Today in History – January 17

1377 – The Papal See was transferred from Avignon in France back to Rome.

1562 – French Protestants were recognized under the Edict of St. Germain.

1773 – Captain Cook’s Resolution became the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle.

1795 – The Dudingston Curling Society was organized in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1806 – James Madison Randolph, grandson of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, was the first child born in the White House.

1852 – The independence of the Transvaal Boers was recognized by Britain.

1871 – Andrew S. Hallidie received a patent for a cable car system.

1882 – Thomas Edison’s exhibit opened the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London.

1893 – The Kingdom of Hawaii’s monarchy was overthrown when a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate.

1900 – The U.S. took Wake Island where there was in important cable link between Hawaii and Manila.

1900 – Yaqui Indians in Texas proclaimed their independence from Mexico.

1900 – Mormon Brigham Roberts was denied a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for his practicing of polygamy.

1905 – Punchboards were patented by a manufacturing firm in Chicago, IL.

1912 – English explorer Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole. Norwegian Roald Amundsen had beaten him there by one month. Scott and his party died during the return trip.

1913 – All partner interests in 36 Golden Rule Stores were consolidated and incorporated in Utah into one company. The new corporation was the J.C. Penney Company.

1916 – The Professional Golfers Association was formed in New York City.

1928 – The fully automatic, film-developing machine was patented by A.M. Josepho.

1934 – Ferdinand Porsche submitted a design for a people’s car, a “Volkswagen,” to the new German Reich government.

1938 – “Stepmother” debuted on CBS radio.

1945 – Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II.

1945 – Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody. Wallenberg was credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews.

1946 – The United Nations Security Council held its first meeting.

1949 – “The Goldbergs” debuted on CBS-TV. The program had been on radio since 1931. The TV version lasted for four years.

1959 – Senegal and the French Sudan joined to form the Federal State of Mali.

1961 – In his farewell address, U.S. President Eisenhower warned against the rise of “the military-industrial complex.”

1966 – A B-52 carrying four H-bombs collided with a refuelling tanker. The bombs were released and eight crewmembers were killed.

1977 – Double murderer Gary Gilmore became the first to be executed in the U.S. in a decade. The firing squad took place at Utah State Prison.

1985 – Leonard Nimoy got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1991 – Coalition airstrikes began against Iraq after negotiations failed to get Iraq to retreat from the country of Kuwait.

1992 – An IRA bomb, placed next to a remote country road in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, killed seven building workers and injured seven others.

1994 – The Northridge earthquake rocked Los Angeles, CA, registering a 6.7 on the Richter Scale. At least 61 people were killed and about $20 billion in damage was caused.

1995 – More than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.

1997 – A court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country’s history.

1997 – Israel gave over 80% of Hebron to Palestinian rule, but held the remainder where several hundred Jewish settlers lived among 20,000 Palestinians.

1998 – U.S. President Clinton gave his deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against him. He was the first U.S. President to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil lawsuit.

2000 – British pharmaceutical companies Glaxo Wellcome PLC and SmithKline Beecham PLC agreed to a merger that created the world’s largest drugmaker.

2001 – Congo’s President Laurent Kabila was shot and killed during a coup attempt. Congolese officials temporarily placed Kabila’s son in charge of the government.

2001 – The director of Palestinian TV, Hisham Miki, was killed at a restaurant when three masked gunmen walked up to his table and shot him more than 10 times.

2002 – It was announced that Microsoft had signed a joint venture agreement to produce software with two partners in China. The two partners were Beijin Centergate Technologies (Holding) Co. and the Stone Group.

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