On This Day for 17th January (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 178 of 178


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1970 Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1971 Super Bowl V: Balt Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB
  • 1971 At a party conference in Dublin, Sinn Féin end their 65 year abstentionist policy and agree that any elected representative could take their seat at the Dáil
  • 1972 Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd
  • 1972 Seven men who were held as internees escape from the prison ship HMS Maidstone in Belfast Lough, North Ireland
  • 1973 City of Amsterdam decides to support Hanoi
  • 1973 New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life
  • 1974 Styne, Comdem & Green's musical "Lorelei" premieres in NYC

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1976 "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow
  • 1976 Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency
  • 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
  • 1977 Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, charged with murder
  • 1979 NY Islanders didn't get a shot off in 1 period against NY Rangers
  • 1979 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1980 NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
  • 1980 A Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, killing three and injuring five (including the bombers)
  • 1981 Philippino president Marcos ends state of siege
  • 1982 "Cold Sunday" in the United States would see temperatures fall to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities.
  • 1983 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John
  • 1983 Alabama Gov George C Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time
  • 1983 Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians
  • 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
  • 1985 Azharuddin scores second Test century in second Test (v England)
  • 1986 Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1986 2nd Sundance Film Festival: "Smooth Talk" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

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1987 US President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1988 "Teddy & Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • 1988 Leslie Manigay elected president of Haiti
  • 1988 "The Fumble", trailing 38-31 with 1:12 left in the AFC Championship Game, the Browns' Earnest Byner fumbled at the Denver 3-yard line, sending the Broncos to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance
  • 1988 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 38-33
  • 1988 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings 17-10
  • 1989 Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach
  • 1989 Gunman opens fire in California schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded
  • 1989 Murden & 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
  • 1990 5th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards: Bobby Darin
  • 1990 Dave Stewart signs record $3,500,000 per year Oak A's contract
  • 1990 Who, Simon & Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, 4 Tops, Hank Ballard, Platters &
  • 1990 Kinks inducted into Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1991 Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles on Israel
  • 1991 Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title

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1991 Operation Desert Storm begins against Saddam Hussein

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 1991 Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V.
  • 1992 Sarah Ferguson attends dinner of Everglades club (club excludes Jews)
  • 1993 14th ACE Cable Awards: Bravo! wins the Golden CableACE for its dedication to films, cultural arts and performing arts programming
  • 1993 Russian Irina Privalova cycles world record 300m indoor (35.45")
  • 1993 AFC Championship Game: Buffalo Bills beat Miami Dolphins 29-10
  • 1993 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 30-20
  • 1994 6.6 Earthquake hits Los Angeles killing 60, $30B in damage

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1994 Actress Elizabeth Taylor released from the hospital after hip treatment

  • 1995 "Carousel" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 322 performances
  • 1995 7.2 earthquake destroys Kobe Japan (5,372 die)
  • 1995 Australia beat Australia A 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1995 LA Rams announce that they are moving to St Louis
  • 1996 The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
  • 1996 Iraq agrees to talks concerning a UN plan to allow for the Iraqi sale of $1 billion of oil; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 US President Bill Clinton faces sexual harassment charges from Paula Jones

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1999 "The Miss", Minnesota Viking placekicker Gary Anderson had become the first kicker in history to finish the regular season without missing a field goal or extra point attempt, but misses a field goal late in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game, allowing the Atlanta Falcons to tie the game and eventually win it in overtime
  • 1999 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat New York Jets 23-10
  • 1999 NFC Championship Game: Atlanta Falcons beat Minnesota Vikings 30-27 (OT)

Music awardsMusic Awards

2000 27th American Music Awards: Shania Twain & Will Smith win

  • 2001 President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
  • 2001 OPEC agrees at a meeting of ministers in Vienna, to reduce members' oil production quotas by 1.5 million barrels per day
  • 2002 Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
  • 2003 8th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Chicago wins Best Film
  • 2007 The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
  • 2010 A dragon boat from Chung Ling High School capsizes and collides with a tugboat amid strong currents in Penang, Malaysia, killing 6 people and injuring 12

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2010 67th Golden Globes: Avatar, Jeff Bridges, & Sandra Bullock win

