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February 17th is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 317 days remaining until the end of the year (318 days in leap years).
On this page, we have placed information about February 17th, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on February 17th
1854 Friedrich Alfred Krupp (steel manufacturer)
1874 Thomas J. Watson, Sr. (President of IBM 1924-1952)
1888 Otto Stern (physicist)
1925 Hal Holbrook (actor)
1929 Patricia Routledge (actress)
1930 Ruth Rendell (author)
1934 Sir Alan Bates (actor)
1934 Barry Humphries (comedian, actor, author)
1940 Gene Pitney (singer)
1954 Rene Russo (actress)
1962 Lou Diamond Phillips (actor)
1963 Michael Jordan (basketball player)
1965 Michael Bay (film director, film producer)
1971 Denise Richards (actress)
1975 Wish Bone (rapper)
1980 Jason Ritter (actor)
1981 Paris Hilton (actress, heiress)
1991 Ed Sheeran (singer, musician)
February 17th in History
1753 Sweden adopts the Gregorian calendar.
1801 Thomas Jefferson is chosen as US President over Aaron Burr by the US House of Representatives after both men tie in the election.
1819 The US House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise (allowing new slave states South of 36°30').
1854 UK recognizes the independence of teh Orange Free State.
1867 The first ship passes through the Suez Canal.
1871 The Prussian Army parades through Paris after victory in the Franco-Prussian War.
1933 The Blaine Act ends prohibition in the US.
1933 Newsweek is published for the first time.
1949 begins his first term as President of Israel.
1959 Vanguard 2, the first weather satellite is launched.
1968 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.
1972 Total cumulative sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model T.
1979 Start of the Sino-Vietnamese War. China invades the northern part of Vietnam.
2003 London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
2008 Kosovo declares independence from Serbia.
February 17th is also
Tanis Diena (Ancient Latvia)
People born on February 17th are Aquarius
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