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February 17th - Happy Birthday Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Today is Friday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2012. There are 318 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 17, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon departed the White House with his wife, Pat, on a historic trip to China, which he called "a journey for peace."

On this date:
In 364, Emperor Jovian dies after a reign of eight months. He is found dead in his tent at Tyana (Asia Minor) en route back to Constantinople in suspicious circumstances.
In 1370, Northern Crusades: Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Teutonic Knights meet in the Battle of Rudau.
In 1500, Duke Friedrich and Duke Johann attempt to subdue the peasantry of Dithmarschen, Denmark, in the Battle of Hemmingstedt.
In 1600, The philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive, for heresy, at Campo de' Fiori in Rome.
In 1621, Myles Standish is appointed as first commander of Plymouth colony.
In 1753, In Sweden February 17 is followed by March 1 as the country moves from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.
In 1801, An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.
In 1809, Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio.
In 1814, War of the Sixth Coalition: The Battle of Mormans.
In 1819, The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise for the first time.
In 1838, Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
In 1854, The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
In 1864, during the Civil War, the Union ship USS Housatonic was rammed and sunk in Charleston Harbor, S.C., by the Confederate hand-cranked submarine HL Hunley, which also sank.
In 1865, Columbia, S.C., burned as the Confederates evacuated and Union forces moved in. (It's not clear which side set the blaze.)
In 1871, The victorious Prussian Army parades though Paris, France after the end of the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
In 1897, the forerunner of the National PTA, the National Congress of Mothers, convened its first meeting, in Washington.
In 1904, the original two-act version of Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" was poorly received at its premiere at La Scala in Milan, Italy.
In 1913, The Armory Show opens in New York City, displaying works of artists who are to become some of the most influential painters of the early 20th century.
In 1924, In Miami, Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the 100 meters freestyle swimming competition with a time of 57.4 seconds.
In 1933, Newsweek was first published by Thomas J.C. Martyn under the title "News-Week."
In 1933, The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.
In 1944, World War II: The Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins. The battle ends in an American victory on February 22.
In 1944, World War II: Operation Hailstone begins. U.S. naval air, surface, and submarine attack against Truk (Chuuk), Japan's main base in the central Pacific, in support of the Eniwetok invasion.
In 1959, Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2, The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
In 1964, In Wesberry v. Sanders the Supreme Court of the United States rules that congressional districts have to be approximately equal in population.
In 1964, Gabonese president Leon M'ba is toppled by a coup and his rival, Jean-Hilaire Aubame, is installed in his place.
In 1965, Project Ranger: The Ranger 8 probe launches on its mission to photograph the Mare Tranquillitatis region of the Moon in preparation for the manned Apollo missions. Mare Tranquillitatis or the "Sea of Tranquility" would become the site chosen for the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
In 1968, In Springfield, Mass., the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.
In 1972, Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model-T.
In 1974, Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House in a stolen helicopter.
In 1978, The Troubles: The Provisional IRA detonates an incendiary bomb at the La Mon restaurant, near Belfast, killing 12 and seriously injuring 30.
In 1979, The Sino-Vietnamese War begins.
In 1986, Johnson & Johnson announced it would no longer sell over-the-counter medications in capsule form, following the death of a woman who had taken a cyanide-laced Tylenol capsule.
In 1988, Lt. Col. William Higgins, a Marine Corps officer serving with a United Nations truce monitoring group, was kidnapped in southern Lebanon by Iranian-backed terrorists (he was later slain by his captors).
In 1992, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced in Milwaukee to life in prison (he was beaten to death by a fellow inmate in Nov. 1994).
In 1995, The Cenepa War between Peru and Ecuador ends on a cease-fire brokered by the UN.
In 1996, In Philadelphia, Pa., world champion Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.
In 1996, NASA's Discovery Program begins as the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft lifts off on the first mission ever to orbit and land on an asteroid, 433 Eros.
In 1998, Nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenian troops kill 70–90 Azerbaijani civilians in the village of Qaradağlı.
In 2003, The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
In 2006, A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
In 2008, Kosovo declares independence.
In 2011, Libyan protests begin. In Bahrain, security forces launched a deadly Pre-dawn raid on protesters in Pearl Roundabout in Manama, the day is locally known as Bloody Thursday.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush opened a three-nation Asian tour in recession-wracked Japan, where he urged Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to follow through on long-promised economic reforms. The new Transportation Security Administration took over supervision of aviation security from the airline industry and the Federal Aviation Administration. Ward Burton took advantage of Sterling Marlin's blunder for his first victory in the Daytona 500. (Marlin, who appeared in control of the race, was penalized for getting out of his car and pulling briefly on a damaged fender during the stoppage.)

