February 17

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.



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.

1864 – Dmitri Mendeleev sorted elements by weights and properties and developed the first Periodic Table.

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.

2004 – The Michigan Senate passed a bill forbidding mothers from breastfeeding their children in the front seat of a car.

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.



Brenda Fricker – 79 years old (1945) – Actress (“My Left Foot”)

Dodie Stevens – 78 years old (1946) – Singer (“Pink Shoe Laces”)

Rene Russo – 70 years old (1954) – Actress (“The Intern”, “Nightcrawler”, “Lethal Weapon” 3 & 4, “In the Line of Fire”, “Get Shorty”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”)

Richard Karn – 68 years old (1956) – Actor, game show host (TV’s “Home Improvement”, “Family Feud”)

Lou Diamond Phillips – 62 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 – 61 years old (1963) – Basketball player

Daniel Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy) – 61 years old (1963) – Actor, comedian (TV’s “Blue Collar TV”)

Michael Bay – 59 years old (1965) – Director (“Armageddon”, “Pearl Harbor”, “Transformers”)

Denise Richards – 53 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 – 52 years old (1972) – Musician (Green Day)

Taylor Hawkins – 52 years old (1972) – Drummer (Foo Fighters)

Jerry O’Connell – 50 years old (1974) – Actor (“Piranha 3D”, “Kangaroo Jack”, “Stand by Me”, TV’s “The Defenders”, “Crossing Jordan”, “Sliders”)

Bryan White – 50 years old (1974) – Singer (“Someone Else’s Star”)

Jason Ritter – 44 years old (1980) – Actor (TV’s “Girls”, “Parenthood”, “Gravity Falls”, “Drunk History”, “Joan of Arcadia”)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 43 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 – 43 years old (1981) – Socialite

Ed Sheeran – 33 years old (1991) – Singer



My Way Day

National Cabbage Day

National Public Science Day

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

National Red Sock Day

National Tennis Pro Day

World Human Spirit Day

World Pangolin Day


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

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