January 17th - Basic Facts:
- January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
- There are 348 days remaining until the end of the year (3349 in leap years).
- The preceding day is January 16.
- Next day is January 18.
January 17th Deaths (Here)
January 17th Events:
38 BC – Octavian marries Livia Drusilla.
1287 – King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca.
1377 – Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon in France.
1524 – Start of Giovanni da Verrazzano's voyage to find a passage to China.
1562 – France recognizes the Huguenots - Edict of Saint-Germain.
1595 – Henry IV of France declares war on Spain.
1605 – First publication of Don Quixote.
1608 – Emperor Susenyos of Ethiopia surprises an Oromo army at Ebenat.
1648 – England's Long Parliament passes the Vote of No Addresses, breaking off negotiations with King Charles I.
1773 – Captain James Cook, & crew, become the 1st Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
1781 – Battle of Cowpens (South Carolina) – Continental troops defeat British forces (American Revolutionary War).
1799 – Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, & other patriots, are executed.
1852 – The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Transvaal Boer colonies.
1873 – Group of Modoc warriors defeat the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War.
1885 – A British force defeats Dervish army at Battle of Abu Klea (in Sudan).
1893 – The Citizen's Committee of Public Safety overthrows the government of Queen Liliuokalani of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
1899 – United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
1904 – Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard - premiere performance at the Moscow Art Theatre.
1912 – Sir Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole - one month later than Roald Amundsen.
1913 – Raymond Poincaré is elected President of France.
1917 – The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
1929 – Popeye the Sailor Man first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
1941 – Kuomintang forces (controlled by Chiang Kai-Shek) open fire on communist forces, leading to resumption of Chinese Civil War.
1945 – Soviet forces capture the Polish city of Warsaw.
1945 – Nazis begin evacuation of Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces close in.
1945 – Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg disappears in Hungary while in Soviet custody.
1946 – The UN Security Council holds its first session.
1949 – The first sitcom on American television, The Goldbergs, first airs.
1950 – The Great Brinks Robbery, Boston, Massachusetts.
1961 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell warning against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex".
1973 – Ferdinand Marcos becomes "President for Life" of the Philippines.
1982 – "Cold Sunday", United States, where temperatures fall to their lowest levels in over 100 years in multiple cities.
1989 – Stockton massacre - Patrick Purdy opens fire with an assault rifle at the Cleveland Elementary School playground.
1991 – Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning (Gulf War).
1991 – Harald V becomes King of Norway following death of his father, Olav V.
1994 – 1994 Northridge Earthquake (magnitude 6.7) hits Northridge, California.
1995 – Great Hanshin earthquake (magnitude 7.3) hits near Kobe, Japan.
1996 – The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
1998 – Paula Jones accuses President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment.
2001 – President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
2002 – Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
2007 – The Doomsday Clock is set to 5 minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
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