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 This day in History - January 17
414 Historic Events for January 17
1979

Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran

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1979

USSR performs underground nuclear test

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1980

NASA launches Fltsatcom-3

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1980

Barbara Britton, actress (Pamela-Mr and Mrs North), dies at 59

Death
1981

Bernard Lee, actor (M in James Bond Movies), dies at 73

Death
1981

Ray J, singer

Birth
1981

Philippino president Marcos ends state of siege

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1983

Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians

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1983

Doodles Weaver, actor/comedian (Ring of Fire), shoots himself at 71

Death
1983

10th American Music Award: Kenny Rogers

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1983

Alabama Gov George C Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time

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1984

Supreme Court rules (5-4) oks private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws

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1985

Azharuddin scores second Test century in second Test (v England)

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1986

Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

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1987

Pres Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran

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1988

Leslie Manigay elected president of Haiti

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1988

"Teddy and Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances

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1989

Sterling A Brown, US poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87

Death
1989

Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami

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1989

Murden and Metz are 1st women to reach South Pole overland (on skis)

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1989

Gunman opens fire in Calif schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded

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1989

Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach

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1990

Who, Simon and Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, 4 Tops, Hank Ballard, Platters and

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1990

Charles Hernu, French minister of Defense (1981-85), dies

Death
1990

5th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards: Bobby Darin

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