January 17 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1773 Captain James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33′ S)

1873 A group of Modoc warriors defeats the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War

1912 Captain Robert Scott‘s expedition arrives at the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen

1946 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting

1991 Operation Desert Storm begins, with US-led coalition forces bombing Iraq, during the Gulf War

Today’s Historical Events

1287 King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca

1377 Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon

1501 Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna

1524 Beginning of Giovanni da Verrazzano‘s voyage to find a passage to China

1536 Francois Rabelais absolved of apostasy by Pope Paul III

1562 French regent Catherine de’ Medici issues the Edict of St Germain recognizing Huguenots in France

1584 Bohemia adopts Gregorian calendar

1595 King Henry IV of France declares war on Spain

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1949 Radio series “The Goldbergs” by Gertrude Berg premieres on US TV on CBS

1954 Jacques Cousteau‘s 1st network telecast airs on “Omnibus” (CBS)

1983 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar, Rick Springfield, and Olivia Newton-John win

1984 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws

1986 2nd Sundance Film Festival: “Smooth Talk” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

1991 Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title

1993 14th ACE Cable Awards: Bravo! wins the Golden CableACE for its dedication to films, cultural arts and performing arts programming

1994 Actress Elizabeth Taylor released from the hospital after hip treatment

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1950 “Alive & Kicking” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 performances

1959 “Say, Darling” closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances

1962 Roy Harris’ 8th Symphony, premieres in San Francisco

1972 “My Hang-Up Is You” single released by Freddie Hart (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)

1974 Styne, Comdem & Green’s musical “Lorelei” premieres in NYC

1974 Asylum Records releases “Court and Spark”, Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell‘s 6th studio album; features the songs “Help Me” and “Free Man In Paris”, it becomes her biggest seller

1976 “I Write the Songs” cover by Barry Manilow hits #1

1978 After a tumultuous final tour the Sex Pistols break up as a band, which is announced the following day

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1916 Rodman Wanamaker organises a lunch to discuss forming a golfers association (later the PGA) at the Taplow Club, Martinique Hotel, New York City

1933 Australian cricket batting champion Don Bradman takes only his 2nd Test wicket; bowls England’s Walter Hammond for 85 during 338-run 3rd Test defeat in Adelaide

1934 NY Giants reward NL MVP pitcher Carl Hubbell with a huge $18,000 contract

1937 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women’s Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins inaugural event by 3 strokes ahead of Dorothy Kirby

1939 Ed Barrow is elected Yankee president succeeding deceased J Ruppert

1952 1952 NFL Draft: Bill Wade from University of Vanderbilt first pick by Los Angeles Rams

1953 Australian Championships Women’s Tennis: In an all-American final Maureen Connolly wins 1st leg of her Grand Slam; beats Julia Sampson 6-3, 6-2

1953 Australian Championships Men’s Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ken Rosewall wins his first Grand Slam title; beats Mervyn Rose 6-0, 6-3, 6-4