Five years ago: Senate Republicans foiled a Democratic bid to repudiate President George W. Bush's deployment of 21,500 additional combat troops to Iraq. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Baghdad. At Camp Pendleton, Calif., Marine Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington was sentenced to 8 years in military prison for his role in the kidnapping and killing of an Iraqi civilian. Former French Cabinet minister Maurice Papon, convicted of complicity in crimes against humanity for his role in deporting Jews during World War II, died near Paris at age 96.

One year ago: A group of Democratic Wisconsin lawmakers blocked passage of a sweeping anti-union bill, refusing to show up for a vote and then abruptly leaving the state in an effort to force Republicans to the negotiating table. Iowa high school wrestler Joel Northrup defaulted on his first-round state tournament match rather than face Cassy Herkelman, one of the first girls ever to qualify for the event, saying that wrestling a girl would conflict with his religious beliefs.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Hal Holbrook is 87. Mystery writer Ruth Rendell is 82. Singer Bobby Lewis is 79. Actor-comedian Barry Humphries (aka "Dame Edna") is 78. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 77. Actress Christina Pickles is 77. Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 76. Actress Mary Ann Mobley is 73. Actress Brenda Fricker is 67. Actress Rene Russo is 58. Actor Richard Karn is 56. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 50. Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 49. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 49. TV personality Rene Syler is 49. Movie director Michael Bay is 48. Singer Chante Moore is 45. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 42. Actor Dominic Purcell is 42. Olympic gold medal skier Tommy Moe is 42. Actress Denise Richards is 41. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 40. Drummer Taylor Hawkins (The Foo Fighters) is 40. Actor Jerry O'Connell is 38. Country singer Bryan White is 38. Actress Kelly Carlson is 36. Actor Ashton Holmes is 34. Actor Jason Ritter is 32. TV personality Paris Hilton is 31. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 31. Actor Chord Overstreet (TV: "Glee") is 23. Actress Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films) is 21. Actress Meaghan Martin is 20.

Other notable birthdays, Feb. 17:
1930, Roger Craig, American baseball player and manager
1948, Rick Majerus, American basketball coach
1948, Don Scardino, American television director and actor
1959, Rowdy Gaines, American swimmer
1959, Neil Lomax, American football player
1962, Samuel Bayer, American music video director
1964, Buster Olney, American sports columnist
1966, Luc Robitaille, Canadian ice hockey player
1968, Bryan Cox, American football player
1969, Tuesday Knight, American actress
1972, Ralphie May, American comedian
1973, Drew Barry, American basketball player
1976, Scott Williamson, American baseball player
1979, Josh Willingham, American baseball player
1980, Al Harrington, American basketball player
1982, Brian Bruney, American baseball player
1996, Sasha Pieterse, South African/American actress

Born on this day, Feb. 17, passed away:
1893, Wally Pipp, American baseball player (d. 1965)
1908, Red Barber, American baseball announcer (d. 1992)
1910, Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (d. 1979)
1914, Arthur Kennedy, American actor (d. 1990)
1919, Kathleen Freeman, American actress (d. 2001)
1924, Margaret Truman, American novelist (d. 2008)
1934, Alan Bates, English actor (d. 2003)
1941, Gene Pitney, American singer (d. 2006)
1942, Huey P. Newton, American political activist (d. 1989)
1958, Alan Wiggins, American baseball player (d. 1991)
1962, David McComb, Australian musician (The Triffids) (d. 1999)
1963, Alison Hargreaves, British mountaineer (d. 1995)

Notable deaths, Feb. 17:
1673, Molière, French playwright (b. 1622)
1909, Geronimo, Apache leader (b. 1829)
1970, Alfred Newman, American film composer (b. 1900)
1982, Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (b. 1922)
1982, Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist (b. 1917)
1982, Lee Strasberg, Austrian-born actor (b. 1901)
1989, Lefty Gomez, American baseball player (b. 1908)
1994, Randy Shilts, American author and activist (b. 1951)
1998, Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (b. 1921)
2003, Steve Bechler, American baseball player (b. 1979)
2004, José López Portillo, President of Mexico (b. 1920)
2005, Dan O'Herlihy, Irish actor (b. 1919)
2006, Bill Cowsill, American singer (The Cowsills) (b. 1948)
2010, Kathryn Grayson, American actress and singer (b. 1922)

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Today is Sunday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2013. There are 317 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 17, 1913, the Armory Show, a landmark exhibit of European modern art, opened in New York City. (One work in the exhibit that stirred much controversy was "Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2)," an abstract painting by French artist Marcel Duchamp.)

