Today in History - January 17

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St. Anthony's day.
 (Hem., 3/97, p.74)

395        Jan 17, Emperor Theodosius I (49), the Great, Spanish head of Rome, died. Theodosius I wrote into his will that upon his death the eastern and western sections of the empire should be declared separate empires. His death in this year marks the split of the Roman and Byzantine Empire.
    (ATC, p.24)(MC, 1/17/02)

1504        Jan 17, Pius V, Pope from 1566-1572, was born.
    (HN, 1/17/99)

1562        Jan 17, French Protestant Huguenots were recognized under the Edict of St. Germain.
    (AP, 1/17/98)

1601        Jan 17, The Treaty of Lyons ended a short war between France and Savoy. Savoy was ceded to France in 1860.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1272)(HN, 1/17/99)

1656        Jan 17, Prussian Duke Frederick Wilhelm withdrew ties with Lithuania and Poland and acknowledged vassal status with Sweden.
    (LHC, 1/17/03)

1702        Jan 17, Thomas Franklin, English smith and uncle of B. Franklin, died.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1705        Jan 17, John Ray (b.1627), British naturalist and theologian, died. He had spent three years traveling in Europe collecting material for his book “Historia Plantarum." The classification in his 1682 book “Methodus Plantarum Nova" is based on overall morphology. Ray's plant classification system was the first to divide flowering plants into monocots and dicots.
    (www.1911encyclopedia.org/John_Ray)(WSJ, 5/10/08, p.W8)

1706        Jan 17, Benjamin Franklin (d.1790), American statesman, was born in Boston, the youngest boy in a family of 17 children. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and wrote "Poor Richard’s Almanac." Carl Van Doren portrays Franklin as a harmonious rationalist in his classic biography. David Morgan writes of Franklin’s darker side in: “The Devious Dr. Franklin, Colonial Agent." And Robert Middlekauff describes Franklin as a trickster in his: “Benjamin Franklin and his Enemies." Franklin believed in white superiority and said: “why increase the Sons of Africa by planting them in America, when we have so fair an opportunity, by excluding all the Blacks and Tawneys, of increasing the lovely white.?" "If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing."
    (WSJ, 8/8/95, p. A12)(SFC,12/897, p.A27)(AP, 1/17/98)(AP, 4/17/98)(HN, 1/17/99)(HNQ, 11/19/01)

1732        Jan 17, Stanislaw II August Poniatowski, last king of Poland (1764-95), was born.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1746        Jan 17, Charles Edward Stuart, the young pretender, defeated the government forces at the battle of Falkirk in Scotland.
    (HN, 1/17/99)

1773        Jan 17, Captain James Cook became the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle  (66d 33' S).
    (HN, 1/17/99)(MC, 1/17/02)

1775        Jan 17, 9 old women were burned as witches for causing bad harvests in Kalisk, Poland.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1781        Jan 17, Daniel Morgan’s Continental regiments routed British forces at Cowpens, South Carolina. Some 100 British soldiers were killed, 299 wounded and 600 taken prisoner. 12 American were killed.
    (ON, 12/01, p.10)(AH, 2/06, p.71)

1806        Jan 17, James Madison Randolph, Thomas Jefferson's grandson, was the 1st to be born in White House. His mother was Martha Randolph one of President Thomas Jefferson's two daughters, this was her 8th child.
    (AP, 1/17/06)

1819        Jan 17, Simon Bolivar the “liberator" proclaimed Columbia a republic.
    (HN, 1/17/99)

1835        Jan 17, Antanas Baranauskas (d.1902), Lithuanian poet and bishop, was born in Anyksciai.
    (LC, 1998, p.8)(LHC, 1/17/03)

1852        Jan 17, At the Sand River Convention, the British recognized the independence of the Transvaal Board.
    (HN, 1/17/99)

1860        Jan 17, Anton Chekhov (d.1904), Russian playwright and short story writer, was born. He was famous for "The Seagull" and "Three Sisters. " Part of his letters were published in a 1955 edition edited by Lillian Hellman. In 1997 his later letters from 1899 to actress Olga Knipper were edited by Jean Benedetti and published as: “Dear Writer, Dear Actress: The Love Letters of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper."
    (WUD, 1994, p.252)(WSJ, 12/5/97, p.A16)(HN, 1/17/99)

1861        Jan 17, Lola Montez (b.1821), dancer and actress, died in NYC. Born in Ireland as Eliza Rosanna Gilbert she became famous as a "Spanish dancer," courtesan, and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who made her Countess of Landsfeld.
    (SFC, 5/31/14, p.D1)

1863        Jan 17, David Lloyd George (d.1945), British Prime Minister, was born. First Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, English statesman: “It is always too late, or too little, or both. And that is the road to disaster."
    (AP, 8/13/97)(HN, 1/17/99)

1865        Jan 17, The 170-foot sailing ship Sir John Franklin, a clipper out of Baltimore with 16 people aboard, wrecked near Pescadero, Ca. Capt. Desperaux and 11 crew members were lost.
    (SFC, 8/10/02, p.A13)(Ind, 8/10/02, 5A)

1871        Jan 17, The 1st cable car patented by Andrew S. Hallidie. It began service in 1873.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1874        Jan 17, Chang and Eng Bunker (62), Chinese-Thai Siamese twins, died.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1892        Jan 17, In Exeter, Rhode Island, Mercy Brown (19), rumored to be a vampire, died of consumption. Some believed her story inspired Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula."
    (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6628164)(SFC, 9/2/11, p.A8)
       
1893        Jan 17, Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown by a group of businessmen and sugar planters under Sanford Ballard Dole, who forced Queen Lili’uokalani to abdicate and formed the Republic of Hawaii. This coup occurred with the knowledge of John L. Stevens, the US Minister to Hawaii. 300 Marines from the USS Boston were called to Hawaii, allegedly to protect American lives. Queen Lili’uokalani wrote to Pres. Harrison for support.
    (AP, 1/17/98)(HNPD, 1/25/99)(SFEC, 8/29/99, p.T11)(ON, 11/02, p.6)
1893        Jan 17, A state record temperature of 17F, -27C, was recorded in Millsboro, Delaware.
    (MC, 1/17/02)
1893        Jan 17, The 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881), died in Fremont, Ohio, at age 70.
    (AP, 1/17/98)

1899        Jan 17, Notorious gangster Al Capone was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The U.S. mobster known as “Scarface Al" later ran most of Chicago and the surrounding area.
    (AP, 1/17/99)(HN, 1/17/99)
1899        Jan 17, US took possession of Wake Island in Pacific.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1902        Jan 17, Gideon Scheepers, South Africa Boer leader, was executed.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1909        Jan 17, Wilbur and Orville Wright opened the world’s first flying school at Pau, France, and refused to accept women as students.
    (ON, 4/10, p.11)

1911        Jan 17, Francis Galton (b.1822), English scientist, died. He was one of the first moderns to present a carefully considered eugenics program. His work included the invention of weather maps and the description of fingerprints. He also developed a system for classifying human profiles using geometric diagrams. He was a cousin of Charles Darwin and the founder of the science of statistics. The idea of sterilizing human beings considered as physical or mental undesirables stemmed from Galton’s ideas.
    (NH, 6/97, p.18)(SFC, 8/28/97, p.A12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Galton)

1917        Jan 17, The United States paid Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
    (AP, 1/17/07)

1919        Jan 17, Pianist and statesman Ignace Jan Paderewski became the first premier of the newly created republic of Poland.
    (AP, 1/17/07)

1922        Jan 17, Betty White, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls), was born.
    (MC, 1/17/02)
1922        Jan 17, Luis Echeverria Alvarez, president Mexico, was born.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1926        Jan 17, George Burns married Gracie Allen.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1927        Jan 17, Eartha Kitt (d.2008), American singer and actress (Catwoman-Batman), was born in South Carolina.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eartha_Kitt)
1927        Jan 17, Juliette Gordon Low (b.1860), founder of the Girl Scouts (1912), died in Savannah, Georgia. In 2012 Stacy A. Cordery authored “Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts."
    (SSFC, 3/18/12, p.F4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juliette_Gordon_Low)

1928        Jan 17, Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sassoon), was born in London.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1929        Jan 17, The first Popeye character appeared in the Thimble Theater cartoon strip by Elzie Segar  (1894-1938) of Chesater, Ill.
    (WSJ, 10/15/96, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.C._Segar)
1929        Jan 17, In Afghanistan Habibullah Kalakani (1891-1929), popularly known as "Bache Saqaw," became emir after deposing Amanullah Khan, the grandson of Rahman  Khan, with the help of various Afghan tribes who opposed modernization. Khan had built 5-mile (8-km) track with steam locomotives running between Kabul and his European-style palace of Darulaman. But his plans for a wider network met with opposition. The line fell into disrepair after he was overthrown.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habibull%C4%81h_Kalak%C4%81ni)(AP, 3/10/12)

1931        Jan 17, James Earl Jones, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man), was born in Miss.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1934        Jan 17, Shari Lewis, ventriloquist, puppeteer (Lamb Chop), was born in Bronx, NY.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1939        Jan 17, The Reich issued an order forbidding Jews to practice as dentists, veterinarians and chemists.
    (HN, 1/17/99)

1942        Jan 17, Muhammad Ali [Casius Clay], U.S. boxer, “The Greatest," who is the only three-time heavyweight champion, was born.
    (HN, 1/17/99)

1943        Jan 17, US Tin Can Drive Day.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1944        Jan 17, Russia rejected a Polish proposal to negotiate a boundary dispute.
    (HN, 1/17/99)

1945        Jan 17, Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II.
    (AP, 1/17/98)(HN, 1/17/99)
1945        Jan 17, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody. Raoul Wallenberg was jailed by the Soviets who believed that he was an American spy. He had saved more than 20,000 Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps. Wallenberg was a graduate of the Univ. of Michigan and studied there from 1931-1935. In 2000 a Kremlin commission believed that he was shot in a KGB prison.
    (SFC, 5/5/96, p.A-7)(AP, 1/17/98)(MT, Spg. ‘99, p.18)(SFC, 11/28/00, p.A18)

1946        Jan 17, The United Nations Security Council held its first meeting.
    (AP, 1/17/98)

1949        Jan 17, Andy Kaufman, comedian, actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1950        Jan 17, In Boston 11 men robbed the Brink's office of $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities. The 1978 film "The Brink’s Job" starred Peter Falk and Peter Boyle. It was based on the nonfiction book "The Big Stick-Up at Brink’s" by Noel Behn.
    (SFC, 8/1/98, p.A19)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Brinks_Robbery)

1951        Jan 17, China refused a cease-fire in Korea.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1953        Jan 17, GM introduced the first American sports car, the two-seater Corvette at the annual NYC Motorama Show at the Waldorf-Astoria. It was not made available for sale to the public until June 30th.
    (http://tinyurl.com/fdjur)(http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1953-corvette.htm)
1953        Jan 17, In Egypt all political parties were dissolved and banned. The ban continued to 1976.
    (http://countrystudies.us/egypt/32.htm)(Econ, 12/17/11, p.86)

1955        Jan 17, The nuclear powered USS Nautilus submarine was launched for its 1st shakedown cruise to Puerto Rico. [see Jan 21, 1954]
    (SFC, 4/30/01, p.A17)

