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Today in History
Today in History: Tuesday, January  17, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Jan. 17, 1961, in his farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against "the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex."
Audio LinkPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
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On this date in:
1562French Protestants were recognized under the Edict of St. Germain.
1706Statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston.
1806Thomas Jefferson's daughter, Martha, gave birth to James Madison Randolph, the first child born in the White House.
1893Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown.
1893Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th president of the United States, died in Fremont, Ohio, at age 70.
1899Gangster Al Capone was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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1945Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II.
1945Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, was taken into Soviet custody in Budapest, Hungary. (His fate has never been determined.)
1946The United Nations Security Council held its first meeting.
1977Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore was shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison in the first U.S. execution in a decade.
1994A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 61 people and causing $20 billion worth of damage.
1995A magnitude 7.2 earthquake devastated the city of Kobe, Japan; more than 6,000 people were killed.
1997A court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country's history.
1998President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. president to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil suit when he answered questions from lawyers for Paula Jones, who had accused Clinton of sexual harassment.
2001Faced with an electricity crisis, California used rolling blackouts to cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people.
2008Chess master Bobby Fischer died at age 64.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
First lady Michelle Obama turns 53 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Betty WhiteActress ("The Golden Girls")95
James Earl JonesActor86
Maury PovichTalk show host78
Muhammad AliBoxing Hall of Famer75
Mick TaylorRock musician (Rolling Stones)69
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.Lawyer, environmental activist63
Steve EarleRock singer62
Paul YoungRock singer61
Steve HarveyActor, comedian60
Susanna HoffsRock musician, singer (The Bangles)58
Jim CarreyActor55
Denis O’HareActor55
Joshua MalinaActor ("The West Wing," "Sports Night")51
Naveen AndrewsActor ("Lost")48
Kid RockRapper46
Actress Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl") turns 37 years old today.
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