Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/January 17

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This is a list of selected January 17 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled January 17, 2019 featured article or the January 17, 2019 featured picture.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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National Day in Menorca (1287) refimprove sections
1377Pope Gregory XI entered Rome after a four-month journey from Avignon, returning the Papacy to its original city and effectively becoming the last Avignon Pope. needs more biographical info
1524 – Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano set sail westward from Madeira to find a sea route to the Pacific Ocean. refimprove section
1781American Revolutionary War: American forces won a surprising victory over the British at the Battle of Cowpens, one of the most pivotal battles of the war. unreferenced section
1885Mahdist War: British troops defeated Mahdist Sudanese forces at the Battle of Abu Klea in Khartoum, Sudan. needs more footnotes
1899 – The United States took possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean. multiple issues
1904 – Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's last play, The Cherry Orchard, premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre. refimprove
1915World War I: During the Caucasus Campaign's Battle of Sarikamish, Russian troops defeated Ottoman forces who were ill-prepared for winter conditions. refimprove section
1917 – Denmark sold their portion of the Virgin Islands archipelago to the United States for US$25 million. refimprove section
1929 – American cartoonist E. C. Segar's character Popeye first appeared in his newspaper comic strip Thimble Theater. refimprove section
1945 – Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who had saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, was taken into Soviet custody while in Hungary, and was never publicly seen again. refimprove section
1955USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, put to sea for the first time from Groton, Connecticut, with the message, "Underway on nuclear power." refimprove section
1961 – Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba was murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States. refimprove section
1977 – Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad in Utah, ending a four-year moratorium on the death penalty in the United States. refimprove
1981President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos lifted martial law, eight years and five months after declaring it. multiple issues
1991Harald V, the current King of Norway, succeeded to the throne upon the death of his father Olav V. refimprove section
1994 – A 6.7 Mw earthquake killed 72 people, injured more than 9,000 others, and caused an estimated US$20 billion in damage in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. unreferenced sections
1995 – The Great Hanshin earthquake struck near Kobe, Japan, killing over 6,000 people and causing over ¥10 trillion (US$200 billion) worth of damage. refimprove
2002Mount Nyiragongo erupted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the town of Goma, destroying 4,500 buildings and leaving about 120,000 people homeless. refimprove



January 17

Queen Liliʻuokalani of the Kingdom of Hawaii
Queen Liliʻuokalani

Thomas Fairfax (b. 1612) · Anne Brontë (b. 1820) · Barbara Jordan (d. 1996)

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