1957        Jan 17, A 9-county commission recommended the creation of BART, the SF Bay Area Rapid Transport system.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1961        Jan 17, In his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned against the  rise of "the military-industrial complex."
    (AP, 1/17/98)
1961        Jan 17, US Pres. Dwight Eisenhower and Canada’s PM John Diefenbaker signed a treaty to jointly control the Columbia River. The treaty was implemented in 1964.
    (Econ, 5/31/14, p.42)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River_Treaty)
1961        Jan 17, Patrice Lumumba (34), the 1st premier Congo, was murdered after 67 days in office. Pres. Eisenhower allegedly approved the assassination of Congo's Patrice Lumumba. The US and Joseph Mobutu were implicated but no conclusive proof has emerged. Sidney Gottlieb (d.1999 at 80), a CIA deputy, carried a deadly bacteria to the Congo that was used to kill Lamumba. In 2000 the Belgium Parliament opened an inquiry into possible government involvement in the killing of Congo’s Premier Patrice Lumumba. This followed allegations in the new book "The Murder of Lumumba" by Ludo De Witte. In 2001 the inquiry found that King Baudouin knew of the plot but did nothing to stop it. The Katanga government did not announce the death until Feb 13. Moscow charged that UN Sec. Gen. Dag Hammarskjold was involved.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1961)(PCh, 1992, p.979)(SFC, 5/17/97, p.A14)(SFC, 5/3/00, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/9/01, p.A1)

1963        Jan 17, Soviet leader Khrushchev visited the Berlin Wall. [see Feb 17]
    (HN, 1/17/99)

1964        Jan 17, The PLO charter was put together with articles that proclaimed Israel an illegal state and pledged "the elimination of Zionism in Palestine." The PLO was founded in Egypt. Fatah became the core group of the PLO.
    (SFC, 12/11/98, p.A18)(SFC, 4/30/02, p.A8)(SFC, 11/11/04, p.18)

1966        Jan 17, Martin Luther King Jr. opened a campaign in Chicago.
    (MC, 1/17/02)
1966        Jan 17, A US Air Force B-52 carrying four unarmed hydrogen bombs crashed on the Spanish coast. Three of the bombs were quickly recovered, but the fourth wasn't found until April. Two US Air Force jets collided in the skies over Spanish coastal village of Palomares. The mid-air crash of the B-52 bomber and a KC-135 refueling plane killed 8 crew members.
    (AP, 1/17/06)(www.commondreams.org/views01/0803-08.htm)

1967        Jan 17, Barney Ross (1909),  Jewish boxer born as Dov-Ber Rasofsky, died. He won the lightweight title in 1933 and the welterweight crown in 1934. In 2006 Douglas Century authored the biography “Barney Ross."
    (www.ibhof.com/ross.htm)(WSJ, 3/17/06, p.W7)
1967        Jan 17, Evelyn Nesbit (b.1884), American artists' model and chorus girl, died in Santa Monica, Ca. She is noted for her entanglement in the 1906 murder of her ex-lover, architect Stanford White, by her first husband, Harry Kendall Thaw.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Nesbit)

1970        Jan 17, In Vietnam Donald Sloat was killed in action as he used his body to cover a hand grenade saving three fellow soldiers. In 2014 Sloat was awarded the Medal of Honor.
    (http://tinyurl.com/pc7364y)(SFC, 9/16/14, p.A7)

1973        Jan 17, The US Public Health Service linked smoking to fetal and infant risks.
    (HN, 1/17/99)

1974        Jan 17-1974 Jan 19, China occupied the Paracel Islands following the Battle of Hoang Sea, a bloody skirmish with Vietnam. Dozens of South Vietnamese sailors drowned in a vain attempt to stop China’s annexation of the Paracel archipelago.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hoang_Sa)(Econ, 3/31/07, SR p.7)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.40)

1976        Jan 17, "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow (b.1944) hit #1.
    (http://tinyurl.com/36ufh8)

1977        Jan 17, The TV sitcom “Busting Loose" began with Adam Arkin and ran for 24 episodes.
    (SFC, 2/13/08, p.B7)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0192884/)
1977        Jan 17, Gary Gilmore (b.1940), convicted for two murders he committed in Utah, was shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison in the first US execution in a decade. In 1979 Norman Mailer authored his Pulitzer Prize winning book: “The Executioner’s Song," the story of Gary Gilmore.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Gilmore)(AP, 1/17/98)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.103)
1977        Jan 17, In Argentina Abel Madariaga last saw his wife, a surgeon who treated the poor in a Buenos Aires suburb, being pushed into a Ford Falcon by army officers dressed as civilians as she walked to a train. He and Silvia Quintela (28) were members of the Montoneros, a leftist group targeted for elimination by government death squads. Quintela gave birth to a son the couple had planned to name Francisco in July 1977, while imprisoned in the Campo de Mayo, one of the notorious clandestine torture centers in suburban Buenos Aires. A military intelligence officer, Victor Alejandro Gallo, brought the baby, his umbilical cord still attached, home to his wife, Ines Susana Colombo. Silvia disappeared shortly thereafter. In 2010 Abel was reunited with his son and Gallo was arrested on suspicion of illegal adoption.
    (AP, 2/24/10)

1970        Jan 17, Silas Trim Bissell (d.2002) and his wife Judith, Weathermen underground members, set a homemade bomb under the steps of the ROTC building at Washington State Univ. It failed to go off and both were caught. Bissel went underground but was caught and served 17 months in Lompoc (1987-1988).
    (SFC, 6/24/02, p.B6)

1982        Jan 17, In the SF Bay Area Elisabeth Martinsson (21), a Swedish exchange student at the College of Marin, disappeared. Ten days later a convicted rapist was found with the car in Oklahoma. Henry Coleman (31) of Los Angeles, was wanted on a robbery warrant out of California. He was convicted of auto theft and sentenced to five years in prison, but was never charged with Martinsson's death. In 2014 dental records were used to identify her remains found in a canyon in Fremont, Ca.
    (AP, 5/26/15)
1982        Jan 17, Varlan Shalamov, Russian writer, journalist, poet and Gulag survivor, died in Moscow.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varlam_Shalamov)

1983        Jan 17, Alabama Gov George C. Wallace (1919-1998), became governor for a record 4th time.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Wallace)(www.historybuff.com/states/al.html)

1984        Jan 17, The US Supreme Court sided with Sony and ruled, 5 to 4, that the private use of home video cassette recorders to tape television programs did not violate federal copyright laws.
    (AP, 1/17/02)(SFC, 4/8/02, p.E1)

1985        Jan 17, A jury in New Jersey ruled that terminally ill patients have the right to starve themselves.
    (HN, 1/17/99)

1986        Jan 17, President Reagan approved a finding that authorized the sale of weapons to Iran through third parties.
    (www.thedubyareport.com/family.html)

1987        Jan 17, A Reagan Administration official who initiated the arms shipments to Iran, acknowledged that the US had virtually no independent intelligence to support its policy.
    (http://tinyurl.com/py89w)
1987        Jan 17, Hans Fricke on an undersea expedition off the east coast of Africa at a 180 meters from Grande Comore’s west coast found and filmed a coelacanth fish at a depth of 198 meters.
    (NG, 6/1988, p.827)

1988        Jan 17, The Washington Redskins won the NFC championship by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 17-10; the Denver Broncos beat the Cleveland Browns 38-33 to win the AFC title.
    (AP, 1/17/98)
1988        Jan 17, Haiti held a presidential election run by the military-led junta that was boycotted by the opposition.
    (AP, 1/17/98)
1988        Jan 17, Angelo de Mojana di Cologna, the Grand Master of The Order of St. John (Knights of Malta), died. Fidel Castro declared a national day of mourning in Cuba.
    (WSJ, 12/30/94, p.A6)(www.worldstatesmen.org/Malta_knights.htm)

1989        Jan 17, Five children were shot to death at the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, Calif., by a drifter who then killed himself. Patrick Henry Purdy (27), an alcoholic with a gun fetish, had gone to school there.
    (AP, 1/17/99)(SFC, 10/4/06, p.A1)

1990        Jan 17, A federal judge in Miami set March 1990 for the trial of ex-Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega on drug trafficking charges. 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.
    (AP, 1/17/00)

1991        Jan 17, The Persian Gulf War began as Coalition planes struck targets in Iraq and Kuwait. The first Iraqi Scud missile attacks on Israel were launched. There were reports of death and injury, and possibly even chemical weapons being used. For a few tense hours, it looked as though Israel would retaliate against Iraq, causing the allied coalition to break up. Six months of preparation and diplomacy might be undone by a few poorly aimed, 1950s-vintage ballistic missiles. Later that evening, U.S. Patriot surface-to-air missiles were launched against the incoming Scuds, and for the first time in history, a ballistic missile was shot down by another missile. The use of Patriot missiles in Israel’s defense helped to keep that country out of the Gulf War, thereby safeguarding the integrity of the American-European-Arab coalition. Jeffrey Zahn became the 1st US pilot shot down. Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher (33) was shot down over western Iraq. In 1993 the ruins of his plane were found. In 2009 his remains were found and positively identified.
    (SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)(SFEC,12/797, p.A1,16)(HN, 1/17/99)(AP, 8/2/09)
1991        Jan 17, On the first day of Operation Desert Storm, US-led forces hammered Iraqi targets in an effort to drive Iraq out of Kuwait. A defiant Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared that the “mother of all battles" had begun. Iraq attacked Israel with ten Scud missiles. The US Patriot defense missile was used in battle for the first time to shoot down a Scud fired at Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 1/17/01)
1991        Jan 17, Crude oil futures fell $10.56 following the release of strategic US crude oil stockpiles coinciding with the start of the Persian Gulf War.
    (WSJ, 8/23/08, p.B6)

1992        Jan 17, President Bush laid a wreath at the crypt of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta.
    (AP, 1/17/02)
1992        Jan 17, IBM announced a nearly $5B loss for 1991.
    (www.iht.com/articles/1992/01/17/ibm_.php)
1992        Jan 17, Celeste Carrington (30), a former janitor of from East Palo Alto, Ca., shot and killed Victor Esparza (34) in San Carlos during a robbery. 2 months later she shot and killed Caroline Gleason (36), a property manager, during a robbery in Palo Alto. 5 days later she wounded a 3rd person in an attempted robbery. She was later convicted and sentenced to death. In 2009 the California Supreme court upheld her death sentence.
    (SFC, 7/28/09, p.C2)(www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S043628.PDF)
1992        Jan 17, Eight Protestant laborers were killed in an IRA bombing in Northern Ireland.
    (AP, 1/17/02)

1993        Jan 17, The United States, accusing Iraq of a series of military provocations, unleashed Tomahawk missiles against a military complex eight miles from downtown Baghdad. President-elect Clinton, arriving in Washington for his inauguration, backed the action.
    (AP, 1/17/98)
1993        Jan 17, Albert Hourani (b.1915), British academic of Lebanese origin, died. His books included “A History of the Arab Peoples" (1991).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Hourani)