One year ago: Congress voted to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and to renew unemployment benefits for millions more. The New York Knicks saw their seven-game winning streak with team sensation Jeremy Lin come to an end as they lost to the New Orleans Hornets, 89-85.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Hal Holbrook is 88. Mystery writer Ruth Rendell is 83. Singer Bobby Lewis is 80. Actor-comedian Barry Humphries (aka "Dame Edna") is 79. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 78. Actress Christina Pickles is 78. Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 77. Actress Mary Ann Mobley is 74. Actress Brenda Fricker is 68. Actress Rene Russo is 59. Actor Richard Karn is 57. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 51. Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 50. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 50. TV personality Rene Syler is 50. Movie director Michael Bay is 49. Singer Chante Moore is 46. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 43. Actor Dominic Purcell is 43. Olympic gold and silver medal skier Tommy Moe is 43. Actress Denise Richards is 42. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 41. Actor Jerry O'Connell is 39. Country singer Bryan White is 39. Actress Kelly Carlson is 37. Actor Ashton Holmes is 35. Actor Jason Ritter is 33. TV personality Paris Hilton is 32. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 32. Actor Chord Overstreet (TV: "Glee") is 24. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 22. Actress Meaghan Martin is 21.

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Today is Monday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2014. There are 317 days left in the year. This is Presidents' Day.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 17, 1864, during the Civil War, the Union ship USS Housatonic was rammed and sunk in Charleston Harbor, S.C., by the Confederate hand-cranked submarine HL Hunley, which also sank.

Ten years ago: John Kerry won the Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary, with John Edwards placing second and Howard Dean coming in a distant third. Cingular Wireless agreed to pay nearly $41 billion in cash to buy AT&T Wireless Services. Former Mexican president Jose Lopez Portillo died in Mexico City at age 83.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama signed a mammoth, $787 billion economic stimulus package into law in Denver; he also approved adding some 17,000 U.S. troops for the war in Afghanistan.

One year ago: Danica Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race. (Patrick covered the 2½-mile Superspeedway in [sign in to see URL] seconds, averaging [sign in to see URL] mph.) The Western Conference beat the East 143-138 in the NBA All-Star game. Mindy McCready, 37, who'd hit the top of U.S. country music charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died by her own hand in Heber Springs, Ark.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Hal Holbrook is 89. Mystery writer Ruth Rendell is 84. Singer Bobby Lewis is 81. 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 Brenda Fricker is 69. 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. TV personality Rene Syler is 51. Movie director Michael Bay is 50. Singer Chante Moore is 47. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 44. Actor Dominic Purcell is 44. Olympic gold and silver medal skier Tommy Moe is 44. 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. TV personality Paris Hilton is 33. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 33. TV host Daphne Oz (TV: "The Chew") is 28. Actor Chord Overstreet (TV: "Glee") is 25. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 23. Actress Meaghan Martin is 22.

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Today is Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2015. There are 317 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 17, 1865, during the Civil War, Columbia, S.C., burned as the Confederates evacuated and Union forces moved in. (It's not clear which side was responsible for setting the blaze, or whether it had been deliberate.)

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush named John Negroponte (neh-groh-PAHN'-tee), the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, as the government's first national intelligence director. Iraq's electoral commission certified the results of the Jan. 30 elections and allocated 140 of 275 National Assembly seats to the United Iraqi Alliance, giving the Shiite-dominated party a majority in the new parliament. Actor Dan O'Herlihy died in Malibu, Calif., at age 85.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama marked the one-year anniversary of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saying it had staved off another Great Depression and kept up to 2 million people on the job. Eight American missionaries charged with child kidnapping in Haiti were released after nearly three weeks in a Haitian jail. Americans Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso captured gold and silver in the women's Olympic downhill in Vancouver. Actress Kathryn Grayson, 88, died in Los Angeles.

