On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1991

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Andy Van Hellemond sets NHL record for most games worked by a referee when he appears in his 1,173rd regular season encounter as the St. Louis Blues host the Montreal Canadiens
  • Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V
  • Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles on Israel
  • Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title
  • Operation Desert Storm begins, with US-led coalition forces bombing Iraq, during the Gulf War

Famous Deaths

  • Olav V, King of Norway (1957-91), dies at 87