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February 17th In Pop Culture History

1621 - Myles Standish was appointed as first commander of the English Plymouth Colony in North America.

1859 - Dmitri Mendeleev began creating what we now call The Periodic Table.

1904 - Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly premiered at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy. It was one of the first world-wide pop culture event 'hits'.

1933 - The magazine Newsweek was published for the first time. In October 2012, it was announced that Newsweek would cease print publication with the December 31, 2012.

1933 - Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead in Chic Young’s popular comic strip, Blondie.

February 17, 1936 - The Phantom, Comic Strip

1953 - Bwana Devil, an early 3D movie, was released in theaters.

1958 - Pope Pius XII designated St. Clare of Assisi the patron saint of television.

1959 - Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite was launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.

1965 - Joan Rivers made her first guest appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.

1968 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened in Springfield, MA

1972 - With the 15,007,034th Volkswagen Beetle coming off the assembly line, the VW Beetle broke the world car production record held for more than four decades by the Ford Motor Company's Model T, which was in production from 1908 and 1927.

1979 - A Prairie Home Companion premiered on Minnesota Public Radio.

1995 - Colin Ferguson was convicted of the 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings and received a 200+ year sentence to jail

1996 - In the final game of a six-game match, world chess champion Garry Kasparov defeated Deep Blue, IBM’s chess-playing computer, and won the match, 4-2. But in 1997, Deep Blue defeated Kasparov in a rematch.

2001 - # 1 Hit February 17, 2001 - February 23, 2001: Outkast - Ms. Jackson

2009 - 368 US Television stations permanently shut off their analog transmission signals, becoming digital.

February 17, 2012 - Radio Rebel aired on The Disney Channel

February 17th Celebrity Birthdays

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William Cadbury (1867)
Henrietta P "Hetty" Beck (1888)
Anita Stewart (1895)
Johan Kaart (1897)
Buster Crabbe (1907)
Staats Cotsworth (1908)
Walter L "Red" Barber (1908)
Marc Lawrence (1910)
Arthur Honnicutt (1911)
Arthur Kennedy (1914)
Wayne Morris (1914)
Raf Vallone (1916)
Jock Mahoney (1919)
Kathleen Freeman (1919, d.2001)
Tommy Edwards (1922)
Hal Holbrook (1925)
Marta Romero (1928)
Patricia Routledge (1929)
Buck Trent (1932)
Bobby Lewis (1933)
Alan Bates (1934)
Barry Humphries (1934)
Johnny Bush (1935)
Christina Pickles (1935)
Jim Brown (1936)
Mickey McGill (1937)
Mary Ann Mobley (1939)
John Leyton (1939)
Gene Pitney (1941)
Brenda Fricker (1945)
Patricia Morrow (1945)
Andrew Dussollier (1946)
Zina Bethune (1946, d.2012)
Ben Cramer (1947)
Dallas Adams (1947)
Dodie Stevens (1947)
Jose Jose (1948)
Fred Frith (1949)
Rick Medlocke (1950)
Rene Russo (1954)
Richard Karn (1956)
Loreena McKennitt (1957)
Heidi Hagman (1958)
Dave McComb (1962)
Lou Diamond Phillips (1962)
Dan Reed (1963)
Michael Jordan (1963)
Larry The Cable Guy (1963)
Clayton Prince (1965)
Michael Bay (1965)
Melissa Brooke-Belland (1966)
Quorthon (1966, d.2004)
Michael Lepond (1966)
Michelle Forbes (1967)
Chante Moore (1967)
Patrick Uterwijk (1968)
Traci Adell (1969)
Tuesday Knight (1969)
Tim Mahoney (1970)
Dominic Purcell (1970)
Jeremy Edwards (1971)
Denise Richards (1971)
Ralphie May (1972)
Billie Joe Armstrong (1972)
Taylor Hawkins (1972)
Valeria Mazza (1972)
Jerry O'Connell (1974)
Bryan White (1974)
Wish Bone (1975)
Kelly Carlson (1976)
Jason Ritter (1980)
Paris Hilton (1981)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (1982)
Anne Curtis (1985)
Sandra Nilsson (1986)
Chord Overstreet (1989)
Bonnie Wright (1991)
Ed Sheeran (1991)
Meaghan Jette Martin (1992)
Sasha Pieterse (1996)

Sonicare did a poll about toothbrushes in 2007. They found out that 54% of Americans would use the toothbrush after it fell on the floor.

9% said they woul use it after it fell in a toilet!

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