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Wednesday 17 January 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Fiesta de San Antonio in Andorra
  • National Day (Menorca, Spain)

Events

  • 1977 – Capital punishment in the United States resumes after a ten-year hiatus, as convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in Utah.
  • 1961 – Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States.
  • 1946 – The UN Security Council holds its first session.
  • 1944 – World War II: Allied forces launch the first of four assaults on Monte Cassino with the intention of breaking through the Winter Line and seizing Rome, an effort that would ultimately take four months and cost 105,000 Allied casualties.
  • 1929 – Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by E. C. Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
  • 1918 – Finnish Civil War: The first serious battles take place between the Red Guards and the White Guard.
  • 1917 – The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
  • 1903 – El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
  • 1899 – The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1873 – A group of Modoc warriors defeats the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, part of the Modoc War.
  • 1781 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Cowpens: Continental troops under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan defeat British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton at the battle in South Carolina.
  • 1773 – Captain James Cook commands the first expedition to sail south of the Antarctic Circle.

Births

  • 1991 – Alise Post, American BMX rider
  • 1991 – Trevor Bauer, American baseball player
  • 1989 – Taylor Jordan, American baseball player
  • 1987 – Cody Decker, American major league baseball player
  • 1985 – Betsy Ruth, American wrestler and manager
  • 1982 – Dwyane Wade, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian-American dancer and choreographer
  • 1980 – Zooey Deschanel, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1975 – Freddy Rodriguez, American actor
  • 1974 – Derrick Mason, American football player
  • 1971 – Kid Rock, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1970 – Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-American animator, director, and producer
  • 1970 – Jeremy Roenick, American ice hockey player and actor
  • 1966 – Joshua Malina, American actor
  • 1964 – Michelle Obama, American lawyer and activist, 46th First Lady of the United States
  • 1962 – Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor and producer
  • 1962 – Sebastian Junger, American journalist and author
  • 1961 – Brian Helgeland, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1960 – Chili Davis, Jamaican-American baseball player and coach
  • 1960 – John Crawford, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1959 – Susanna Hoffs, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
  • 1957 – Ann Nocenti, American journalist and author
  • 1957 – Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian, television personality and game show host
  • 1955 – Steve Earle, American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, author and actor
  • 1955 – Steve Javie, American basketball player and referee
  • 1954 – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., American lawyer, radio host, activist, and environmentalist
  • 1953 – Carlos Johnson, American singer and guitarist
  • 1953 – Jeff Berlin, American bass player and educator
  • 1952 – Darrell Porter, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2002)
  • 1950 – Luis López Nieves, Puerto Rican-American author and academic
  • 1949 – Andy Kaufman, American actor and comedian (d. 1984)
  • 1949 – Anita Borg, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2003)
  • 1943 – Chris Montez, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1942 – Muhammad Ali, American boxer and activist (d. 2016)
  • 1939 – Maury Povich, American talk show host and producer
  • 1938 – John Bellairs, American author and academic (d. 1991)
  • 1935 – Ruth Ann Minner, American businesswoman and politician, 72nd Governor of Delaware
  • 1934 – Donald Cammell, Scottish-American director and screenwriter (d. 1996)
  • 1933 – Shari Lewis, American actress, puppeteer/ventriloquist, and television host (d. 1998)
  • 1932 – Sheree North, American actress and dancer (d. 2005)
  • 1931 – Don Zimmer, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2014)
  • 1931 – Douglas Wilder, American sergeant and politician, 66th Governor of Virginia
  • 1931 – James Earl Jones, American actor
  • 1928 – Vidal Sassoon, English-American hairdresser and businessman (d. 2012)
  • 1927 – E. W. Swackhamer, American director and producer (d. 1994)
  • 1927 – Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (d. 2008)
  • 1927 – Harlan Mathews, American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1927 – Thomas Anthony Dooley III, American physician and humanitarian (d. 1961)
  • 1926 – Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and politician
