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Tuesday 14 February 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Statehood Day (Arizona, United States)
  • Statehood Day (Oregon, United States)

Events

  • 2000 – The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.
  • 1990 – The Voyager 1 spacecraft takes the photograph of planet Earth that later become famous as Pale Blue Dot.
  • 1983 – United American Bank of Knoxville, Tennessee collapses. Its president, Jake Butcher, is later convicted of fraud.
  • 1979 – In Kabul, Setami Milli militants kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.
  • 1961 – Discovery of the chemical elements: Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized at the University of California.
  • 1949 – The Knesset (Israeli parliament) convenes for the first time.
  • 1945 – World War II: Navigational error leads to the mistaken bombing of Prague, Czechoslovakia by an American squadron of B-17s assisting in the Soviet's Vistula–Oder Offensive.
  • 1945 – World War II: On the first day of the bombing of Dresden, the British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces begin fire-bombing Dresden.
  • 1920 – The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago.
  • 1912 – The US Navy commissions its first class of diesel-powered submarines.
  • 1903 – The United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established (later split into the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor).
  • 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone, as does Elisha Gray.
  • 1855 – Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas.
  • 1852 – Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, the first hospital in England to provide in-patient beds specifically for children, is founded in London.
  • 1849 – In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken.
  • 1804 – Karađorđe leads the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Kettle Creek is fought in Georgia.
  • 1778 – The United States flag is formally recognized by a foreign naval vessel for the first time, when French Admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte renders a nine gun salute to USS Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones.

