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 This day in History - January 17
414 Historic Events for January 17
1939

Toini Gustafson, Sweden, 5K/10K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1968)

Birth
1939

Antao D'Souza, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in six Tests 1959-62)

Birth
1940

Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)

Birth
1940

H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)

Birth
1941

Jos‚ Leite de Vasconcelos, Portuguese scholar (Etnografia), dies at 82

Death
1942

Muhammad Ali, [Cassius Clay], heavyweight champ boxer (1964-7 74-8)

Birth
1942

Frederick Jerome Work, composer, dies at 61

Death
1942

Randy Boone, Fayetteville NC, actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian)

Birth
1943

Tin Can Drive Day

Event
1943

Chris Montez, rocker

Birth
1943

Daniel Charles Brandenstein, Watertown Wi, ast (STS 8, 51-G, 32, 49)

Birth
1944

Korvet Violet sinks U-641 in Atlantic Ocean

Event
1945

William Hart, US singer (4 Gents, Delfonics-I'm Sorry)

Birth
1945

Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, arrested by secret police in Hungary

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1945

Gilbert Dodds, record miler (4:05.3), retires to do gospel work

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1945

Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation

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1945

Liberation of Warsaw by Soviet troops (end of Nazi occupation)

Event
1946

Gottfried Rudinger, composer, dies at 59

Death
1946

United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting

Event
1947

Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer

Birth
1947

Jane Elliot, NYC, actress (Baby Boom, Gen Hospital, Knots Landing)

Birth
1947

Gail Toushin, LPGA golfer

Birth
1947

Muiden Neth ammunition factory explodes, 16 die

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1947

Todd Susman, St Louis Mo, actor (Goodnight Beantown)

Birth
1948

Netherlands and Indonesia agree to a cease fire

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