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Notable Historical Events on January 17th

1821Mexico permits Moses Austin & 300 US families to settle in Texas, after his death leaves to son Stephen

1994Actress Elizabeth Taylor released from the hospital after hip treatment

1864General longstreet's command ends heavy fighting at Dandridgem TN

1904Anton Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard" opens at Moscow Art Theater

1954Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)

1998President Clinton faces sexual harrament charges from Paula Jones

1960Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational

1914Gerhart Hauptmann's "Der Bogen des Odysseus," premieres in Berlin

1773Capt James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33' S)

1970Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s

200027th American Music Award: Shania Twain & Will Smith win

1997NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman

19161st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Siwanoy CC Bronxville NY

1938Joseph P. Kennedy becomes the 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

1963Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA

1912Robert Scott expedition arrives at South Pole, 1 month after Amundsen

1987US President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran

1933Bradman takes second Test wicket, Hammond, bowled

1976"I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1

1966Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago

January 17th Historical Events
Date Event
1287
King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca. 
1377
Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon. 
1501
Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna 
1524
Beginning of Giovanni da Verrazzano's voyage to find a passage to China. 
1536
Francois Rabelais absolved of apostasy by Pope Paul III 
1562
Edict of St Germain recognizes Huguenots in France 
1584
Bohemia adopts Gregorian calendar 
1595
French King Henri IV declares war on Spain 
1601
France gains Bresse, Bugey, Valromey & Gex in treaty with Spain 
1656
Brandenburg & Sweden sign Treaty of Königsberg 
1718
Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switz; kills 53 
1746
Battle of Falkirk Muir, the Jacobites under Charles Stuart defeat Hanoverian forces. 
1757
German Diet declares war on Prussia 
1773
Capt James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33' S) 
1775
9 old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvests, Kalisk, Pol 
1775
R B Sheridan's "Rivals," premieres in London 
1779
Captain Cook's last notation in ship's log Discovery 
1799
Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, was executed. 
1821
Mexico permits Moses Austin & 300 US families to settle in Texas, after his death leaves to son Stephen 
1827
Duke of Wellington appointed British supreme commander 
1832
Johannes van den Bosch appointed gov-gen of Dutch-Indies 
1852
British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa) 
1861
Flush toilet patented by Mr Thomas Crapper 
1862
-Jan 22nd) BBT Ft Henry, TN by USS Lexington 
1863
Civil War skirmish near Newtown, Virginia 
1864
General longstreet's command ends heavy fighting at Dandridgem TN 
1871
1st cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873) 
1873
A group of Modoc warriors defeat the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War. 
1874
Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction 
1882
1st Dutch female physician Aletta Jacobs opens office 
1885
Brits beat Mahdists at Battle of Abu Klea in Sudan 
1893
-17°F (-27°C), Millsboro, Delaware (state record) 
1893
Queen Liliuokalani deposed, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic 
1895
French president Casimir-Perier resigns 
1895
Félix Faure installed as president of France 
1899
US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific 
1904
Anton Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard" opens at Moscow Art Theater 
1905
Punchboards patented by Charles Brewer & C G Scannell, Chicago 
1911
Failed assassination attempt on premier Briand in French Assembly 
1911
Percy Mackaye's "Scarecrow," premieres in NYC 
1912
Robert Scott expedition arrives at South Pole, 1 month after Amundsen 
1913
Raymond Poincaré elected president of France 
1914
Gerhart Hauptmann's "Der Bogen des Odysseus," premieres in Berlin 
1915
Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's Hospital in Amsterdam opens 
1915
Russia occupies Bukovina & Western Ukraine 
1916
1st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Siwanoy CC Bronxville NY 
1916
Professional Golfer Association (PGA) forms in NYC 
1917
US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands (or 3/21) 
1920
Paul Deschanel elected president of France 
1920
First day Prohibition comes into effect in the US as a result of the 18th amendment 
1923
Belgian Working people Party protest against occupied Ruhrgebied 
1923
Origin of Brown lunation numbers 
1928
1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented 
1929
Popeye makes 1st appearance, in comic strip "Thimble Theater" 
1933
Bradman takes second Test wicket, Hammond, bowled 
1934
Carl Hubbell, NL MVP winner, gets $18,000 contract by the NY Giants 
1934
Electric Home & Farm Authority incorporated 
1934
NY Giants reward MVP pitcher Carl Hubbell with $18,000 contract 
1938
Supreme Soviet elects Michail Kalinin as presidium chairman 
1938
Joseph P. Kennedy becomes the 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom 
1939
Ed Barrow is elected Yankee president succeeding deceased J Ruppert 
1941
Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-Shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II. 
1943
Tin Can Drive Day 
1944
Korvet Violet sinks U-641 in Atlantic Ocean 
1945
Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation 
1945
Gilbert Dodds, record miler (4:05.3), retires to do gospel work 
1945
The devastated city of Warsaw is cleared of German resistance by the Russians and a Polish unit fighting with them 
1945
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, arrested by secret police in Hungary 
1946
United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting 
1947
Muiden Neth ammunition factory explodes, 16 die 
1948
Netherlands & Indonesia agree to a cease fire 
1948
Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC 
1949
The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs. 
1950
"Alive & Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 perfs 
1950
The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts 
1951
China refuses ceases-fire in Korea 
1954
Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS) 
1954
NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-9 
1954
Suggs Louise wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open (Cloister) 
1955
Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage 
1957
9-county commission recommends creation of BART 
1959
"Say, Darling" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances 
1960
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational 
1960
NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-21 
