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Notable Historical Events for January 17th

1914Gerhart Hauptmann's "Der Bogen des Odysseus," premieres in Berlin

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

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

1966Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago

1954Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)

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

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

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

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

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

January 17th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on January 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 17th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on January 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 17th Deaths
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