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FEBRUARY 17

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1804 The First Steam Locomotive, the Penydarren, Is Given a Test Run Great Britain Steam Engines Railroad Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1805 The City of New Orleans Is Incorporated and Its First Election Is Held New Orleans Elections Historic Firsts Louisiana Secretary of  State
1817 Baltimore Is First U.S. City Lit by Gas Baltimore, Maryland U.S. History Historic Firsts New York Times
1827 Chester Stone Receives the First U.S. Patent for a Washing Machine Inventors and Inventions Patents and Trademarks History of Technology Historic Firsts USPTO
1864 Confederate Hunley Is First Sub to Sink an Enemy Ship: The Union Housatonic American Civil War Naval History Historic Firsts Alabama Almanac
1870 Wyoming's Esther Hobart Morris Is First Woman to be Appointed Justice of the Peace Wyoming Political and Social Leaders Law & Legal Resources Women Historic Firsts Wyoming State Government
1894 The Seattle Branch of the Young Women's Christian Association Is Founded Seattle, Washington Women Historic Firsts YWCA of Seattle History Link
1897 National Congress of Mothers (precursor of PTA) Meets in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Parents and Parenting The National PTA Historic Firsts New York Times
1904 Puccini's Opera Madame Butterfly Premieres in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala Giacomo Puccini Opera Historic Firsts New York Times American Public Media
1934 The First Driver's Ed Course Offered at State College High School, PA Pennsylvania Automobiles Education Historic Firsts History Channel
1959 U.S. Launches Vanguard 2 Rocket with Earth-Orbiting Satellite to Measure Cloud Distribution Space Exploration Earth & Environmental Science Clouds NASA
1965 NASA Launches the Ranger 8 Spacecraft to Photograph the Lunar Surface Up to Impact Space Exploration Lunar Exploration Photography NASA

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