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Notable Historical Events for February 17th

1836HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Tasmania

1621Myles Standish is elected as the first commander of the Plymouth Colony

1859Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Napoli

1989Former baseball player/manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash

1940Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia

1962Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis

1885Bismarck gives Carl Peters' firm management of East-Africa

1904Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly," premieres in Milan

1943-19] Hitler visits fieldmarshal von Mansteins hq in Zaporozje

1932Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music," premieres in NYC

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Notable Birthdays on February 17th

1972Billie Joe Armstrong, Oakland California, singer/musician (Green Day)

1963Michael Jordan, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls) and sports superstar

1936Jim Brown, St. Simons Georgia, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)

1981Paris Hilton, American actress and heiress

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Notable Weddings on February 17th

1950Natural history broadcaster David Attenborough (24) weds Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel

1955Novelist J. D. Salinger (36) weds Claire Douglas

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Notable Deaths on February 17th

1909Geronimo [one who yawns], Apache chief, dies at 79

1918Wilfrid Laurier, Canadian PM (1896-1911), dies

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