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January 17 - Deaths

Calendar Date January 17th:
January 17 - Deaths:
395 – Theodosius I - Roman Emperor (b. 347)
1229 – Albert of Buxhoeveden - German soldier
1369 – King Peter I of Cyprus (murdered) (b. 1328)
1468 – Skanderbeg - Albanian leader (b. 1405)
1598 – Fyodor I Tsar of Russia (b. 1557)
1617 – Faust Vrančić - Croatian inventor (b. 1551)
1654 – Paulus Potter - Dutch painter (b. 1625)
1705 – John Ray - English naturalist (b. 1627)
1718 – Captain Benjamin Church - Plymouth Colony settler & military leader
1737 – Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann - German architect (b. 1662)
1738 – Jean-François Dandrieu - French composer (b. 1682)
1751 – Tomaso Albinoni - Italian composer (b. 1671)
1826 – Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga - Spanish composer (b. 1806)
1834 – Giovanni Aldini - Italian physicist (b. 1762)
1861 – Lola Montez - Irish-born adventurer (b. 1821)
1863 – Horace Vernet - French painter (b. 1789)
1869 – Aleksandr Dargomyzhsky - Russian composer (b. 1813)
1874 – Chang & Eng Bunker - Siamese twins (b. 1811)
1884 – Hermann Schlegel - German ornithologist (b. 1804)
1887 – William Giblin - Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)
1891 – George Bancroft - U.S. historian (b. 1800)
1893 – Rutherford B. Hayes - 19th President of the United States (b. 1822)
1903 – Ignaz Wechselmann - Hungarian architect & philanthropist (b. 1828)
1908 – Ferdinand IV Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1835)
1909 – Sir Francis Smith - Premier of Tasmania (b. 1819)
1911 – Sir Francis Galton - English polymath, anthropologist, eugenicist (b. 1822)
1927 – Juliette Gordon Low - American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA (b. 1860)
1931 – Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia - son of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (b. 1864)
1932 – Albert Jacka, VC - Australian soldier (b. 1893)
1933 – Louis Comfort Tiffany - American artist & designer (b. 1848)
1936 – Mateiu Caragiale - Romanian author (b. 1885)
1942 – Walther von Reichenau - German field marshal (b. 1884)
1947 – Pyotr Krasnov - Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1869)
1947 – Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve - French Archbishop of Quebec (b. 1883)
1952 – Walter Briggs - Sr., American entrepreneur & sports team owner (b. 1877)
1956 – Blind Alfred Reed - American folk, country, & old-time musician (b. 1880)
1961 – Patrice Lumumba - Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1925)
1964 – T.H. White - English author (b. 1906)
1967 – Evelyn Nesbit - American actress (b. 1884)
1970 – Simon Kovar - Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
1970 – Billy Stewart - American singer (b. 1937)
1972 – Betty Smith - American writer & singer (b. 1896)
1977 – Gary Gilmore - American murderer (b. 1940)
1977 – Dougal Haston - Scottish mountaineer (b. 1940)
1981 – Loukas Panourgias - Greek footballer (b. 1899)
1983 – Doodles Weaver - American actor (b. 1911)
1987 – Hugo Fregonese - Argentine film director (b. 1908)
1991 – King Olav V of Norway (b. 1903)
1992 – Frank Pullen - English businessman & racehorse owner (b. 1915)
1993 – Albert Hourani - English historian (b. 1915)
1994 – Helen Stephens - American runner (b. 1918)
1994 – Yevgeny Ivanov - Soviet spy involved in the Profumo affair (b. 1926)
1996 – Amber Hagerman - American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)
1996 – Barbara Jordan - American politician (b. 1936)
1996 – Mostafa Sid Ahmed - Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
1997 – Clyde Tombaugh - American astronomer (b. 1906)
1997 – Bert Kelly - Australian politician (b. 1912)
1998 – Junior Kimbrough - American bluesman (b. 1930)
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 - Hungarian pianist (b. 1936)
2004 – Harry Brecheen - American baseball player (b. 1914)
2004 – Czeslaw Niemen - Polish musician (b. 1939)
2004 – Ray Stark - American stage & film producer (b. 1915)
2004 – Noble Willingham - American actor (b. 1931)
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)
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, & historian (b. 1943)
2010 – Jyoti Basu,Indian Politician (b.1914)
2010 – Gaines Adams - American football player (b. 1983)


