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 This day in History - February 17
447 Historic Events for February 17
1817

1st US city lit by gas (Baltimore)

Event
1818

Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle)

Event
1820

Henri Vieuxtemps, Verviers Belgium, composer/teacher (Brussels Cons)

Birth
1824

William Farrar "Baldy" Smith, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1903

Birth
1827

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Swiss educator, dies at 81

Death
1831

Francisco Salvador Daniel, composer

Birth
1836

HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Tasmania

Event
1837

Sam[uel] van Houten, Dutch (lib) minister (child labor laws)

Birth
1837

Francis Jay Herron, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1902

Birth
1841

Ferdinando Carulli, composer, dies at 70

Death
1841

Dutch ex-king Willem I marries Henriette d'Oultremont de W‚gimont

Event
1844

A Montgomery Ward, found mail-order business (Montgomery Ward)

Birth
1847

William Collins, landscape painter, dies

Death
1848

Toscane gets liberal Constitution

Event
1849

Selwyn Image, Bodiam Sussex, painter

Birth
1850

Anton Urspruch, composer

Birth
1850

Ludwig Bonvin, composer

Birth
1852

Micha Joseph Levenson, Hebrew poet, dies

Death
1853

Jaroslav Vrchlicky, [Emil Fr¡da], Czech poet (1 night on Karlstein)

Birth
1854

British recognize independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)

Event
1854

Hugues F R de Lamennais, French priest/writer, dies at 71

Death
1854

Friedrich A Krupp, German arms manufacturer

Birth
1855

Otto Liman von Sanders, German general in Turkey (WW I)

Birth
1856

John Braham, singer/composer, dies at 81

Death
1856

Heinrich Heine, German poet, dies at 58 in Paris

Death