On This Day In History, 17 January


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World Events Today

  • The Englishman Robert Falcon Scott, reached the South Pole today in 1912, less than five weeks after the Norwegian Roald Amundsen
  • After much delay, during the Warsaw Uprising, the Soviet Army finally entered the city today in 1945
  • The United States led coalition of 35 nations, Operation Desert Storm, an offense against the country of Iraq, started today in 1991

Entertainment Events Today

  • The cartoon character Popeye the Sailor, first appeared in a comic strip today in 1929
  • The British punk rock bad The Sex Pistols, broke up today in 1978, the break-up was officially announced the following day by Johnny Rotten
  • The American boxer Tim Witherspoon beat his countryman, Tony Tubbs, over 15 rounds today in 1986, he became the new World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

Family Events Today

  • Alphonse Gabriel Capone, better known more simply as the American gangster Al Capone, or Scarface, was born today in 1899 in New York City
  • The British hair stylist Vidal Sassoon was born today in 1928 in London
  • The American boxer Cassius Marcellus Clay Junior, also known as Muhammad Ali, nicknamed “The Greatest”, was born today in 1942 in Louisville

Main Event Today

  • The Great Brink’s Robbery, an armed robbery in Boston, Massachusetts, took place today in 1950, it was the largest robbery in the United States at the time, with a take of over 2.5 million US Dollars

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Bootlegger’s Day

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