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Calendar for February 17th, 2014

Washington's Birthday (observed)

Today, we mark the birthday of president George Washington, born on February 22, 1732. When the Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect in 1971, the federal observance of Washington’s Birthday was moved from George Washington’s birth date, February 22, to the third Monday in February, making for a three-day weekend for many workers. Several states, however, have officially named this day Presidents’ Day to honor both Washington and Lincoln (whose birthday was on February 12, 1809), or all U.S. presidents. You will find an excellent overview of all our presidents, including brief biographies of them and information about their families, at the official Web site of the White House .

1620s

  • 1621: Myles Standish appointed commander of Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts

  • 1650s

  • Born 1653: Arcangelo Corelli (composer)

  • 1860s

  • 1864: Confederate H. L. Hunley was first submarine to sink a warship (USS Housatonic)

  • 1865: Columbia, South Carolina, burned by Union Army (U.S. Civil War)

  • 1870s

  • 1876: First sardines canned in Maine

  • Born 1879: Dorothy Canfield Fisher (author)

  • 1890s

  • 1897: The National Congress of Mothers, later known as the PTA, founded

  • 1900s

  • Died 1909: Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache leader)

  • Born 1909: Marjorie Lawrence (opera singer)

  • 1910s

  • 1913: Marcel Duchamp's painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, outraged viewers

  • Died 1919: Wilfred Laurier (8th Prime Minister of Canada)

  • 1930s

  • 1933: First publication of Newsweek magazine

  • 1950s

  • Born 1954: Rene Russo (actress)

  • Born 1956: Richard Karn (actor, game show host)

  • 1960s

  • 1960: Elvis Presley awarded his first gold album for "Elvis"

  • 1961: 9-pound 6-ounce chain pickerel caught near Homerville, Georgia

  • Born 1963: Michael Jordan (basketball player)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1974: Jerry O'Connell (actor)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1980: Jason Ritter (actor)

  • Born 1981: Paris Hilton (heiress)

  • Died 1982: Thelonious Monk (jazz pianist)

  • Died 1982: Lee Strasberg (actor and director)


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