1918; Birthday of Rep. Charles A. Hayes, D-Illinois, who was born in Cairo, Illinois. In 1989, Hayes was re-elected to a fourth term in the House of Representatives. He was first elected Sept. 12, 1983.
1967; Ronald De Voe, Singer of Bell Biv DeVoe Born Boston, MA, February 17, 1967.
1997; Virginia House of Delegates votes unanimously to retire the state song, “Carry me back to old virginia” , a tune which glorifies slavery.
1891; A. C. Richardson, a black inventor, invented the churn, patent #466,470
1936; James Nathaniel Brown, 63, Pro Football Hall of Fame Fullback, Born February 17, 1936 in St. Simons Island, GA
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