What happened on January 17 News and Events on This Day in History
Major News Stories on 17th January include Warsaw Gheto is Freed from Germany by Soviet Army, First Volkswagen Beetle Arrives in USA, Eisenhower Gives Last Speech, Gaza War Ends, Jean-Claude Duvalier Returns to Haiti
1991 Iraq Desert Storm
17th January, 1991 : Operation Desert Storm begins when aircraft from British, American, Kuwait, French and Saudi bomb military and strategic targets in Iraq, including an oil refinery and Baghdad airport.
U.S. 1949 U.S.A. Volkswagen Beetle
17th January, 1949 : The first Volkswagen Beetle ( The Peoples Car ) in the U.S. arrived from Germany, designed by Ferdinand Porsche at the request of Adolf Hitler.
1983 England Breakfast TV
17th January, 1983 : The BBC launches a Breakfast Television Program featuring Frank Bough, Nick Ross and former ITN news reader Selina Scott. The BBC has launched this prior to the new TV-AM franchise due to launch a breakfast television program in February. ( Newspaper Critics said there was no need for breakfast Television possibly because they were concerned re newspaper sales ) By 1984 TV-am's "Good Morning Britain" and the BBC's "Breakfast Time" were bringing in 1.5 million viewers per day .
Canada 1953 Canada Women's Fashions
17th January, 1953 : As in the rest of the world around this time, a slight shift is made in the styles of clothing worn. Women in particular still wanted to dress nice during this time, but yet were wearing more practical clothing.
One of the items that were considered to be made more comfortable during this time was shoes. Many women were looking for pairs with lower heels-ones that help them live out their current active lifestyle.
It was during this time in Canadian history as well as in other areas of the world when size did not matter. Women used to want to try to fit their feet into smaller shoes, when really they should be wearing at least a half a size larger.
Therefore, since women were feeling less self-conscious about size in general-including for shoes-the shoes they wore fit much better. The same was for all the other clothing women wore during this time.
U.S. 1924 U.S.A. Surplus War Material
17th January, 1924 : US surplus war material was being sold to the Mexican government, as approved by President Coolidge. In fact, the first shipment of such had already arrived before this news bit was reported.
Members of both the House and the Senate from both Political parties had opposed this action. In fact, some members advocated that a ruling should be made that would establish the selling of arms and war goods to foreign countries illegal permanently.
U.S. 1938 U.S.A. Carnegie Hall
17th January, 1938 : The first jazz concert is performed at Carnegie Hall. Benny Goodman and his orchestra performed at this iconic New York City venue and the event included guests like Count Basie and other popular names of the day. It gave the genre credibility as a legitimate musical preference.
U.S. 1942 World War II US Sinks Japanese Ships
17th January, 1942 : The U.S. Asiatic fleet had sunk three Japanese enemy ships. This happened as the U.S. headed towards Japanese supply lines in the Pacific.
This victorious operation was performed by the Far Eastern Fleet. In all, this fleet had sunk a total of 29 Japanese ships since the beginning of the war.
Poland 1945 Poland Warsaw Freed
17th January, 1945 : The Germans were defeated by the Soviet army in Warsaw, Poland. This capital of Poland was then freed from the German army.
U.S. 1950 U.S.A. Brinks Robbery
17th January, 1950 : The Great Brinks Robbery ( Boston ) A team of 11 thieves, steal more than $2 million from the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston
U.S. 1961 U.S.A. Eisenhower
On January 17, 1961 Eisenhower gives his last speech as president of the United States. In his speech he expresses his hopes of the future, as well as his concerns.
He warns against what he called the “military-industrial complex” and strongly urged people to seek peace. He also used the words such as “diplomacy,” “compassion,” and “restraint” in reference to future dealings with the Soviet Union.
Eisenhower also expressed sadness that at that time there was no peace. He then ended his speech with a closing prayer.
Spain 1966 Spain H-Bomb
17th January, 1966 : An H-Bomb was lost in the Mediterranean after a B-52 bomber had made impact with a KC-135 jet. Two other bombs were dropped near Palomores, a small town in Spain.
U.S. 1973 U.S.A. Chrysler
17th January, 1973 : The Chrysler Corporation had announced a recall the day before on certain automobiles. Up to 5,512 vehicles cars with steering system defects were to be returned, as well as 751 vehicles with miss-assembled transmissions.
U.S. 1974 U.S.A. O.J. Simpson
17th January, 1974 : O.J. Simpson won the Male Athlete of the Year Award for the previous year. This award was given the day before by the Associated Press.
At this time, Simpson was a running back for the Buffalo Bills. He had also won other awards in his career as well, such as the very much-coveted Heisman Trophy.
In 1994, O.J. Simpson had been accused of murdering his wife and another man (Ronald Goldman) who was suspected to be a lover, but there was no real proof of that. More importantly, after a long drawn out trial that took over a year, O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his wife and Mr. Goldman.
U.S. 1977 U.S.A. Gary Gilmore
17th January, 1977 : Gary Gilmore, convicted in the double murder of an elderly couple, is shot to death by a firing squad in Utah, becoming the first person to be executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated .
