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This Day In History: Feb. 17

This Day in History

1600: Italian Renaissance thinker Giordano Bruno is burned at the stake as a heretic for his philosophical ideas.
1897: The National Congress of Mothers, which later becomes the PTA, is founded.
1913: Modern art is brought to America by the opening of the New York Armory Show.
1916: The U.S. sends a formal note to Turkey protesting the massacre of Armenians.
1945: In World War II, American forces retake the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines from the Japanese.
1964: The Supreme Court orders that congressional districts must have equal populations.
1998: The U.S. team takes the gold medal in the first-ever Olympic women's ice hockey competition.
2004: Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry edges North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, 40%-34% in the Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary.

Today's Birthdays

1908: Red Barber, sportscaster (Columbus, OH; died 1992)
1924: Margaret Truman, mystery writer and daughter of Pres. Harry Truman (Independence, MO)
1925: Hal Holbrook, actor (Cleveland, OH)
1929: Chaim Potok, novelist (New York, NY; died 2002)
1930: Ruth Rendell, mystery writer (England)
1934: Alan Bates, actor (Allestree, England; died 2003)
1936: Jim Brown, football running back (St. Simons Island, GA)
1945: Brenda Fricker, actress (Dublin, Ireland)
1954: Rene Russo, actress (Burbank, CA)
1956: Richard Karn, actor (Seattle, WA)
1962: Lou Diamond Phillips, actor (Philippines)
1963: Michael Jordan, basketball player (Brooklyn, NY)
1967: Michelle Forbes, actress (Austin, TX)


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