  • 2013 106 people are massacred by Syrian army forces in Homs
  • 2013 33 people are killed by a series of bombs across Iraq
  • 2013 4 people are killed and over 2,000 are evacuated after a massive flood hits Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2013 8 people are killed in a plane crash in Chiapas, Mexico
  • 2013 Japan unveils plans to build the world’s largest wind farm near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
  • 2014 21 people are killed in a suicide bombing in a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Fourth Democratic presidential candidates debate: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash over healthcare and gun control in Charleston, South Carolina

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
US First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
US First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 287

  • 1910 Michael Economides, restaurateur
  • 1911 Hermann Pfrogner, Austria, musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
  • 1911 Luis W Alvarez, US, physicist (sub atomic, Nobel 1968) [or Jun 13]
  • 1912 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer
  • 1913 Werenfried [Flip] van Straaten, founder (Oostpriesterhulp)
  • 1913 Yuvraj of Patiala, cricketer (scored 24 & 60 in only Test India v Eng)
  • 1914 Anacleto Angelini, Chilean businessman (d. 2007)
  • 1916 Joel Herron, orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1917 Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, (MGR), Indian film star, politician
  • 1917 Oskar Morawetz, Svetla Czechoslovakia, composer
  • 1917 Ulyses Simpson Kay, composer
  • 1917 Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Joseph Walker Barr, banker/politician
  • 1920 Joseph George Handy Hendleman, musician
  • 1920 Nora Kaye, prima ballerina, born in NYC, New York
  • 1921 Dehl Berti, Pueblo Colo, actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise)
  • 1921 Antonio Prohias, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1922 Betty White, actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls), born in Oak Park Illinois

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • 1922 Luis Echeverria Alvarez, president Mexico
  • 1922 Nicholas Katzenbach, lawyer (US Attorney General), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Onno Molenkamp, Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift)
  • 1923 Carol Raye, Australian actress
  • 1924 Jewel Plummer Cobb, educator/pres (California State U at Fullerton)
  • 1925 A H Kardar, cricketer (Pak 1st Test capt, prev played for India)
  • 1925 Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias)
  • 1925 Duane Hanson, US sculptor
  • 1925 Robert Cormier, American author (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher and K.K.K. member
  • 1926 Clyde Walcott, cricketer (one of the three W's, later ICC chairman)
  • 1926 Moira Shearer, Dunfermline Scotland, ballerina (Red Shoes)
  • 1926 Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer
  • 1926 Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and statesman
  • 1927 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Eartha Kitt, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer
  • 1927 Dr Tom Dooley, American humanitarian (d. 1961)
  • 1928 Ken Archer, cricketer (Australian batsman, 5 Tests early 50s)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1928 Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sasson), born in London, England (d. 2012)

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon
  • 1928 Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973)
  • 1929 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Quebec, NHL goaltender (#1)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1929 Jacques Plante, Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie (first to wear a goaltender mask)

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • 1929 Grady Martin, country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Bill Benyon, English large landowner/Conservative Lower house leader
  • 1930 Robert Ceely, composer
  • 1930 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, born in San Rafael, California
  • 1931 Frederick Alfred Fox, composer
  • 1931 James Earl Jones, Miss, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man)
  • 1931 Douglas Wilder, American politician - Governor of Virginia (1990-1994) Richmond Va., (1st African American Governor since Reconstruction)
  • 1931 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Aga Khan, religious leader (Muslims)
  • 1933 Bruno Schroder, British baron/banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1933 Dalida, Cairo, actress/singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day)
  • 1933 Sheree North, [Dawn Bethel], LA, actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • 1933 Yolande Christina Dalida, Cairo Egypt
  • 1934 Donald Cammell, film director
  • 1934 Shari Lewis, ventriloquist/puppeteer (Lamb Chop), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1934 Sydney Phillip Hodkinson, composer
  • 1935 Jimmy Powell, PGA golfer (1990 Southwestern Bell Classic), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1935 Paul O[sborne] Williams, US, sci-fi author (Ends of the Circle)
  • 1935 Ruth Ann Minner, Governor of Delaware
  • 1936 Jerry Fogel, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-Law, White Shadow), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1938 John Bellairs, US, sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)
  • 1939 Antao D'Souza, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in six Tests 1959-62)
  • 1939 Maury Povich, TV host (Current Affair, Maury)/Mr Connie Chung
  • 1939 Toini Gustafson, Sweden, 5K/10K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1968)
  • 1940 H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • 1940 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • 1941 Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist

