January 17 Events in History - January 17 Birthdays - January 17 Deaths
2015 U.S. President Barack Obama vows to veto additional sanctions proposed by Congress against Iran, citing the delicacy of international talks currently underway with the nation regarding limitations on its nuclear program
2014 Academics report that a pelvis bone discovered in Winchester 1999 may belong to King Alfred the Great or his son, Edward the Elder
2014 Responding to privacy concerns raised by former spy contractor Edward Snowden's NSA disclosures, U.S. President Barack Obama announces reforms to NSA phone surveillance
2013 In efforts to turn its back on nuclear power, Japan announces plans to build the world's largest offshore wind farm in the Fukushima Prefecture, near the site of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
2013 After stripping Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France Titles, the IOC takes away the cyclist's bronze medal from the 2000 Summer Olympics; he was found guilty of doping
2012 Co-founder of Yahoo!, Jerry Yang, resigns from the position of chief executive officer
2012 India and China agree to build a functional plan to address border issues
2011 In Vietnam, 1,400 members of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam gather to vote for new leaders
2011 All bullet trains in northern and central Japan were temporarily halted due a computer glitch; thousands of passengers are affected
2010 Ali Hassan al-Majid, former Iraqi minister, also known as Chemical Ali, is sentenced to death for the poison gas attack at Halabja
2009 Israel declares a unilateral ceasefire in the Gaza War, effective January 18, as Hamas declares a ceasefire of its own
1998 President Clinton faces sexual harrament charges from Paula Jones
1997 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely/$25,000 for kicking cameraman
1995 "Carousel" closes at Beaumont Theater New York City after 322 performances
1995 7.2 earthquake destroys Kobe Japan killing 5,372 die
1995 Australia beat Australia A 2-0 to win the World Series Cup
1995 Los Angeles Rams announce that they are moving to St. Louis
1994 6.6 Earthquake hits Los Angeles killing 60, $30B in damage
1994 Liz Taylor released from the hospital after hip treatment
1993 14th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 32 awards
1993 Russian Irina Privalova cycles world record 300m indoor (35.45")
1992 Sarah Ferguson attends dinner of Everglades club (club excludes Jews)
1991 Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles on Israel
1991 Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title
1991 Operation Desert Storm begins - U.S. led allies vs Iraq
1991 Operation Desert Storm: 1st U.S. pilot shot down (Jeffrey Zahn)
1990 5th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards: Bobby Darin
1990 Dave Stewart signs record $3,500,000 per year Oak A's contract
1990 Who, Simon and Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, 4 Tops, Hank Ballard, Platters &
1990 Kinks inducted into Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1989 Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach
1989 Gunman opens fire in California schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded
1989 Murden and 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
1988 "Teddy and Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 77 performances
1988 Leslie Manigay elected president of Haiti
1987 President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran
1986 Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1985 Azharuddin scores second Test century in second Test (v England)
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
1983 10th American Music Award: Kenny Rogers
1983 Alabama Governor George C. Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time
1983 Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians
1981 Philippino president Marcos ends state of siege
1980 NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
1979 New York Islanders didn't get a shot off in 1 period against New York Rangers
1979 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran
1979 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
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
1976 "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1
1976 Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency
1974 Styne, Comdem and Green's musical "Lorelei," premieres in New York City
1973 City of Amsterdam decides to support Hanoi
1973 New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life
1972 Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd
1971 Super Bowl V: Baltimore Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB
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
1969 Beatles release Yellow Submarine album in UK
1969 Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US
1969 Soyuz 5 lands
1968 Soyuz 4 and 5 completed 1st docking of 2 manned spacecraft
1966 B-52/KC-135 tankers crash near Spanish coast at Palomares, 7 die
1966 Martin Luther King, Jr. opens campaign in Chicago
