Historical Events for 17th February 2021

1461 – Wars of the Roses: Second Battle of St Albans – Lancastrian army defeats Yorkists and recaptures King Henry VI
1818 – Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents “draisine” (early bicycle)
1905 – Frances Willard becomes 1st women honored in National Statuary Hall
1926 – Avalanche buries 75 in Sap Gulch, Bingham, Utah; 40 die
1940 – Altmark Incident: Crew of the British destroyer “Cossack” board German “Altmark” in Jøssingfjord, Norway, releasing 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass
1943 – NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio enlists into the US army
1976 – “Rockabye Hamlet” opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 7 performances
1989 – 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone “hole”
2002 – 44th Daytona 500: Ward Burton’s win first for Dodge since Richard Petty’s victory in the 1974 race
2013 – 62nd NBA All-Star Game, Toyota Centre, Houston, TX: West beats East, 143-138; MVP: Chris Paul, LA Clippers, G

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