On This Day — January 17th
January 17th is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 348 days remaining until the end of the year (349 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).
1773 – Captain James Cook commands the first expedition to sail south of the Antarctic Circle.
1977 – Capital punishment in the United States resumes after a ten-year hiatus, as convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in Utah.
1991 – Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning. Iraq fires eight Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.
1998 – Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton–Monica Lewinsky affair on his Drudge Report website.
2007 – The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea’s nuclear testing.
Actress Betty White turns 96
Actor Jim Carrey turns 56
DJ and Singer Calvin Harris turns 34
Actress Zooey Deschanel turns 38
Former First Lady Michelle Obama turns 54
Comedian Steve Harvey turns 61
Actor James Earl Jones turns 87