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FEBRUARY 17

Performing Artists
1925 Hal Holbrook (Ohio-born Actor) Ohio Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database
1934 Alan Bates (English Actor) Alan Bates Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1945 Brenda Fricker (Irish Actress) Irish Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1954 Rene Russo (California-born Actress) California Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1962 Lou Diamond Phillips (American Actor) Philippino Performing Artists Actors Film Hispanic Perfroming Artists Internet Movie Database
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
1982 Lee Strasberg (Polish-American Drama Teacher) Lee Strasberg Actors Educators of Note
Thelonious Monk (North Carolina-born African-American Jazz Pianist, Composer) Thelonious Monk Jazz American Composers Noted African American Performing Artists
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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
1894 John Phillip Sousa's Band Plays in Portland, Oregon Portland, Oregon John Phillip Sousa Popular Music SalemOregon.com
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
1972 15,007,034th VW Beetle Breaks Ford Model T Production Record Volkswagen Economics & Business History Channel
1996 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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