January 17 in Pop Culture History

January 17th Fun Facts, Trivia and History

January 17th History Highlights

  • January 17, 1929 – Popeye the Sailor first appeared in Thimble Theatre, Cartoon
  • 1916 – The Professional Golfer’s Association of America was founded.
  • 1955 – The first nuclear powered submarine, The Nautilus, launched
  • 1966 – The Palomares (Spain) Hydrogen accident took place, involving two US airplanes and four hydrogen bombs took place.
  • If you were born on January 17th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… April 26th (prior year)

January 17th is…

Customer Service Day
Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day
Hot Buttered Rum Day
Hot Heads Chili Day
Kid Inventors’ Day
National Bootlegger’s Day

January 17th Birthday Quotes

The business of the American people is bussiness.
– President Calvin Coolidge, in a 1925 speech

If you want to be successful you have to jump, there’s no way around it. If you’re safe, you’ll never soar.
– Steve Harvey

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
– Benjamin Franklin

We have this window of opportunity; we have a chance to make something real happen. Something possible happen, to live beyond our fear – think about that, and help us. Help lift us up, help us fight this fight to change – transform – this country in a fundamental way.
This chance won’t come around again.
– Michelle Obama

My goal as an actor is always to be as truthful as possible, and to find the truth in the material I am representing. So I think that it’s the same with performing music. But in a way, performing your own music, it’s easier to find the truth in it, because it’s coming from yourself. There’s no translation needed.
– Zooey Deschanel

Self esteem comes from doing something and accomplishing something.
– Shari Lewis

As we enjoy great Advantages from the Inventions of Others, we should be glad of an Opportunity to serve others by any Invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously.
– Benjamin Franklin

You are never too old to reinvent yourself.
– Steve Harvey

Vote early and vote often.
– Al Capone

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
– Vidal Sassoon

A good scapegoat is nearly as welcome as a solution to the problem.
– Found online

January 17th Birthdays

1706 – Benjamin Franklin, American publisher, businessman, inventor and politician (died in 1790)
1867 – Cal Laemmle, German/American movie pioneer (died in1939)
1899 – Al Capone, American mob boss (died in 1947)
1922 – Betty White, American actress, game show panelist and television personality
1928 – Vidal Sassoon, English-American hairdresser and businessman (died in 2012)
1931 – James Earl Jones, American actor
1933 – Shari Lewis, American actress, puppeteer/ventriloquist, and television host (died in 1998)
1939 – Maury Povich, American talk show host and producer
1942 – Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.), American boxer (died in 2016)
1943 – Chris Montez, American singer-songwriter
1949 – Andy Kaufman, American actor and comedian (died in 1984)
1949 – Mick Taylor, English singer-songwriter
1954 – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., American lawyer and radio host
1956 – Paul Young, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1957 – Steve Harvey, American comedian, television personality and game show host
1957 – Ann Nocenti, American comic book writer
1959 – Susanna Hoffs, American singer-songwriter
1962 – Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor
1964 – Michelle Obama, American lawyer, 46th First Lady of the United States
1969 – Tiësto (Tijs Michiel Verwest), Dutch DJ and producer
1971 – Kid Rock, American singer-songwriter
1980 – Zooey Deschanel, American actress
1984 – Calvin Harris, Scottish singer-songwriter, DJ, and producer
1989 – Kelly Marie Tran, American actress

January 17th 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. During this voyage, Cook and his crew aboard the HMS Resolution encountered many challenges, including icy conditions, storms, and scurvy. Despite these challenges, they made several important discoveries, including the first known European sighting of the eastern coast of Australia and several islands in the Pacific. Cook’s voyage below the Antarctic Circle was an important milestone in the history of exploration. It helped to increase European knowledge about the Southern Ocean and the lands and peoples that it contained.

1871 – Andrew Hallikie was granted a patent (US #110,971) for San Francisco’s cable car system.

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, formerly a radio show, 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

1983 – Frontline debuted on PBS.

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

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

On the scale from absolute zero to absolute hot we are actually closer to zero. On a universal scale we are cold.

Bender from Futurama was named after John Bender from “The Breakfast Club”.

There was a knock on the the door. “Who’s that?” I asked.” “Open up, it’s me.” I opened the door. You know what? It WAS me.

The Capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis is Basseterre

“I am Spartacus.” – The extras in Spartacus #moviequotes

The Soviet Union national ice hockey team participated nine times in the Winter Olympics and won seven gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal.

Biggest film of 1984: Ghostbusters (Comedy) earned ~ $242,000,000

Ray Charles – Real Name: Ray Charles Robinson

We invented the wheel, built the pyramids, discovered electricity and landed on the moon, but still haven’t found a way to stop accidentally biting the inside of your mouth when you least expect it.

All characters on The Simpsons have 4 fingers except for God, who has 5.

Adamantium is the strongest metal in the Marvel Universe. Vibranium is more versatile.

The older I get, the more I relate to Squidward.

A girl and her boyfriend went to a costume party as a barcode. They were an item.

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