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1863 The International Red Cross was founded in Geneva.
1897 The forerunner of the National PTA, the National Congress of Mothers, convened its first meeting in Washington.
1913 The Armory Show, a landmark modern art exhibit, opened in New York City.
1933 Newsweek magazine was first published by Thomas J.C. Martyn under the title "News-Week."
1947 The Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.
1959 the United States launched Vanguard 2, a satellite which carried meteorological equipment.
1964 The Supreme Court, in Wesberry v. Sanders, ruled that congressional districts within each state had to be roughly equal in population.
1972 President Richard M. Nixon departed the White House with his wife, Pat, on a historic trip to China.
In The Star
Feb. 17, 1939, in The Star: Gov. Frank M. Dixon late this afternoon was expected to sign the bill giving Anniston a three-man commission form of government. After he signs the bill he must within 10 days name the members of the commission, a body which will succeed the present City Council. Immediate commission form of government was provided for in the amendment that recently passed both chambers of the Alabama Legislature. The law setting up the commission form had been passed several years previous, but the amendment expanded the population range of cities to which it applies, thereby giving Anniston the opportunity to institute that form. Also this date: E. A. McBride, superintendent of the Talladega County school system and president of the AEA, said one of the challenges for those responsible for allocating money to Alabama public schools is that 47 percent of the state’s population is of school age. Because of the high percentage, the per capita spending figures in Alabama don’t compare favorably to other states, he said. “There is a certain ratio between purchasing power and intelligence. We must educate the children of Alabama before we can expect great progress,” he said.
Feb. 17, 1989, in The Star: State Sen. Jim Preuitt, two days after losing in the Democratic party primary that put Glen Browder and Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford at the top of the heap, said he’s not going to support either man in the party runoff election — especially not Browder, Alabama’s secretary of state. “I don’t think people really realize how liberal (Browder) is,” Preuitt said. State Sen. Gerald Dial expressed similar sentiments when he said he’d not be helping out, either. At issue is who will serve in the 3rd District congressional seat vacated by the death of conservative Democrat Bill Nichols. Also this date: A local firm, Eugene Turner General Contractor Inc., has been given the job of building the new Cobb Elementary School, the Anniston Board of Education decided last night after reviewing all bids. The $2.5 million project is to be finished for a fall 1990 opening of the school year.
Birthdays for February 17
Actor Hal Holbrook is 89. Actor-comedian Barry Humphries (aka "Dame Edna") is 80. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 79. Actress Christina Pickles is 79. Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 78. Actress Mary Ann Mobley is 77. Actress Rene Russo is 60. Actor Richard Karn is 58. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 52. Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 51. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 51. Movie director Michael Bay is 50. Actress Denise Richards is 43. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 42. Actor Jerry O'Connell is 40. Country singer Bryan White is 40. Actress Kelly Carlson is 38. Actor Ashton Holmes is 36. Actor Jason Ritter is 34. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 33. Actor Chord Overstreet (Glee) is 25.
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