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17th January

1706 * Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston.

1773 Captain Cook's ship The Resolution became the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle.

1827 The Duke of Wellington was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the British Army.

1893 Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani was forced to abdicate by a group of planters and businessmen.

1899 * Al (Alphonse) Capone, America's most notorious gangster.

1912 Captain Robert Scott reached the South Pole, 1 month after the Norwegian Amundsen.

1928 * Vidal Sassoon, English hair stylist with an international reputation.

1942 * Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay), Olympic and 3 times world heavyweight boxing champion.

1945 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.

1956 * Paul Young, English singer.

1959 The African country of Mali was formed with the joining of Senegal & French Sudan.

1977 Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, was executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison.

1983 Breakfast television came to Britain on the BBC.

1994 An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale devastated Los Angeles, killing more than 20 people.

1995 A massive quake destroyed whole areas of Japan's industrial heartland, leaving many hundreds of people dead. Worst hit was the port of Kobe.

1998 President Clinton became the first sitting U.S. president to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil suit.

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