Today in History: Jan. 17

(GERMANY OUT) - mit dem Seeräuber Sindbad im Film:'Von Seemann zu Seemann'(Popeye The Sailor Meets Sindbad TheSailor)- USA 1936 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
In 1929, the cartoon character Popeye the Sailor made his debut in the “Thimble Theatre” comic strip. (Photo by ullstein bild/Getty Images) (ullstein bild via Getty Images/ullstein bild)
President Dwight D. Eisenhower presenting his farewell address to the Nation.  (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
In 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his farewell address in which he warned against “the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.” (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) (The LIFE Picture Collection/Gett/Ed Clark)
CANADA - MARCH 21:  Soaring sales: The booming business that's going on in home video stores these days is really getting to be something to write home about as rocketing sales are enjoyed by the makers of prerecorded movie cassettes, and the video cassette recorders to play them on.   (Photo by Jim Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., ruled 5-4 that the use of home video cassette recorders to tape television programs for private viewing did not violate federal copyright laws. (Photo by Jim Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images) (Toronto Star via Getty Images/Jim Russell)
Swedish diplomat and World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg  is shown in this undated handout photo. Russia for the first time conceded Friday, December 22, 2000, that Soviet authorities wrongfully persecuted Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews from being sent to Nazi concentration camps before dying in a Soviet prison. (AP Photo/Pressens Bild)
In 1945, Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II; Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody. Swedish diplomat and World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg is shown in this undated handout photo. Russia for the first time conceded Friday, December 22, 2000, that Soviet authorities wrongfully persecuted Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews from being sent to Nazi concentration camps before dying in a Soviet prison. (AP Photo/Pressens Bild) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/PRESSENS BILD)
COLLAPSED HIGHWAY: Police and firemen survey the extensive damage to the collapsed Kobe-Osaka highway in Eastern Kobe, Wednesday, January 18, 1995. The elevated highway collapsed when a major 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit this Western Japan port city Tuesday morning. More than 4,000 were killed in the disaster. (AP-Photo/stf/Atsushi Tsukada/-01/18/1995-)
In 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.   COLLAPSED HIGHWAY: Police and firemen survey the extensive damage to the collapsed Kobe-Osaka highway in Eastern Kobe, Wednesday, January 18, 1995. The elevated highway collapsed when a major 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit this Western Japan port city Tuesday morning. More than 4,000 were killed in the disaster. (AP-Photo/stf/Atsushi Tsukada/-01/18/1995-) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/ATSUSHI TSIKADA)
Fans wave flags during the second period of the preliminary round of the women's hockey game between Japan and the combined Koreas at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
In 2018, the rival Koreas agreed to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea. Fans wave flags during the second period of the preliminary round of the women’s hockey game between Japan and the combined Koreas at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
Benedict XVI
In 2014, a Vatican document obtained by The Associated Press showed that in his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children. FILE – This Dec. 8, 2015 file photo shows Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sitting in St. Peter’s Basilica as he attends the ceremony marking the start of the Holy Year, at the Vatican. A German newspaper that quoted letters by Benedict XVI hitting back at criticism of his 2013 resignation says he was responding to a conservative German cardinal who took issue with his decision to take the title “emeritus pope.” (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (AP/Gregorio Borgia)
This is an undated photo of a portrait of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson by artist Rembrandt Peale.  (AP Photo)
In 1806, Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, Martha, gave birth to James Madison Randolph, the first child born in the White House. This is an undated photo of a portrait of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson by artist Rembrandt Peale. (AP Photo) (AP/Anonymous)
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(GERMANY OUT) - mit dem Seeräuber Sindbad im Film:'Von Seemann zu Seemann'(Popeye The Sailor Meets Sindbad TheSailor)- USA 1936 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
President Dwight D. Eisenhower presenting his farewell address to the Nation.  (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
CANADA - MARCH 21:  Soaring sales: The booming business that's going on in home video stores these days is really getting to be something to write home about as rocketing sales are enjoyed by the makers of prerecorded movie cassettes, and the video cassette recorders to play them on.   (Photo by Jim Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Swedish diplomat and World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg  is shown in this undated handout photo. Russia for the first time conceded Friday, December 22, 2000, that Soviet authorities wrongfully persecuted Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews from being sent to Nazi concentration camps before dying in a Soviet prison. (AP Photo/Pressens Bild)
COLLAPSED HIGHWAY: Police and firemen survey the extensive damage to the collapsed Kobe-Osaka highway in Eastern Kobe, Wednesday, January 18, 1995. The elevated highway collapsed when a major 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit this Western Japan port city Tuesday morning. More than 4,000 were killed in the disaster. (AP-Photo/stf/Atsushi Tsukada/-01/18/1995-)
Fans wave flags during the second period of the preliminary round of the women's hockey game between Japan and the combined Koreas at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Benedict XVI
This is an undated photo of a portrait of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson by artist Rembrandt Peale.  (AP Photo)

Today is Thursday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2019.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On Jan. 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his farewell address in which he warned against “the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

On this date:

In 1806, Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, Martha, gave birth to James Madison Randolph, the first child born in the White House.

In 1893, Hawaii’s monarchy was overthrown as a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Lili’uokalani (lee-LEE’-oo-oh-kah-LAH’-nee) to abdicate. The 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, died in Fremont, Ohio, at age 70.

In 1917, Denmark ceded the Virgin Islands to the United States for $25 million.

In 1929, the cartoon character Popeye the Sailor made his debut in the “Thimble Theatre” comic strip.

In 1945, Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II; Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.

In 1977, convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, 36, was shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison in the first U.S. execution in a decade.

In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., ruled 5-4 that the use of home video cassette recorders to tape television programs for private viewing did not violate federal copyright laws.

In 1994, the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 60 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe (koh-bay), Japan.

In 1996, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and nine followers were handed long prison sentences for plotting to blow up New York-area landmarks.

In 1998, the Drudge Report said Newsweek magazine had killed a story about an affair between President Bill Clinton and an unidentified White House intern, the same day Clinton gave a deposition in Paula Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit against him in which he denied having had a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

In 2001, faced with an electricity crisis, California used rolling blackouts to cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people; Gov. Gray Davis signed an emergency order authorizing the state to buy power.

Ten years ago: Israel declared a unilateral cease-fire in its 22-day Gaza offensive. President-elect Barack Obama arrived in the nation’s capital after a daylong rail trip that began in Philadelphia, retracing the path Abraham Lincoln took in 1861. Salvage crews hoisted a downed US Airways jetliner from the Hudson River, two days after a dramatic water landing, survived by everyone on board.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama ordered new limits on the way intelligence officials accessed phone records from hundreds of millions of Americans; the president also signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through the end of September 2014. Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak marked the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health by saying one in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation took more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic. A Vatican document obtained by The Associated Press showed that in his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children.

One year ago: Snow, ice and record-breaking cold closed runways, highways, schools and government offices across the South; at least 15 people died. A broad rally propelled the Dow Jones industrial average to close above 26,000 points for the first time. The rival Koreas agreed to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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