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Wednesday 15 February 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Susan B. Anthony Day (Florida, United States)

Events

  • 2001 – The first draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.
  • 1972 – Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
  • 1961 – Sabena Flight 548 crashes in Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team along with several of their coaches and family members.
  • 1954 – Canada and the United States agree to construct the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska.
  • 1949 – Gerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux begin excavations at Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves, where they will eventually discover the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • 1946 – ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
  • 1901 – The association football club Alianza Lima is founded in Lima, Peru, under the name Sport Alianza.
  • 1898 – The battleship USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing 274. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain.
  • 1891 – Allmänna Idrottsklubben (AIK) (Swedish Sports Club) is founded.
  • 1879 – Women's rights: US President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 1870 – Stevens Institute of Technology is founded in New Jersey, USA and offers the first Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
  • 1835 – The first constitutional law in modern Serbia is adopted.
  • 1493 – While on board the Niña, Christopher Columbus writes an open letter (widely distributed upon his return to Portugal) describing his discoveries and the unexpected items he came across in the New World.

Births

  • 1982 – Shameka Christon, American basketball player
  • 1981 – Matt Hoopes, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1980 – Conor Oberst, American singer-songwriter
  • 1976 – Brandon Boyd, American singer-songwriter
  • 1975 – Brendon Small, American animator, producer, screenwriter, and actor
  • 1974 – Miranda July, American actress, director, and screenwriter
  • 1973 – Amy van Dyken, American swimmer
  • 1971 – Alex Borstein, American actress, voice artist, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1971 – Renee O'Connor, American actress, director, and producer
  • 1970 – Shepard Fairey, American artist and activist
  • 1969 – Birdman, American rapper and producer
  • 1964 – Chris Farley, American comedian and actor (d. 1997)
  • 1964 – Leland D. Melvin, American engineer and astronaut
  • 1964 – Mark Price, American basketball player and coach
  • 1960 – Darrell Green, American football player
  • 1958 – Matthew Ward, American singer-songwriter
  • 1957 – Jake E. Lee, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1957 – Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver and sportscaster
  • 1955 – Christopher McDonald, American actor
  • 1955 – Janice Dickinson, American model, agent, and author
  • 1954 – Matt Groening, American animator, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1953 – Tony Adams, Irish-American screenwriter and producer (d. 2005)
  • 1951 – Jane Seymour, English-American actress, producer, and jewelry designer
  • 1951 – Melissa Manchester, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1949 – Ken Anderson, American football quarterback and coach
  • 1948 – Art Spiegelman, Swedish-American cartoonist and critic
  • 1947 – John Adams, American composer
  • 1947 – Marisa Berenson, American model and actress
  • 1945 – Douglas Hofstadter, American author and academic
  • 1945 – Jack Dann, American-Australian author and poet
  • 1941 – Brian Holland, American songwriter and producer
  • 1940 – John Hadl, American football player and coach
  • 1937 – Gregory Mcdonald, American author (d. 2008)
  • 1935 – Gene Hickerson, American football player (d. 2008)
  • 1935 – Roger B. Chaffee, American lieutenant, engineer, and astronaut (d. 1967)
  • 1935 – Susan Brownmiller, American journalist and author
  • 1934 – Abe Woodson, American football player and minister (d. 2014)
  • 1929 – James R. Schlesinger, American economist and politician, 12th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 2014)
  • 1928 – Joseph Willcox Jenkins, American composer, conductor, and educator (d. 2014)
  • 1928 – Norman Bridwell, American author and illustrator, created Clifford the Big Red Dog (d. 2014)
  • 1927 – Harvey Korman, American actor and comedian (d. 2008)
  • 1925 – Angella D. Ferguson, American pediatrician
  • 1924 – Robert Drew, American director and producer (d. 2014)
  • 1922 – John B. Anderson, Swedish-American lawyer and politician
  • 1920 – Endicott Peabody, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • 1919 – Ducky Detweiler, American baseball player and manager (d. 2013)
  • 1918 – Allan Arbus, Jewish-American actor and photographer (d. 2013)
  • 1918 – Hank Locklin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2009)
  • 1916 – Mary Jane Croft, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1914 – Hale Boggs, American lawyer and politician (d. 1972)
  • 1914 – Kevin McCarthy, Jewish-Irish American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1907 – Cesar Romero, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1905 – Harold Arlen, Jewish-American composer (d. 1986)
  • 1899 – Gale Sondergaard, Danish-American actress (d. 1985)
  • 1892 – James Forrestal, American lieutenant and politician, 1st United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1949)
  • 1883 – Sax Rohmer, English-American author (d. 1959)
  • 1861 – Martin Burns, American wrestler and coach (d. 1937)
  • 1845 – Elihu Root, American lawyer and politician, 38th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1937)
  • 1825 – Carter Harrison, Sr., American lawyer and politician, 29th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1893)
  • 1820 – Susan B. Anthony, American suffragist and activist (d. 1906)
  • 1812 – Charles Lewis Tiffany, American businessman, founded Tiffany & Co. (d. 1902)
  • 1809 – Cyrus McCormick, American journalist and businessman, co-founded International Harvester (d. 1884)
  • 1797 – Henry E. Steinway, German-American businessman, founded Steinway & Sons (d. 1871)
  • 1739 – Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, French architect, designed the Paris Bourse (d. 1813)
  • 1734 – William Stacy, American colonel (d. 1802)
  • 1725 – Abraham Clark, American surveyor, lawyer, and politician (d. 1794)
  • 1612 – Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, French soldier, founded Montreal (d. 1676)
  • 1519 – Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, first Spanish Governor of Florida (d. 1574)

Deaths

  • 2016 – George Gaynes, Finnish-American actor (b. 1917)
  • 2016 – Vanity, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (b. 1959)
  • 2015 – Arnaud de Borchgrave, American journalist and author (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Thelma Estrin, American computer scientist and engineer (b. 1924)
  • 2010 – Jeanne M. Holm, American general (b. 1921)
  • 2008 – Johnny Weaver, American wrestler and sportscaster (b. 1935)
  • 2007 – Ray Evans, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2007 – Walker Edmiston, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 2005 – Samuel T. Francis, American historian and journalist (b. 1947)
  • 2002 – Howard K. Smith, American journalist and actor (b. 1914)
  • 1999 – Big L, American rapper (b. 1974)
  • 1999 – Henry Way Kendall, American physicist and mountaineer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)
  • 1998 – Martha Gellhorn, American journalist and author (b. 1908)
  • 1996 – McLean Stevenson, American actor (b. 1929)
  • 1992 – William Schuman, American composer and academic (b. 1910)
  • 1988 – Richard Feynman, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 1984 – Avon Long, American actor and singer (b. 1910)
  • 1984 – Ethel Merman, American actress and singer (b. 1908)
  • 1981 – Mike Bloomfield, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 1973 – Tim Holt, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1973 – Wally Cox, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 1967 – Antonio Moreno, Spanish-American actor and director (b. 1887)
  • 1965 – Nat King Cole, American singer and pianist (b. 1919)
  • 1961 – Laurence Owen, American figure skater (b. 1944)
  • 1932 – Minnie Maddern Fiske, American actress and playwright (b. 1865)
  • 1905 – Lew Wallace, American general and politician, 11th Governor of New Mexico Territory (b. 1827)
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