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February 17

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 
1992  In a Milwaukee courtroom, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is sentenced to life in prison.
1990Former US president Ronald Reagan gives videotaped testimony for a second day about the Iran-Contra affair, for the trial of former national security adviser, John Poindexter.
 
1988Lt. Col. William Higgins, a US officer with the United Nations truce monitoring group, is kidnapped (and later slain) in southern Lebanon.
 
1982Jazz piano great Thelonious Monk dies of a stroke at age 64.
 
1972President Nixon (left) with Chinese Premier Chou En-LaiUS president Richard Nixon begins his historic trip to mainland China.

Photo shows President Nixon (left) with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai.
(photo credit: NARA)

 

1968The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens in Springfield, MA.
 


1967
The Beatles: Sergeant Pepper (Capitol Records)
The Beatles record instrumental tracks for Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!, a song that will ultimately appear on their Sergeant Pepper album, at EMI Studios in London.
(photo credit: Capitol Records)

 
1947The Voice of America radio station begins broadcasting their signal to the USSR.
 
1933Newsweek magazine begins publication.
 
1904The Giacomo Puccini opera Madam Butterfly premieres at La Scala.
 
1897The National Congress of Mothers, later to become the national congress of the PTA, is founded in Washington, DC.
 
1865The city of Columbia, SC, is set ablaze as Confederate troops evacuate, allowing Union forces to move in, during the US Civil War.
 
1801The US House of Representatives elects Thomas Jefferson as President, to break the electoral vote tie between Jefferson and Aaron Burr, who became vice president.
 
1673French author and playwright Moliere (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) dies in Paris at age 51.
 

Born today:

1972  Billie Joe Armstrong - rock singer, guitarist (Green Day)

1970  Tim Mahoney - bassist (311)

1964  Michael Bay - movie director (Armageddon)

1963  Michael Jordan - basketball All-Star

1962  Lou Diamond Phillips - actor

1956  Richard Karn - actor

1954  Rene Russo - actress

1945  Brenda Fricker - actress

1941  Gene Pitney - singer

1939  Mary Ann Mobley - actress

1936  Jim Brown - NFL hall of famer, sportscaster

1925  Hal Holbrook - actor

1914  Arthur Kennedy - actor

1843  Montgomery Ward - merchant

 

Born today? Your sign of the Zodiac is:
Aquarius   Aquarius    

(The Water Bearer)

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