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Events and Birthdays on 17 January

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Events on this day, 17 January


A massive quake destroys whole areas of Japan's industrial heartland, leaving many hundreds of people dead.

An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale devastates Los Angeles in the USA, killing more than 20 people.

Operation Desert Storm begins as Gulf War Allies send hundreds of planes on bombing raids into Iraq - Saddam Hussein remains defiant.

People have been switching on their televisions a little earlier than usual to catch Britain's first breakfast news programme.

Gary Gilmore, the convicted murderer, is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, Salt Lake City.


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