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On This Day: January 17th

This is 17th day of the year and 348 days remain in the year.

in history
1706
Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston.
1806
James Madison Randolph, the grandson of Thomas Jefferson, became the first child born in the White House.
1893
Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani was forced to abdicate by a group of planters and businessmen.
1945
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.
1977
Gary Gilmore became the first person executed in the U.S. since the death penalty was reintroduced.
1991

Operation Desert Storm was launched against Iraq.

1998
President Clinton became the first sitting U.S. president to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil suit.
2001
Gov. Gray Davis declared a state of emergency concerning California's electricity crisis.
January 17 BirthdaysBenjamin Franklin

1706–1790, American Statesman.


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