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 This day in History - February 17
447 Historic Events for February 17
1697

Louis-Maurice de La Pierre, composer

Birth
1699

Hans Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, German architect (Sanssouci)

Birth
1714

Parliament of Paris accepts Pope Clemens XI's "Unigenitus" degree

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1715

Antoine Galland, French interpreter, dies at 68

Death
1723

Tobias Mayer, "method of lunars" for longitude determination

Birth
1732

Louis Marchand, composer, dies at 63

Death
1740

Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist

Birth
1747

Narciso Casanovas, composer

Birth
1752

Friedrich M Klinger, German playwright (Wirrwarr)

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1754

Jan Jachym Kopriva, composer

Birth
1758

John Pinkerton, Scottish historian

Birth
1772

1st partition of Poland-Russia and Prussia, joined later by Austria

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1774

Raphaelle Peale, US, painter (After the Rain-1823)

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1776

1st volume of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of Roman Empire" published

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1781

Ren‚-Th‚ophile-Hyacinthe Lannec, France, inventor (stethoscope)

Birth
1791

Messier catalogs M83 (spiral galaxy in Hydra)

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1795

Thomas Seddal harvests 8.3-kg potato from his garden Chester, England

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1796

Giovanni Pacini, composer

Birth
1796

James Macpherson, poet, dies

Death
1801

House breaks electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson pres over Burr

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1803

Louis R E prince de Rohan-Gu‚men‚, archbisp of Straatsburg, dies at 68

Death
1804

Christian Ernst Graf, composer, dies at 80

Death
1804

Samuel Read Anderson, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1883

Birth
1815

Franz Gotz, composer, dies at 59

Death
1816

Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, composer

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