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January 17

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 
2000Drug makers Glaxo Wellcome PLC and SmithKline Beecham PLC announce merger plans to form the world's largest pharmaceutical company.
 
1995More than 6,000 die as a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocks Kobe, Japan.
 
1994A magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes Southern California, killing 61 people and causing $20 billion in damage.
 
1991On the first day of Operation Desert Storm, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein promises that the "mother of all battles" has begun.
 
1991A US Patriot missile shoots down an Iraqi scud missile for the first time.
 
1989Five children are shot to death at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California, by a gunman who then kills himself.
 
1977Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad at the Utah State Prison.
 
1946The United Nations Security Council meets for the first time.
 
1945Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of Jews during WWII, disappears in Hungary while in Soviet custody.
 
1945Warsaw is liberated by Polish and Soviet forces during WWII.
 
1916The Professional Golfers Association is formed in New York City.
 
1893Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th US president, dies in Fremont, OH, at age 70.
 
1893Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani abdicates the throne, bowing to pressure from sugar planters and businessmen.
 
1806  James Madison Randolph, grandson of US president Thomas Jefferson, becomes the first child born in the White House.
 

Born today:

1982  Amanda Wilkinson - country singer (The Wilkinsons)

1981  Ray J - singer

1971  Kid Rock - rapper, rock singer

1969  Naveen Andrews - actor (Lost)

1966  Shabba Ranks - reggae/rap singer

1962  Jim Carrey - comedian, actor

1960  John Crawford - singer, bass guitarist (Berlin)

1957  Susanna Hoffs - singer (The Bangles)

1956  David Caruso - actor

1956  Paul Young - singer

1955  Steve Earle - root rock/new county singer

1948  Mick Taylor - guitarist (formerly with The Rolling Stones)

1945  William Hart - R&B singer (The Delfonics)

1944  Joe Frazier - former heavyweight champion (1968, 1970)

1942  Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) - heavyweight boxing champ (1964, 1974, 1978)

1939  Maury Povich - TV talk show host

1934  Shari Lewis - puppeteer, actress

1933  Sheree North - actress

1931  L. Douglas Wilder - first elected African-American governor in US (Virginia)

1931  James Earl Jones - actor (voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars trilogy)

1928  Vidal Sassoon - hair stylist

1927  Eartha Kitt, singer, actress

1926  Moira Shearer - ballerina, actress

1922  Betty White - actress

1920  George Handy - pianist, composer

Al Capone


1889  Al Capone - Chicago mobster

 (photo credit: FBI)


1884  Mack Sennett - silent movie director

1883  Noah Beery - actor (Mark of Zorro)

1860  Anton Chekhov - author

1706  Ben Franklin - statesman, printer, postmaster, author

 

Born today? Your sign of the Zodiac is:
Capricorn   Capricorn    

(The Sea-Goat)

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