17 February It happened today…….
1856 Death of German poet and writer Heinrich Heine.
1883 The vacant/engaged door sign is patented.
1909 Death of Geronimo.
1934 Birth of Australian entertainer Barry Humphries, creator of Dame Edna Everidge.
1972 The VW Beetle outsells the Ford Model T, selling 15 million to date.
1982 Death of Jazz pianist Thelonius Monk.