One year ago: The co-pilot of an Italian-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 locked his captain out of the cockpit, commandeered the plane, then headed to Geneva, where he was arrested upon landing by Swiss authorities (no one was injured). Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold medal in ice dance at Sochi, the first Olympic title in the event for the United States. (Davis and White finished [sign in to see URL] points ahead of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, the 2010 champions.) Jimmy Fallon made his debut as host of NBC's "Tonight Show."

Today's Birthdays: Actor Hal Holbrook is 90. Mystery writer Ruth Rendell is 85. Singer Bobby Lewis is 82. Actor-comedian Barry Humphries (aka "Dame Edna") is 81. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 80. Actress Christina Pickles is 80. Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 79. Actress Brenda Fricker is 70. Actress Rene Russo is 61. Actor Richard Karn is 59. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 53. Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 52. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 52. TV personality Rene Syler is 52. Movie director Michael Bay is 51. Singer Chante Moore is 48. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 45. Actor Dominic Purcell is 45. Olympic gold and silver medal skier Tommy Moe is 45. Actress Denise Richards is 44. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 43. Actor Jerry O'Connell is 41. Country singer Bryan White is 41. Actress Kelly Carlson is 39. Actor Ashton Holmes is 37. Actor Jason Ritter is 35. TV personality Paris Hilton is 34. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 34. TV host Daphne Oz (TV: "The Chew") is 29. Actor Chord Overstreet (TV: "Glee") is 26. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 24. Actress Meaghan Martin is 23. Actress Sasha Pieterse (TV: "Pretty Little Liars") is 19.

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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2016. There are 318 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 17, 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match in Philadelphia (however, Kasparov lost to Deep Blue in a rematch in 1997).

Ten years ago: Ten U.S. service members died when a pair of Marine Corps helicopters crashed off the coast of Africa. A federal jury in New Orleans cleared Merck and Co. in the death of a 53-year-old Florida man who'd taken the painkiller Vioxx. A mudslide in the Philippines killed more than 1,000 people. Tanja Frieden of Switzerland won the Olympic women's snowboardcross, speeding past American Lindsey Jacobellis, who'd fallen on her next-to-last jump before the finish line. William Cowsill, lead singer of the family band The Cowsills, died in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at age 58.

Five years ago: A group of Democratic Wisconsin lawmakers blocked passage of a sweeping anti-union bill, refusing to show up for a vote and then abruptly leaving the state in an effort to force Republicans to the negotiating table. Iowa high school wrestler Joel Northrup defaulted on his first-round state tournament match rather than face Cassy Herkelman, one of the first girls ever to qualify for the event, saying that wrestling a girl would conflict with his religious beliefs.

One year ago: Vice President Joe Biden opened a White House summit on countering extremism and radicalization, saying the United States needed to ensure that immigrants were fully included in the fabric of American society to prevent violent ideologies from taking root at home.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Hal Holbrook is 91. Singer Bobby Lewis is 83. Actor-comedian Barry Humphries (aka "Dame Edna") is 82. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 81. Actress Christina Pickles is 81. Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 80. Actress Brenda Fricker is 71. Actress Rene Russo is 62. Actor Richard Karn is 60. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 54. Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 53. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 53. TV personality Rene Syler is 53. Movie director Michael Bay is 52. Singer Chante Moore is 49. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 46. Actor Dominic Purcell is 46. Olympic gold and silver medal skier Tommy Moe is 46. Actress Denise Richards is 45. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 44. Actor Jerry O'Connell is 42. Country singer Bryan White is 42. Actress Kelly Carlson is 40. Actor Ashton Holmes is 38. Actor Jason Ritter is 36. TV personality Paris Hilton is 35. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 35. TV host Daphne Oz (TV: "The Chew") is 30. Actor Chord Overstreet is 27. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 25. Actress Meaghan Martin is 24. Actress Sasha Pieterse is 20.

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Today is Friday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2017. There are 317 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 17, 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting in Russian to the Soviet Union.

Ten years ago: Senate Republicans foiled a Democratic bid to repudiate President George W. Bush's deployment of 21,500 additional combat troops to Iraq. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Baghdad. At Camp Pendleton, California, Marine Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington was sentenced to 8 years in military prison for his role in the kidnapping and killing of an Iraqi civilian (he was released early in Aug. 2007). Former French Cabinet minister Maurice Papon (pa-PAWN'), convicted of complicity in crimes against humanity for his role in deporting Jews during World War II, died near Paris at age 96.