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January 17 - Births

Calendar Date January 17th:
January 17th - Births:
1463 – Friedrich III - Elector of Saxony (d. 1525)
1484 – George Spalatin - German reformer (d. 1545)
1501 – Leonhart Fuchs - German physician & botanist (d. 1566)
1504 – Pope Pius V (d. 1572)
1560 – Gaspard Bauhin - Swiss botanist (d. 1624)
1600 – Pedro Calderon de la Barca - Spanish playwright (d. 1681)
1612 – Thomas Fairfax - 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron, English Civil War general (d. 1671)
1666 – Antonio Maria Valsalva - Italian anatomist (d. 1723)
1686 – Archibald Bower - Scottish historian (d. 1766)
1706 – Benjamin Franklin American statesman & inventor (d. 1790)
1712 – John Stanley - English composer (d. 1786)
1719 – William Vernon - American merchant (d. 1806)
1732 – King Stanislaw II August Poniatowski of Poland (d. 1798)
1734 – François-Joseph Gossec - Belgian composer (d. 1829)
1761 – James Hall - Scottish geologist (d. 1832)
1789 – August Neander - German theologian (d. 1850)
1798 – Auguste Comte - French sociologist (d. 1857)
1814 – Mrs. Henry Wood - English novelist (d. 1887)
1820 – Anne Brontë - British author (d. 1849)
1828 – Eduard Remenyi - Hungarian violinist (d. 1898)
1828 – Lewis A. Grant - American Civil War general (d. 1918)
1831 – Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria (d. 1903)
1832 – Henry Martyn Baird - American educationalist (d. 1906)
1834 – August Weismann - German biologist (d. 1914)
1850 – Aleksandr Taneyev - Russian composer (d. 1918)
1851 – A. B. Frost - American illustrator (d. 1928)
1853 – Alva Belmont - American socialite (d. 1933)
1857 – Eugene Augustin Lauste - French inventor (d. 1935)
1857 – Wilhelm Kienzl - Austrian composer (d. 1941)
1858 – Tomás Carrasquilla - Colombian writer (d. 1940)
1860 – Douglas Hyde - Irish President of Ireland (d. 1949)
1863 – David Lloyd George - British Prime Minister (d. 1945)
1863 – Constantin Stanislavski - Russian theatre practitioner (d. 1938)
1865 – Charles Fergusson - Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1951)
1867 – Carl Laemmle - German-born film executive (d. 1939)
1871 – David Earl Beatty British admiral (d. 1936)
1871 – Nicolae Iorga - Romanian writer (d. 1940)
1875 – Florencio Sánchez - Uruguayan dramatist (d. 1910)
1876 – Frank Hague - American politician (d. 1956)
1877 – May Gibbs - Australian children's author (d. 1969)
1880 – Mack Sennett - Canadian film director (d. 1960)
1881 – Antoni Łomnicki - Polish mathematician (d. 1941)
1882 – Noah Beery - Sr., American actor (d. 1946)
1883 – Sir Compton Mackenzie - Scottish novelist (d. 1972)
1886 – Ronald Firbank - British novelist (d. 1926)
1886 – Glenn L. Martin - American aviation pioneer (d. 1955)
1887 – Ola Raknes - Norwegian psychoanalyst & philologist (d. 1975)
1897 – Marcel Petiot - French mass murderer (d. 1946)
1899 – Al Capone - American gangster (d. 1947)
1899 – Nevil Shute - English author (d. 1960)
1901 – Aron Gurwitsch - Lithuanian-born philosopher (d. 1973)
1903 – Jyoti Prasad Agarwala - Assamese poet, playwright, film maker (d. 1953)
1903 – Warren Hull - American actor (d. 1974)
1905 – Guillermo Stábile - Argentine footballer (d. 1966)
1905 – Jan Zahradníček - Czech poet (d. 1960)
1905 – Peggy Gilbert - American jazz saxophonist & bandleader (d. 2007)
1905 – Ray Cunningham - American baseball player (d. 2005)
1907 – Henk Badings - Dutch composer (d. 1987)
1908 – Cus D'Amato - American boxing manager (d. 1985)
1911 – George Joseph Stigler - American economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)
1914 – William Stafford - American poet & essayist (d. 1993)
1914 – Anacleto Angelini - Chilean businessman (d. 2007)
1914 – Irving Brecher - American Screenwriter (d. 2008)
1916 – Peter Frelinghuysen - American politician
1917 – M. G. Ramachandran - Indian politician, actor (d. 1987)
1917 – Ramón Cardemil - Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
1918 – Keith Joseph - British politician (d. 1994)
1918 – George M. Leader - American politician
1921 – Antonio Prohias - Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)
1922 – Luis Echeverría Álvarez - Mexican President of Mexico
1922 – Nicholas Katzenbach - American politician
1922 – Betty White - American actress
1923 – Carol Raye - Australian actress
1925 – Robert Cormier - American author (d. 2000)
1925 – Abdul Kardar - Pakistani cricketer (d. 1996)
1925 – Edgar Ray Killen - American convict, former preacher & K.K.K. member
1925 – Patricia Owens - Canadian actress (d. 2000)
1926 – Newton N. Minow - American lawyer & statesman
1926 – Moira Shearer - Scottish actress (d. 2006)
1927 – Tom Dooley - American humanitarian (d. 1961)
1927 – Norman Kaye - Australian actor & musician (d. 2007)
1927 – Eartha Kitt - American actress & singer (d. 2008)
1928 – Jean Barraqué - French composer (d. 1973)
1928 – Vidal Sassoon - English cosmetologist
1929 – Jacques Plante - Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
1930 – Eddie LeBaron - American football player
1931 – James Earl Jones - American actor
1931 – L. Douglas Wilder - American 66th Governor of Virginia
1931 – Don Zimmer - American baseball coach
1932 – Sheree North - American actress (d. 2005)
1933 – Dalida - French singer (d. 1987)
1933 – Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan - French-born Pakistani diplomat (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) (d. 2003)
1933 – Shari Lewis - American ventriloquist (d. 1998)
1935 – Ruth Ann Minner - Governor of Delaware
1937 – Alain Badiou - French philosopher
1939 – Maury Povich - American talk show host
1940 – Kipchoge Keino - Kenyan runner
1940 – Tabare Vazquez - President of Uruguay
1941 – Dame Gillian Weir - New Zealand organist
1942 – Muhammad Ali - American boxer
1942 – Ita Buttrose - Australian journalist & businesswoman
1942 – Ulf Hoelscher - German violinist
1942 – Nancy Parsons - American actress (d. 2001)
1943 – René Préval - President of Haiti
1943 – Geoffrey Deuel - American actor
1943 – Chris Montez - American singer
1944 – Françoise Hardy - French singer
1945 – Javed Akhtar - Indian lyricist, poet & scriptwriter
1946 – Michèle Deslauriers - Quebec actress
1948 – Davíð Oddsson - former Prime Minister of Iceland
1948 – Jim Ladd - American freeform (radio format) Disc Jockey
1948 – Anne Queffélec - French pianist
1949 – Mick Taylor - British musician (The Rolling Stones)
1949 – Andy Kaufman - American comedian (d. 1984)
1950 – Luis López Nieves - Latin American writer
1952 – Darrell Porter - American baseball player (d. 2002)
1952 – Larry Fortensky - American former husband of Elizabeth Taylor
1952 – Ryuichi Sakamoto - Japanese musician
1953 – Carlos Johnson - American blues musician
1954 – Susan Kiefel - Australian lawyer & judge
1954 – Robert F. Kennedy - Jr., American lawyer & environmental activist, son of Robert F. Kennedy & Ethel Kennedy
1955 – Steve Earle - American musician
1956 – Paul Young - English musician
1957 – Keith Chegwin - English television presenter
1957 – Steve Harvey - American actor, comedian & radio personality
1957 – Ann Nocenti - American comic book writer
1957 – Michel Vaarten - Belgian cyclist
1959 – Susanna Hoffs - American musician
1959 – Momoe Yamaguchi - Japanese singer & actress
1960 – John Crawford - American musician
1960 – Chili Davis - Jamaican-born American baseball player
1960 – Chatchai Plengpanich - Thai actor
1961 – Brian Helgeland - American writer & film director
1961 – Maia Chiburdanidze - Russian women's Chess grandmaster
1962 – Jim Carrey - Canadian actor & comedian
1962 – Sebastian Junger - American journalist & author
1963 – Kai Hansen - German singer & guitarist (Gamma Ray)
1964 – Andy Rourke - English bass guitarist (The Smiths)
1964 – Michelle Obama - First Lady of the United States
1965 – Sylvain Turgeon - Canadian ice hockey player
1965 – Nikos Nioplias - Greek footballer
1966 – Stephin Merritt - American singer & songwriter (The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies)
