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Day in Engineering History Archive February 17

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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in this article, there is a lot of wrong information that is repeated hundreds of times because most websites do not validate with authoritative sources. On RF Cafe, events with hyperlinks have been verified.
Please submit significant historical events and dates for inclusion in these lists. I will be glad to include your name and birthday. Please do not submit your death date ;-) A couple years ago, I began commemorating the birthdays of notable people and events with special RF Cafe logos. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where the person or event occurred.

February 17

Vanguard II - 1st Weather Satellite - Launched.  Please click here to visit RF Cafe.

1843: Department store magnate Aaron Montgomery Ward was born. 1933: Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead three years after Chic Young’s popular strip first debuted. 1936: Hiram Percy Maxim, co-founder of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), was born. 1953: Baseball star/pilot Ted Williams was uninjured when his F9F jet plane was shot down in Korea. 1959: The first weather satellite, Vanguard II, was launched. 1979: China invaded Vietnam. 1996: Gary Kasparov defeated Deep Blue, IBM's chess-playing computer.