1996 - The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
1987 - President Reagan signed a secret order permitting the covert sale of arms to Iran.
1946 - United Nations Security Council holds first ever meeting
1929 - Popeye the Sailor Man first appears in Thimble Theatre comic strip
1773 - Resolution, under Captain James Cook, becomes the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle.
This Day In Business
1928 - A patent is granted for the first ever fully automatic machine for photographic film processing.
1969 - Led Zeppelin releases its debut album in the US.
1377 - Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy from Avignon back to Rome.
1997 - Dennis Rodman is suspended for kicking a camera man two days earlier during a game in Minnesota.
January 17th Holiday
Benjamin Franklin's Birthday - A day for many to celebrate the day that the great Benjamin Franklin was born
Today's Birthday Trivia
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Gerald Ford on January 10, 1977 for transforming the American landscape. Who is she?
Today's Birthday Horoscope
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