On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1990 5th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards: Bobby Darin
  • 1990 Dave Stewart signs record $3,500,000 per year Oak A's contract
  • 1991 Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles on Israel
  • 1991 Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V
  • 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

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

2001 President Bill Clinton posthumously raises William Clark's rank from Lieutenant to Captain, and gave the titles of Honorary Sergeant to Sacagawea, a Shoshone woman who served as guide, and York, a person enslaved by William Clark, who assisted the expedition party

Interpreter and Guide Sacagawea
Interpreter and Guide
Sacagawea
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition Meriwether Lewis
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
Meriwether Lewis
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • 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
  • 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 Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State, Senator 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 mistakenly bomb refugee camp killing more than 70 in Rann, Borno state

PlaneFlight MH370 Disappears

2017 Search for missing aircraft MH370 over the Indian Ocean is called off

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Post-it notes written by well-wishers in Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing
Post-it notes written by well-wishers in Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing
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  • 2019 China executes Cai Dongjia, the country's "godfather of crystal meth" from Boshe, Guangdong
  • 2019 Indian spiritual leader Ram Rahim Singh and two aides sentenced to life in prison for murdering journalist who exposed sexual abuse at the sect
  • 2019 Car bomb in Bogota, Colombia, outside the National Police Academy kills at least 8 and injures 41
  • 2021 Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny is arrested immediately on his return to Russia after recovering from nerve-agent poisoning [1]

Birthdays in History

  • 1957 Ann Nocenti, American comic book writer
  • 1960 John Crawford, American bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1962 Sebastian Junger, American journalist & author, born in Belmont, Massachusetts

Person of interestMichelle Obama

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, born in Sicily, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1968 Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch writer, born in Rijswijk, Netherlands
  • 1969 Lukas Moodysson, Swedish film writer & director, born in Lund, Sweden
  • 1980 Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian ballroom dancer, born in Odessa, Ukraine

Weddings in History


Deaths in History