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On This Day in History - 17th January


1706Benjamin Franklin, American statesman & scientist
1820Anne Bronte, Youngest of the 'Bronte' sisters
1899Al Capone, American gangster
1942Muhammad Ali, American heavyweight boxing champion
1956Paul Young, English singer
1957Keith Chegwin, Broadcaster & television presenter


1773Captain Cooks ship became the first to cross the Antartic Ocean
1912English explorer Robert F. Scott reached the South Pole
1959The African country of Mali was formed with the joining of Senegal & French Sudan
1968The motor manufacturer British Leyland was formed, from the merger of two companies
1983Breakfast television began in Britain
1986The Royal yacht Britannia evacuated Britions and other foreign nationals from Aden
1995In Japan a massive earthquake caused widespread destruction & left 300,000 homeless