January 17 in Pop Culture History

17January 17 in Pop Culture History

1706 – Ben Franklin ‘The First American’ was born.

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

1929 – Popeye made his 1st appearance, in comic strip ‘Thimble Theater’

1929 – From the Mount Wilson Observatory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Edwin Hubble showed that the universe was expanding.

1946 – The United Nations Security Council held its 1st meeting

1949 – The Goldbergs debuted on CBS

1950 – During the Great Brink’s Robbery, eleven thieves stole more than $2 million from an armored car company’s offices in Boston. They were all caught later.

1954 – Jacques Cousteau’s 1st network telecast aired on CBS’s Omnibus

1966 – There was an accident involving a mid-air refueling operation off the coast of Spain. 4 thermonuclear weapons were dropped in the process each with a yield of 70 kilotons or more (equal to 70 thousand tons of TNT) but none of them exploded.

1976 – #1 Hit January 17, 1976 – January 23, 1976: Barry ManilowI Write the Songs

1984 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws, in a 5-4 decision.

1986 – Iron Eagle, The Clan of the Cave Bear, Troll and Heathcliff: The Movie were released in theaters

1987 – #1 Hit January 17, 1987 – January 23, 1987: Gregory AbbottShake You Down

1994 (Earthquake) A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit Northridge, California.

1997 – Metro, Beverly Hills Ninja, Kolya and Albino Alligator were released in theaters.

1998 – #1 Hit January 17, 1998 – January 30, 1998: Savage GardenTruly Madly Deeply

1998 – Matt Drudge broke the story of the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky affair on his website, The Drudge Report.

2003 – Kangaroo Jack debuted in theaters.

2009 – #1 Hit January 17, 2009 – February 6, 2009: Lady Gaga featuring Colby O’DonisJust Dance

2011 – Piers Morgan Tonight, replacing Larry King Live, debuted on CNN.

2012 – Food Network personality Paula Deen revealed that she has Diabetes type 2.

2015 – #1 Hit January 17, 2015 – April 24, 2015: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno MarsUptown Funk

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