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  • 1-17-1675

    Frenicle de Bessy died in Paris, France, where he was a member of Mersenne's circle of correspondents and solved number theory problems posed by Fermat.

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    Frenicle de Bessy
  • 1-17-1706

    Benjamin Franklin, American scientist, born in Boston, Massachusetts.

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    Benjamin Franklin
  • 1-17-1868

    Birthdate of Louis Couturat, a French logician whose historical researches led to the publication of Leibniz's logical works in 1903.

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    Louis Couturat
    Gottfried Leibniz
  • 1-17-1954

    Leonard Eugene Dickson died in Harlingen, Texas. A prolific researcher, he also completed three of four anticipated volumes on the history of number theory.

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  • 1-17-1974

    Hewlett-Packard (HP) introduced the first programmable calculator, the HP-65.

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    HP-65

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