1994        Jan 17, A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 61 people and causing $20 billion worth of damage. Northridge quake hit the Los Angeles area. It killed 72 people. Insurance losses totaled $17.8 billion.
    (SFC, 4/28/97, p.A3)(SFC, 5/3/97, p.B1)(AP, 1/17/98)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.73)
1994        Jan 17, Allan Odell died at age 90. He and his younger brother Leonard (d.1991) wrote some 7,000 Burma Shave poems beginning in 1925 in rural Minnesota. The Burma-Shave phenomenon faded in 1963, when Phillip Morris bought Burma-Vita and the signs began to come down.
    (http://tinyurl.com/es9ab)(www.two-lane.com/burmashave.html)

1995        Jan 17, George W. Bush (b.1946) began serving as the 46th governor of Texas. Bush had already picked Alberto Gonzales (b.1955) as his general counsel.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush)(Econ, 7/14/07, p.38)
1995        Jan 17, A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit the port city of Kobe, Japan. 5,502 people were killed in the worst earthquake to hit Japan since 1923.
    (WSJ, 1/18/95, p.A1)(AP, 6/22/02)(SSFC, 4/16/06, p.F4)

1996        Jan 17, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and nine followers were handed long prison sentences for plotting to blow up New York-area landmarks.
    (AP, 1/17/01)
1996        Jan 17, Former US Representative Barbara Jordan died in Austin, Texas, at age 59.
    (AP, 1/17/01)
1996        Jan 17, Russian forces unleashed a scorching barrage of rockets on Chechen rebels in Pervomayskaya.
    (AP, 1/17/01)
1996        Jan 17, In Spain ETA abducted a prison officer and held him for 532 days.
    (AP, 3/22/06)

1997        Jan 17, The US House ethics committee approved a $300,000 penalty against Speaker Newt Gingrich for ethics violations. Speaker Newt Gingrich agreed to submit to the reprimand
    (SFC, 1/18/97, p.A1) (AP, 1/17/98)
1997        Jan 17, A $40 million navigation satellite for the US Air Force blew up on takeoff at Cape Canaveral.
    (SFC, 1/18/97, p.A3)
1997        Jan 17, Clyde William Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered Pluto in 1930, died in New Mexico.
    (SFEC, 1/19/97, p.B6)
1997        Jan 17, In Columbia Cali cartel bosses Gilberto and Miguel Rodriguez drew prison terms of 10.5 and 9 years for cocaine trafficking.
    (SFC, 1/18/97, p.C1)
1997        Jan 17, A French medical team removed 10 bullets from Uday Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein of Iraq. One bullet was still left lodged in his spine.
    (SFC, 1/20/97, p.A13)
1997        Jan 17, A court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country's history.
    (AP, 1/17/98)
1997        Jan 17, Israel handed over its military headquarters in Hebron to the Palestinians, ending 30 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank city.
    (AP, 1/17/98)
1997        Jan 17, Korean workers announced a reduction in work stoppages. All out strikes were to be scaled back to once a week.
    (SFC, 1/18/97, p.A10)

1998        Jan 17, Pres. Clinton was interrogated in his deposition In the Paula Jones case. It was the first time a sitting president was interrogated in a court case. During the nearly six hours of sworn testimony, Clinton denied that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
    (SFEC, 1/18/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/12/98, p.A12)(AP, 1/17/99)
1998        Jan 17, Matt Drudge reported over the Internet that Monica Lewinsky had paid numerous service calls to the White House.
    (WSJ, 10/24/00, p.A22)
1998        Jan 17, It was reported that the US military had begun to clear away over 50,000 land mines around Guantanamo Naval base. The base was defended by 400 marines.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 17, It was reported that motorists in Cairo were switching to compressed natural gas (CNG) to fuel their vehicles. It was both cheaper and burned cleaner. Over 5,000 vehicles had made the switch.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 17, In Iraq Sadam Hussein threatened to expel all UN arms inspectors in 6 months if the country is not cleared of suspicions about weapons programs and if sanctions are not lifted.
    (SFEC, 1/18/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 17, In South Korea some 2,500 workers marched in Seoul to protest the government’s labor reform plan. Kim Dae-jung called for a smaller labor force to attract more funds from the IMF and foreign investors.
    (SFEC, 1/18/98, p.A14)

1999        Jan 17, The defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos defeated the New York Jets, 23-10, to win the American Football Conference title; the Atlanta Falcons upset the Minnesota Vikings, 30-27, to win the National Football Conference championship.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
1999        Jan 17, As White House lawyers met to work on President Clinton's impeachment defense, their client spent the day preparing for his State of the Union address.
    (AP, 1/17/00)
1999        Jan 17, In Bryan, Ohio, 3 freight trains crashed into each other and 2 crew members were killed.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A5)
1999        Jan 17, In Tennessee tornadoes left 9 people dead and 100 injured with extensive damage in 28 counties.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A5)(WSJ, 1/19/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 17, US talks with North Korea over inspection of an underground nuclear site were adjourned. North Korea demanded $300 million in compensation to inspect the Kumchangni site.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 17, In Chile a forest fire had destroyed 24,000 acres near San Fernando, some 80 miles south of Santiago. It was the worst fire in 25 years.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A17)
1999        Jan 17, In Pakistan Islamic laws were imposed in tribal areas of the northwest with punishments to include lashings, amputations of hands and feet, and executions.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 17, In Turkey the parliament voted in a new minority government under Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit.
    (WSJ, 1/18/99, p.A15)
1999        Jan 17, In Yemen 2 British and 4 Dutch citizens were kidnapped.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A10)

2000        Jan 17, The Clinton administration announced that talks between Israel and Syria had been postponed indefinitely.
    (SFC, 1/18/00, p.A1)
2000        Jan 17, In Columbia, South Carolina, some 46,000 demonstrators marched on the Statehouse on Martin Luther King Day decrying the Confederate flag as a symbol of slavery and racism and called for the removal on the flag.
    (SFC, 1/18/00, p.A1)(AP, 1/17/01)
2000        Jan 17, British pharmaceutical firms Glaxo Wellcome PLC and SmithKline Beecham PLC announced a merger to form the world’s largest drug maker valued at $186 billion.
    (SFC, 1/17/00, p.A1)(AP, 1/17/01)   
2000        Jan 17, In Chechnya Russian aircraft and artillery bombed Grozny with a record number of attacks.
    (SFC, 1/18/00, p.A8)
2000        Jan 17, A boat carrying 40 migrants trying to illegally reach Puerto Rico sank off the Dominican coast after leaving Sabana de la Mar and at least 8 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/18/00, p.A12)
2000        Jan 17, In Ecuador police broke up a march by oil workers in Quito as some 30,000 troops were deployed in fears of unrest.
    (WSJ, 1/18/00, p.A1)
2000        Jan 17, In Indonesia angry Muslims burned as many as a dozen churches at Mataram and Ampenan on Lombok Island.
    (SFC, 1/18/00, p.A12)
2000        Jan 17, Huseyin Velioglu, founder and leader of Turkish Hezbollah, was killed in a shootout with Turkish Police during a raid in the Istanbul suburb of Beykoz.
    (www.tkb.org/KeyLeader.jsp?memID=5922)

2001        Jan 17, Pres. Clinton created 6 new national monuments that included: The Carrizo Plain, 204,107 acres between San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield in California; the 377,346 acres Upper Missouri River Breaks and the 51 acres Pompeys Pillar landmark in Montana; the 486,149 acre Sonoran Desert monument in Arizona; the 63 acre Minidoka Internment National Monument in Idaho; and the 4,148 acre Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks in New Mexico.
    (SFC, 1/17/01, p.A2)
2001        Jan 17, California used rolling blackouts to cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people. Gov. Davis declared a state of emergency and ordered the Dept. of Water Resources to buy and sell electricity to help alleviate the crises. PG&E defaulted on $76 million in short term debt.
    (SFC, 1/18/01, p.A1)(AP, 1/17/02)
2001        Jan 17, Gregory Corso (70), Beat poet, died in Robbinsdale, Minn. His poetry collections included “Gasoline" and “Mindfield" (1989).
    (SFC, 1/19/01, p.D7)
2001        Jan 17, In Britain the House of Commons voted 387 to 174 to ban fox hunting.
    (SFC, 1/18/01, p.A16)
2001        Jan 17, In Colombia 25 men were hacked to death by some 50 AUC right-wing paramilitary at Chengue. 30 homes were set on fire and 7 men taken as hostages. Residents had called for protection 23 months earlier.
    (SFC, 1/18/01, p.A14)(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.D3)
2001        Jan 17, In Congo government ministers named Joseph Kabila, son of Laurent Kabila, as temporary head of state.
    (SFC, 1/18/01, p.A13)
2001        Jan 17, In Indonesia separatist rebels took 6 hostages in Irian Jaya. The kidnappers belonged to a faction of the Free Papua Movement led by Willem Konde.
    (SFC, 1/18/01, p.A16)
2001        Jan 17, It was reported that Norway was lifting its ban on exports of whale meat and byproducts.
    (WSJ, 1/17/01, p.A1)
2001        Jan 17, Hisham Miki (54), head of Palestinian TV, was shot to death by 3 masked men in Gaza City.
    (SFC, 1/18/01, p.A13)
2001        Jan 17, In Sudan some 30,000 people fled rebel-held regions in the Numa Mountains.
    (SFC, 1/18/01, p.A16)

2002        Jan 17, Enron fired accounting firm Arthur Andersen, citing its destruction of thousands of documents and its accounting advice; for its part, Andersen said its relationship with Enron ended in early December 2001 when the company slid into the biggest corporate bankruptcy in U.S. history.
    (AP, 1/17/03)
2002        Jan 17, US Sec. of State Powell visited Afghanistan and pledged that the US would not abandon the country.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A20)(WSJ, 1/18/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 17, In Arizona 2 A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jets collided and 1 pilot was killed.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A4)
2002        Jan 17, In Argentina Roque Maccarone, president of the Central Bank, resigned in a dispute with Economic Minister Remes Lenicov over ways to preserved the value of the peso.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 17, The Congo volcano Mount Nyiragongo erupted near Goma and rivers of lava destroyed 14 villages. Goma was devastated and some 400,000 people fled their homes. At least 50 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A8)(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A16)
2002        Jan 17, An Ecuadoran oil-company plane crashed in Colombia and all 26 aboard were feared dead. The plane was found Jan 24 with no survivors.
    (WSJ, 1/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A15)
2002        Jan 17, In Leicester, England, police arrested 2 Algerian men allegedly involved in a plot to bomb the US Embassy in Paris. Another 8 men were arrested north of London under the Terrorism Act.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A16)
2002        Jan 17, In Hadera, Israel, a Palestinian gunmen opened fire at a bat mitzvah party and killed 6 people before he was beaten and killed. 30 more were wounded.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 17, In Nigeria labor leaders ended a 2-day general strike after Adams Oshiomole and other activists of the Labor Congress were arrested.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 17, In Peru some 200 Aguaruna Indians attacked settlers near the Ecuador border and killed 14 people. Landless peasants had begun settling the area in 1989.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A4)
2002        Jan 17, Camilo Jose Cela (85), Spanish novelist and 1989 Noble Prize winner, died in Madrid.
    (WSJ, 1/18/02, p.A1)

