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A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Aldous Huxley wrote, Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.

Other Notable Events for February 17

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On this date in history:

In 1801, the U.S. House of Representatives chose Thomas Jefferson as the third president of the United States after he and Aaron Burr tied in the Electoral College. It took 35 House ballots before Jefferson won and Burr became vice president.

In 1904, Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly premiered in ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for February 17

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Those born on this date include:

- : mail-order retailer Aaron Montgomery Ward in 1844
- Texas oil millionaire H.L. Hunt in 1889
- author Margaret Truman Daniel, daughter of U.S. President Harry S. Truman, in 1924
- actor Hal Holbrook in 1925 (age 94)
- actor/football Hall of Fame member Jim Brown in 1936 (age ...Read more

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Today is Sunday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2019 with 317 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus.

The Mayflower Compact

This Day in History, February 17

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On February 17th, 1621, Miles Standish was appointed first commander of the Plymouth colony.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. -- Steve Jobs

Other Notable Events for February 16

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On this date in history:

In 1923, archaeologists opened the treasure-laden inner tomb of Tutankhamen, King Tut, in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

In 1933, a patent for the synthetic fiber nylon was awarded to the DuPont Co.

In 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as Cuba's leader and set up a Communist regime.

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Notable Birthdays for February 16

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Those born on this date include:

- Historian Henry Brooks Adams in 1838
- actor Chester Morris in 1901
- actor James Baskett in 1904
- singer Patty Andrews of the Andrews Sisters in 1918
- actor Vera-Ellen in 1921
- singer/U.S. Rep. Sonny Bono, R-Calif., in 1935
- businessman Carl Icahn in 1936 (age ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Saturday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2019 with 318 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus.

The Altmark Incident

This Day in History, February 16

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On February 16th, 1940, 299 British prisoners were freed from the German tanker Altmark by soldiers from the HMS Cossack.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. -- W. Somerset Maugham

Other Notable Events for February 15

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On this date in history:

In 1764, the city of St. Louis was founded along the Mississippi River.

In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine exploded in Havana harbor, killing 260 crewmen and leading to a U.S. declaration of war against Spain.

In 1933, U.S. President-elect Franklin Roosevelt narrowly escaped assassination...Read more

Notable Birthdays for February 15

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Those born on this date include:

- : Italian astronomer/physicist Galileo Galilei in 1564
- jeweler Charles Tiffany in 1812
- feminist pioneer Susan B. Anthony in 1820
- British philosopher/mathematician Alfred North Whitehead in 1861
- illustrator Lillian Disney in 1899
- songwriter Harold Arlen in 1905<...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Friday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2019 with 319 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus.

Wreckage of The Maine

This Day in History, February 15

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On February 14th, 1898, The USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing more than 260. This event leads to the Spanish-American War.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: People will pay more to be entertained than educated. -- Johnny Carson

Other Notable Events for February 14

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On this date in history:

In 1779, British navigator and explorer James Cook, first known European to reach the Hawaiian Islands, was stabbed to death by island natives while investigating the theft of a boat.

In 1849, James Polk became the first U.S. president to be photographed while in office. The photographer was Mathew ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for February 14

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Those born on this date include:

- Statesman/abolitionist Frederick Douglass in 1818
- suffrage leader Anna Howard Shaw in 1847
- comedy legend Jack Benny in 1894
- actor Thelma Ritter in 1902
- football Coach Woody Hayes in 1913
- labor leader Jimmy Hoffa 1913
- broadcaster Hugh Downs in 1921 (age ...Read more

Astronomy

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This is Thursday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2019 with 320 to follow.

This is Valentine's Day.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus.

Naval Battle of Iquique

This Day in History, February 14

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On February 14th, 1879, The War of the Pacific breaks out when Chilean armed forces occupy the Bolivian port city of Antofagasta.

 

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