17th January

Born on this day 17th January
1612 Thomas Fairfax
1712 John Stanley
1814 Mrs. Henry Wood
1820 Anne Bronte
1863 David Lloyd George
1871 David Earl Beatty
1879 Jean Langford Kingdon
1881 Harry Price
1886 Ronald Firbank
1899 Nevil Shute
1899 Al Capone
1918 Keith Joseph
1928 Vidal Sassoon
1942 Muhammad Ali
1949 Mick Taylor
1956 Paul Young
1957 Keith Chegwin
1957 Paul Merton
1957 Steve Harvey
1964 Andy Rourke
1967 Richard Hawley
1969 Naveen Andrews
1971 Richard Burns
1989 Hollie-Jay Bowes

Died on this day
2001 Auberon Waugh


1969 Led Zeppelin, previously known as the New Yardbirds, released their first album under their new name.

1970 The Doors recorded their ‘Absolutely Live’ album at the Felt Forum in Los Angeles.

1972 Slade played the Croydon Top Rank.


1933 During the third test between England and Adelaide, the MCC at Lords received a telegram from the Australian Cricket Board stating that body-line bowling was endangering Australian batsmen and if continued might jeopardize relations between the two countries.

People & Showbiz

1989 The Air Accident Investigation Bureau revealed that the helicopter crash in Gloucs that nearly killed Mike Smith and Sarah Greene was not caused by engine failure. Smith did not receive any information about the landing site or the dangerous trees surrounding it.

1993 The Smith and Wesson gun that killed Jesse James in 1882 was to be auctioned in Lewes, Sussex. It was expected to fetch at least £60,000.

General Events

1648 England’s Long Parliament passes the Vote of No Addresses, breaking off negotiations with King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War.

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

1852 The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.

1912 Sir Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.

1966 The price of a loaf of bread increased by one penny, putting the average cost up to 15 and a 1/2 penny.

1977 A 10 year suspension of capital punishment came to an end in the US when double murderer Gary Gilmore was executed by a firing squad at the Utah State prison.

1998 Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his website The Drudge Report.

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