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On January 17th, 1893, Hawaii's monarchy was
overthrown as a group of businessmen and sugar
planters forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate.
On this date:
In 1706, Benjamin Franklin
was born in Boston.
In 1893, the 19th
president of the United States, Rutherford B.
Hayes, died in Fremont, Ohio, at age 70.
In 1899, notorious
gangster Al Capone was born in Brooklyn, New
In 1945, Soviet
and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World
In 1945, Swedish
diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving
tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary
while in Soviet custody.
In 1946, the
United Nations Security Council held its first
In 1961, in his
farewell address, President Eisenhower warned
against the rise of "the military-industrial
In 1977, convicted
murderer Gary Gilmore, 36, was shot by a firing
squad at Utah State Prison in the first US
execution in a decade.
In 1989, five
children were shot to death at the Cleveland
Elementary School in Stockton, California, by a
drifter who then killed himself.
In 1994, a
six-point-seven magnitude earthquake struck
Southern California, killing at least 61 people
and causing $20 billion worth of damage.
Ten years ago: A
federal judge in Miami set a March 1990 date for
ex-Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega's drug
trafficking trial to begin. (After initial
delays, Noriega was tried and convicted of
racketeering and conspiracy to distribute
cocaine, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison,
later cut to 30 years.)
Five years ago:
More than six-thousand people were killed when an
earthquake with a magnitude of seven-point-two
devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.
One year ago: As
White House lawyers met to work on President
Clinton's defense, their client spent the day
preparing for his State of the Union address. The
defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos
defeated the New York Jets, 23-to-10, to win the
American Football Conference title; the Atlanta
Falcons upset the Minnesota Vikings, 30-to-27, to
win the National Football Conference
"I am always ready
to learn, but I do not always like to be
Winston Churchill, British statesman (1874-1965).