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Births for January 17


  • 1342 Philip, the Stout, duke of Bourgundy
  • 1463 Frederick III, the Wise, elector of Saxony (1486-25), protector Luthe
  • 1501 Leonhard Fuchs, Germany, botanist (History of Plants)
  • 1504 Pius V, (Antonio Ghislieri) saint, pope (1566-72)
  • 1517 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of Johannes)
  • 1600 Pedro Cald‚ron de la Barca, Spanish poet/dramatist
  • 1612 Thomas Fairfax, Lord Fairfax, English Parliamentary general
  • 1683 Gerard van Wage, historian
  • 1706 Benjamin Franklin, Boston, kite flyer/statesman/wit/inventor
  • 1732 Stanislaw II August Poniatowski, last king of Poland (1764-95)
  • 1734 Fran‡ois-J Gossec, Belgian-French composer (Les Pˆcheurs, Mirza)
  • 1759 Paul Cuffe, Mass, merchant/shipbuilder/black nationalist
  • 1761 James Hall, Scotland, geologist
  • 1771 Charles Brockden Brown, father of American novel (Wieland)
  • 1806 James Madison Randolph, (Jefferson's grandson) 1st born in White Hous
  • 1814 Ellen Wood, English author (East Lynne, Pomeroy Abbey)
  • 1818 Sir Antoine Dorion, (L) joint premier of Canada (1858, 1863-64)
  • 1820 Anne Bronte, English novelist (Tenant of Wildfell Hall)
  • 1828 Lewis Addison Grant, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1918
  • 1835 Antanas Baranauskas, Lithuanian bishop/poet/dialectologist
  • 1842 Anton G van Hamel, founder (Roman Philosphy in Netherlands)
  • 1850 Alexander Taneyev, St Petersburg Russia, composer
  • 1857 Eugene Augustin Lauste, developer (1st sound-on-film recording)
  • 1863 David Lloyd George, (L-PM-Britain) (1916-22)
  • 1863 Konstantin S Stanislavski, Russia, actor/director
  • 1864 Lucien Herr, France, scientist (Corresp entre Schiller et Schiller)
  • 1880 Mack Sennett, movie creator (Keystone Kops)
  • 1884 Noah Beery, US actor (Mark of Zorro, Sea Wolf)
  • 1886 Glenn Luther Martin, aviator (Collier Trophy-1933)
  • 1886 Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (The Flower Beneath the Foot)
  • 1891 Marjorie Gateson, Bkln NY, actress (One Man's Family)
  • 1891 Norman "Squab" Read, US aviator who lived to be 101
  • 1891 Walter Eucken, German economist
  • 1896 Harry Reser, Ohio, orch leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
  • 1899 Al Capone, gangster (Chicago bootlegging)
  • 1899 Nevil Shute (Norway), London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice
  • 1899 Robert Maynard Hutchins, US, educator/civil libertarian
  • 1899 Roel (Martinus F) Houwink, literary (1 Man Without Character)
  • 1903 Warren Hull, Gasport NY, actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World)
  • 1904 Grant Withers, US, actor (Oklahoma, Annie)
  • 1905 Franz Schmid, Germany, ascended northside of Matterhorn (1931)
  • 1907 Henk H Badings, Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes)
  • 1910 Edith S Green, (Rep-D-Ore)
  • 1911 Hermann Pfrogner, Austria, musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
  • 1911 Luis W Alvarez, US, physicist (sub atomic, Nobel 1968)
  • 1913 Werenfried (Flip) van Straaten, founder (Oostpriesterhulp)
  • 1914 Th‚o Lefvre, premier (Belgium)
  • 1916 Joel Herron, Chicago Ill, orch leader (Jaye P Morgan Show)
  • 1917 Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran (MGR), Indian film star, politician
  • 1917 Oskar Morawetz, Svetla, Czechoslovakia, composer
  • 1920 Nora Kaye, NYC, prima ballerina
  • 1922 Betty White, Oak Park, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls)
  • 1922 Luis Echeverr¡a Alvarez, president Mexico
  • 1923 Onno Molenkamp, actor
  • 1925 Anny Delorie, opera singer
  • 1925 Duane Hanson, US sculptor
  • 1925 Rock Hudson, Winnetka Ill, actor (McMillian & Wife)
  • 1926 Moira Shearer, Scotland, ballerina (Red Shoes)
  • 1927 Donald Erb, Youngstown, Ohio, composer
  • 1928 Vidal Sassoon, London, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sasson)
  • 1929 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Qu‚bec, NHL goaltender (#1)
  • 1930 Thomas P Stafford, Okla, astronaut (Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10)
  • 1931 James Earl Jones, Miss, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man)
  • 1931 L Douglas Wilder, (Gov-D-Va)
  • 1933 Dalida, Cairo, actress/singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day)
  • 1933 Sheree North, (Dawn Bethel), LA, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • 1934 Shari Lewis, Bronx NY, ventriloquist/puppeteer (Lamb Chop)
  • 1935 Paul O(sborne) Williams, US, sci-fi author (Ends of the Circle)
  • 1936 Jerry Fogel, Rochester NY, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-law)
  • 1938 John Bellairs, US, sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)
  • 1938 Paul Revere, Harvard Nebraska, pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders)
  • 1939 Toini Gustafson, Sweden, 5K/10K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1968)
  • 1940 H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • 1942 Muhammad Ali, (Cassius Clay), heavyweight champ boxer (1964-7 74-8)
  • 1942 Randy Boone, Fayetteville NC, actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian)
  • 1943 Daniel C Brandenstein, Watertown Wi, ast (STS-8, 51-G, 32, 49)
  • 1947 Todd Susman, St Louis Mo, actor (Goodnight Beantown)
  • 1948 Mick Taylor, rocker (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
  • 1949 Andy Kaufman, NYC, comedian/actor (Latka-Taxi)
  • 1949 Debbie Watson, La Mirada Calif, actress (Karen, Tammy)
  • 1951 Rolando Thoeni, Italy, slalom (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1952 Larry Fortensky, husband of Liz Taylor (7th)
  • 1952 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jap, rocker (Academy Award 1988, Yellow Magic Orch)
  • 1954 Robert F Kennedy Jr, attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council)
  • 1956 Mitch Vogel, Alhambra Calif, actor (Jamie-Bonanza)
  • 1956 Paul Young, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away)
  • 1960 John Crawford, Palo Alto Ca, bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away)
  • 1961 Maia Chiburdanidze, Kutaisi, USSR, women's world chess champ
  • 1962 Jim Carrey, Ontario Canada, actor (Living Color, Skip-Duck Factory)
  • 1962 Susanna Hoffs, actress/rocker (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian)
  • 1966 Karissa Rushing, Benton Arkansas, Miss Arkansas-America (1991)


