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
Her most popular song was 'Unwritten,' which was #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Who is she?
Today's Birthday Horoscope
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