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FEBRUARY 17

1781 René Laennec (French Physician Who Invented the Stethoscope) René Laennec Medicine Inventors and Inventions
Sports Figures
1908 Red Barber (Mississippi-born Broadcaster; Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Red Barber Journalism Radio Baseball Hall of Fame
1936 Jim Brown (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Professional Football hall of Fame) Jim Brown Famous African American Sports Figures Football Hall of Fame
1959 Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines (Florida-born Member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame) Florida Sports Figures Swimming 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Official Web Site
1963 Michael Jordan (New York City-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Michael Jordan Famous African American Sports Figures Basketball
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1898 Frances E. Willard (New York-born Temperance and Women's Suffrage Activist) New York Political and Social Leaders Drugs and Substance Abuse Women's Rights Women's Suffrage Concordia
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1889 White Sox Baseball Player-turned-Evangelist, Billy Sunday, First Preaches in Chicago Chicago Iowa Political and Social Leaders Baseball Religion Concordia
1968 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Opens in Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield, Massachusetts Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
Jean-Claude Killy Wins His Third Gold Medal in Alpine Skiing at the Grenoble Winter Olympics French Sports Figures Skiing 1968 Winter Olympic Games New York Times
1985 In Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. William DeVries, Implants the Third Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart Louisville, Kentucky Medical Research Artificial Hearts Intellihealth
1996 8.2 Magnitude Earthquake and Tsunami Kill 108 in Indonesia's Irian Jaya Region Indonesia Earthquakes Tsunami Death USGS
Garry Kasparov Defeats IBM's Deep Blue Chess-playing Computer Garry Kasparov Computer Technology Chess New York Times
1998 U.S. Women's Hockey Team Wins Gold at 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics Japan 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics Ice Hockey CNN
2002 Chris Witty Wins a Gold Medal in Speed Skating's 1000m at the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games in World Record Time of 1:13.82 Wisconsin Sports Figures Speed Skating 2002 Winter Olympics Wisconsin Historical Society

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