2003        Jan 17, Tom Ridge sailed through Senate confirmation hearings on his way to becoming the nation's first Homeland Security Department chief.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2003        Jan 17, Constellation Brands of Fairport, NY, announced a $1.4 billion acquisition of Australia's BRL Hardy. The combination would form the world's largest wine company.
    (SFC, 1/18/03, p.A1)
2003        Jan 17, Richard Crenna (75), radio, film and TV actor, died.
    (SFC, 1/20/03, p.B4)
2003        Jan 17, Margo Patterson Doss (b.1920), former SF Chronicle columnist, died. In 1961 she began writing her Sunday column “San Francisco at Your Feet" and continued for 30 years. During the last decade of her life she gardened in Bolinas and wrote for the Point Reyes Light.
    (SFC, 1/22/09, p.B1)
2003        Jan 17, Gertrude Janeway (93), the last known widow of a Union veteran from the Civil War, died in Blaine, Tenn. She had married John Janeway in 1927 when he was 81 and she was barely 18.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2003        Jan 17, A bomb ripped through a village in northern Bangladesh during an annual carnival, killing six people and wounding six others.
    (AP, 1/18/03)
2003        Jan 17, Parliament of the Bosnian Serb ministate approved a Cabinet and Dragan Mikerevic (48) as the new prime minister.
    (AP, 1/17/03)
2003        Jan 17, France and Spain opened the new 5.3-mile Somport tunnel through the western Pyrenees mountains.
    (AP, 1/18/03)
2003        Jan 17, On the 12th anniversary of the Gulf War, a defiant Saddam Hussein called on his people to rise up and defend the nation against a new U.S.-led attack.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2003        Jan 17, Iraq and Russia signed three oil agreements for exploration and development of oil fields in southern and western Iraq.
    (AP, 1/17/03)
2003        Jan 17, In Kenya informer William Mwaura Munuhe (27) was found dead at his home in the affluent Nairobi suburb of Karen, two days after the U.S. Embassy and Kenyan police tried to trap genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga.
    (AP, 1/21/03)
2003        Jan 17, Massive flooding caused by Cyclone Delfina ravaged parts of Malawi and Mozambique, washing away homes and crops, submerging roads and bridges, and cutting off electricity in the impoverished nations.
    (AP, 1/17/03)
2003        Jan 17, Two Palestinian gunmen infiltrated the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, killing an Israeli man as he opened the door of his home and wounding three other people. One gunman was shot and killed in the attack.
    (AP, 1/17/03)
2003        Jan 17, Poland Prime Minister Leszek Miller fired his health minister and 2 deputy finance ministers resigned in the 2nd Cabinet reshuffle this month.
    (AP, 1/17/03)
2003        Jan 17, Russian prosecutors presented a criminal dossier on feared Soviet secret police chief Lavrenty Beria, including a list of hundreds of women he had allegedly stalked and raped.
    (AP, 1/17/03)
2003        Jan 17, The Strategic Partnership with Africa (SPA), made of 15 developed nations, international lending institutions and UN agencies, concluded its annual meeting in Addis Ababa. More than 20 developed nations, lending institutions and UN agencies agreed to increase aid to Africa.
    (AP, 1/17/03)
2003        Jan 17, Turkish troops killed 12 Kurdish rebels in the southeast over the past two days.
    (AP, 1/17/03)

2004        Jan 17, Ray Stark (88), Hollywood producer, died. His films included "Funny Girl," based on the life of Broadway singer Fanny Brice, his mother-in-law.
    (SSFC, 1/18/04, p.A14)
2004        Jan 17, A U.S. helicopter attacked a house in Saghatho village in southern Afghanistan, killing 11 people, four of them children. The US military said that only 5 militants were killed. President Hamid Karzai later said 10 Afghan civilians were killed in the US strike.
    (AP, 1/19/04)(SFC, 1/20/04, p.A3)(AP, 1/31/04)
2004        Jan 17, In Brazil the death toll rose to 11 as heavy rains and mudslides pounded the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro for the second day in a row.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 17, A Cessna 208 regional plane carrying hunters went down in Lake Erie about one mile west of Pelee Island, Canada. All 9 aboard were killed.
    (AP, 1/18/04)(WSJ, 1/19/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 17, The Chinese government confirmed two more SARS patients, bringing the total number this year to three.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 17, A roadside bomb exploded near Baghdad, killing three U.S. soldiers and two Iraqi civil defense troopers. The number of American service members who have died since the Iraq war began reached 500.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 17, An explosive device being transported in a car exploded near a U.S. Army patrol in Tikrit, killing two men in the vehicle, one of them a relative of Saddam Hussein.
    (AP, 1/18/04)
2004        Jan 17, In Guatemala Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu said she will become one of new President Oscar Berger's top officials in charge of monitoring adherence to the U.N.-brokered peace accords that ended 36 years of civil war.
    (AP, 1/18/04)
2004        Jan 17, Indian soldiers and Islamic rebels clashed in disputed Kashmir in two separate gunbattles that killed eight guerrillas and two paramilitary soldiers.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 17, In Lebanon 3 killers were executed and grenade blasts followed in Beirut's largest Palestinian refugee camp.
    (WSJ, 1/19/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 17, Myanmar's junta said it freed 26 members of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy party.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 17, Rafael Cordero Santiago (61), the mayor of the Puerto Rican city of Ponce, died after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
    (AP, 1/17/04)

2005        Jan 17, SF and other US cities held parades honoring Martin Luther King.
    (SFC, 1/18/05, p.A1)
2005        Jan 17, Virginia Mayo (b.1920), film actress, died in LA. Her over 40 films included “White Heat" (1933) and “Best years of Our Lives" (1946).
    (SFC, 1/18/05, p.B4)
2005        Jan 17, British Treasury chief Gordon Brown called on wealthy nations and international institutions to write off Africa's debt, saying debts incurred by past generations are keeping the continent poor.
    (AP, 1/17/05)
2005        Jan 17, Chinese news reports said authorities have arrested dozens of government officials and others accused in a scheme to steal 7.4 billion yuan ($900 million) from a state bank through fraudulent loans.
    (AP, 1/17/05)
2005        Jan 17, Zhao Ziyang (85), former Chinese leader (1980-1987), died after 15 years under house arrest. He was ousted as China's Communist Party leader after sympathizing with the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests. In 2009 a secret recording of his insights regarding the 1989 protests were translated edited and published by Bao Pu: “Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang."
    (AP, 1/17/05)(SFC, 1/17/05, p.B4)(Econ, 1/22/05, p.82)(Econ, 5/23/09, p.88)
2005        Jan 17, Iranian President Mohammed Khatami arrived in Zimbabwe to a red carpet welcome from his counterpart Robert Mugabe with whom he is due to hold talks over two days.
    (AP, 1/18/05)
2005        Jan 17, Iraqi expatriates in 14 countries began registering to vote in Iraq's Jan. 30 elections.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2005        Jan 17, Gunmen killed 8 Iraqi National Guardsmen at a checkpoint northeast of Baghdad, and 8 people died in a suicide car bombing at a police station outside the capital. Two Iraqi government auditors were shot to death after armed gunmen stopped their car in an area southeast of Baghdad. In Ramadi, officials found four bodies, three civilians and one Iraqi soldier. They bore handwritten signs declaring them collaborators.
    (AP, 1/17/05)
2005        Jan 17, Israeli warplanes attacked suspected Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon after the guerrillas said they blew up an Israeli bulldozer in a disputed area near the border, reportedly causing casualties.
    (AP, 1/17/05)
2005        Jan 17, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas ordered his security forces to try to prevent attacks against Israel and to investigate a shooting at a Gaza Strip crossing that killed six Israeli civilians last week.
    (AP, 1/17/05)
2005        Jan 17, Russian police stopped angry retirees from blocking traffic, the third day of protests in President Vladimir Putin's hometown against welfare benefit cutoffs.
    (AP, 1/17/05)
2005        Jan 17, In Thailand a collision on Bangkok’s new subway injured 200 and suspended service for a week. A crew error was blamed.
    (WSJ, 1/18/05, p.A1)
2005        Jan 17, Singapore said its exports expanded by 17 percent to a record high in 2004, reflecting strong demand from China for oil and commodities and solid sales of electronics and pharmaceuticals to the United States and European Union.
    (AP, 1/17/05)

2006        Jan 17, The US rejected a Philippine request to hand over 4 Marines to be tried for rape, setting off anti-American protests in Manila and elsewhere.
    (WSJ, 1/18/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 17, Civil liberties groups filed lawsuits in NYC and Detroit seeking to block President Bush's domestic eavesdropping program, arguing the electronic surveillance of American citizens was unconstitutional.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, The US Supreme Court told the Justice Department to butt out of the private decisions of terminally ill patients in Oregon, the only state that specifically allows physician-assisted suicide. The court ruled 6-3 ruling that Congress hadn't given the Justice Department authority to take such action.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 17, The US SEC voted on proposals for a massive revamp on how companies disclose executive pay.
    (WSJ, 1/17/06, p.C1)
2006        Jan 17, California executed Clarence Ray Allen, its oldest death row inmate, minutes after his 76th birthday, despite arguments that putting to death an elderly, blind and wheelchair-bound man was cruel and unusual punishment. He was sentenced to death in 1982 for hiring a hit man who killed a witness and two bystanders.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Austria said it will honor an arbitration court decision and give five precious Gustav Klimt paintings to a California woman who says the Nazis stole them from her Jewish family.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Outgoing President Eduardo Rodriguez fired Bolivia's army chief over his decision to have 28 Chinese shoulder-launched missiles destroyed in the US.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Cambodia, under US pressure, released four prominent government critics from a Phnom Penh prison but said they will still face defamation charges.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, In Ghana first lady Laura Bush announced a US-backed program to provide 15 million textbooks for students in sub-Saharan Africa where more than one-third of primary school aged children are not enrolled in school.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, In Haiti gunmen killed two Jordanian UN peacekeepers and seriously wounded a third at a checkpoint in Cite Soleil, a slum in Port-au-Prince.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Subur Sugiarto, an alleged key aide to a Malaysian fugitive blamed for a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Indonesia, was captured in the central Javanese town of Boyolali en route to Jakarta. A local officer alleged that Sugiarto was "a henchman" of Noordin Top, who is believed to be a senior member of the al-Qaida-linked Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 17, Iran lifted its ban on CNN, a day after the government barred the US network from the country because of its mistranslation of nuclear comments by Pres. Ahmadinejad.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, In Iraq masked gunmen killed two people in attacks on an election headquarters and a Kurdish political party office in the northern city of Kirkuk. Hostage American reporter Jill Carroll appeared in a silent 20-second video aired by Al-Jazeera television, which said her abductors had given the United States 72 hours to free female prisoners in Iraq or she would be killed. Carroll was freed unharmed on March 30, 2006.
    (AP, 1/17/06)(AP, 1/17/07)
2006        Jan 17, Thousands of pro-Syrian Lebanese chanting "Death to America" protested near the US Embassy against what they called American meddling in the country's affairs.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il appeared to have left China after meeting Chinese leaders in Beijing to discuss six-party talks aimed at ending Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
    (Reuters, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Napoleon Ortigoza (73), a former army captain who spent a third of his life in Paraguay jail as a political prisoner, died in a hospital. Ortigoza was imprisoned in 1962 by Alfredo Stroessner's security apparatus on charges of conspiring to topple the right-wing military strongman.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 17, In the Philippines 4 officers, accused of leading hundreds of troops in a failed 2003 mutiny, escaped from an army prison. The army lieutenants were identified as Lawrence San Juan, Sonny Sarmiento, Nathaniel Rabonza and Patricio Bumindang.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Russia's foreign minister indicated that Moscow was not ready to support moves by the U.S. and its European allies to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council over its nuclear program, while the West stepped up pressure on Tehran.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, In Russia 2 people died of exposure and 14 more were hospitalized in a single day as temperatures plunged in Moscow dropping from about freezing to minus-28 Celsius (minus-18 Fahrenheit) overnight.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Suspected Tiger rebels set off two more mines and fought a gunbattle with troops leaving 3 people dead. The United Nations urged talks and peace-broker Norway made a fresh bid to pull Sri Lanka back from the brink of war.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Taiwan's PM Frank Hsieh announced his resignation, paving the way for a Cabinet reshuffle.
    (AP, 1/17/06)

