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Notable Historical Events for January 17th

1933Bradman takes second Test wicket, Hammond, bowled

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

200027th American Music Award: Shania Twain & Will Smith win

1970Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s

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

1976"I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1

1966Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago

1904Anton Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard" opens at Moscow Art Theater

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

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

January 17th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on January 17th

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 17th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on January 17th

1946Actor John Wayne (38) weds actress Esperanza Baur in Long Beach, California

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

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

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

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

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

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

1891George Bancroft, American historian and father of U.S. History, dies at 90

January 17th Deaths
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