January 17ths in HistorySignificant happenings on previous January 17ths:
1595 - Henry IV of France declares war on Spain.
1605 - First publication of Don Quixote.
1819 - Simón Bolívar proclaims the Republic of Colombia.
1916 - The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) is formed.
1917 - The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
1929 - Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Crisler Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
1946 - The UN Security Council holds its first session.
1977 - Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by a firing squad in Utah, ending a ten-year moratorium on Capital punishment in the United States.
1991 - Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning. Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.
1994 - A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California; see 1994 Northridge Earthquake.
...and me Mum was born!
Also born on January 17th:
1504 - Pope Pius V
1706 - Benjamin Franklin American statesman
1763 - John Jacob Astor, American entrepreneur
1863 - David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1899 - Al Capone, American gangster
1899 - Nevil Shute, English author
1922 - Betty White, American actress
1928 - Vidal Sassoon, English cosmetologist
1931 - James Earl Jones, American actor
1933 - Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist
1942 - Muhammad Ali, American boxer
1949 - Andy Kaufman, American comedian
1954 - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., American lawyer and environmental activist
1957 - Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality
1959 - Susanna Hoffs, American musician
1962 - Jim Carrey, Canadian actor and comedian
1971 - Kid Rock, American singer
1980 - Zooey Deschanel, American actress
1982 - Dwyane Wade, American basketball player
Happy Belated Birthday!