2007        Jan 17, A year after disclosure of a domestic spying program that President Bush maintained was within his authority to operate, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced the administration had shifted its position and would seek the approval of an independent panel of federal judges.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2007        Jan 17, Alaska’s newly elected Gov. Sarah Palin (42) delivered her 1st state speech.
    (http://community.adn.com/?q=adn/node/104605)
2007        Jan 17, The Doomsday Clock, created in 1947 and run by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, was nudged forward to 11:55 due to moves by Iran and North Korea. It reached 11:58 in 1953 and moved back to 11:43 in 1991.
    (SFC, 1/18/07, p.A10)
2007        Jan 17, In Texas James Waller, who spent 10 years behind bars for the rape of a boy, became the 12th person in Dallas County to be cleared by DNA evidence.
    (AP, 1/19/07)(http://tinyurl.com/27evec)
2007        Jan 17, A US snow and ice storm was blamed for at least 64 deaths in nine states. These included 20 deaths in Oklahoma, 9 in Missouri, 8 in Iowa, 4 in New York, 5 in Texas, 4 in Michigan, 3 in Arkansas, and 1 each in Maine and Indiana.
    (AP, 1/17/07)(SFC, 1/18/07, p.A3)
2007        Jan 17, The SF Police Commission approved Mayor Newsom’s request to add surveillance cameras at 8 additional high-crime locations.
    (SFC, 1/18/07, p.B3)
2007        Jan 17, Art Buchwald (81), columnist and author, died. For over four decades he chronicled the life and times of Washington DC with an infectious wit and endeared himself to many with his never-say-die battle with failing kidneys.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 17, In southern Australia firefighters battled to contain a wildfire that razed a number of homes amid soaring temperatures and warnings that the worst was yet to come.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, Britain’s Guardian reported that senior executives at defense manufacturer BAE Systems have been named as suspects in a corruption inquiry being conducted by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into contracts with South Africa.
    (AFP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, Chadian rebels captured the small town of Ade on the border with Sudan, the latest in a series of raids in the lawless east of the central African country.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, In southern Colombia a pickup truck carrying 660 pounds of explosives destroyed a dairy plant owned by Swiss food giant Nestle SA, an attack police attributed to leftist rebels.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 17, Conservationists said rebels in eastern Congo, loyal to warlord Laurent Nkunda, have killed and eaten two silverback mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. Congo’s army said Nkunda agreed two weeks ago to stop fighting government forces in exchange for a government promise not to pursue war crimes charges against him.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 17, In Greece protesters torched cars, broke bank windows and clashed with riot police during a student demonstration against plans to allow private universities to operate.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, In Honduras a concrete wall collapsed at a coffee warehouse in Villanueva, crushing six workers under tons of bagged coffee beans.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, In India a bomb planted in a vegetable carton by suspected members of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) exploded in a market in Dispur. Two people, including a child, were killed and 12 people were injured in the attack.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents,_2007)
2007        Jan 17, A suicide car bomb struck a market in the Shiite district of Sadr City and police said 17 people died. Another suicide car bomb exploded earlier at a checkpoint in the city of Kirkuk after guards opened fire as the driver approached a police station. The blast killed eight people and injured dozens. A mortar attack on a residential area in Iskandariyah killed a woman and injured 10 people. Police found the body of an Iraqi policeman whose hands and legs had been bound hanging by electric wire, two days after he was kidnapped while going to his home in the same area. Gunmen in a car also opened fire on two brothers, aged 30 and 35, on their way to work as construction workers in Mahaweel, 35 miles south of Baghdad. One was killed and the other was wounded. In Baghdad, a civilian was killed in a drive-by shooting and police found 5 unidentified bodies. An attack in Baghdad on a convoy of a Western democracy institute killed a 28-year-old Ohio woman and three security contractors.
    (AP, 1/17/07)(AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 17, Alice Lakwena, a Ugandan warrior priestess who led an insurgency in the 1980s, died at a Kenyan refugee camp. She was known as Alice Auma and claimed to have been possessed by a spirit called Lakwena, which gave her spiritual powers to protect her fighters from bullets by anointing them with oil. Her cousin, Joseph Kony, is the messianic leader of the Lord's Resistance Army.
    (AP, 1/18/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.87)
2007        Jan 17, Nepal's former communist guerrillas began an orderly handover of weapons to UN monitors, putting in motion a landmark peace deal that calls for thousands of fighters to disarm and be confined to camps.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, In Nigeria rebels released 5 Chinese telecommunications workers and an Italian oil worker abducted in the southern delta region. A female (22) in Lagos died from bird flu. This was Nigeria’s first confirmed fatality from Avian Influenza. Tests on 3 other deaths were inconclusive.
    (AP, 1/18/07)(AFP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 17, Russian prosecutors charged Alexei Frenkel, a bank officer, with organizing the murder of a senior Central Bank official who sought to clean up Russia's banking industry. Charges were formally entered against Frenkel in connection with the killing of Andrei Kozlov, who was shot at point-blank range on Sept. 13 as he left a soccer game in Moscow.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, Russian lawmakers sharply criticized Estonia for possible plans to remove a 1947 statue that honors Red Army soldiers who helped drive Nazi forces from the Baltic nation. Last week the Estonian president signed into law a bill allowing for the removal of the statue. The monument upset many in the country that suffered five decades of Soviet occupation.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 17, A top Somali lawmaker closely associated with the recently ousted Islamic movement was voted out as speaker by parliament, a move that could undermine reconciliation efforts in the restive country.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, In Thailand suspected separatist rebels shot dead two Buddhist villagers in the Muslim-majority south. The insurgency there has killed more than 1,800 people in three years.
    (AFP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, Yevgeny Kushnaryov (55), described as "the right-hand man" to Ukraine's pro-Russian PM, Viktor Yanukovych, died from his wounds one day after being shot by one of his hunting companions.
    (www.alertnet.org/thenews/pictures/MOS11.htm)
2007        Jan 17, Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, urged mass protests against President Robert Mugabe's nearly 27-year-rule.
    (AFP, 1/17/07)

2008        Jan 17, The White House, members of Congress and Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke agreed that strong action is needed to help avoid a US recession. The DJIA fell over 306 points to 12,159.
    (SFC, 1/18/08, p.A1)
2008        Jan 17, The US EPA said Massey Energy, the country’s 4th largest coal producer, had agreed to pay a $20 million fine as part of a settlement over allegations that it routinely polluted hundreds of streams and waterways in West Virginia and Kentucky.
    (SFC, 1/18/08, p.A7)
2008        Jan 17, A US federal judge struck down Texas laws barring out-of-state retailers from shipping wine to consumers.
    (WSJ, 1/18/08, p.A1)
2008        Jan 17, The NYSE agreed to buy the American Stock Exchange for $260 million in stock.
    (SFC, 1/18/08, p.C4)
2008        Jan 17, Merrill Lynch & Co Inc reported about $16 billion in mortgage-related write-downs and adjustments in the worst quarter of the company's history.
    (AP, 1/18/08)
2008        Jan 17, Investigators probing the source of a listeria outbreak said the strain that killed three people was found at a dairy processing plant in central Massachusetts.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 17, Scientists at Stemagen, a California company, reported that they have created the first mature cloned human embryos from single skin cells taken from adults.
    (SFC, 1/18/08, p.A18)
2008        Jan 17, Australia said it would send a ship to pick up two anti-whaling activists who jumped on a Japanese harpoon vessel from a rubber boat in Antarctic waters, offering a solution to a tense, two-day standoff on the high seas.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 17, Britain accused Russia of "conduct not worthy of a great country" after what it called a campaign of intimidation by security services forced its cultural centers in two Russian cities to halt operations.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 17, A British Airways jet from Beijing carrying 152 people crash-landed, injuring 19 people and causing more than 200 flights to be canceled at Europe's busiest airport.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 17, In Burkina Faso leaders of half a dozen African countries agreed on Ivory Coast's Philippe-Henri Tacoury-Tabley as the new head of the central bank of the eight-nation West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).
    (AFP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 17, In southwestern Colombia the Galeras volcano erupted violently, spewing ash miles into the sky and prompting the evacuation of several thousand people living nearby.
    (AP, 1/18/08)
2008        Jan 17, Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution criticizing Egypt's human rights record, even after Cairo summoned EU ambassadors to complain about the text.
    (AFP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 17, In Germany officials said a troubled teen (16) is spending nine months in remote Siberia as part of efforts to turn him away from violence. "If he doesn't hack wood, his place is cold. If he doesn't get water, he can't wash."
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 17, Bobby Fischer (b.1943), the reclusive chess genius, died in Iceland. He became a Cold War hero by dethroning the Soviet world champion in 1972 and later renounced his American citizenship.
    (AP, 1/18/08)
2008        Jan 17, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Shiite mosque on the outskirts of Baqouba, killing at least 11 and wounded 15.
    (AP, 1/18/08)
2008        Jan 17, An Israeli court sentenced a major in Israel's army reserves to five years in prison for offering secret information to Iran and the Islamic militant group Hamas. David Shamir (45), a psychiatrist, was convicted of contact with a foreign agent and possession of information with the intent of endangering state security. He never managed to deliver any secret information.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 17, Rains battered portions of flood-ravaged southern Africa, killing at least three people in Malawi and forcing Zambia to declare a national disaster.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 17, In Mexico officials found six bodies inside a Tijuana house where gunmen took refuge during a shootout with soldiers and police.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 17, Militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza bombarded southern Israel with rockets and Israel pounded back with air and ground fire pushing peace efforts to the sidelines. Israeli rockets killed at least 5 Palestinians including 2 militants and 3 civilians.
    (AP, 1/17/08)(SFC, 1/18/08, p.A10)
2008        Jan 17, In New Zealand Karen Aim (26), a Scottish tourist from the Orkney Islands, was attacked on her way home after drinking with friends in the town of Taupo. Police responding to reports of vandalism at a Taupo high school found her lying in a pool of blood on a street corner. In March a 14-year-old boy was charged with her slaying.
    (AP, 3/18/08)
2008        Jan 17, In Pakistan a suspected Sunni extremist opened fire in a Shiite mosque, in the northwestern city of Peshawar, and then blew himself up, killing 9 people and wounding at least 20 on the eve of the Ashoura religious festival. Helicopter gunships opened fire on two suspect cars near a third fort in South Waziristan, killing eight militants. A teenager (15) who said he was part of a team of assassins sent to kill former PM Benazir Bhutto was arrested near the Afghan border. The teen was also involved in a plot to attack Shiites during an Ashoura festival.
    (AP, 1/17/08)(AFP, 1/18/08)(AP, 1/19/08)
2008        Jan 17, In Somalia Islamic militants fired mortar shells and guns in Mogadishu sparking crossfire with Ethiopian troops that left at least 20 people dead.
    (SFC, 1/18/08, p.A4)
2008        Jan 17, Sri Lanka's military said air force jets destroyed a hideout used by senior Tiger rebels. The pro-rebel TamilNet Web site said the jets had struck a civilian area and seven people had been wounded. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fatally shot 10 ethnic Sinhalese civilians in southern Thanamalwila village. A pro-rebel Web site said those killed were civilians carrying guns provided by the government after an attack on a farm in the same area that killed 32 people this week.
    (AP, 1/17/08)(AP, 1/18/08)

2009        Jan 17, President-elect Barack Obama rolled into the capital city after pledging to help bring the nation "a new Declaration of Independence" and promising to rise to the stern challenges of the times. He kicked off a four-day inaugural celebration with a daylong rail trip, retracing the path Abraham Lincoln took in 1861.
    (AP, 1/18/09)
2009        Jan 17, The US Department of Defense announced that it transferred six detainees out of Guantanamo, leaving about 245 at the offshore prison. Four detainees were sent to Iraq, one to Algeria and one to Afghanistan. Since 2002, more than 525 detainees have departed Guantanamo. Haji Bismullah (29) of Afghanistan had always insisted that he was no terrorist.
    (AP, 1/18/09)(SFC, 1/19/09, p.A4)
2009        Jan 17, A US researcher who visited the North said North Korea has hardened its stance on disarmament, saying it has "weaponized" plutonium into warheads, but hopes for better ties with President-elect Barack Obama.
    (AP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 17, Susanna Foster (84), film star, died. Her dozen films included "The Phantom of the Opera" (1943).
    (SFC, 1/21/09, p.B6)
2009        Jan 17, In Afghanistan a suicide bomb hit outside the German embassy in Kabul, killing four civilians and wounding dozens of people including a US soldier who later died of his injuries.
    (AFP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 17, PM Gordon Brown told British banks they must own up to the extent of their bad assets amid more reports his government could launch a fresh bailout of the struggling sector.
    (AP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 17, Edmund de Rothschild (93), former chairman of N.M. Rothschild and Sons merchant bank and a noted horticulturist, died at his home in England.
    (AP, 1/21/09)
2009        Jan 17, A human rights groups said Ugandan rebels in eastern Congo have ruthlessly killed at least 620 people in the past month, and vulnerable civilians in the region desperately need protection. According to Ugandan troops, the Lord's Resistance Army rebels set fire to a church in the village of Tora. it was unclear how many people were killed.
    (AP, 1/18/09)(AP, 1/19/09)
2009        Jan 17, A helicopter carrying 10 French soldiers crashed off the coast of Gabon in central Africa. At least 2 survived and 2 were killed as rescuers searched for 6 missing.
    (AP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 17, Iran's state news IRNA reported that four Iranians have been convicted and sentenced to prison in an alleged US-backed plot to topple the government.
    (AP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 17, Israel bombarded dozens of Hamas targets hours before a government vote on an Egyptian brokered cease-fire, prompting Egypt to demand an immediate halt to the 3-week-old Gaza offensive.
    (AP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 17, Malaysia's opposition snatched a parliamentary seat from the beleaguered coalition government, in a by-election seen as a test of the nation's political mood.
    (AFP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 17, In Tijuana, Mexico, a prostitute (19) was smothered to death. 2 US sailors, petty officers Jarrett Monzingo and Joshua Dockery, were taken into custody and faced murder and attempted-murder charges while being held at La Mesa Prison.
    (AP, 2/12/09)
2009        Jan 17, Two dehydrated men from Myanmar were found bobbing in an ice box in the Torres Strait off Australia. They told authorities they had spent 25 days adrift after their fishing boat sank. There was no sign of 18 other crew members.
    (AP, 1/20/09)
2009        Jan 17, Pakistani security forces, backed by artillery and tanks, killed 14 Taliban insurgents in heavy fighting in the Mohmand region on the Afghan border.
    (Reuters, 1/18/09)
2009        Jan 17, Russia and Ukraine held gas crisis talks in Moscow that the European Union said were the "last and best chance" to resolve the row that has left Europe struggling without key gas supplies.
    (AFP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 17, Sri Lanka’s Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said troops have almost completely cornered the Tamil Tigers in their northeastern jungle base and that the rebels' elusive supremo may already have fled the island.
    (AFP, 1/18/09)
2009        Jan 17, Near Yemen hundreds of people were missing and feared dead after three boats carrying about 400 migrants from Somalia capsized.
    (AP, 1/18/09)

2010        Jan 17, In Hoover, Alabama, a fire at a Days Inn motel killed 4 college students from Mississippi Univ. for Women in Columbus, Miss.
    (SFC, 1/18/10, p.A6)
2010        Jan 17, Arizona made $735 million by selling more than a dozen state buildings, including the state's Capitol.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yjd8vjr)
2010        Jan 17, In Texas 5 people were gunned down in a small home in Bellville. A man (20) who lived with them was arrested after trying to break into a nearby house.
    (SFC, 1/19/10, p.A6)
2010        Jan 17, Glen Bell Jr. (86), founder of the Taco Bell fast food chain (1962), died at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Ca.
    (SFC, 1/19/10, p.C4)
2010        Jan 17, Erich Segal (b.1937), former Yale professor and author of “Love Story" (1970), died at his home in London.
    (SFC, 1/20/10, p.C7)
2010        Jan 17, In Burkina Faso Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, Guinea's exiled leader, appealed for tolerance and reconciliation after he agreed to resign and remain in exile following a tumultuous one-year rule that culminated in a December assassination attempt.
    (AP, 1/17/10)
2010        Jan 17, Chile held presidential elections. Sebastian Pinera won the election by a 52-48%margin over former President Eduardo Frei. His election victory ended two decades of uninterrupted rule by a center-left coalition, and returned to power the same political parties that provided civic support for Augusto Pinochet's brutal 1973-1990 dictatorship.
    (AP, 1/17/10)(AP, 1/18/10)
2010        Jan 17, In China text messaging services restarted with some restrictions for cell phone users in far western China, more than six months after deadly ethnic rioting prompted the government to shut them down.
    (AP, 1/17/10)
2010        Jan 17, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew to Haiti to support earthquake relief efforts and to visit his staff's devastated headquarters in what the agency is calling the most challenging disaster it has ever faced.
    (AP, 1/17/10)
2010        Jan 17, In India Jyoti Basu (95), communist leader of West Bengal’s opposition and the state’s chief minister for 23 years, died.
    (Econ, 1/23/10, p.82)
2010        Jan 17, In Iran lawyer Hooshang Pour-Babai said senior reformist and former MP Mohsen Safai Farahani (61), detained since June 20, has been sentenced to six years in jail. He was accused of "acting against national security, propaganda against the system, insulting officials and spreading lies."
    (AFP, 1/17/10)
2010        Jan 17, In Iraq Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin "Chemical Ali" was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for ordering the gassing of Kurds in 1988, killing more than 5,000 in an air raid thought to be the worst single attack of its kind on civilians.
    (AP, 1/17/10)
2010        Jan 17, Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak began a one-day visit to Turkey. Israel and Turkey said they had smoothed over differences following a diplomatic spat and were working to develop relations and further military projects.
    (AFP, 1/17/10)(AP, 1/17/10)
2010        Jan 17, In Mexico a severed human head and a flower were found in front of the tomb of deceased Mexican drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva. Police found the bodies of five men scattered around the Michoacan state capital of Morelia, each bearing a handwritten note suggesting they were killed by vigilantes.
    (AP, 1/18/10)(AP, 1/17/10)
2010        Jan 17, In Nigeria clashes took place in the central city of Jos as tensions reignited between Muslims and Christian gangs, a year after similar fighting killed hundreds of its residents. Angry Muslim youths set a Catholic church filled with worshippers ablaze, starting a riot that killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 300 others.
    (Reuters, 1/17/10)(AP, 1/18/10)
2010        Jan 17, At least one suspected US drone fired on a house in Pakistan's volatile tribal region, killing 20 people in the 11th such attack since militants in the area orchestrated a deadly suicide bombing against the CIA in Afghanistan. The house targeted was being used by Usman Jan, the head of the al-Qaida-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Five Uzbeks were killed in the strike. The other 15 people killed were Pakistani Taliban. Two anti-Taliban tribal elders were killed in separate attacks in the Bajur tribal.
    (AP, 1/17/10)
2010        Jan 17, Ukrainians voted in presidential elections. Voters in the first round gave opposition leader Viktor Yanukovich, the 2004 Orange Revolution's chief target, a big lead over his rival, Orange heroine and PM Yulia Tymoshenko. Analysts said Yanukovich's 35.4% to 25% lead over Tymoshenko, with 97.7% of votes counted, is misleading, because she is likely to pick up most of the votes of 16 also-rans in a Feb 7 runoff. Almost 67% of eligible voters cast ballots.
    (Reuters, 1/17/10)(AP, 1/18/10)

2011        Jan 17, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley was inaugurated. After the official inaugural ceremony he said "Anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother."
    (AP, 1/18/11)\
2011        Jan 17, Don Kirshner (b.1934), veteran music mogul, died in Boca Raton, Fla. His TV show “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert" ran from 1973-1982.
    (SFC, 1/19/11, p.A8)
2011        Jan 17, John Ross (b.1938), US poet, author, journalist and political activist who lived in Mexico and wrote extensively on its leftist political movements, died of liver cancer. His books included "Rebellion from the Roots: Zapatista Uprising in Chiapas." 
    (AP, 1/18/11)(SFC, 1/19/11, p.C5)
2011        Jan 17, Brazil's army on sent 700 soldiers to help throw a lifeline to desperate neighborhoods that have been cut off from food, water or help in recovering bodies since mudslides killed at least 700 people.
    (AP, 1/17/11)(Reuters, 1/17/11)(AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 17, British drugs firm GlaxoSmithKline said it expects to be hit by a total legal charge of £2.2 billion linked to its former blockbuster diabetes product Avandia, sparking a sharp drop in its shares.
    (AFP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Canada-based Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry, promised Indonesia it will meet the country's request to filter out pornographic content on its smartphones in the next four days.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, China’s state media said thousands of villagers angry at government plans to build an artificial island in southern China forced the project's suspension last week, clashing with workers and smashing vehicles.
    (Reuters, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Two men set themselves on fire in Egypt and Mauritania, raising to three the number of self-immolation attempts apparently influenced by a similar action in Tunisia that helped trigger a popular uprising. In Cairo Abdou Abdel-Monaam Hamadah (48) was taken to the hospital with light burns. In Nouakchott Yacoub Ould Dahoud (43) torched himself in his car and was rushed to a hospital.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Iranian officials confirmed that the stoning to death sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani (43) has been suspended. She still faced a prison sentence for acting as an accessory to the murder of her husband.
    (SFC, 1/18/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 17, The governor of Iraq's western Anbar province survived at least a fourth assassination attempt in just over a year, escaping unharmed a suicide attack that left six people wounded in Ramadi. Tamim provincial Gov. Abdul-Rahman Mustafa said an electricity dispute with the central government has spurred him to cut the power supply to Baghdad emanating from his oil-rich region. A US soldier died in an incident in northern Iraq unrelated to combat.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak abruptly announced that he was leaving the Labor Party, dividing the movement that has dominated Israeli politics for decades and setting off a chain reaction that cast new doubts over troubled peace efforts with the Palestinians.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Japanese researchers said they will launch a project this year to resurrect the long-extinct mammoth by using cloning technology to bring the ancient pachyderm back to life in around five years time.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Kuwait’s state news reported that ruling Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah is marking several key anniversaries by handing out $3559 grants and free food coupons for every citizen.
    (SFC, 1/18/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 17, In Lebanon a long-awaited indictment was released in the death of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The indictment was sealed and its contents will likely not become public for weeks. But the court is widely expected to accuse members of Hezbollah of being involved in the killing, something the Shiite militant group has insisted it will not accept.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 17, In Mexico 14 inmates broke out from a jail after escaping through a hole in a wall in the northern border state of Chihuahua. A vehicle charged the metal gate of the Aquiles Serdan Social Rehabilitation Center to pick up the prisoners. 5 were caught, along with three suspected accomplices, following air and ground searches by police. Police said 8 people have died in a shootout among drug dealers in a poor suburb of Mexico City.
    (AFP, 1/17/11)(SFC, 1/18/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 17, Mozambique officially received its new $70-million (€53-million) national sports stadium from the Chinese government after a series of false starts delayed its completion.
    (AFP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17,  In northwestern Pakistan a bomb ripped apart a minibus, killing all 17 people on board and two others in a nearby vehicle.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, In Somalia mortars fired at the Somali parliament missed the building but killed four civilians in Mogadishu. A village elder said eight people died of hunger-related illnesses in the southern village of Torotorow and the surrounding areas.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, South Africa's Cooperative Governance Ministry said at least 40 people have been killed or gone missing following heavy rains from late December through most of January and that thousands of homes in neighboring Mozambique have been destroyed.
    (Reuters, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Angry Swiss lawmakers called for the ouster of US diplomats suspected of illegally spying on people around their diplomatic missions, in a standoff over the use of counterterrorism measures.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange vowed to publish secret details of offshore accounts after Rudolf Elmer, a Swiss banking whistleblower, handed over data on 2,000 purportedly tax-dodging individuals and firms.
    (AFP, 1/17/11)(SSFC, 1/23/11, p.A5) 
2011        Jan 17, Tunisia's PM Mohamed Ghannouchi announced a national unity government, hoping to quell simmering unrest following the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali amid huge street protests.
    (AP, 1/17/11)

2012        Jan 17, In Wisconsin opponents of Gov. Scott Walker submitted 1 million signatures for his recall, far exceeding the 540,208 needed.
    (SFC, 1/18/12, p.A7)
 2012        Jan 17, Rotary Int’l. announced it had raised another $200 million to eradicate polio. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute a further $504 million. One of three active strains was eliminated in 1999.
    (Econ, 1/21/12, p.90)
2012        Jan 17, Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged the Taliban to allow teams conducting a polio vaccination campaign to reach areas under the insurgents' control. Afghanistan,  Pakistan and Nigeria are the last three nations where polio remains endemic.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, In Afghanistan assailants gunned down Mohammad Nahim Agha Mama, a prominent anti-Taliban tribal leader as he was praying in a mosque in Kandahar. A suicide car bomber slammed into the entrance of a military base jointly run by NATO and Afghan troops in Nangarhar province, wounding three Afghan private security guards. NATO forces reportedly killed 5 civilians, including a woman and 2 children, during an overnight raid in Kunar province.
    (AP, 1/17/12)(AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 17, Grant Korgan (33), of Incline Village, arrived at the South Pole on the 100-year anniversary of the Terra Nova Expedition. Korgan, paralyzed in a 2010 snowmobiling accident, used a device called a Sitski to get there. The expedition party included paralympian John Davis, two guides and cinematographers who were shooting for a documentary called "The Push: A South Pole Adventure." The film is expected to be released later this year.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 17, Britain announced defense cuts. Around 400 of Nepalese Gurkha fighters will lose their jobs as part of the cuts, which will see more than 4,000 posts slashed from the armed forces in total.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, Britain said it has signed deals with China to research stem cells and smart grids, after Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne held 2-day talks with officials in Beijing aimed at attracting investment.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, In China around 1,000 people from Wanggang village gathered in front of a government building in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, in protest against Li Zhihang, their allegedly corrupt Communist Party secretary. The next morning officials said they would probe their case and would announce the result of the investigation by February 19.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 17, In China Zhu Yufu (58), a writer and democracy advocate, was charged with subversion in Hangzhou for writing a poem urging citizens to gather to defend their freedoms. In February Yufu was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
    (SFC, 1/18/12, p.A3)(SFC, 2/11/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 17, In Cuba a decaying residential building collapsed in a densely packed area of Havana, killing three people and injuring six.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 17, Gunmen in Ethiopia's arid north attacked a group of European tourists traveling in one of the world's lowest and hottest regions, killing five, wounding two and kidnapping two. The attack was blamed on groups trained and armed by the Eritrean government. Two Germans held hostage were released on March 5.
    (AP, 1/18/12)(AFP, 3/6/12)
2012        Jan 17, The European Union and Hungary brought their fight over democratic rights fully into the open, with the EU Commission launching legal challenges against the former Soviet-bloc country many fear may be slipping back into authoritarianism.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, The European Court of Human Rights blocked Britain from extraditing Abu Qatada (aka Omar Mohammed Othman), an alleged top aide of Osama bin Laden to Jordan, saying evidence against him may have been obtained through torture.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, Gambia's High Court sentenced Amadou Janneh, the former information minister, to life imprisonment for conspiring to overthrow the ruler of 17 years with T-shirts demanding an end to dictatorship.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, In Guinea at least one person was killed and some 30 were injured as soldiers fired on a crowd protesting electricity cuts in the port city of Kamsar.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, Honduran lawyer Ricardo Rosales (42), who had reported torture and human rights violations by police officers, was killed by 3 gunmen in Tela.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 17, India, the world's biggest bullion consumer, sharply hiked import duties on gold and silver in a move that will raise domestic prices of the precious metals.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, India said it was continuing to buy oil from Iran, despite an intensifying US campaign to smother Tehran's vital oil exports until it abandons its nuclear program.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, The Indian government dispatched a team of medical experts to the financial capital, Mumbai, to assess reports of a handful of cases of apparently untreatable tuberculosis.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, It was reported that a new online game in India called "Angry Brides," available as a free application on Facebook, has attracted more than 270,000 fans. It seeks to highlight the problem of illegal dowry demands for women.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, In western Iraq insurgents attacked a checkpoint killing five policemen in the Anbar province town of Rutba.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, Madagascar police fired teargas to disperse a crowd of opposition supporters addressed by former president Albert Zafy in the capital city.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, In eastern Mali a new Tuareg rebel group under Col. Mahamed Ag Najim launched its first attack. Rebel members included former pro-Gadhafi fighters. Government forces in Menaka counter-attacked and used helicopters to bomb rebel positions.
    (AP, 1/17/12)(Econ, 3/17/12, p.60)
2012        Jan 17, Nigerian soldiers arrested six Islamists described as high-ranking members of the Boko Haram sect during a raid in Maiduguri. Troops shot dead four suspected members of the sect and injured five others in the same city and defused five bombs. Boko Haram gunmen shot dead 2 soldiers who were distributing food to soldiers on duty. Police acknowledged that Kabiru Sokoto, the suspected mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing, has escaped custody after being arrested in the country's capital.
    (AP, 1/17/12)(AFP, 1/18/12)(AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 17, In Northern Ireland British Army experts defused a pipe bomb near a Catholic elementary school in Belfast. Police said they found the bomb near the scene of an overnight fire that destroyed a small shop across the street from the school.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, In northwest Pakistan Mukarram Khan Aatif, a reporter for Voice of America, was shot dead by masked gunmen in Shabqadar. A day later the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 1/19/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 17, In Syria at least 34 people were killed in several towns and cities across the country, including 6 soldiers who had defected and 3 members of the security forces.
    (SFC, 1/18/12, p.A2)