1963 Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km
1963 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA San Francisco Warriors scores 67 points vs Los Angeles
1962 A NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690 m
1962 Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in SF
1961 Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Lumumba
1960 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
1960 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-21
1959 "Say, Darling" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 332 performances
1957 9-county commission recommends creation of BART
1957 Cavern Club opens (home of Beatles' 1st appearance)
1955 Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage
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)
1951 China refuses cease-fire in Korea
1950 "Alive and Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 46 performances
1950 11 men rob Brink's office in Boston of $1.2M cash and $1.5M securities
1948 Netherlands and Indonesia agree to a cease fire
1948 Trial of 11 U.S. Communist party members begins in New York City
1947 Muiden Netherlands ammunition factory explodes, 16 die
1946 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
1945 Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation
1945 Gilbert Dodds, record miler (4:05.3), retires to do gospel work
1945 Liberation of Warsaw by Soviet troops (end of Nazi occupation)
1945 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, arrested by secret police in Hungary
1944 Korvet Violet sinks U-641 in Atlantic Ocean
1943 Tin Can Drive Day
1939 Ed Barrow is elected Yankee president succeeding deceased J Ruppert
1938 Supreme Soviet elects Michail Kalinin as presidium chairman
1934 Carl Hubbell, NL MVP winner, gets $18,000 contract by the New York Giants
1934 Electric Home and Farm Authority incorporated
1934 New York Giants reward MVP pitcher Carl Hubbell with $18,000 contract
1933 Bradman takes second Test wicket, Hammond, bowled
1929 Popeye makes 1st appearance, in comic strip "Thimble Theater"
1928 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented
1926 George Burns marries Gracie Allen
1923 Belgian Working people Party protest against occupied Ruhrgebied
1923 Origin of Brown lunation numbers
1920 Paul Deschanel elected president of France
1917 U.S. pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands
1916 1st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Siwanoy CC Bronxville NY
1916 Professional Golfer Association (PGA) forms in New York City
1915 Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's Hospital in Amsterdam opens
1915 Russia occupies Bukovina and Western Ukraine
1914 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Der Bogen des Odysseus," premieres in Berlin
1913 Raymond Poincare elected president of France
1912 Robert Scott expedition arrives at South Pole, 1 month after Amundsen
1911 Failed assassination attempt on premier Briand in French Assembly
1911 Percy Mackaye's "Scarecrow," premieres in New York City
1905 Punchboards patented by Charles Brewer and C G Scannell, Chicago
1904 Anton Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard" opens at Moscow Art Theater
1899 U.S. takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific
1895 French president Casimir-Perier resigns
1895 Felix Faure installed as president of France
1893 -17 degrees F (-27 degrees C), Millsboro, Delaware (state record)
1893 Queen Liliuokalani deposed, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic
1885 British beat Mahdists at Battle of Abu Klea in Sudan
1882 1st Dutch female physician Aletta Jacobs opens office
1874 Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction
1871 1st cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873)
1864 General Longstreet's command ends heavy fighting at Dandridgem TN
1863 Civil War skirmish near Newtown, Virginia
1862 BBT Ft. Henry, Tennessee by USS Lexington
1861 Flush toilet patented by Mr. Thomas Crapper (Honest!)
1852 British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)
1832 Johannes van den Bosch appointed Governor-General of Dutch-Indies
1827 Duke of Wellington appointed British supreme commander
1821 Mexico permits Moses Austin and 300 U.S. families to settle in Texas
1779 Captain Cooks last notation in ship's log Discovery
1775 9 old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvests, Kalisk, Pol
1775 R B Sheridan's "Rivals," premieres in London
1773 Captain James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66 degrees 33' S)
1757 German Diet declares war on Prussia
1746 Battle of Falkirk, Scotland-Edward I defeats and massacres Scots
1718 Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland; kills 53
1656 Brandenburg and Sweden sign Treaty of Konigsberg
1601 France gains Bresse, Bugey, Valromey and Gex in treaty with Spain
1595 French king Henri IV declares war on Spain
1584 Bohemia adopts Gregorian calendar
1562 Edict of St. Germain recognizes Huguenots in France
1536 Francois Rabelais absolved of apostasy by Pope Paul III
1501 Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna