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This Day In History: Jan. 17

Today is the 17th day of 2008 and the 27th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1773, Captain James Cook, along with his shipmates, became the first to sail south of the Antarctic Circle. In 1819, Simon Bolivar proclaimed Colombia a republic. In 1991, a U.S.-led coalition's planes struck targets in Kuwait and Iraq, launching the Persian Gulf War.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), statesman/inventor/author; Al Capone (1899-1947), organized crime boss; Betty White (1922- ), actress, is 86; James Earl Jones (1931- ), actor, is 77; Muhammad Ali (1942- ), boxer, is 66; Jim Carrey (1962- ), actor, is 46.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1971, the Baltimore Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13, in Super Bowl V, a game so filled with errors it was called the "Blunder Bowl."

TODAY'S QUOTE: "A man who views the world at 50 the same way as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life." - Muhammad Ali

TODAY'S FACT: When James Earl Jones was four he developed a stutter and refused to talk. A high school teacher finally helped him overcome it.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 26 - age of Al Capone when he became boss of the Chicago Outfit.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (January 15) and full moon (January 22).

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