2013        Jan 17, All 79 officers and crew of the USS Guardian were taken off the ship for safety reasons after it struck the Tubataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its bow at 2 a.m. in the Philippines. The Navy said inaccurate data and may have been a factor in the Guardian's grounding. The last major part of the ship was removed on March 30. The US faced paying environmental damages of more than $2 million.
    (AP, 1/19/13)(SFC, 1/26/13, p.A4)(SFC, 4/1/13, p.A2)
2013        Jan 17, Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana was sentenced to 14 years in prison for providing material support to overseas terrorism.
    (SFC, 1/17/13, p.A10)
2013        Jan 17, Alvin Williams Jr. (34), a former senator in the US Virgin Islands, pleaded guilty in a public corruption case.
    (SFC, 1/17/13, p.A10)
2013        Jan 17, Pauline Phillips (b.1918), advice columnist known as “Dear Abby" (Abigail Van Buren), died in Minneapolis. Her first column appeared in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan 9, 1956. Her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, began co-writing the column in 1987 and took over full-time in 2002.
    (SFC, 1/17/13, p.A1)
2013        Jan 17, In eastern Algeria Algerian helicopters strafed the remote Sahara gas plant in the outpost of Ain Amenas. At least 20 foreign hostages reportedly escaped from Islamist militants who had taken over the natural gas complex. Casualty figures varied widely.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 17, British, Norwegian and Spanish oil companies evacuated workers from Algerian energy facilities following the hostage-taking by Islamic militants in the Sahara desert and Algeria's attempt to free them.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 17, A British judge sentenced Achilleas Kallakis (44), a fake property tycoon, to seven years in jail for defrauding two banks out of over 700 million pounds ($1.1 billion), but said Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Scotland deserved some blame for poor risk controls. Co-defendant Alexander Williams (44), convicted of the same counts for his role in producing forged documents to back up Kallakis's applications for loans, was sentenced to 5 years. In May the jail terms for both men were extended, 4 more for Kallakis and 3 more for Williams.
    (AP, 1/18/13)(Reuters, 5/16/13)
2013        Jan 17, Ethiopian Airlines grounded its four Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a decision by the Federal Aviation Administration to take the planes out of service in the United States because of a risk of fire from its lithium batteries.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 17, EU foreign ministers approved sending a military training mission to Mali, to shore up the Malian army and enable the country's government to regain control of all its territory.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 17, Authorities in Ghana arrested Charles Ble Goude, the former leader of an ultranationalist youth movement in Ivory Coast. He was wanted in connection with violence linked Ivory Coast’s disputed 2010 presidential elections. Ble Goude was soon charged with war crimes over his alleged role in violence linked to the and extradicted to Ivory Coast.
    (AP, 1/17/13)(AP, 1/21/13)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.51)
2013        Jan 17, Greek lawmakers voted to investigate former Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou over his handling of data on Greeks with Swiss bank accounts.
    (SFC, 1/17/13, p.A2)
2013        Jan 17, Indonesia's army deployed rubber boats in the capital's business district to rescue people trapped in floods that inundated much of the city of 14 million people. At least 20 people died and some 40,000 were displaced.
    (AP, 1/17/13)(Econ, 1/26/13, p.38)
2013        Jan 17, In Iraq insurgents unleashed a string of bomb attacks, mainly targeting Shiite Muslim pilgrims across the country, killing at least 26 people.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 17, Jordan's PM Abdullah Ensour said Jordan will prevent a mass exodus of Syrian refugees from entering its territory if President Bashar Assad's regime collapses, and will instead create a safe haven inside Syria to protect them.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 17, In Mali fighting raged in Konna, airstrikes hit Diably and army troops raced to protect Banamba, on the seventh day of the French-led military intervention to wrest back Mali's north from al Qaida-linked groups.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 17, The Pakistani government and Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri struck a deal to end four days of protests by thousands in the capital.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 17, Pakistan's anti-corruption chief refused a Supreme Court order to arrest PM Raja Pervaiz, citing a lack of evidence in a graft case that sparked the latest clash between the government and the country's top court.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 17, In Moscow, Russia, a masked assailant, later identified as Yuri Zarutsky (35), threw acid on the face of Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet. Filin suffered 3rd degree burns and underwent eye surgery to save his sight. On March 6 police said that star dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko (29) had confessed to masterminding the attack, and two other men, Zarutsky and Andrei Lipatov, confessed to being accomplices.
    (SFC, 1/19/13, p.A3)(AP, 3/6/13)
2013        Jan 17, South Sudan said it is withdrawing its troops from a disputed border region with Sudan so that a demilitarized zone can be established.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 17, The United Nation-African Union Mission in Darfur said in a report that over 100 deaths and the displacement of 70,000 people resulted from clashes between the Abbala and Beni Hussein tribes in Jabel Amir, the site of gold mines in North Darfur state in western Sudan.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 17, In Syria an air raid killed at least 15 people in the town of Kfar Nabouedeh in the central province of Hama. Violence continued in different parts of the country. Clashes in the northern town of Ras al-Ayn least eight rebels and one Kurdish PYD fighter.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 17, French journalist, Yves Debay was shot and killed in Aleppo by a regime sniper while covering clashes between rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.
    (AP, 1/18/13)
2013        Jan 17, In Thailand Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra agreed to work together to solve bilateral and regional problems.
    (SFC, 1/17/13, p.A8)
2013        Jan 17, Zimbabwe’s Vice President John Nkomo (79) died in Harare. He was one of the country’s two vice presidents.
    (AP, 1/17/13)

2014        Jan 17, President Barack Obama curtailed the reach of massive US National Security Agency phone surveillance sweeps, but said bulk data collection must go on to protect America from terrorists.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, The US Election Assistance Comission denied requests from Arizona, Georgia and Kansas to modify the federal registration form for their residents. It said heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements would likely hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections.
    (SSFC, 1/19/14, p.A8)
2014        Jan 17, California Gov. Jerry Brown formally declared a state-wide drought.
    (SFC, 1/17/14, p.D1)
2014        Jan 17, A Pennsylvania judge struck down a state requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls.
    (SFC, 1/18/14, p.A6)
2014        Jan 17, In Pennsylvania a school shooting wounded two students at the Delaware Valley Charter High School. Raisheem Rochwell (17) was charged the next day as an adult.
    (SSFC, 1/19/14, p.A8)
2014        Jan 17, In West Virginia Freedom Industries, the company blamed for the Jan 9 chemical spill that left 300,000 people in the state without safe drinking water, field for bankruptcy.
    (SFC, 1/18/14, p.A4)
2014        Jan 17, In Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near a Lebanese restaurant frequented by foreigners in Kabul and bursts of intense gunfire ensued. The assault against La Taverna du Liban included 18 foreigners and 8 Afghans, all civilians.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)(AP, 1/18/14)(Econ, 11/29/14, p.35)
2014        Jan 17, Austria's government agreed to raise the wages of its 200,000 civil servants by 1.9 percent this year after big protests against the new government.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, Brazilian authorities said the death toll in last weekend's flash flooding in the southern town of Itaoca has risen to 17, with nine people still missing.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, In Central African Republic attackers ambushed Muslims fleeing sectarian violence outside the town of Bouar killing 22 people.
    (SFC, 1/20/14, p.A2)
2014        Jan 17, Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov said rebel leader Doku Umarov, who vowed to disrupt the Sochi Winter Olympics, is dead. Russian security services did not confirm the claim.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, China began to implement the loosening of its controversial one-child policy as Zhejiang province announced it has made it legal for couples to have two children if one parent is an only child.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, China called on the Philippines to meet it halfway on new Chinese fishing rules in the disputed South China Sea, adding that Beijing was always willing to make efforts to resolve such issues via talks.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, China announced 4 more cases of H7N9 bird flu.
    (SFC, 1/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Jan 17, Czech President Milos Zeman appointed center-left leader Bohuslav Sobotka prime minister, opening the way for the former finance minister to pursue looser fiscal policies and closer links with the core of Europe.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, CongoDRC forces attacked Ugandan Islamist rebels in the lawless east, launching a UN-backed offensive to clear insurgents from the mineral-rich zone.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, In Egypt at least 4 people was killed in clashes between police and Islamists, as the country awaited results of a constitutional referendum billed as an endorsement of president Mohamed Morsi's overthrow.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)(AP, 1/18/14)
2014        Jan 17, In Haiti a judge concluded the investigation into one of the country’s most notorious political assassinations, accusing nine people of having a hand in the 2000 killing of radio journalist Jean Dominique, including several close associates of former Pres. Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
    (Reuters, 1/18/14)
2014        Jan 17, In India Sunanda Pushka, the wife of government minister Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a New Delhi hotel room having earlier accused her husband of adultery. Her death was described as "sudden" and "unnatural" following an autopsy. In 2015 a medical board concluded that she had been poisoned.
    (Reuters, 1/18/14)(AP, 1/7/15)
2014        Jan 17, In India Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (102), the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, died in Mumbai.
    (AP, 1/18/14)
2014        Jan 17, Indonesia said that it would increase naval patrols after territorial violations by Australia as it tried to turn back asylum seekers. The Australian government apologised unreservedly to Jakarta after its navy "inadvertently" violated Indonesian waters during border security operations.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)(AFP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, The Israeli army fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters near the border fence in the Gaza Strip, wounding two Palestinians. Troops fired at some 300 demonstrators who were protesting against Israel's destruction of farmland for its 300-meter buffer zone.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, In Lebanon rocket fire into the border town of Arsal killed at 8 people, including 5 children. At least 20 rockets launched from Syria struck Lebanese frontier areas.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)(AFP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, Madagascar declared Hery Rajaonarimampianina (55), a Canadian-educated former finance minister backed by strongman Andry Rajoelina, as the country's new president.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, Mali's army arrested Houka Houka Ag Alfousseyni, a hardline Islamist judge. He had ordered floggings, amputations and the stoning of women for adultery during a 10-month occupation by rebels linked to al Qaeda.
    (Reuters, 1/18/14)
2014        Jan 17, In Pakistan a bomb exploded on a train as it was en route from Peshawar to Karachi. 3 passengers were killed and 15 wounded. Taliban gunmen killed 3 men working for a private TV station in Karachi.
    (AP, 1/17/14)(Reuters, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, In the Philippines thousands of people fled rising floods and an approaching storm in a fresh round of evacuations as the death toll from a week of foul weather rose to 37.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, In Romania a British diplomat (46) plummeted from the highest floor of a hotel in the northern city of Baia Mare after leaving a farewell note.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, It was reported that Sochi residents are blaming the Olympic Games for ecological damage. Environmental experts said that Russia’s Olympic construction, which has consisted of pouring soil into lowland swamps, helped cause the flooding that created a state of emergency in the area in September and could increase the risk for more flooding.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, Sources said that Russia in recent weeks has stepped up supplies of military gear to Syria, including armored vehicles, drones and guided bombs, boosting President Bashar al-Assad just as rebel infighting has weakened the insurgency against him.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, In Scotland the body of a missing Edinburgh youngster was found in Fife shortly before midnight. The mother of  Mikaeel Kular (3) was detained following the discovery. The boy was last seen on Jan 15.
    (AFP, 1/18/14)
2014        Jan 17, In northern Sri Lanka the discovery of a mass grave containing more than 30 skulls fuelled speculation that there may be many more like it containing the remains of thousands who went missing during the island nation's nearly three-decade war. Residents of Mannar said that the area was controlled mainly by the army from 1990.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, The Sudan People's Liberation Army-North reportedly "managed to destroy" a government convoy at Malkan, Blue Nile state. They claimed to have killed dozens of soldiers and disabled a tank during battle, but the military said it was the victor.
    (AFP, 1/19/14)
2014        Jan 17, Syria's foreign minister said his country is prepared to implement a cease-fire in the war-torn city of Aleppo and exchange detainees with the country's opposition forces as a confidence building measure ahead of a peace conference opening next week in Switzerland.
    (AP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, Syrian rebels ousted al Qaeda-linked faction ISIL, from Saraqeb, one of its northwestern bastions.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, Taiwan lifted a ban on imports of Canadian beef-on-the-bone as part of its efforts to promote investment talks with the country and its participation in regional trade blocs. The new measure will take effect in mid-February.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, In Tanzania one person was killed in clashes between police and thousands of villagers who stormed a gold mine operated by a subsidiary of Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, In Thailand 35 people were wounded in Bangkok when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators. One person was killed.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)(Reuters, 1/18/14)
2014        Jan 17, Turkish authorities seized the assets of the main opposition candidate for the post of Istanbul mayor in the run-up to local polls in March. Turkey's Savings Deposit Insurance Fund announced the decision after Mustafa Sarigul and nine other people failed to repay a loan worth $3.5 million (2.6 million euros) dating back to 1998.
    (AFP, 1/18/14)
2014        Jan 17, In Uganda a spokesman for Pres. Yoweri Museveni said the president has refused to approve a controversial bill that would have seen homosexuals jailed for life despite viewing gays as "sick" and "abnormal." In a letter to parliament, the president had suggested homosexuality was caused by a genetic flaw, or a need to make money.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych signed legislation curbing anti-government protests, civic activism and free speech.
    (AFP, 1/17/14)(SFC, 1/20/14, p.A3)
2014        Jan 17, It was reported that Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 384 priests from 2011-2012 for sexually molesting children. This was a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details on the number of priests defrocked.
    (AP, 1/17/14)
2014        Jan 17, In Yemen clashes between armed militants and the army killed three militants in the southern city of al-Dalea (Daleh). 2 soldiers were killed in the fighting.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)(AFP, 1/17/14)

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