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On This Day: February 17th

This is 48th day of the year and 317 days remain in the year.

in history
1600
Italian philospher, alchemist, and Copernican theory advocate Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for heresy by the Inquisition.
1801
The electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr was broken by the House of Representatives who elected Jefferson president.
1817
Baltimore became the first U.S. city lit by gas.
1864
The Confederate submarine Hunley, equipped with an explosive at the end of a protruding spar, rammed and sank the Union's ship Housatonic off the coast of Charleston, S.C.
1904
Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly premiered in Milan.
1972
President Richard Nixon left on his trip to China.
1996
Chess champion Garry Kasparov beat the IBM computer, Deep Blue, winning the six-game match.
2008
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.
February 17 BirthdaysMichael Jordan1963–, American Basketball Player.
Thomas John Watson, Sr.industrialist and philanthropist
Samuel Sidney McClureeditor and publisher
Jim Brownfootball player
Arcangelo Corellicomposer and violinist



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