Today in History for 17th February 2020

Historical Events

1934 – 1st high school auto driving course offered (State College, Penn)
1965 – US-Japan baseball relations suspended over Masanori Murakami dispute
1979 – Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99)
1983 – Netherlands adopts constitution
1985 – 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
1996 – Garry Kasparov defeats Deep Blue 4-2 in chess

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Famous Birthdays

1718 – Matthew Tilghman, American Continental Congressman (d. 1790)
1740 – Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist
1752 – Friedrich M Klinger, German playwright (Wirrwarr)
1936 – Barry Jarman, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper in 60’s)
1962 – David McComb, Australia, vocalist/songwriter (Triffids)
1982 – Brian Bruney, American baseball player

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Famous Deaths

1609 – Ferdinando I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, dies at 59
1688 – Rev James Renwick, hanged in Scotland for being a Presbyterian
1951 – Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, Armenian composer, dies at 94
1987 – Verree Teasdale, actress (Skyscraper Souls), dies
1990 – Hap Day, Canadian ice hockey player and manager (b. 1901)
2017 – Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author of Polyhedron models, dies at 97

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