Today is Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
1706 Benjamin Franklin
1771 Charles Brockden Brown, father of the American novel.
1820 Anne Bronte
1880 Mack Sennett, created Keystone Kops
1899 Al Capone
1922 Betty White
1927 Eartha Kitt
1928 Vidal Sassoon
1931 James Earl Jones
1934 Shari Lewis
1942 Muhammed Ali, who floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee.
1949 Andy Kaufman
1962 Jim Carrey
1773 Capt James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66ø 33' S)
1852 British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)
1861 Flush toilet is patented by Mr. Thomas Crapper (Honest!!).
1871 1st Cable Car is patented by Andrew S. Hallidie.
1893 Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic.
1899 US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific
1943 It was Tin Can Drive Day.
1945 Liberation Day in Poland (end of Nazi occupation)
1957 Nine county commission recommends creation of BART.
1963 Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km
1976 Hermes rocket launched by ESA
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