On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1942

Famous Birthdays

  • Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist & businesswoman, born in Potts Point, Australia

Person of interestMuhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Nancy Parsons, American actress, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)
  • Randy Boone, American actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist, born in Kitzingen, Germany

Famous Deaths

  • Frederick Jerome Work, African American composer, dies at 61
  • Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal, dies at 57
1942 Highlights

About January 17, 1942

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 9 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Capricorn