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Notable Historical Events for January 17th

19161st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Siwanoy CC Bronxville NY

1938Joseph P. Kennedy becomes the 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

1912Robert Scott expedition arrives at South Pole, 1 month after Amundsen

1821Mexico permits Moses Austin & 300 US families to settle in Texas, after his death leaves to son Stephen

1960Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational

1987US President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran

1864General longstreet's command ends heavy fighting at Dandridgem TN

1773Capt James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33' S)

1966Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago

1963Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA

January 17th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on January 17th

1980Zooey Deschanel, Los Angeles, California, American actress (Almost Famous)

1882Arnold Rothstein, New York City New York, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series)

1899Al Capone, Brooklyn New York, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging)

1871David Beatty, Nantwich, Cheshire, 1st Earl Beatty and British Admiral of the Fleet

1942Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], Louisville Kentucky, heavyweight boxing champion (1964-7 74-8)

1706Benjamin Franklin, Boston, Mass, kite flyer/statesman/wit/inventor, (d. 1790)

1929Jacques Plante, Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie (first to wear a goaltender mask)

1928Vidal Sassoon, London, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sasson), (d. 2012)

January 17th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on January 17th

1955Murderer Charles Manson (20) weds waitress Rosalie Jean Willis (17)

38 BCRoman Republican Leader Octavian, later Augustus 1st Roman Emperor, marries Livia Drusilla.

1988Publisher Bob Guccione (57) weds actress Katherine Keeton (48)

1827Religious leader Joseph Smith Jr (21) weds church group movement leader Emma Smith (22) in South Bainbridge, New York

January 17th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on January 17th

1893Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th US Pres (1877-81), dies of a heart attack at 70

2008Bobby Fischer, American chess player (b. 1943)

1964T.H. White, English author of the King Arthur novels, dies of heart failure at 57

1927Juliette Gordon Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, dies of breast cancer at 66

January 17th Deaths
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