January 17 | Facts
Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston.
James Madison Randolph, the grandson of Thomas Jefferson, became the first child born in the White House.
Hawaii’s Queen Liliuokalani was forced to abdicate by a group of planters and businessmen.
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.
Gary Gilmore became the first person executed in the U.S. since the death penalty was reintroduced.
Operation Desert Storm was launched against Iraq.
President Clinton became the first sitting U.S. president to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil suit.
Gov. Gray Davis declared a state of emergency concerning California’s electricity crisis.