Today in History for 17th February 2019

Historical Events

1670 – France and Bavaria sign military assistance treaty
1926 – Avalanche buries 75 in Sap Gulch, Bingham, Utah; 40 die
1957 – A fire at a home for the elderly in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72 people.
1983 – Bob Bourne fails on 8th Islander penalty shot
1984 – Biathletes Eirik Kvalfoss of Norway and West German Peter Angerer finish 2nd and 3rd respectively in the relay at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; both have complete sets of medals from biathlon events at the Games
1985 – Laffit Pincay Jr is third to ride 6,000th winners at Santa Anita

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Famous Birthdays

1675 – Johann Melchior Conradi, composer
1888 – Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Stern-Gerlach-experiment, Nobel 1943)
1904 РLuis A. Ferr̩, Puerto Rican industrialist and politician (Governor of Puerto Rico, 1969-73), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2003)
1933 – Bobby Lewis, singer (Tossin’ and Turnin’), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
1964 – Buster Olney, American sports columnist
1973 – Drew Barry, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)

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Famous Deaths

1624 – Juan de Mariana, Spanish historian (b. 1536)
1943 – Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (b. 1872)
1966 – Hans Hofmann, German/US painter (Search for the Real), dies at 85
2007 – Jurga IvanauskaitÄ—, Lithuanian writer (b. 1961)
2016 – Tony Phillips, American MLB player (Oakland Athletics), dies at 56
2017 – Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author of Polyhedron models, dies at 97

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