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January 17 Historical Events

The following events took place on January 17. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 55 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 38 BC
    Octavian divorces his wife Scribonia and marries Livia Drusilla, ending the fragile peace between the Second Triumvirate and Sextus Pompey.
  • 395
    Emperor Theodosius I dies in Mediolanum (Milan), the Roman Empire is re-divided into an eastern and a western half. The Eastern Roman Empire is centered in Constantinople under Arcadius, son of Theodosius, and the Western Roman Empire in Mediolanum under Honorius, his brother (aged 10).
  • 1287
    King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca.
  • 1377
    Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
  • 1524
    Giovanni da Verrazzano sets sail westward from Madeira to find a sea route to the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1562
    France recognizes the Huguenots by the Edict of Saint-Germain.
  • 1595
    Henry IV of France declares war on Spain.
  • 1608
    Emperor Susenyos I of Ethiopia surprises an Oromo army at Ebenat; his army reportedly kills 12,000 Oromo at the cost of 400 of his men.
  • 1648
    England’s Long Parliament passes the “Vote of No Addresses”, breaking off negotiations with King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War.
  • 1773
    Captain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Cowpens – Continental troops under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan defeat British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton at the battle in South Carolina.
  • 1799
    Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, is executed.
  • 1811
    Mexican War of Independence: In the Battle of Calderón Bridge, a heavily outnumbered Spanish force of 6,000 troops defeats nearly 100,000 Mexican revolutionaries.
  • 1852
    The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.
  • 1873
    A group of Modoc warriors defeats the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, part of the Modoc War.
  • 1885
    A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan.
  • 1893
    Lorrin A. Thurston, along with the Citizens’ Committee of Public Safety led the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii and the government of Queen Liliuokalani.
  • 1899
    The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1903
    El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
  • 1904
    Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard receives its premiere performance at the Moscow Art Theatre.
  • 1912
    Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.
  • 1913
    Raymond Poincaré is elected President of France.
  • 1917
    The United States pays Denmark 25 million for the Virgin Islands.
  • 1918
    Finnish Civil War: The first serious battles take place between the Red Guards and the White Guard.
  • 1929
    Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by E. C. Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
  • 1929
    Inayatullah Khan, king of the Emirate of Afghanistan abdicates the throne after only three days.
  • 1941
    Franco-Thai War: French forces inflict a decisive defeat over the Royal Thai Navy.
  • 1943
    World War II: Greek submarine Papanikolis captures the 200-ton sailing vessel Agios Stefanos and mans her with part of her crew.
  • 1944
    World War II: Allied forces launch the first of four assaults on Monte Cassino with the intention of breaking through the Winter Line and seizing Rome, an effort that would ultimately take four months and cost 105,000 Allied casualties.
  • 1945
    World War II: Soviet forces capture the almost completely destroyed Polish city of Warsaw.

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