17 February 2013

Timeline February 17 & 18

February 17
1621  Myles Standish was appointed as first commander of Plymouth colony.
1874  Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the American industrialist who built IBM, was born.
1919  Wilfrid Laurier, 7th Prime Minister of Canada, died.

February 18
1546  Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, died.
1564  The artist Michelangelo died in Rome.
1677  Jacques Cassini, French astronomer, was born.
1745  Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and inventor, was born.
1848  Louis Comfort Tiffany, a craftsman and designer who made significant advancements in the art of glass making, was born.
1930  Photographic evidence of Pluto was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz. Originally classified as a planet, the icy rock was downgraded to "dwarf planet" in 2006.

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