On this day: February 17

Published: Jan 29 2014 12:57:23 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 17 2015 02:00:00 AM EST

A submarine sinks a ship for the first time, "Madame Butterfly" premieres, the comic strip "B.C." debuts, the Basketball Hall of Fame opens, and Danica Patrick wins pole position at the Daytona 500, all on this day.

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2013: Danica Patrick becomes the first woman to win pole position for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, earning the front starting spot for the Daytona 500. A week later, she finished eighth in the actual race, making her the highest placing female driver in the history of the race, which has been run since 1959.

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