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Notable Historical Events for February 17th

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

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

1837Charles Lyell makes his presidential address to the Geographical Society, London and announces that Richard Owen has concluded from Darwin's fossils that extinct species were related to current species in the same locality

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

1836HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Tasmania

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

1969Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released.

1913NY Armory Show introduces Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp to US public

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

1923Ottawa Senator Cy Denneny becomes NHL's all time scorer (143 goals)

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Notable Birthdays on February 17th

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

1955Mo Yan, Chinese novelist

1981Paris Hilton, American actress and heiress

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

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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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