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 defeats the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War

Jan 17 in Film & TV

  • 1984 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws

Jan 17 in Music

Jan 17 in Sport

  • 1916 Rodman Wanamaker organises a lunch to discuss forming a golfers association (later the PGA) at the Taplow Club, Martinique Hotel, New York City

Did You Know?

First day of prohibition of alcohol comes into effect in the US as a result of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution

On January 17, 1920

Would You Believe?

Doomsday Clock set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea's 1st nuclear test

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 Comedian George Burns marries comedienne Gracie Allen

Famous Divorces

  • 1990 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (46) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage

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