1961
Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Lumumba 
1961
President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex". 
1962
A NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690 m 
1962
Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in SF 
1963
Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km 
1963
Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA 
1966
B-52/KC-135 tankers crash near Spanish coast at Palomares, 7 die 
1966
Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago 
1969
Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US 
1969
Soyuz 5 lands 
1970
357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft 
1970
AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-3 
1970
John M Burgess installed as bishop of Protestant Episcopals (Mass) 
1970
Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s 
1971
Super Bowl V: Balt Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB 
1971
At a party conference in Dublin, Sinn Féin end their 65 year abstentionist policy and agree that any elected representative could take their seat at the Dáil 
1972
Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd 
1972
Seven men who were held as internees escape from the prison ship HMS Maidstone in Belfast Lough, North Ireland 
1973
City of Amsterdam decides to support Hanoi 
1973
New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life 
1974
Styne, Comdem & Green's musical "Lorelei," premieres in NYC 
1976
"I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1 
1976
Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency 
1977
KC releases Tommy Davis, ends an 18-year career with 10 teams 
1977
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 24-14 
1977
Zaire president Mobutu visits Belgium 
1979
NY Islanders didn't get a shot off in 1 period against NY Rangers 
1979
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
1980
NASA launches Fltsatcom-3 
1980
Dunmurry train explosion: a Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, killing three and injuring five (including the bombers) 
1981
Philippino president Marcos ends state of siege 
1982
"Cold Sunday" in the United States would see temperatures fall to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities. 
1983
10th American Music Award: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John 
1983
Alabama Gov George C Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time 
1983
Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians 
1984
Supreme Court rules (5-4) oks private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws 
1985
Azharuddin scores second Test century in second Test (v England) 
1986
Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
1987
US President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran 
1988
"Teddy & Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances 
1988
Leslie Manigay elected president of Haiti 
1988
"The Fumble", trailing 38-31 with 1:12 left in the AFC Championship Game, the Browns' Earnest Byner fumbled at the Denver 3-yard line, sending the Broncos to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance 
1989
Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach 
1989
Gunman opens fire in California schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded 
1989
Murden & Metz are 1st women to reach South Pole overland (on skis) 
1989
Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami 
1990
5th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards: Bobby Darin 
1990
Dave Stewart signs record $3,500,000 per year Oak A's contract 
1990
Who, Simon & Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, 4 Tops, Hank Ballard, Platters & 
1990
Kinks inducted into Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 
1991
Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles on Israel 
1991
Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title 
1991
Operation Desert Storm begins-US led allies vs Iraq 
1991
Operation Desert Storm: 1st US pilot shot down (Jeffrey Zahn) 
1991
Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V. 
1992
Sarah Ferguson attends dinner of Everglades club (club excludes Jews) 
1993
14th ACE Cable Awards: Bravo! wins the Golden CableACE for its dedication to films, cultural arts and performing arts programming 
1993
Russian Irina Privalova cycles world record 300m indoor (35.45") 
1994
6.6 Earthquake hits Los Angeles killing 60, $30B in damage 
1994
Actress Elizabeth Taylor released from the hospital after hip treatment 
1995
"Carousel" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 322 performances 
1995
7.2 earthquake destroys Kobe Japan (5,372 die) 
1995
Australia beat Australia A 2-0 to win the World Series Cup 
1995
LA Rams announce that they are moving to St Louis 
1996
The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union. 
1996
Iraq agrees to talks concerning a UN plan to allow for the Iraqi sale of $1 billion of oil; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes 
1997
NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman 
1998
President Clinton faces sexual harrament charges from Paula Jones 
1999
"The Miss", Minnesota Viking placekicker Gary Anderson had become the first kicker in history to finish the regular season without missing a field goal or extra point attempt, but misses a field goal late in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game, allowing the Atlanta Falcons to tie the game and eventually win it in overtime 
2000
27th American Music Award: Shania Twain & Will Smith win 
2001
President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain. 
2001
OPEC agrees at a meeting of ministers in Vienna, to reduce members' oil production quotas by 1.5 million barrels per day 
2002
Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people. 
2007
The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing. 
2010
A dragon boat from Chung Ling High School capsizes and collides with a tugboat amid strong currents in Penang, Malaysia, killing 6 people and injuring 12 
2013
106 people are massacred by Syrian army forces in Homs 
2013
33 people are killed by a series of bombs across Iraq 
2013
4 people are killed and over 2,000 are evacuated after a massive flood hits Jakarta, Indonesia 
2013
8 people are killed in a plane crash in Chiapas, Mexico 
2013
Japan unveils plans to build the world's largest wind farm near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 
2014
21 people are killed in a suicide bombing in a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan 
2016
Cardinals Beat Packers in Overtime to Advance in NFC 
2016
Iran announces release of 5 Americans after sanctions lifted 
2016
Broncos Defeat Battered Steelers to Advance in AFC 
2016
China expected to post worst annual growth in 25 years 
2016
The 62 richest people have as much wealth as half the world 
2016
US to pay Iran $1.7 billion in legal settlement 
2016
3 American contractors missing in Iraq 
2017
Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Is Called Off After Nearly 3 Years 
2017
Gunman Kills 5 at International Music Festival in Mexico 
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