Historical Events on 17th January

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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 - King Henri IV of France 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
Captain/Explorer James CookCaptain/Explorer James Cook 1775 - R B Sheridan's "The 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)
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)
Confederate General James LongstreetConfederate General James Longstreet 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 - British 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
Naval Officer and Explorer Robert ScottNaval Officer and Explorer Robert Scott 1912 - Captain Robert Scott's 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
Pioneering Golfer Jim BarnesPioneering Golfer Jim Barnes 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 - British corvette HMS Violet sinks U-641 in Atlantic Ocean
Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shekChinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek 1945 - Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation
1945 - Gilbert Dodds, record miler (4:05.3), retires to do gospel work
1945 - Soviet army enters the devastated city of Warsaw and clears the German resistance
1945 - Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, arrested by Soviet 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
1952 - 1952 NFL Draft: Bill Wade from University of Vanderbilt first pick by Los Angeles Rams
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques CousteauOceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau 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".
1961 - 11th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 153-131 at Syracuse, New York
1962 - NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690m
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil ArmstrongAstronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong 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
MLB Legend Willie MaysMLB Legend Willie Mays 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
1977 - Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, charged with murder
Musician Barry ManilowMusician Barry Manilow 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 - 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 Awards: 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
Iraqi President Saddam HusseinIraqi President Saddam Hussein 1991 - Operation Desert Storm begins against Saddam Hussein
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
Basketball Player Dennis RodmanBasketball Player Dennis Rodman 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 Awards: 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.
Singer Shania TwainSinger Shania Twain 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

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