January 17 in History
1734January 17, 1734:
The coronation of Augustus III as the king of Poland takes place.
1916January 17, 1916:
The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) is established.
1917January 17, 1917:
St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas of the Virgin Islands are bought by the United States from Denmark for $25 million.
1929January 17, 1929:
Popeye the sailor, a fictional cartoon character, is seen for the first time in “Thimble Theatre”, a newspaper comic strip.
1977January 17, 1977:
Gary Gilmore becomes the first person to be executed in the United States after the reinstatement of capital punishment by the Supreme Court in 1976.
1994January 17, 1994:
Patrick Ewing crosses his 15,000th point as an NBA player, becoming the first New York Knicks player to achieve this feat.
1995January 17, 1995:
An earthquake strikes Japan’s Osaka-Kobe metropolis, resulting in the deaths of approximately 6,400 people.
1997January 17, 1997:
Divorce is legally granted for the first time in the Republic of Ireland.
2011January 17, 2011:
American recording artist Miguel releases his single, “Sure Thing”, which he also wrote.
2012January 17, 2012:
LeBron James sets a record as the NBA’s youngest player in history to earn 20,000 points.