What Happened on January 17

Historical Events

  • 1773 Captain James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33' S)
  • 1873 A group of Modoc warriors defeat the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War.
  • 1912 Captain Robert Scott's expedition arrives at the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen
  • 1941 Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II.
  • 1946 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
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Did You Know?

The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.

On January 17, 2007

Famous Weddings

  • 38 BC Roman Republican Leader Octavian, later Augustus 1st Roman Emperor, marries Livia Drusilla.
  • 1827 Religious leader Joseph Smith Jr (21) weds church group movement leader Emma Smith (22) in South Bainbridge, New York
  • 1926 George Burns marries Gracie Allen
  • 1946 Actor John Wayne (38) weds actress Esperanza Baur in Long Beach, California
  • 1955 Murderer Charles Manson (20) weds waitress Rosalie Jean Willis (17)

Famous Divorces

  • 1990 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (26) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage
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