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This Day in History: Jan. 17

This Day in History

1377: Pope Gregory XI brings the papacy to Rome from its "Babylonian captivity" in Avignon, France , where it had resided between 1309 and 1377.

1781: In the Battle of Cowpens during the American Revolution , colonial forces under Gen. Daniel Morgan send the British troops under Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton into a disorderly retreat.

1893: Hawaii's last monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, is deposed and the monarchy abolished by U.S. settlers.

1950: In Boston, masked bandits rob Brinks, Inc., of $2.8 million, $1.2 million of it in cash.

1977: Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed in Utah in the first exercise of capital punishment in the United States since 1967.

1991: In the Persian Gulf War , the allied forces launch a devastating air attack on Iraq .

1994: A predawn earthquake rocks the Los Angeles area, killing 61 and causing heavy damage.

1995: An earthquake in Kobe, Japan kills 5,000

1998: In a deposition in the Paula Jones case, Pres. Bill Clinton denies having had an affair with Monica Lewinsky.

2004: The U.S. military's death toll in the war in Iraq reaches 500.

Today's Birthdays

1706: Benjamin Franklin, statesman/diplomat, author/publisher, and scientist (Boston, MA; died 1790)

1820: Anne Brontë, novelist/poet (England; died 1849)

1863: David Lloyd George, British prime minister (Manchester, England; died 1945)

Konstantin Stanislavski, Russian actor, director, and author (Moscow, Russia; died 1938):

1899: Al Capone, gangster (Naples, Italy; died 1947)

Robert Maynard Hutchins, educator (Brooklyn, NY; died 1977):

1911: George Joseph Stigler, American economist and Nobel laureate (Renton, WA; died 1991)

1922: Betty White, actress (Oak Park, IL)

1926: Moira Shearer, ballerina (Scotland; died 2006)

1927: Eartha Kitt, singer (North, SC)

1928: Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist (London, England)

1931: James Earl Jones, actor (Tate County, MS)

Douglas Wilder, VA governor, the first African-American elected governor of a U.S. state (Richmond, VA):

Don Zimmer, baseball player and manager/coach (Cincinnati, OH):

1933: Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, philanthropist and environmentalist who served as UN high commissioner for refugees (Paris, France; died 2003)

1934: Shari Lewis, puppeteer and children's entertainer (New York, NY; died 1998)

1939: Maury Povich, TV personality (Washington, D.C.)

1942: Muhammad Ali, champion boxer (Louisville, KY)

1947: Kenny Loggins, singer (Everett, WA)

1956: David Caruso, actor (Forest Hills, NY)

1962: Jim Carrey, actor/comedian (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

1980: Zooey Deschanel, actress (Los Angeles, CA)

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