CNN logo


Almanac Main banner

Friday, January 17, 1997

  • Today's Events
  • On Horizon
  • On This Day
  • Newslink
  • Holidays & more
  • Almanac archive
  • "He was my hero."

    -- Actor Bill Cosby on the death of his only son

    | AllPolitics Campaignland |

    Today's Events

  • A summit meeting of Commonwealth of Independent States will take place in Moscow.

  • Summit for psychiatrists on Seasonal Affective Disorder, often known as winter depression, will be held in Tromsoe, Norway. Discussions to center on diagnosis and treatment.

  • Reform communist Party of Democratic Socialism is scheduled to begin a national conference on social welfare issues in Schwerin, Germany.

  • Romania's leftist former ruling Party of Social Democracy ousted in November general elections is scheduled to hold a national conference to restructure the party and elect ex-President Ion Iliescu its leader.

  • President Bill Clinton is scheduled to meet with the U.S. Conference of Mayors at the White House.

  • A hearing for rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg is scheduled in Los Angeles for a felony gun possession case.

  • rule

    On the horizon

  • On Saturday, January 18, Chateau-d'Oex, Switzerland, holds an international hot air balloon festival.

  • On Sunday, January 19, the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Los Angeles.

  • On Monday, January 20, President Bill Clinton will be inaugurated for his second term in Washington.

  • On Tuesday, January 21, the trial of millionaire John du Pont for the slaying of Olympic champion wrestler David Schultz begins in Pennsylvania.

  • On Wednesday, January 22, Steve Jones, the best-selling writer on genetics and professor at University College London, gives a speech in London on "What Sex Really Means."

  • On Thursday, January 23, a Paris court rules on racism charges against former film star Brigitte Bardot

  • rule

    On this day

  • In 1377, Pope Gregory XI restored the Papal See to Rome after it was removed from Avignon.

  • In 1562, the edict of Saint Germain took effect by which the Huguenots were recognized in France. On the same day, the Duke of Guise and the Cardinal of Lorraine formed a union to block the edict.

  • In 1601, the Treaty of Lyons was signed between France, Spain and Savoy under which Henry IV gained Bresse, Bugey, Gex and Valromey.

  • In 1773, the Resolution, under Captain James Cook, became the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle.

  • In 1781, the English were defeated by American militia under Daniel Morgan at the battle of Cowpens in South Carolina.

  • In 1852, Britain recognized the independence of Transvaal in the Sand River Convention.

  • In 1893, Rutherford Hayes, the 19th U.S. president, died.

  • In 1912, Captain Robert Scott and his expedition reached the South Pole, one month after Norway's Roald Amundsen.

  • In 1919, classical pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski became prime minister of Poland.

  • In 1929, King Inayatullah of Afghanistan was forced to abdicate after a coup; he ruled for only three days.

  • In 1966, a U.S. B-52 bomber collided in midair with a refueling tanker over Spain; eight were killed and the bomber released its H-bomb into the Atlantic. The bomb was recovered the following month.

  • In 1977, double-murderer Gary Gilmore became the first person to be executed in the U.S. since the reintroduction of the death penalty.

  • In 1983, Nigeria expelled an estimated two million illegal immigrants from Ghana; Ghana reopened its border to nationals at the end of January.

  • In 1991, in the Gulf War, U.S.-led allied forces launched "Operation Desert Storm," an air and missile offensive against Iraqi positions and installations in Iraq and occupied Kuwait.

  • In 1994, an earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck Los Angeles, killing 61 people and causing extensive damage.

  • In 1994, Russian President Boris Yeltsin accepted the resignation of Economics Minister Yegor Gaidar.

  • In 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed after a strong earthquake ripped through central Japan. Measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale, the earthquake, centered around the port of Kobe, was the biggest quake to hit Japan in half a century.

  • In 1996, Italy's former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, went on trial for corruption on charges; he said the accusations were trumped up by magistrates seeking to wreck his political career.

  • rule


    It's official. After 30 years of Israeli occupation, Palestine has regained control of the city of Hebron. For reaction and a bit of history on the conflict, check out these three web sites: Virtual Jerusalem, The Islamic Association for Palestine, Arab net.


    Holidays and more

  • The Northern Lights Festival begins today in Norway.

  • Today is Constitution Day in the Philippines.

  • It's Liberation Day in Poland.

  • Former heavyweight champion boxer Muhammed Ali is 55.

  • Actor Jim Carrey is 35.

  • Actor David Caruso is 41.

  • Actor Troy Donahue is 60.

  • Actor James Earl Jones is 66.

  • Puppeteer Shari Lewis is 63.

  • Hair stylist Vidal Sassoon is 69.

  • Actress Betty White is 73.

  • Former baseball player Don Zimmer is 66.

  • rule

    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan

    To the top

    © 1997 Cable News Network, Inc.
    All Rights Reserved.

    Terms under which this service is provided to you.