U.S. 1994 U.S.A. Earthquake
17th January, 1994 : An earthquake which measured 6.6 on the Richter scale shook up the city of Los Angeles on this day. This natural disaster killed 54 people and caused billions of dollars in damage. This was one of the largest earthquakes to have taken place in the United States.
Japan 1995 Japan Earthquake
17th January, 1995 : A Powerful Earthquake measuring 7.2 magnitude on the Richter scale hits the Japanese port of Kobe where hundreds of people are feared dead and thousands injured. Whole buildings, apartment blocks and an elevated highway collapse killing at least 200 people and injuring some 13,000. ( The Kobe earthquake was one of the worst to hit Japan which is prone to earthquakes and left 6,433 dead, Nearly 27,000 injured, and more than 45,000 homes destroyed.
U.S.A. 2007 U.S.A. Extreme Winter Storms
17th January, 2007 : Large parts of the US are still gripped in extreme cold temperatures, ice storms, sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow. California has been badly affected with a state of emergency announced, after citrus growers said the cold weather had probably destroyed about 70% of the state's crop. Ice storms have left nearly 1/2 million without power due to power lines down. A state of emergency has been declared for Missouri and Oklahoma.
U.S. 2008 U.S.A. Possible Recession
17th January, 2008 : Economists, The Federal Government, Politicians and everyone else are for the first time mostly agreeing and discussing a possible recession and how to avert..
The triggers for the change in defining current state of the economy have been the continuing concerns over sub-prime mortgages and defaults
An increase of defaulters on other loans and credit cards
Worse than expected consumer spending during the holiday season
Large losses on the US stock market with a high of 14,160 in October 2007 dropping 2,000 points to 12,159 on January 17th 2008 in just over 3 months.
Employment figures going over the 5% barrier
Property values continuing to decline with larger numbers of property available on the market ( many through default )
Concerns over inflation pressures caused by increased fuel and high government spending which in turn make it harder for the fed to pump large amounts into the economy.
And possibly the worst news is that this is not just a US problem as governments as far away as France and Britain and even some of the high flying Asian economy's
The figures released in the next few months including inflation, employment, housing and if the credit squeeze tightens will determine which it will be Adjustment, Bear or All Out Recession
Middle East2009 Middle East Gaza War Ends
17th January, 2009 : Following a Joint Cease fire between Israel and Hamas the war in Gaza ends which had started on December 27th 2008. The war had started following an Israeli wave of air strikes on 150 preplanned targets within a span of One Hour on Hamas targets, The bombing was in retaliation for Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel. The war intensified following the bombing and escalated with Israel troops and further strikes by the Air Force and Navy on Hamas targets.
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Iran 2010 Iran Iran stops sending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia
17th January, 2010 : Iran has suspended pilgrimages to the Muslim holy places until the Saudi religious
police end their 'appalling behaviour'
towards Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims. "The reason for the suspension is because
the way the agents of the Saudi Commission for
Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice have been dealing with our pilgrims,"
the head of public relations of the Iranian
hajj and pilgrimage organisation said.
Haiti 2011 Haiti Exiled Leader Returns to Haiti
17th January, 2011 : Jean-Claude Duvalier, former president of Haiti,
returned to the country after being exiled twenty-five years ago. Duvalier
stated that he wanted to help the country as it struggles with rebuilding
itself after a devastating earthquake in 2010. Jean-Clause Duvalier,
known as “Baby Doc”, was the son of former leader Francois Duvalier and
ruled from 1971 until 1986 when he was forced out of the country after a
coup by the military amid popular unrest. Duvalier was accused of massive
corruption and embezzlement.
United States 2013 United States College Football Player in Online Hoax
17th January, 2013 : A linebacker for the University of Notre Dame, Manti Te'o was involved in a bizarre hoax in which his girlfriend who had allegedly died of cancer was revealed to be non-existent. Te'o revealed that he had been the victim of a prank and that his girlfriend was really someone else who had tricked him into an online romance.
Celebrating Birthday's Today Eartha Kitt Born: 17th January 1927 South Carolina, USA Died: 25th December Weston, Connecticut, USA Known For : Eartha Kitt was a famous actress and singer who made her mark on many films and broadway. She was known for being Catwoman in
the 1960s Batman television series and was also known for the song "Santa Baby." Earth Kitt died of colon cancer in December of 2008. Andy Kaufman Born: 17th January 1949 New York, USA Died: 16th May 1984 Los Angeles, California Known For : Andy Kaufman was known for being a popular comedian and actor. He had many characters that he played including the "foreign
man" and "Tony Clifton." He also made many television appearances on shows such as Saturday Night Live and The Late Show with David Letterman and he had a recurring role as the character of "Latka" on
the show Taxi. Known as a practical jokester, many fans believe that Kaufman faked his own death in 1984, but most evidence points to the fact that he did actually pass away from a rare form of lung cancer. Michelle Obama Born: 17th January 1964 Chicago, Illinois Known For : The wife of Barack Obama, current President-elect of the United States and the mother of their two children Malia and Sasha Obama. She will be the first African-American First Lady of the United States.