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JANUARY 17

1886 Glenn "Cy" Martin (Iowa-born Inventor, Business Leader, Aviation Pioneer) Iowa Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors & Inventions Aviation Business
1930 Thomas P. Stafford (Oklahoma-born Astronaut) Thomas P. Stafford Astronauts
1943 Daniel C. Brandenstein (Wisconsin-born Astronaut) Wisconsin Explorers and Astronauts Astronauts Wisconsin Historical Society
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1773 Captain James Cook's Resolution First Ship to Cross the Antarctic Circle James Cook Naval History Antarctica NASA
1806 Thomas Jefferson's Grandson Is First Child Born in the White House The White House Thomas Jefferson Historic Firsts National First ladies' Library
1821 Moses Austin Is Granted Permission to Bring the First Anglo-American Settlers into Spanish Texas Texas Political and Social Leaders Connecticut Political and Social Leaders Hispanic Heritage Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1904 Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" Premieres at the Moscow Art Theatre Anton Chekhov Plays Historic Firsts Theatre History
1929 Comic-strip Character, Popeye the Sailor Man, First Appeared in Print Cartoons and Comics Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1946 The United Nations Security Council Holds Its First Meeting United Nations Historic Firsts New York Times
1949 The First Volkswagen Beetle Arrives in the United States Automobiles Volkswagen Historic Firsts History Channel
1955 U.S.S. Nautilus Is Launched As the World's First Nuclear-Powered Submarine Submarines Nuclear Weapons Historic Firsts U.S. Navy Submarine Museum
1966 U.S. B-52 Accidentally Drops Three Hydrogen Bombs on Spain's Mediterranean Coast Spain Aviation History Cold War Nuclear Weapons History Channel
1976 NASA Launches Solar-Powered Communications Technology Satellite Space Exploration Technology Solar Energy NASA
1980 NASA Launches FLTSATCOM Communications Satellite for U.S. Air Force Space Exploration Technology NASA
1997 Irish Court Grants First Divorce in the Roman Catholic Country's History Ireland Catholicism Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts New York Times
1998 President Clinton Is First U.S. President to Testify as Defendant in a Criminal or Civil Suit President Bill Clinton American Presidency Crime Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts CNN

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