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January 17th History

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January 17th In Pop Culture History

1706 - Ben Franklin 'The First American' was born.

1773 - Captain James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.

January 17, 1929 - Popeye the Sailor, Thimble Theatre, Cartoon

1929 - From the Mount Wilson Observatory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Edwin Hubble showed that the universe was expanding.

January 17, 19** Birthday (fictional) Kent 'Doctor Fate' Nelson, DC Comics

1946 - The United Nations Security Council held its 1st meeting

1949 - The Goldbergs debuted on CBS

1950 - During the Great Brink's Robbery, eleven thieves stole more than $2 million from an armored car company's offices in Boston. They were all caught later.

1954 - Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast aired on CBS's Omnibus

1966 - There was an accident involving a mid-air refueling operation off the coast of Spain. 4 thermonuclear weapons were dropped in the process each with a yield of 70 kilotons or more (equal to 70 thousand tons of TNT) but none of them exploded.

1976 - #1 Hit January 17, 1976 - January 23, 1976: Barry Manilow - I Write the Songs

1984 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws, in a 5-4 decision.

1986 - Iron Eagle, The Caln of the Cave Bear, Troll and Heathcliff: The Movie were released in theaters

1987 - #1 Hit January 17, 1987 - January 23, 1987: Gregory Abbott - Shake You Down

1994 (Earthquake) A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit Northridge, California.

1997 - Metro, Beverly Hills Ninja, Kolya and Albino Alligator were released in theaters.

1998 - #1 Hit January 17, 1998 - January 30, 1998: Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply

1998 - Matt Drudge broke the story of the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky affair on his website, The Drudge Report.

2003 - Kangaroo Jack debuted in theaters.

2009 - #1 Hit January 17, 2009 - February 6, 2009: Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis - Just Dance

2011 - Piers Morgan Tonight, replacing Larry King Live, debuted on CNN.

2012 - Food Network personality Paula Deen revealed that she has Diabetes type 2.

January 17, 2014 - Cloud 9 aired on The Disney Channel

2015 - #1 Hit January 17, 2015 - April 24, 2015: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk

January 17th
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Benjamin Franklin (1706, d.1790)
Wilhelmina J R Albregt-Engelman (1834)
Konstantin S Stanislavski (1863)
Oscar Apfel (1878)
Noah Beery (1882)
Marjorie Gateson (1891)
Nils Asther (1897)
Al Capone (1899)
Warren Hull (1903)
Grant Withers (1904)
Patsy Ruth Miller (1904)
Joseph George Handy Hendleman (1920)
Nora Kaye (1920)
Dehl Berti (1921)
Betty White (1922)
Onno Molenkamp (1923)
Carol Raye (1923)
Robert Cromier (1925, d.2000)
Moira Shearer (1926)
Eartha Kitt (1927)
Vidal Sassoon (1928, d.2012)
James Earl Jones (1931)
Dalida (1933)
Sheree North (1933)
Donald Cammell (1934)
Sheri Lewis (1934)
Jerry Fogel (1936)
Maury Povich (1939)
Randy Boone (1942)
Muhammed Ali (1942)
Nancy Parsons (1942, d.2001)
Chris Montez (1943)
Geoffrey Deuel (1943)
Francoise Hardy (1944)
William Hart (1945)
Michèle Deslauriers (1946)
Jane Elliot (1947)
Todd Susman (1947)
Mick Taylor (1948)
Andy Kaufman (1949,d.1984)
Debbie Watson (1949)
Larry Fortensky (1952)
Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952)
Sheila Hutchinson (1953)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (1954)
Steve Earle (1955)
Mitch Vogel (1956)
Paul Young (1956)
Steve Harvey (1957)
Jez Stode (1958)
Susanna Hoffs (1959)
John Crawford (1960)
Brian Helgeland (1961)
Jim Carrey (1962)
Kai Hansen (1963)
Michelle Obama (1964)
Rexton Gordon (1966)
Shabba Ranks (1966)
Naveen Andrews (1969)
DJ Tiesto (1969)
Kid Rock (1971)
Leonardo Ciampa (1971)
Benno Furmann (1972)
Tom Jenkinson (1975)
Freddy Rodriguez (1975)
Leigh Wannell (1977)
Zooey Deschanel (1980)
Kimberly Spicer (1980)
Ray J (1981)
Scott Mechlowicz (1981)
Amanda Wilkinson (1982)
Alex Varkatzas (1982)
Andrea Lowell (1983)
Julie Budet (1983)
Calvin Harris (1984)
Simone Simons (1985)
Max Adler (1986)
Nikki Reed (1988)

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When you make a decision you cannot waver in any way.
You'd never see Gandhi during a hunger strike sneaking into the kitchen in the middle of the night.
'Gandhi...what are you doing down there?'
'Umm, I thought I heard a prowler...and I was going to hit him over the head with this big bowl of potato salad.'"
-- Jim Carrey


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