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HISTORY: On this day February 17-23, 2019 (week 08) infographic

On this day February 17-23, 2019

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February 17-23, 2019 -- Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features the Periodic Table of chemical elements,India’s “Bandit Queen”, Thomas Edison, riots in the Ukranian capital Billy Graham Jr, Woolworth’s stores and the origin of lawn tennis.

February 17, 1869: Dmitri Mendeleev, by writing the chief properties of chemical elements on cards and arranging them in various ways, formulated the Periodic Table

February 18, 1994: Phoolan Devi, India’s “Bandit Queen”, was released from jail after serving 11 years. She then went into politics but was shot dead in 2001

February 19, 1878: Thomas Edison patented the phonograph, in which a large horn transmitted vibrations to a needle that scribed a recording on to a cylinder rotated by hand

February 20, 2014: More than 100 people were killed as protesters attempted to reclaim Independence Square from riot police in the heart of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev

February 21, 2018: U.S. evangelist Billy Graham Jr., influential preacher who was the first to use the medium of TV to convey the Christian message to worshippers, died at age 99

February 22, 1879: Frank Winfield Woolworth opened his first Five-and-Ten-Cent store n Utica, New York, pioneering sales and customer service practices still in use today

February 23, 1874: Major Walter Winfield patented an outdoor game he called “sphairistike”, Greek for “playing ball”, but which soon became known as lawn tennis

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