The Brighter Side of History - February 17

1621 Miles Standish appointed first commander of Plymouth colony More ...
1691 Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service More ...
1776 First volume of Gibbon's "Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire" published
1801 House breaks electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson President over Burr More ...
1817 First US city lit by gas (Baltimore)
1818 Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle) More ...
1827 Chester Stone patented a washing machine
1864 Confederate sub "HL Hunley" sinks Union ship "Housatonic" More ...
1867 First ship passes through Suez Canal More ...
1876 Sardines first canned (Julius Wolff-Eastport, ME)
1883 A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
1897 National Congress of Parents & Teachers (PTA) organizes (Washington, DC) More ...
1904 Giacomo Puccini’s opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres at La Scala More ...
1906 Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House More ...
1911 First amphibian flight to & from a ship, by Glenn Curtiss, San Diego More ...
1931 First telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
1933 Blondie Boopadoop marries Dagwood Bumstead More ...
1934 First high school auto driving course offered (State College, PA) More ...
1936 State record low temperature of -58° in McIntosh, SD
1943 New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio, enlists into the US army More ...
1953 Baseball star/pilot Ted Williams uninjured as plane shot down in Korea More ...
1954 Doris Day’s single, "Secret Love", became the #1 tune in the U.S. More ...
1958 Comic strip "BC" first appears More ...
1958 "Sugartime" by McGuire Sisters topped the charts More ...
1959 First weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 21.6 lbs More ...
1962 Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin" More ...
1962 Gene Chandler hit #1 with "Duke of Earl" More ...
1964 US Supreme court rules - 1 man 1 vote (Westberry vs Sanders)
1967 Beatles release "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields" More ...
1968 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield MA, opens
1968 "Love Is Blue" by Paul Mauriat topped the charts More ...
1972 President Richard Nixon departed on his historic trip to China More ...
1973 "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John topped the charts More ...
1979 "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart topped the charts More ...
1989 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone "hole" More ...
1990 "Opposites Attract" by Paula Abdul & the Wild Pair topped the charts More ...
1996 World chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," More ...
2007 Bismarck reclaims snow angel record More ...