This Day in History for 17th January (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 162 of 162

1972 - Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd
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)
Musician Barry ManilowMusician Barry Manilow 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
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan 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
Actress Elizabeth TaylorActress Elizabeth Taylor 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.
1997 - NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman
1998 - President Clinton faces sexual harrament charges from Paula Jones
42nd US President Bill Clinton42nd US President Bill Clinton 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.
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.
Singer Shania TwainSinger Shania Twain 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 287

1910 - Michael Economides, restaurateur
1911 - Hermann Pfrogner, Austria, musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
1911 - Luis W Alvarez, US, physicist (sub atomic, Nobel 1968) [or Jun 13]
1912 - Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer
1913 - Werenfried [Flip] van Straaten, founder (Oostpriesterhulp)
1913 - Yuvraj of Patiala, cricketer (scored 24 & 60 in only Test India v Eng)
1914 - Anacleto Angelini, Chilean businessman (d. 2007)
1916 - Joel Herron, Chicago Ill, orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show)
1917 - Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, (MGR), Indian film star, politician
1917 - Oskar Morawetz, Svetla Czechoslovakia, composer
1917 - Ulyses Simpson Kay, composer
1917 - Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
1918 - Joseph Walker Barr, banker/politician
1920 - Joseph George Handy Hendleman, musician
1920 - Nora Kaye, NYC, prima ballerina
1921 - Dehl Berti, Pueblo Colo, actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise)
1921 - Antonio Prohias, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)
1922 - Betty White, Oak Park, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls)
1922 - Luis Echeverria Alvarez, president Mexico
1922 - Nicholas Katzenbach, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lawyer (US Attorney General), (d. 2012)
1923 - Onno Molenkamp, Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift)
1923 - Carol Raye, Australian actress
1924 - Jewel Plummer Cobb, educator/pres (California State U at Fullerton)
1925 - A H Kardar, cricketer (Pak 1st Test capt, prev played for India)
1925 - Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias)
1925 - Duane Hanson, US sculptor
1925 - Robert Cormier, American author (d. 2000)
1925 - Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher and K.K.K. member
1926 - Clyde Walcott, cricketer (one of the three W's, later ICC chairman)
1926 - Moira Shearer, Dunfermline Scotland, ballerina (Red Shoes)
1926 - Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer
1926 - Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and statesman
1927 - Donald Erb, Youngstown, Ohio, composer
1927 - Eartha Kitt, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman)
1927 - Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer
1927 - Dr Tom Dooley, American humanitarian (d. 1961)
1928 - Ken Archer, cricketer (Australian batsman, 5 Tests early 50s)
Hairdresser Vidal SassoonHairdresser Vidal Sassoon (1928) 1928 - Vidal Sassoon, London, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sasson), (d. 2012)
1928 - Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973)
1929 - Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Quebec, NHL goaltender (#1)
1929 - Jacques Plante, Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie (first to wear a goaltender mask)
1930 - Bill Benyon, English large landowner/Conservative Lower house leader
1930 - Robert Ceely, composer
1930 - Eddie LeBaron, American football player
1931 - Frederick Alfred Fox, composer
1931 - James Earl Jones, Miss, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man)
Ice Hockey Goaltender Jacques PlanteIce Hockey Goaltender Jacques Plante (1929) 1931 - L Douglas Wilder, (Gov-D-Va)
1931 - Don Zimmer, American baseball coach
1933 - Aga Khan, religious leader (Muslims)
1933 - Bruno Schroder, British baron/banker/multi-millionaire
1933 - Dalida, Cairo, actress/singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day)
1933 - Sheree North, [Dawn Bethel], LA, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show)
1933 - Yolande Christina Dalida, Cairo Egypt
1934 - Donald Cammell, film director
1934 - Shari Lewis, Bronx NY, ventriloquist/puppeteer (Lamb Chop)
1934 - Sydney Phillip Hodkinson, composer
1935 - Jimmy Powell, Dallas TX, PGA golfer (1990 Southwestern Bell Classic)
1935 - Paul O[sborne] Williams, US, sci-fi author (Ends of the Circle)
1935 - Ruth Ann Minner, Governor of Delaware
1936 - Jerry Fogel, Rochester NY, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-Law, White Shadow)
1938 - John Bellairs, US, sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)
1939 - Antao D'Souza, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in six Tests 1959-62)
1939 - Maury Povich, TV host (Current Affair, Maury)/Mr Connie Chung
1939 - Toini Gustafson, Sweden, 5K/10K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1968)
1940 - H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
1940 - Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
1941 - Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad AliHeavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali (1942) 1942 - Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], Louisville Kentucky, heavyweight boxing champion (1964-7 74-8)
1942 - Randy Boone, Fayetteville NC, actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian)
1942 - Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist and businesswoman
1942 - Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist
1942 - Nancy Parsons, American actress (d. 2001)
1943 - Chris Montez, rocker
1943 - Daniel Charles Brandenstein, Watertown Wi, ast (STS 8, 51-G, 32, 49)
1943 - René Préval, President of Haiti
1943 - Geoffrey Deuel, American actor
1944 - Françoise Hardy, French singer
1945 - William Hart, US singer (4 Gents, Delfonics-I'm Sorry)
1945 - Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter
1946 - Michèle Deslauriers, Quebec actress
1947 - Gail Toushin, LPGA golfer
1947 - Jane Elliot, NYC, actress (Baby Boom, Gen Hospital, Knots Landing)
1947 - Todd Susman, St Louis Mo, actor (Goodnight Beantown)
1947 - Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer
1948 - Alexander "Alec" Erwin, South African worker's union leader
1948 - Mick Taylor, rock bassist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
1948 - Anne Queffélec, French pianist
1949 - Andy Kaufman, NYC, comedian/actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi)
1949 - Debbie Watson, La Mirada California, actress (Karen, Tammy)
1950 - Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer
1951 - Rolando Thoeni, Italy, slalom (Olympic-bronze-1972)
1952 - Larry Fortensky, former husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor (7th)
1952 - Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jap, rocker (Academy Award 1988, Yellow Magic Orch)
1952 - Darrell Porter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
1953 - Sheila Hutchinson, rocker
1954 - Janet Dykman, Monterey Park California, archer (Olympics-1996)
1954 - Robert F Kennedy Jr, attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council)
1954 - Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer and judge
1955 - Steve Earle, San Antonio Tx, country singer (Guitar Town)
1956 - David Caruso, actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 152 of 152

