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 This day in History - February 17
447 Historic Events for February 17
1924

Oskar Merikanto, composer, dies at 55

Death
1924

Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds)

Event
1925

Hal Holbrook, Cleveland, actor (All the President's Men, Mark Twain)

Birth
1925

Fritz Behrendt, German/Dutch cartoon character (The Slogan)

Birth
1926

Friedrich Cerha, composer

Birth
1926

Lee Hoiby, Madison Wisconsin, composer (1957 Arts and Letters)

Birth
1926

Avalanche buries 75 in Sap Gulch Bingham Utah, 40 die

Event
1926

Tennis star Suzanne Lenglen beats Helen Wills in their only match

Event
1929

John Read, cricketer (batted in 17 Tests for Eng for 463 runs), dies

Death
1929

Chaim Potok, NYC, novelist (Promise)

Birth
1929

Yasser Arafat, PLO-leader (Achille Lauro, Nobel 1994)

Birth
1930

French govt of Tardieu, falls

Event
1930

Usko Merilainen, composer

Birth
1931

Hockey's Hershey Bears (now with AHL) 1st game

Event
1931

1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)

Event
1932

Buck Trent, Spartanburg SC, banjoist/singer (Hee Haw)

Birth
1932

Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music," premieres in NYC

Event
1932

Frans Gailliard, Belgian painter/graphic artist (Egina), dies at 70

Death
1933

Bobby Lewis, rocker (Tossin' and Turnin')

Birth
1933

Craig Thomas, (Rep-R-Wyoming)

Birth
1933

Henri[cus A] Viotta, Dutch composer (Handbook of Music), dies at 84

Death
1933

Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead in the comic Blondie

Event
1933

1st issue of "Newsweek" magazine published

Event
1933

Marinus van der Lubbe arrives in Glindow, at Potsdam

Event
1933

US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition

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