February 17


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.

1817 – In Baltimore, MD, gas-lit streetlights were used for the first time.

1876 – Julius Wolff became the first person to can sardines.

1878 – In San Francisco, CA, the first large city telephone exchange opened. It had only 18 phones.

1897 – The National Congress of Mothers was organized in Washington, DC, by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst. It was the forerunner of the National PTA.

1933 – The magazine “Newsweek” was published for the first time.

1933 – The Blaine Act ended Prohibition in the United States.

1933 – Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead three years after the debut of Chic Young’s popular comic strip “Blondie”.

1934 – The first high school automobile driver’s education course was introduced in State College, PA.

1959 – The first weather satellite, Vanguard 2, was launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.

1964 – In Wesberry vs. Sanders, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that congressional districts within each state had to be approximately equal in population.

1965 – The Ranger 8 probe launched on its mission to take photos of the Mare Tranquillitatis region of the Moon in preparation for the manned Apollo missions.

1965 – Comedienne Joan Rivers made her first guest appearance on television’s “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson” on NBC.

1974 – A disgruntled U.S. Army private, Robert K. Preston, buzzed the White House in a stolen helicopter.

1985 – U.S. Postage stamp prices went from 20 cents to 22 cents for first class mail.

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

1996 – NASA’s Discovery Program began as the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft lifted off on the first mission ever to orbit and land on an asteroid (433 Eros).

1996 – World chess champion Garry Kasparov beat the IBM supercomputer “Deep Blue” in a chess match in Philadelphia, PA.

2002 – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” passed “Star Wars: Episode One” to become the second highest-grossing movie of all time, earning $926 million at the box office. “Titanic”, with ticket sales of $1.8 billion remained the leader.

2005 – President George W. Bush named John Negroponte as the first National Intelligence Director.

2007 – Britney Spears checked into, then out of, rehab, and had her head shaved at a California salon.

2014 – Jimmy Fallon made his debut as host of television’s “The Tonight Show” on NBC.



Hal Holbrook – 93 years old (1925) – Actor (“Into the Wild”, “Magnum Force”, “All the President’s Men”, TV’s “Designing Women”)

Bobby Lewis – 93 years old (1925) – Singer (“Tossin’ and Turnin'”)

Barry Humphries (Dame Edna) – 84 years old (1934) – Comedian

Johnny Bush – 83 years old (1935) – Country singer (“Whiskey River”)

Jim Brown – 82 years old (1936) – Football player, actor (“The Dirty Dozen”, “tick…tick…tick”, “Rio Conchos”, “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”)

Brenda Fricker – 73 years old (1945) – Actress (“My Left Foot”)

Dodie Stevens – 72 years old (1946) – Singer (“Pink Shoe Laces”)

Rene Russo – 64 years old (1954) – Actress (“The Intern”, “Nightcrawler”, “Lethal Weapon” 3 & 4, “In the Line of Fire”, “Get Shorty”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”)

Richard Karn – 62 years old (1956) – Actor, game show host (TV’s “Home Improvement”, “Family Feud”)

Lou Diamond Phillips – 56 years old (1962) – Actor (“La Bamba”, “Stand and Deliver”, “Young Guns”, “Young Guns II”, “Courage Under Fire”, TV’s “Longmire”, “SGU Stargate Universe”, “Numb3rs”, “Wolf Lake”)

Michael Jordan – 55 years old (1963) – Basketball player

Daniel Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy) – 55 years old (1963) – Actor, comedian (TV’s “Blue Collar TV”)

Michael Bay – 53 years old (1965) – Director (“Armageddon”, “Pearl Harbor”, “Transformers”)

Denise Richards – 47 years old (1971) – Actress (“Starship Troopers”, “Wild Things”, “Drop Dead Gorgeous”, “The World Is Not Enough”, “Valentine”, TV’s “Friends”, “Denise Richards: It’s Complicated”, “Blue Mountain State”)

Billie Joe Armstrong – 46 years old (1972) – Musician (Green Day)

Taylor Hawkins – 46 years old (1972) – Drummer (Foo Fighters)

Jerry O’Connell – 44 years old (1974) – Actor (“Piranha 3D”, “Kangaroo Jack”, “Stand by Me”, TV’s “The Defenders”, “Crossing Jordan”, “Sliders”)

Bryan White – 44 years old (1974) – Singer (“Someone Else’s Star”)

Jason Ritter – 38 years old (1980) – Actor (TV’s “Girls”, “Parenthood”, “Gravity Falls”, “Drunk History”, “Joan of Arcadia”) John Ritter’s son

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 37 years old (1981) – Actor (TV’s “3rd Rock From the Sun”, movies “Inception”, “50/50”, “Premium Rush”, “500 Days of Summer”, “Looper”, “Don Jon”)

Paris Hilton – 37 years old (1981) – Socialite

Ed Sheeran – 27 years old (1991) – Singer



My Way Day

Random Acts Of Kindness Day

World Human Spirit Day

World Pangolin Day


For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

My goal is to keep you informed and/or entertained on a regular basis. Maybe you'll learn something new, or just get that much needed laugh. My topics will include a wide range of subjects....from what's going on in the world, to places I've been, things I've seen, or even just a fun video that I've found online. Check back often to see what I've posted.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *