11 Things That Happened This Day In History - 17th January

Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history

1. 1706 - Benjamin Franklin is born in Boston

2. 1773 - Captain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle

3. 1806 - James Madison Randolph, grandson of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, is the first child born in the White House

4. 1942 - Muhammad Ali is born

5. 1950 - The daring Great Brinks Robbery is carried out in Boston. 11 thieves, in a precisely timed and choreographed strike, steal more than $2m from the Brinks Armoured Car depot

6. 1971 - Marvin Gaye sings the U.S. national anthem at SuperBowl V in Miami

7. 1977 - Gary Gilmore, the convicted murderer, is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, Salt Lake City - the first execution since the since the death penalty was reintroduced

8. 1991 - Operation Desert Storm begins as Gulf War allies send hundreds of planes on bombing raids into Iraq

9. 1994 - An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale devastates Los Angeles in the USA, killing more than 20 people

10. 1994 - Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state clerk, files suit against President Bill Clinton in the federal court in Little Rock, Arkansas

11. 1998 - President Clinton becomes the first sitting U.S. President to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil suit

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com

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