1966 – Joshua Malina - American actor
1966 – Shabba Ranks - Jamaican singer
1967 – Richard Hawley - English singer, guitarist, & songwriter (Pulp, The Longpigs)
1967 – Filippo Raciti - Italian police officer (d. 2007)
1967 – Song Kang-ho - South Korean actor
1968 – Craig Strong - American actor & voice actor
1968 – Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer - Dutch writer
1968 – Svetlana Masterkova - Russian athlete
1969 – Lukas Moodysson - Swedish film writer & director
1969 – Naveen Andrews - British actor
1969 – Tijs Verwest - (DJ Tiësto) Dutch DJ
1970 – Jeremy Roenick - American ice hockey player
1970 – Genndy Tartakovsky - Russian-born animator
1970 – James Wattana - Thai snooker player
1971 – Kid Rock - American singer
1971 – Richard Burns - English rally driver (d. 2005)
1971 – Youki Kudoh - Japanese actress
1971 – Sylvie Testud - French actress
1971 – Ann Wolfe - female boxer
1972 – Ken Hirai - Japanese singer & songwriter
1972 – Benno Fürmann - German actor
1973 – Cuauhtémoc Blanco - Mexican footballer
1973 – Liz Ellis - Australian netball captain
1973 – Aaron Ward - Canadian ice hockey player
1974 – Yang Chen - Chinese footballer
1974 – Marco Antonio Barrera - Mexican boxer
1974 – Derrick Mason - American football player
1974 – Vesko Kountchev - Bulgarian musician
1975 – Tom Jenkinson - English musician (Squarepusher)
1975 – Freddy Rodriguez - Puerto Rican-American actor
1975 – Rami Yacoub - Swedish songwriter/producer
1977 – Kevin Fertig - American professional wrestler
1977 – Leigh Whannell - Australian screenwriter/actor
1978 – Pater Sparrow - Hungarian director/production designer
1980 – Zooey Deschanel - American actress
1980 – Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Ukrainian ballroom dancer
1980 – Kimberly Spicer - American model
1980 – Gareth McLearnon - Northern Irish flautist
1981 – Warren Feeney - Northern Irish footballer
1981 – Scott Mechlowicz - American actor
1981 – Ray J - American R&B singer
1982 – Dwyane Wade - American basketball player
1982 – Amanda Wilkinson - Canadian singer
1982 – Fany Hwang - Korean actor
1983 – Álvaro Arbeloa - Spanish Footballer
1983 – Johannes Herber - German basketball player
1983 – Andrea Lowell - American model
1983 – Rick Kelly - Australian racing driver
1984 – Calvin Harris - Scottish music producer & vocalist
1985 – Simone Simons - Dutch singer (Epica)
1985 – Riyu Kosaka - Japanese singer BeForU
1985 – Kang-In - South Korean singer, dancer, actor, MC, & DJ (Super Junior)
1986 – Hale Appleman - American actor
1989 – Hollie-Jay Bowes - English actress


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January 17 - General (Calendar Date)


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 Births (Here)

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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Medieval Postern Gate by the Tower of London


Medieval Postern Gate by the Tower of London:
  • Still in situ at the Tower of London.
  • Excavations of the structure were made at Tower Hill in 1979.
  • The image opposite shows the excavations enclosed by the path from Tower Hill underground station.
  • Found at the junction of the City's defensive wall & moat of the Tower of London.
  • Believed to have been constructed between 1297 & 1308.
  • It was also a minor gateway for pedestrians.
  • Part of the structure collapsed in a 15th century (1431 or 1440) landslip.
  • The southern part of the structure slipped at least 3 metres down the side of the moat.
  • The northern part of the gate is thought to have remained standing.
  • An underpinned southern tower was then used to provide the foundation for a rebuilt postern gate.
  • The gateway did survive however until the 17th century.
Image opposite © Copyright RichTea (cc)

References: (see image):
D. Whipp (2006). The Medieval Postern Gate by the Tower of London. Museum of London Archaeology Service (MoLAS Monograph). (Paperback)


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