1933 - Newsweek magazine begins publication.
1913 - First minimum wage law in US takes effect (Oregon)
1904 - Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly" had its world premiere at La Scala in Milan, Italy.
1878 - First telephone exchange in San Francisco opens with 18 phones
1801 - Thomas Jefferson became the 3rd US President
This Day In Business
2011 - IBM's Watson computer beats Jeopardy's best contestants ever, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter - and it wasn't even close.
1982 - Thelonious Monk, the founder of bebop and modern jazz, dies.
1870 - After the bloody U.S. civil war, Mississippi becomes 9th state re-admitted.
1998 - The USA Women's Ice Hockey team defeats Canada to win their first ever gold medal.
February 17th Holiday
Random Acts of Kindness Day - Celebrated by many to promote the value of kindness, also used for fundraisers and as an educational event.
Today's Birthday Trivia
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Today's Birthday Horoscope
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