On This Day in History for January 17 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 124 of 124

  • 1991 Operation Desert Storm begins, with US-led coalition forces bombing Iraq, during the Gulf War
  • 1992 Sarah Ferguson attends dinner of Everglades club (club excludes Jews)
  • 1993 Russian Irina Privalova cycles world record 300m indoor (35.45")
  • 1994 6.6 Earthquake hits Los Angeles killing 60, $30B in damage
  • 1995 7.2 earthquake destroys Kobe, Japan and kills 5,372
  • 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

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

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 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.
  • 2007 Doomsday Clock set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea's 1st nuclear test
  • 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
  • 2011 "Sure Thing" single released by Miguel (Billboard Song of the Year 2011)
  • 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
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 US President Barack Obama commutes WikiLeaks discloser Chelsea Manning's prison sentence from 35 to 7 years

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2017 Nigerian military mistakely bomb refugee camp killing more than 70 in Rann, Borno state
  • 2017 Search for missing aircraft MH370 over the Indian Ocean is called off

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 110 of 110

  • 1961 Maia Chiburdanidze, Kutaisi USSR, women's world chess champ
  • 1962 Sebastian Junger, American journalist and author

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1964 Michelle Obama, 1st African-American US First Lady (2009-16), born in DeYoung, Illinois

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
  • 1967 Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer (d. 2007)
  • 1968 Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch writer
  • 1969 Lukas Moodysson, Swedish film writer and director
  • 1969 Tijs Verwest, (DJ Tiësto) Dutch DJ
  • 1970 Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator
  • 1970 James Wattana, Thai snooker player
  • 1980 Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist

Weddings in History

Deaths in History