January 17: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1524 - Giovanni da Verrazzano sets sail westward from Madeira to find a sea route to the Pacific Ocean.
- 1903 - El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
- 1917 - The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
- 1929 - Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
- 1946 - The UN Security Council holds its first session.
- Famous Birthdays: Benjamin Franklin (American politician, scientist, and publisher, 6th President of Pennsylvania, signer of the United States Declaration of Independence), John Stanley (English organist and composer), Anne Brontë (English author and poet), Eugene Augustin Lauste (French-American inventor), George Joseph Stigler (American economist, Nobel Prize laureate)
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