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1942 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], Louisville Kentucky, heavyweight boxing champion (1964-7 74-8)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1942 Randy Boone, Fayetteville NC, actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian)
  • 1942 Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist and businesswoman
  • 1942 Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist
  • 1942 Nancy Parsons, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1943 Chris Montez, rocker
  • 1943 Daniel Charles Brandenstein, Watertown Wi, ast (STS 8, 51-G, 32, 49)
  • 1943 René Préval, President of Haiti
  • 1943 Geoffrey Deuel, American actor
  • 1944 Françoise Hardy, French singer
  • 1945 William Hart, US singer (4 Gents, Delfonics-I'm Sorry)
  • 1945 Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter
  • 1946 Michèle Deslauriers, Quebec actress
  • 1947 Gail Toushin, LPGA golfer
  • 1947 Jane Elliot, actress (Baby Boom, Gen Hospital, Knots Landing), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Todd Susman, actor (Goodnight Beantown), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1947 Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer
  • 1948 Alexander "Alec" Erwin, South African worker's union leader
  • 1948 Mick Taylor, rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
  • 1948 Anne Queffélec, French pianist
  • 1949 Andy Kaufman, comedian/actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Debbie Watson, La Mirada California, actress (Karen, Tammy)
  • 1950 Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer
  • 1951 Rolando Thoeni, Italy, slalom (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1952 Larry Fortensky, former husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor (7th)
  • 1952 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jap, rocker (Academy Award 1988, Yellow Magic Orch)
  • 1952 Darrell Porter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1953 Sheila Hutchinson, rocker
  • 1954 Janet Dykman, Monterey Park California, archer (Olympics-1996)
  • 1954 Robert F Kennedy Jr, attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council)
  • 1954 Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer and judge
  • 1955 Steve Earle, country singer (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas

Famous Weddings


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Famous Divorces


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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 154 of 154

  • 1994 Allan G Odell, Ad exec (Burma Shave), dies at 90
  • 1994 Chung Il Kwon, PM of South Korea (1964-70), dies
  • 1994 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
  • 1994 Han Jansen, Dutch journalist (Volkskrant), dies at 61
  • 1994 Klaas Peereboom, Dutch sports reporter (Het Parool), dies at 77
  • 1994 Noel Chiboust, trumpeter/sax, dies at 84
  • 1994 Helen Stephens, American 100m runner and double Olympic champion, dies at 75
  • 1994 Yevgeny Ivanov, Soviet spy involved in the Profumo affair (b. 1926)
  • 1995 Isador Caplan, lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival pioneer, dies at 82
  • 1995 Urias Nooteboom, Dutch journalist/critic (The Time), dies at 54
  • 1996 Barbara Charline Jordan, politician, dies at 59
  • 1996 Charles Henry Madge, poet writer/sociologist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Giles William Playfair, writer, dies at 85
  • 1996 John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman, dies at 83
  • 1996 Robert Covington, drummer/singer, dies at 54
  • 1996 Amber Hagerman, American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)
  • 1996 Mostafa Sid Ahmed, Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
  • 1997 Andrea Fisher, artist, dies at 21
  • 1997 Asfa Wossen, [Amha Selassie], crown emperor of Ethiopia in exile, dies
  • 1997 Clyde William Tombaugh, discoverer (Pluto), dies at 90
  • 1997 Bert Kelly, Australian politician (b. 1912)
  • 1998 Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82
  • 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 1989), dies at 85
  • 2002 Queenie Leonard, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 2003 Richard Crenna, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Harry Brecheen, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • 2004 Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)
  • 2004 Ray Stark, American stage and film producer (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Noble [Henry] Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2008 Bobby Fischer, American chess player (b. 1943)

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • 2008 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • 2008 Allan Melvin, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 2009 Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist, writer, and historian (b. 1943)
  • 2010 Jyoti Basu, Indian politician (b. 1914)
  • 2010 Daisuke Gouri, Japanese seiyu (b. 1952)
  • 2010 Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2011 Don Kirshner, American composer (b. 1934)
  • 2012 Johnny Otis, R&B musician and talent scout, known as the godfather of rhythm and blues, dies at 90
  • 2012 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of heart attack at 74
  • 2013 Robert F. Chew, American actor, dies from heart failure at 52
  • 2013 Lizbeth Webb, English soprano, dies at 86