On This Day in History, January 17

If you have run out of fun activities to do, here is an excellent exercise that will help boost your memory and educate you on matters that affected the world in history. Read the following major events of January 17.

  • 1912 -Captain Robert Scott’s expedition arrives at the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen
  • 1924 – US surplus war material was being sold to the Mexican government, as approved by President Coolidge.
  • 1934 – NY Giants rewarded NL MVP pitcher Carl Hubbell with a huge $18,000 contract.
  • 1938 – The first jazz concert performed at Carnegie Hall.
  • 1938 – Joseph P. Kennedy becomes the 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
  • 1942 – The U.S. Asiatic fleet sunk three Japanese enemy ships.
  • 1945 – The Germans were defeated by the Soviet army in Warsaw, Poland.
  • 1954– Jacques Cousteau’s 1st network telecast airs on CBS “Omnibus”.
  • 1961– Eisenhower gives his last speech as president of the United States.
  • 1966– A H-Bomb was lost in the Mediterranean after a B-52 bomber had made an impact with a KC-135 jet.
  • 1966Martin Luther king jr. opened a campaign in Chicago.
  • 1970– Sporting News named Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s.
  • 1974– O.J. Simpson won the Male Athlete of the Year Award for the previous year.
  • 1977– Gary Gilmore, was convicted of murder, shot dead by a firing squad, becoming the first to be executed since the death penalty was reinstated.
  • 1981- President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos ends martial law.
  • 1987– US President Reagan signed secret order permitting the covert sale of arms to Iran.
  • 1987– General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Hu Yaobang was forced to resign, amid demonstrations for greater democracy.
  • 1994– Actress Elizabeth Taylor was released from the hospital after hip treatment.
  • 1997NBA suspended Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking the cameraman.
  • 1998– US President Bill Clinton faced sexual harassment charges from Paula Jones.

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