1600 - Don Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spanish Dramatist and Poet, one of the greatest dramatists of the Spanish Golden Age.
1706 - Benjamin Franklin, Inventor, Statesman, and Philosopher
1820 - Anne Brontë, Author
1877 - May Gibbs, Children's Author and Illustrator, known as Australia's "Mother of the Gumnuts"
1922 - Betty White, Actress
1928 - Vidal Sassoon, Cosmetologist
1931 - James Earl Jones, Actor
1942 - Mohammad Ali - Boxer
1962 - Jim Carrey - Actor and comedian
Actor Jim Carrey
Inventor, statesman, and philosopher Benjamin Franklin
1773 - Captain James Cook (enclosed image) becomes the first explorer to cross the Antarctic Circle.
1893 - Queen Liliuokalani is deposed and the Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic.
1919 - Ignace Jan Paderewski, concert pianist, becomes premier of Poland where he participates in the Versailles peace conference later. (Listen to his Romantic 'Polonia' Symphony in B minor. Youtube, uploaded by winkle522000, accessed January 17, 2018. Performed by Symphony Orchestra Of Pomerania with Bohdan Wodiczko, conducting.)
1929 - Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Crisler Segar first appears in the comic strip Thimble Theatre.
1945 - Soviet forces help liberate the almost completely destroyed Polish city of Warsaw from the Nazis during World War II.
1946 - The United Nations Security Council's first session is held at the Methodist Central Hall in London, opposite Westminster Abbey. The five permanent members are Great Britain, U.S.A., Russia, China, and France. The other ten seats are temporary appointments for two years at a time.
1995 - A magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits near Kobe, Japan, causing property damage and killing over 6,000 people.
Captain Cook. en.wikipedia.org, public domain.
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3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)
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