  • 1925 – Gunnar Birkerts, Latvian-American architect (d. 2017)
  • 1925 – Robert Cormier, American author and journalist (d. 2000)
  • 1924 – Jewel Plummer Cobb, American biologist, cancer researcher, and academic (d. 2017)
  • 1922 – Betty White, American actress, game show panelist, television personality, and animal rights activist
  • 1922 – Nicholas Katzenbach, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 65th United States Attorney General (d. 2012)
  • 1918 – George M. Leader, American soldier and politician, 36th Governor of Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1916 – Peter Frelinghuysen Jr., American lieutenant and politician (d. 2011)
  • 1914 – Irving Brecher, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1914 – William Stafford, American poet and author (d. 1993)
  • 1911 – George Stigler, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)
  • 1911 – John S. McCain Jr., American admiral (d. 1981)
  • 1908 – Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager and trainer (d. 1985)
  • 1905 – Peggy Gilbert, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2007)
  • 1905 – Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1901 – Aron Gurwitsch, Lithuanian-American philosopher and author (d. 1973)
  • 1899 – Al Capone, American mob boss (d. 1947)
  • 1899 – Robert Maynard Hutchins, American philosopher and academic (d. 1977)
  • 1886 – Glenn L. Martin, American pilot and businessman, founded the Glenn L. Martin Company (d. 1955)
  • 1882 – Noah Beery, Sr., American actor (d. 1946)
  • 1880 – Mack Sennett, Canadian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1960)
  • 1876 – Frank Hague, American lawyer and politician, 30th Mayor of Jersey City (d. 1956)
  • 1867 – Carl Laemmle, German-born American film producer, co-founded Universal Studios (d. 1939)
  • 1857 – Eugene Augustin Lauste, French-American engineer (d. 1935)
  • 1853 – T. Alexander Harrison, American painter and academic (d. 1930)
  • 1851 – A. B. Frost, American author and illustrator (d. 1928)
  • 1832 – Henry Martyn Baird, American historian and academic (d. 1906)
  • 1828 – Lewis A. Grant, American lawyer and general, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1918)
  • 1793 – Antonio José Martínez, Spanish-American priest, rancher and politician (d. 1867)
  • 1719 – William Vernon, American businessman (d. 1806)
  • 1706 – Benjamin Franklin, American publisher, inventor, and politician, 6th President of Pennsylvania (d. 1790)
  • 1640 – Jonathan Singletary Dunham, American settler (d. 1724)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Tirrel Burton, 86, American football player and coach (b. 1929)
  • 2016 – Blowfly, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1939)
  • 2014 – John J. McGinty III, American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1940)
  • 2013 – Harvey Shapiro (poet), American poet (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Ernie Alexander, American educator and politician (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Johnny Otis, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Marty Springstead, American baseball player and umpire (b. 1937)
  • 2011 – Don Kirshner, American songwriter and producer (b. 1934)
  • 2010 – Erich Segal, American author and screenwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2010 – Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2008 – Bobby Fischer, American chess player and author (b. 1943)
  • 2008 – Ernie Holmes, American football player, wrestler, and actor (b. 1948)
  • 2007 – Art Buchwald, American journalist and author (b. 1925)
  • 2005 – Albert Schatz, American microbiologist and academic (b. 1920)
  • 2005 – Virginia Mayo, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1920)
  • 2004 – Harry Brecheen, American baseball player and coach (b. 1914)
  • 2004 – Noble Willingham, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 2004 – Ray Stark, American film producer (b. 1915)
  • 2003 – Richard Crenna, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 1997 – Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer and academic, discovered Pluto (b. 1906)
  • 1996 – Barbara Jordan, American lawyer and politician (b. 1936)
  • 1994 – Helen Stephens, American runner, shot putter, and discus thrower (b. 1918)
  • 1977 – Gary Gilmore, American murderer (b. 1940)
  • 1972 – Betty Smith, American author and playwright (b. 1896)
  • 1970 – Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoon player and educator (b. 1890)
  • 1952 – Walter Briggs Sr., American businessman (b. 1877)
  • 1933 – Louis Comfort Tiffany, American stained glass artist (b. 1848)
  • 1927 – Juliette Gordon Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA (b. 1860)
  • 1893 – Rutherford B. Hayes, American general, lawyer, and politician, 19th President of the United States (b. 1822)
  • 1891 – George Bancroft, American historian and politician, 17th United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1800)
  • 1718 – Benjamin Church, American colonel (b. 1639)
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