On this day

A truck supplying clean water to thousands of people in the camp at Kibati camp close to the Mount Nyiragongo volcano. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 17 January?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

A truck supplying clean water to thousands of people in the camp at Kibati camp close to the Mount Nyiragongo volcano. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 17 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 17 JANUARY

2002 | Over 300 000 people were displaced when Mount Nyiragongo erupted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

1998 | Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge broke Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky’s story on her Drudge Report website.

1997 | The Cape Canaveral: Delta II Air Force base carrying the IIR-1 GPS satellite exploded 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tonnes of burning rockets at the launch pad.

1995 | The Hanshin Earthquake, a 6.9 MW earthquake that shook southern Hyogo Prefecture with the highest Shindo of VII, resulted in 5 502 to 6 434 deaths, and 251 301 to 310 000 displaced.

1992 | Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologized when visited South Korea for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2010 | American football player, Gaines Adams, 27.

2013 | English soprano and actress, Lizbeth Webb, 87.

1984 | Greek pianist, composer, and conductor, Kostas Giannidis, 81.

2016 | Indian lawyer and politician, 12th Governor of Sikkim, V. Rama Rao, 81

1952 | American businessman, Walter Briggs Sr., 75.

BIRTHDAYS

1944 | British sociologist, author, and academic, Ann Oakley.

1998 | French football player, Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

1970 | American ice hockey player, and actor, Jeremy Roenick.

SPORTS

1948 | The first highest number for official League match attendance in England was recorded on this day in the First Division match between Manchester United and Arsenal – 83 260 at Manchester City’s Maine Road Stadium while Old Trafford was still closed due to wartime damage.

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ENTERTAINMENT

1939 | The movie directed by American director, Victor Lonzo Fleming named Gone with the Wind” was released on this day.

AFRICA FACT

There are about 3 000 ethnic groups/tribes in Africa. These ethnic groups vary widely in language and culture. They also vary in size.