1994 - Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
1994 - Han Jansen, Dutch journalist (Volkskrant), dies at 61
1994 - Klaas Peereboom, Dutch sports reporter (Het Parool), dies at 77
1994 - Noel Chiboust, trumpeter/sax, dies at 84
1994 - Helen Stephens, American 100m runner and double Olympic champion, dies at 75
1994 - Yevgeny Ivanov, Soviet spy involved in the Profumo affair (b. 1926)
1995 - Isador Caplan, lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival pioneer, dies at 82
1995 - Urias Nooteboom, Dutch journalist/critic (The Time), dies at 54
1996 - Barbara Charline Jordan, politician, dies at 59
1996 - Charles Henry Madge, poet writer/sociologist, dies at 83
1996 - Giles William Playfair, writer, dies at 85
1996 - John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman, dies at 83
1996 - Robert Covington, drummer/singer, dies at 54
1996 - Amber Hagerman, American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)
1996 - Mostafa Sid Ahmed, Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
1997 - Andrea Fisher, artist, dies at 21
1997 - Asfa Wossen, [Amha Selassie], crown emperor of Ethiopia in exile, dies
1997 - Clyde William Tombaugh, discoverer (Pluto), dies at 90
1997 - Bert Kelly, Australian politician (b. 1912)
1998 - Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82
1999 - Robert Eads, American transsexual (b. 1945)
2000 - Philip Jones, British trumpeter (b. 1928)
2001 - Gregory Corso, American poet (b. 1930)
2002 - Bishop Karas, Sudanese-born American religious leader (b. 1955)
2002 - Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)
2002 - Queenie Leonard, American actress (b. 1905)
2003 - Richard Crenna, American actor (b. 1926)
2003 - Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
2004 - Harry Brecheen, American baseball player (b. 1914)
2004 - Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)
2004 - Ray Stark, American stage and film producer (b. 1915)
2004 - Noble [Henry] Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
2005 - Charlie Bell, Australian fast food executive (b. 1960)
2005 - Virginia Mayo, American actress (b. 1920)
2005 - Albert Schatz, American microbiologist (b. 1920)
2005 - Zhao Ziyang, Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1919)
2006 - Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer (b. 1930)
2006 - Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (b. 1925)
2007 - Art Buchwald, American humorist (b. 1925)
2007 - Yevhen Kushnaryov, Ukrainian politician (b. 1951)
Chess Champion Bobby FischerChess Champion Bobby Fischer (2008) 2008 - Bobby Fischer, American chess player (b. 1943)
2008 - Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
2008 - Allan Melvin, American actor (b. 1923)
2009 - Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist, writer, and historian (b. 1943)
2010 - Jyoti Basu, Indian politician (b. 1914)
2010 - Daisuke Gouri, Japanese seiyu (b. 1952)
2010 - Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)
2011 - Don Kirshner, American composer (b. 1934)
2012 - Johnny Otis, R&B musician and talent scout, known as the godfather of rhythm and blues, dies at 90.
2012 - Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of heart attack at 74
2013 - Robert F. Chew, American actor, dies from heart failure at 52
2013 - Lizbeth Webb, English soprano, dies at 86

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