January 17th Events

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January 17th, 2038 (January 17 2038)EventOctavian marries Livia Drusilla.
January 17th, 2007 (January 17 2007)EventThe Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
January 17th, 2002 (January 17 2002)EventMount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
January 17th, 2001 (January 17 2001)EventPresident Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis rank from Lieutenant to Captain.Bill Clinton Quotes
January 17th, 1998 (January 17 1998)EventPaula Jones accuses President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment.Bill Clinton Quotes
January 17th, 1997 (January 17 1997)EventA Delta 2 carrying a GPS2R satellite explodes 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad.
January 17th, 1996 (January 17 1996)EventThe Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
January 17th, 1995 (January 17 1995)EventThe Great Hanshin earthquake: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits near Kobe, Japan, causing extensive property damage and killing 6,434 people.
January 17th, 1994 (January 17 1994)Event1994 Northridge Earthquake: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California.
January 17th, 1991 (January 17 1991)EventGulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning. Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.
January 17th, 1991 (January 17 1991)EventHarald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V.
January 17th, 1989 (January 17 1989)EventStockton massacre: Patrick Purdy opens fire with an assault rifle at the Cleveland Elementary School playground, killing five children and wounding 29 others and one teacher before taking his own life.
January 17th, 1985 (January 17 1985)EventBritish Telecom announces the retirement of the United Kingdom s red telephone boxes.
January 17th, 1982 (January 17 1982)Event"Cold Sunday" in the United States would see temperatures fall to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities.
January 17th, 1977 (January 17 1977)EventConvicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by a firing squad in Utah, ending a ten-year moratorium on Capital punishment in the United States.
January 17th, 1973 (January 17 1973)EventFerdinand Marcos becomes "President for Life" of the Philippines.
January 17th, 1966 (January 17 1966)EventA B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, dropping four 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea in the Palomares hydrogen bombs incident.
January 17th, 1961 (January 17 1961)EventPresident 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".Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
January 17th, 1950 (January 17 1950)EventThe Great Brinks Robbery11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car Company s offices in Boston, Massachusetts.
January 17th, 1949 (January 17 1949)EventThe Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs.
January 17th, 1946 (January 17 1946)EventThe UN Security Council holds its first session.
January 17th, 1945 (January 17 1945)EventSoviet forces capture the almost completely destroyed Polish city of Warsaw.
January 17th, 1945 (January 17 1945)EventThe Nazis begin the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces close in.
January 17th, 1945 (January 17 1945)EventSwedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg disappears in Hungary while in Soviet custody.
January 17th, 1941 (January 17 1941)EventKuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-Shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II.
January 17th, 1929 (January 17 1929)EventPopeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Crisler Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
January 17th, 1917 (January 17 1917)EventThe United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
January 17th, 1913 (January 17 1913)EventRaymond Poincare is elected President of France.
January 17th, 1912 (January 17 1912)EventSir Robert Falcon Scott (Scott of the Antarctic) reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.Robert South Quotes
January 17th, 1904 (January 17 1904)EventAnton Chekhov s The Cherry Orchard receives its premiere performance at the Moscow Art Theatre.
January 17th, 1899 (January 17 1899)EventThe United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
January 17th, 1893 (January 17 1893)EventThe Citizen s Committee of Public Safety, led by Lorrin A. Thurston overthrows the government of Queen Liliuokalani of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
January 17th, 1885 (January 17 1885)EventA British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan.
January 17th, 1873 (January 17 1873)EventA group of Modoc warriors defeat the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War.
January 17th, 1852 (January 17 1852)EventThe United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.
January 17th, 1799 (January 17 1799)EventMaltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots were executed.
January 17th, 1781 (January 17 1781)EventAmerican Revolutionary War: Battle of CowpensContinental troops under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan defeat British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton at the battle in South Carolina.
January 17th, 1773 (January 17 1773)EventCaptain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
January 17th, 1648 (January 17 1648)EventEngland s Long Parliament passes the Vote of No Addresses, breaking off negotiations with King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War.
January 17th, 1605 (January 17 1605)EventFirst publication of Don Quixote.
January 17th, 1595 (January 17 1595)EventHenry IV of France declares war on Spain.
January 17th, 1562 (January 17 1562)EventFrance recognizes the Huguenots under the Edict of Saint-Germain.
January 17th, 1524 (January 17 1524)EventBeginning of Giovanni da Verrazzano s voyage to find a passage to China.
January 17th, 1377 (January 17 1377)EventPope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
January 17th, 1287 (January 17 1287)EventKing Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca.

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