Births

  • 1993 – Shane Harper, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1988 – Asia Nitollano, American singer and dancer
  • 1985 – Tyler Clippard, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Brad Halsey, American baseball player (d. 2014)
  • 1980 – Josh Senter, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1978 – Richard Hamilton, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Robert J. Jackson Jr., American Corporate & Securities Law Professor
  • 1973 – Steve McNair, American football player (d. 2009)
  • 1973 – Tyus Edney, American basketball player and coach
  • 1972 – Drew Bledsoe, American football player and coach
  • 1972 – Rob Thomas, American singer-songwriter
  • 1970 – Sean Hill, American ice hockey player
  • 1968 – Jules Asner, American model and television host
  • 1968 – Scott McClellan, American civil servant and author, 25th White House Press Secretary
  • 1967 – Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Greek-English businessman, founded easyJet
  • 1964 – Valente Rodriguez, American actor and producer
  • 1963 – John Marzano, American baseball player (d. 2008)
  • 1960 – Jim Kelly, American football player and businessman
  • 1960 – Meg Tilly, American actress and author
  • 1959 – Renée Fleming, American soprano and actress
  • 1957 – Alan Hunter, American television host and actor
  • 1956 – Dave Dravecky, American baseball player
  • 1956 – Howard Davis, Jr., American boxer and trainer (d. 2015)
  • 1955 – Carol Kalish, American publisher (d. 1991)
  • 1951 – Terry Gross, American radio host and producer
  • 1950 – Roger Fisher, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1948 – Kitten Natividad, Mexican-American actress and dancer
  • 1948 – Pat O'Brien, American journalist and author
  • 1948 – Teller, American magician and actor
  • 1947 – Judd Gregg, American lawyer and politician, 76th Governor of New Hampshire
  • 1947 – Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1975)
  • 1946 – Gregory Hines, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 2003)
  • 1945 – Rod Masterson, American lieutenant and actor (d. 2013)
  • 1944 – Carl Bernstein, American journalist and author
  • 1943 – Aaron Russo, American director and producer (d. 2007)
  • 1943 – Eric Andersen, American singer-songwriter
  • 1943 – Maceo Parker, American saxophonist
  • 1942 – Andrew Robinson, American actor and director
  • 1942 – Michael Bloomberg, American businessman and politician, 108th Mayor of New York City
  • 1941 – Donna Shalala, American academic and politician, 18th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • 1941 – Paul Tsongas, American lawyer and politician (d. 1997)
  • 1940 – James Maynard, American businessman, co-founded Golden Corral
  • 1939 – Blowfly, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2016)
  • 1939 – Eugene Fama, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1939 – Razzy Bailey, American country music singer-songwriter ans musician
  • 1937 – Magic Sam, American singer and guitarist (d. 1969)
  • 1934 – Florence Henderson, American actress and singer (d. 2016)
  • 1931 – Bernie Geoffrion, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2006)
  • 1931 – Brian Kelly, American actor and director (d. 2005)
  • 1929 – Vic Morrow, American actor and director (d. 1982)
  • 1928 – Vicente T. Blaz, American general and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1928 – William Allain, American soldier and politician, 58th Governor of Mississippi (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Jay Hebert, American golfer (d. 1997)
  • 1921 – Hugh Downs, American journalist, game show host, and producer
  • 1917 – Herbert A. Hauptman, American mathematician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)
  • 1916 – Edward Platt, American actor (d. 1974)
  • 1913 – James Pike, American bishop (d. 1969)
  • 1913 – Jimmy Hoffa, American trade union leader (d. 1975)
  • 1913 – Mel Allen, American sportscaster (d. 1996)
  • 1913 – Woody Hayes, American football player and coach (d. 1987)
  • 1911 – Willem Johan Kolff, Dutch physician and inventor (d. 2009)
  • 1907 – Johnny Longden, English-American jockey and trainer (d. 2003)
  • 1905 – Thelma Ritter, American actress and singer (d. 1969)
  • 1903 – Stuart Erwin, American actor (d. 1967)
  • 1900 – Jessica Dragonette, American singer (d. 1980)
  • 1898 – Fritz Zwicky, Swiss-American physicist and astronomer (d. 1974)
  • 1894 – Jack Benny, American actor and producer (d. 1974)
  • 1891 – Katherine Stinson, American aviator (d. 1977)
  • 1882 – John Barrymore, American actor (d. 1942)
  • 1859 – George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., American engineer, inventor of the Ferris wheel (d. 1896)
  • 1847 – Anna Howard Shaw, American physician, minister, and activist (d. 1919)
  • 1846 – Julian Scott, American soldier and drummer, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1901)
  • 1838 – Margaret E. Knight, American inventor (d. 1914)
  • 1824 – Winfield Scott Hancock, American general and politician (d. 1886)
  • 1819 – Christopher Latham Sholes, American journalist and politician, invented the typewriter (d. 1890)
  • 1800 – Emory Washburn, American historian, lawyer, and politician, 22nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1877)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Steven Stucky, American composer and academic (b. 1949)
  • 2015 – Louis Jourdan, French-American actor and singer (b. 1921)
  • 2015 – Philip Levine, American poet and academic (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Jim Fregosi, American baseball player and manager (b. 1942)
  • 2014 – Mike Stepovich, American lawyer and politician, Governor of Alaska Territory (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Glenn Boyer, American historian and author (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Ronald Dworkin, American philosopher and scholar (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – T.L. Osborn, American evangelist and author (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter (b. 1925)
  • 2011 – George Shearing, English-American pianist and composer (b. 1919)
  • 2010 – Doug Fieger, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1952)
  • 2009 – Bernard Ashley, English engineer and businessman, co-founded Laura Ashley plc (b. 1926)
  • 2009 – Louie Bellson, American drummer and composer (b. 1924)
  • 1999 – Buddy Knox, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1933)
  • 1999 – John Ehrlichman, American lawyer and politician, 12th White House Counsel (b. 1925)
  • 1995 – Michael V. Gazzo, American actor and playwright (b. 1923)
  • 1994 – Christopher Lasch, American historian and critic (b. 1932)
  • 1989 – James Bond, American ornithologist and zoologist (b. 1900)
  • 1988 – Frederick Loewe, German-American composer (b. 1901)
  • 1979 – Adolph Dubs, American lieutenant and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Afghanistan (b. 1920)
  • 1975 – Julian Huxley, English biologist and eugenicist, co-founded the World Wide Fund for Nature (b. 1887)
  • 1969 – Vito Genovese, Italian-American mob boss (b. 1897)
  • 1967 – Sig Ruman, German-American actor (b. 1884)
  • 1959 – Baby Dodds, American drummer (b. 1898)
  • 1950 – Karl Guthe Jansky, American physicist and engineer (b. 1905)
  • 1948 – Mordecai Brown, American baseball player and manager (b. 1876)
  • 1929 – Thomas Burke, American sprinter, coach, and lawyer (b. 1875)
  • 1891 – William Tecumseh Sherman, American general (b. 1820)
  • 1881 – Fernando Wood, American merchant and politician, 73rd Mayor of New York City (b. 1812)
  • 1870 – St. John Richardson Liddell, American general (b. 1815)
  • 1808 – John Dickinson, American lawyer and politician 5th Governor of Delaware (b. 1732)
  • 1744 – John Hadley, English mathematician, invented the octant (b. 1682)
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