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This Day in History for January 17

1871 – 1st cable car patented, by Andrew Smith Hallidie in the US (begins service in 1873)

1899 – US takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific.

1916 – Rodman Wanamaker organizes a lunch to discuss forming a golfers association (later the PGA) at the Taplow Club, Martinique Hotel, New York City.

1917 – US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands.

1928 – 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented.

1929 – Popeye makes 1st appearance, in comic strip “Thimble Theater”

1934 – Electric Home & Farm Authority incorporated.

1934 – NY Giants reward MVP pitcher Carl Hubbell with $18,000 contract.

1943 – Tin Can Drive Day in the US, salvage collected for the war effort.

1950 – The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 men rob $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts.

1960 – 10th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum; Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 38-21; MVP’s: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, QB; Eugene Lipscomb, Baltimore Colts, DL.

1961 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the ‘military-industrial complex”.

1970 – Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s.

1976 – “I Write the Songs” by Barry Manilow hits #1.

1977 – Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, convicted of murder.

1987 – US President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sales of arms to Iran.

1990 – Dave Stewart signs record $3,500,000 per year Oakland A’s contract.

2001 – OPEC agrees at a meeting of ministers in Vienna, to reduce members’ oil production quotas by $1.5 million barrels per day.

2017 – US President Barack Obama commutes WikiLeaks discloser Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence from 35 years to 7 years.

2017 – Search for missing aircraft MH370 over the Indian Ocean is called off.

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