar TV"), Michael Jordan 1963 - Basketball player
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1801 - The U.S. House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Jefferson was elected president and Burr became vice president.

1876 - Julius Wolff was credited with being the first to can sardines.

1924 - Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 100-yard freestyle. He did it with a time of 57-2/5 seconds in Miami, FL.

1933 - "Newsweek" was first published.

1944 - During World War II, the Battle of Eniwetok Atoll began. U.S. forces won the battle on February 22, 1944.

1947 - The Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.

1992 - In Milwaukee, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison. In November of 1994, he was beaten to death in prison.

1995 - Colin Ferguson was convicted of six counts of murder in the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings. He was later sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.

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