Passings for January 17


  • 395 Theodosius I, the Great, Spanish emperor of Rome, dies
  • 1103 Frutolf, German monk/musicologist/historian, dies
  • 1119 Boudewijn VII Hapkin, count of Flanders, dies
  • 1229 Albert, bishop of Riga/founder (Sword knights), dies
  • 1781 Marie de Negre Dables, marquess, dies
  • 1833 William Rush, Indians sculptor, dies
  • 1863 E J Horace Vernet, French painter, dies
  • 1874 Chang & Eng Bunker, Siamese twins, die
  • 1893 Rutherford B Hayes, 19th US Pres (1877-81), dies in Fremont Ohio at 7
  • 1901 Jacob G Agarah, Swedish algoloog, dies
  • 1908 Ferdinand IV SMJJBFLGRRJ, ruler of Toscane, dies
  • 1910 Thomas Crapper, inventor (flush toilet), dies
  • 1917 Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, politician, dies at 70
  • 1938 William H Pickering, US, astronomer (discovered Pluto), dies
  • 1961 Patrice Lumumba, African revolutionary, murdered at 36
  • 1962 Gerrit Achterberg, poet (Autodroom), dies
  • 1968 Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/general Spanish rep army, dies
  • 1972 Rochelle Hudson, actress (That's My Boy), dies at 56
  • 1977 Gary Gilmore, executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967
  • 1980 Barbara Britton, actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59
  • 1981 Bernard Lee, actor (M in James Bond Movies), dies at 73
  • 1983 Doodles Weaver, actor/comedian, commits suicide by gun at 71
  • 1991 Olav AFEC van Sleesw˜k-Holstein-S-G V, king of Norway, dies
  • 1992 Charlie Ventura, jazz sax (Bop for the people), dies at 75 of cancer
  • 1993 Ger ter Horst, soccer trainer (Sparta), dies