Five years ago: Congress voted to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and to renew unemployment benefits for millions more. The New York Knicks saw their seven-game winning streak with team sensation Jeremy Lin come to an end as they lost to the New Orleans Hornets, 89-85.

One year ago: A three-way feud among the GOP's leading White House contenders escalated, with Ted Cruz daring Donald Trump to sue him for defamation and dismissing Marco Rubio's charges of dishonesty during a CNN forum just days before South Carolina's high-stakes primary. Travis Hittson, a former Navy crewman, was executed in Georgia for killing a fellow sailor, Conway Utterbeck. A jury in Los Angeles acquitted an Ohio man of stalking actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Today's Birthdays — Feb. 17: Actor Hal Holbrook is 92. Actor-comedian Barry Humphries (aka "Dame Edna") is 83. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 82. Actress Christina Pickles is 82. Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 81. Actress Brenda Fricker is 72. Actress Rene Russo is 63. Actor Richard Karn is 61. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 55. Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 54. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 54. TV personality Rene Syler is 54. Movie director Michael Bay is 53. Singer Chante Moore is 50. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 47. Actor Dominic Purcell is 47. Olympic gold and silver medal skier Tommy Moe is 47. Actress Denise Richards is 46. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 45. Actor Jerry O'Connell is 43. Country singer Bryan White is 43. Actress Kelly Carlson is 41. Actor Ashton Holmes is 39. Actor Conrad Ricamora (TV: "How to Get Away With Murder") is 38. Actor Jason Ritter is 37. TV personality Paris Hilton is 36. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 36. TV host Daphne Oz (TV: "The Chew") is 31. Actor Chord Overstreet is 28. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 26. Actress Meaghan Martin is 25. Actress Sasha Pieterse is 21.

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Today is Saturday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2018. There are 317 days left in the year.



Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 17, 1968, the original Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, located on the campus of Springfield College in Massachusetts, was opened to the public.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush rejected proposed Democratic changes to his prized AIDS relief program, issuing a challenge to Congress from Tanzania to "stop the squabbling" and renew it as is. (Bush signed a compromise version into law in July 2008.) Kosovo declared itself a nation in defiance of Serbia and Russia. Ryan Newman snapped an 81-race winless streak, giving car owner Roger Penske his first Daytona 500 victory. The East beat the Western Conference 134-128 in the NBA All-Star Game played in New Orleans.



Five years ago: Danica Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race. (Patrick covered the 2½-mile Superspeedway in [sign in to see URL] seconds, averaging [sign in to see URL] mph. A week later, Jimmie Johnson won the race, while Patrick finished eighth.) The Western Conference beat the East 143-138 in the NBA All-Star game played in Houston. Mindy McCready, 37, who'd hit the top of U.S. country music charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died by her own hand in Heber Springs, Ark.



One year ago: Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency; Pruitt was sworn in later in the day by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Making his debut on the world stage, Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Germany, looking to reassure skeptical allies in Europe about U.S. foreign policy under President Donald Trump, who had made his "America First" mantra a centerpiece of his new administration.



Today's Birthdays — Feb. 17: Actor Hal Holbrook is 93. Actor-comedian Barry Humphries (aka "Dame Edna") is 84. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 83. Actress Christina Pickles is 83. Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown is 82. Actress Brenda Fricker is 73. Actress Becky Ann Baker is 65. Actress Rene Russo is 64. Actor Richard Karn is 62. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 56. Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 55. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 55. TV personality Rene Syler is 55. Movie director Michael Bay is 54. Singer Chante Moore is 51. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 48. Actor Dominic Purcell is 48. Olympic gold and silver medal skier Tommy Moe is 48. Actress Denise Richards is 47. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 46. Rock musician Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) is 46. Actor Jerry O'Connell is 44. Country singer Bryan White is 44. Actress Kelly Carlson is 42. Actor Ashton Holmes is 40. Actor Conrad Ricamora is 39. Actor Jason Ritter is 38. TV personality Paris Hilton is 37. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 37. TV host Daphne Oz is 32. Actor Chord Overstreet is 29. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 27. Actress Meaghan Martin is 26. Actress Sasha Pieterse is 22.

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