Special events for January 17


  • 1501 Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from the Romagna
  • 1536 Fran‡ois Rabelais absolved of apostasy by Pope Paul III
  • 1562 Edict of St Germain recognizes the Huguenots in France
  • 1584 Bohemia adopts the Gregorian calendar
  • 1601 France gains Bresse, Bugey, Valromey & Gex in treaty with Spain
  • 1718 Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switz; kills 53
  • 1746 Battle of Falkirk, Scotland-Edward I defeats & massacres Scots
  • 1773 Capt James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66ø 33' S)
  • 1775 9 old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvests, Kalisk, Pol
  • 1779 Capt Cooks last notation in ship's log Discovery
  • 1821 M‚xico permits Moses Austin & 300 US families to settle in Texas
  • 1852 British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)
  • 1861 Flush toilet patented by Mr Thomas Crapper (Honest!)
  • 1862 -Jan 22nd) BBT Ft Henry, TN by USS Lexington
  • 1863 Civil War skirmish near Newtown, Virginia
  • 1864 General Longstreet's command ends heavy fighting at Dandridgem TN
  • 1871 1st cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873)
  • 1874 Armed Democrats seize Texas govt ending Radical Reconstruction
  • 1885 Brits beat Mahdists at Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan
  • 1893 -17ø F (-27ø C), Millsboro, Delaware (state record)
  • 1893 A Charlois discovers asteroid #354 Eleonora
  • 1893 Queen Liliuokalani deposed, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic
  • 1899 US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific
  • 1901 M Wolf & L Carnera discovers asteroid #466 Tisiphone
  • 1904 Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" opens at the Moscow Art Theater
  • 1905 Punchboards patented by Charles Brewer & C G Scannell, Chicago
  • 1911 Failed assassination attempt on premier Briand in French Assembly
  • 1912 Robert Scott expedition arrives at South Pole, 1 month after Amundsen
  • 1913 Raymond Poincar‚ becomes president of France
  • 1915 Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's hospital in Amsterdam opens
  • 1915 Russia occupies Boekovina & Western Ukraine
  • 1916 Professional Golfer Assn (PGA) formed in NYC
  • 1917 US pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands (or 3/21)
  • 1923 Belgian Working people Party protest against occupied Ruhrgebied
  • 1923 Origin of Brown(?) lunation numbers
  • 1924 B Jekhovsky discovers asteroid #1013 Tombecka
  • 1928 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented
  • 1929 Popeye makes 1st appearance, in comic strip "Thimble Theatre"
  • 1934 Electric Home & Farm Authority incorporated
  • 1938 Supreme Soviet elects Michail Kalinin as presidium chairman
  • 1943 Tin Can Drive Day
  • 1944 Y Vaisala discovers asteroid #3037
  • 1945 Gilbert Dodds, record miler (4:05.3), retires to do gospel work
  • 1945 Liberation of Warsaw by Soviet troops (end of Nazi occupation)
  • 1946 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
  • 1947 Muiden Ammunition factory explodes, 16 die
  • 1948 Netherlands & Indonesia agree to a cease fire
  • 1948 Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC
  • 1950 11 men rob Brink's office in Boston of $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities
  • 1951 China refuses ceases-fire in Korea
  • 1954 Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)
  • 1955 Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage
  • 1957 9-county commission recommends creation of BART
  • 1957 The Cavern Club opens (home of Beatles' 1st appearance)
  • 1961 Eisenhower allegedly orders the assassination of Congo's Lumumba
  • 1962 ANASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690 m
  • 1963 Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km
  • 1963 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA
  • 1966 Martin Luther King Jr opens campaign in Chicago
  • 1966 USAF B-52 carrying 4 unarmed hydrogen bombs crashes on Spanish coast
  • 1968 Soyuz 4 & 5 completed 1st docking of 2 manned spacecraft
  • 1969 Beatles release Yellow Submarine album in UK
  • 1970 John M Burgess installed as bishop of Protestant Episcopals (Mass)
  • 1971 Super Bowl V-Balt Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13
  • 1973 New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life
  • 1976 Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency
  • 1977 7th AFC-NFC pro bowl, AFC wins 24-14
  • 1979 Islanders didn't get a shot off in 1 period against the Rangers
  • 1979 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran
  • 1980 NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
  • 1983 Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians
  • 1986 Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs to regain WBA heavyweight title
  • 1987 Pres Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran
  • 1989 Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach
  • 1989 Gunman opens fire in Calif schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded
  • 1989 Murden & Metz are 1st women to reach South Pole overland (on skis)
  • 1989 Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami
  • 1990 5th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame awards
  • 1990 Dave Stewart signs record $3,500,000 per year Oak A's contract
  • 1991 1st US pilot shot down in Persian Gulf (Jeffrey Zahn)
  • 1991 Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles on Israel
  • 1991 Operation Desert Storm begins-US led allies vs Iraq
  • 1993 Russin Irina Privalova cycles world record 300m indoor (35.45")


Songs for date January 17


  • 01/17/41 --- Yes My Darling Daughter (Shore, Dinah)
  • 01/17/46 --- Personality (Mercer, Johnny)
  • 01/17/70 --- No Time (Guess Who)
  • 01/17/76 --- All By Myself (Carmen, Eric)
  • 01/17/76 --- Take It To The Limit (Eagles)
  • 01/17/81 --- Woman (Lennon, John)
  • 01/17/87 --- Jacob's Ladder (Lewis, Huey & The News)
  • 01/17/87 --- You Got It All (Jets)
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